Our School Curriculum
At Claypool Primary School we provide our children with a broad and balanced curriculum which enables them to make good progress and become lifelong learners.
Our curriculum is predominantly based on the National Curriculum for England 2014; however there are a number of additional aspects which, as a school, we feel are important so that our children leave primary school as kind, confident and resilient citizens who value diversity.
Our aim is ensure that all of the children are excited about coming to school. It is important that they are happy and willing to take risks through ‘low stress and high challenge’ activities, which take account of individual needs and can be personalised for the individual or the group.
Our Model of Brilliance underpins all that is taught in school.
The National Curriculum consists of three core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science, and nine foundation subjects: Beliefs and Values, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology (DT), Languages, History, Geography, Music and Physical Education (PE).
Much of the curriculum at Claypool is delivered in an imaginative and stimulating way through learning themes which are based on a variety of fiction and non-fiction text types. The themes capture children’s enthusiasm and provide them with a firm base of knowledge, skills and positive attitudes to learning. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and the learning challenges completed at home based on the Learning theme are an important aspect of their development. The themes are also enhanced by appropriate visits out of school and visitors coming into school.
Teaching children to read, write and be numerate is an integral part of the curriculum. The school has developed an effective reading scheme of work that operates from Foundation to Year 6. Children read hundreds of exciting and attractive fiction and non-fiction books during their time at Claypool, books that have been chosen carefully to meet their needs in each class. The school has developed an effective writing scheme of work that enables staff to develop children’s writing skills methodically and systematically from Foundation to Year 6.
Phonics is taught predominantly through ‘Letters and Sounds’ on a daily basis and children are grouped according to their phonetic ability. We have a wide selection of banded books taken from various reading schemes alongside real books to enhance the children’s reading experience. Each class has a library and there is also a central library for the whole school to access.
Children’s mathematical skills and knowledge are developed systematically. Importance is given to children learning multiplication tables and efficient mental mathematical strategies, and developing increasing speed and confidence with computational skills.
Children are strongly encouraged to access our web based programmes – Mathletics, Spellodrome, Bug Club and Purple Mash – in order to further develop their basic skills.
Personal Development and Education
Our broader curriculum encompasses aspects of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This includes lessons relating to drugs, sex and relationships, the environment, diversity, the importance of the local community and economic awareness.
Pupil Voice is valued enormously and one way in which we promote this is through our annual elections for our school council and House Captains.
Equally, we aim to develop enterprising and entrepreneurial skills in our children. ‘MiniEnterprise’ week offers pupils the opportunity to collaborate and co-operate, as well as discover more about the world of work.
Particular care is taken to ensure that, from the earliest days, children are treated as individuals and that work is carefully matched to their maturity and capabilities.
It is very important to us that the whole school community recognises the importance of kindness and thinking of others. Each year we support a number of charities including Jeans for Genes and Children in Need, also families donate food on a termly basis for the local food bank and each year we hold a random act of kindness week.
Physical Education and Sport
In Foundation and Key Stage 1 the children are taught Physical Literacy Skills and in Key Stage 2 the skills required for a variety of sports are introduced, these sports include football, netball, cricket, rugby, golf, rounders and athletics.
The children in Year 3 and Year 5 attend swimming lessons and will continue with these lessons until they are able to swim at least 25 metres.
During their time in Year 6, children take part in a residential activities holiday and every 2 years there is an opportunity for the children in Years 5 and 6 to visit France for 5 days.
Sport is a particular strength of the school and we enter many competitions in many sports. We are often successful and teach the children to be dignified in victory whilst also recognising and celebrating their achievements.
- 04. English – Reading and Writing
- 04. English – Spoken Language
- 04. English – Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
- 04. English – Year 1 Spelling
- 04. English – Year 2 Spelling
- 04. English – Year 3 and 4 Spelling
- 04. English – Year 5 and 6 Spelling
- 05. Mathematics
- 06. Science
- 07. Foreign languages
- 08. Computing
- 09. Physical Education
- 10. History
- 11. Geography
- 12. Art and Design
- 13. Design and Technology – Cooking and nutrition
- 13. Design and Technology
- 14. Music