The School Curriculum

The School Curriculum

At Leverton Primary School the curriculum is organised to meet the individual needs of each child, the various age groups in the school and the programmes of study as laid down in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and the National Curriculum.

Foundation Stage (3-5 year olds)

The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework is designed to meet the developmental needs of young children. The curriculum is practical, full of opportunities to explore and make sense of the world, through play, in both indoor and outdoor environments.

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational curriculum. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum framework provides the building blocks for future learning. Each of the seven areas of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity.

Teachers and Learning Assistants consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child, and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all the areas of learning and development.

We teach an engaging curriculum through a topic-based approach, linked to a high-quality book each half term.

National Curriculum (5-11 year olds)

The National Curriculum consists of five core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Religious Education) and foundation subjects (History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music, PE, French and (SMSC) Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural.)

All subjects in the school curriculum are compulsory, except Religious Education. Children may be withdrawn from R.E. and religious assemblies on grounds of conscience. If you wish your child to be withdrawn you will need to write to the Governing Body.

We teach an engaging curriculum through a topic-based approach, which provides opportunities to link subjects together and allow English and Maths skills to be reinforced in all aspects of learning. The themes are focused on a History topic. The themes are also enhanced by visits to a museum or similar activity. The school also has several visitors, who bring specialised knowledge and equipment into school to help make learning more real and meaningful. You may be asked to make a voluntary contribution or help out on one of these occasions.

All English and Maths lessons are supported by dedicated Learning Assistants (LAs). The LAs may work with individual children or groups of children within the classroom or in a number of learning areas around the school.

Since September 2005, all teachers are entitled to 10% of their teaching time out of the classroom to use for planning, preparation and assessment. At Leverton this is covered by teachers who teach Art, PE and Computing. From year 3, every class receives 30 minutes French teaching a week.

We constantly monitor the delivery of the school’s curriculum through lesson observations, looking at children’s books and by speaking with pupils to ensure the highest possible standards. The findings are fed back to members of staff and training needs identified.