From September 2015 we have been using the new National Curriculum for Primary Schools. We are very excited about this and the opportunities it brings for us to have a more topic based approach to the Curriculum. Visit each class page to see what the children will be learning about through the year.
At Rishton Methodist, our aims are:
– to provide a Christian education based on the life and teachings of John Wesley, in which the core values of the school underpin all aspects of school life;
– to provide an environment in which the dignity of each person as a child of God is recognised and developed; and to promote the full potential of each child through a curriculum which develops spiritual, academic, social and emotional growth;
– to provide a curriculum which is enriching and challenging, where children experience the opportunity to learn in a wide range of contexts.
Our Principles for Learning and Teaching
All children are entitled to be engaged in their learning and to be active learners; discovering and finding out.
All children are entitled to understand what they have achieved and know what to do to make progress.
All children are entitled to be independent, enthusiastic and self-motivated learners; raising their own questions.
All children are entitled to time to evaluate and reflect on their learning.
All children are entitled to have their different learning styles recognised.
All children are entitled to teaching that inspires their learning.
All children are entitled to teaching that encourages them to be creative.
All children are entitled to be challenged and enjoy learning, as well as encouraging problem solving.
All children are entitled to develop spiritually, morally and as members of their community and the wider community.
(Devised and last reviewed April 2019)
Curriculum Intent – how we designed our curriculum
As a Methodist school, the precepts of a Methodist education remain at our core. This includes the pursuit of excellence and preparing our children as world citizens of the 21st Century. In order for this to be achieved our children need high levels of Literacy and Numeracy. We recognise R.E as a core subject, so we adhere to Lancashire Syllabus for R.E. We also recognise that the Methodist church is our partner in educating faith and we work closely with our local church and community in embedding and promoting strong links. Additionally, we have close links with other churches in town to ensure our children are able to experience different faiths and develop tolerance. Through these strong links with our church and our local community we foster an ethos of serving both individuals and society. Charitable links and service remain a focus of our termly spirituality days, as does seeking awe and wonder. The school recognises that science is both an exciting academic subject and another area where children can develop a sense of awe and wonder.
Assessment is completed in school to find out if the children are working at age expectations and what the next steps are going to be in their learning. As the curriculum has now changed, so too has how we assess the children. As stated above we have decided to use the resources for planning produced by Lancashire. A part of this has been for them to develop assessment which matches up to what we are expecting the children to do with regard to the new curriculum. All subjects are assessed regularly through ongoing teacher assessments using the outcomes of work, observations and discussion with pupils to inform this.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
We follow a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics. When children enter the Foundation Stage we focus on hearing sounds within words and segmenting (chopping up) words orally. Very soon the children learn to read and write letter sounds. The children then progress through the Phonics phases throughout Foundation Stage and Year One. At the end of Year One the children take part in a Phonics Screening Check to assess their progress.
Children are encouraged to read frequently at home and we provide a wide range of home reading books. We have recently developed our Reading Scheme to make the books available more exciting to the children. We have a graded reading scheme with a wide range of books from a variety of published schemes. These include:
Oxford Reading Tree
Collins Big Cat
Phonics Bug by Pearson
Children also take part in Guided Reading sessions within the classroom throughout the week and are given chance to not only read but talk about the book and what has been read.
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