At St Philip’s we ensure that we plan from the statutory National Curriculum, providing our children with a broad and balanced curriculum, where they learn a range of subjects and are exposed to a range of extra-curricular activities and experiences. Through our teaching of the curriculum, we prepare and support our children to be independent, inquisitive learners, providing them with a range of knowledge and skills to ensure they are ready for the next stage in their education.
How do we plan?
As our school has both single and mixed age classes, teachers plan in teams called ‘phase teams’ e.g. the KS1 phase team consists of a year 1 class, a year 1 and 2 class and a year 2 class. Teachers ensure that all the children across the three classes have equal opportunities and are taught the appropriate knowledge and skills for their age group. In order to do this, we plan on a rolling programme with a Year A and a Year B. These years are taught alternatively, so each child within a phase will have covered a range of knowledge and skills within subjects across a two year period. Our curriculum has been cross-referenced with the National Curriculum, to ensure coverage, progression and avoid repetition across the year groups and key stages.
Where does our curriculum come from?
Phase teams plan their curriculum around a half-termly or termly theme and, where possible, ensure as much of the learning is linked e.g. years 5 and 6 studied the Ancient Mayans for a term, linking their History, Geography and English lessons to this subject when appropriate. This helps to support and embed knowledge and skills for our children, allowing them to transfer learning across subjects where appropriate. A range of resources and teaching strategies are used to deliver the curriculum, depending on the subject being taught. All coverage is underpinned by skills grids, which map out the learning for children at St Philip’s. Teachers have access to schemes of work for different subjects to aid teaching and allow the curriculum at St Philip’s to be sequential and coherent in its delivery of knowledge and skills.
How do we deliver our curriculum?
Children spend the majority of their time learning as part of their whole class. However, during the week children may move around between the different teachers or teaching assistants in each phase team. This allows us to target the specific needs of the children in key areas of the curriculum e.g. phonics groups in years 1 and 2 are fluid and can change on a half termly basis, to include a mixture of year groups and children across the three classes. There may be times in a school week where children are provided with extra specialised sessions, delivered by both teachers and teaching assistants, which will target the specific needs of the children in the groups. This helps to support learner’s knowledge and understanding, addressing any misconceptions that they may have.
Who delivers our curriculum?
Alongside class teachers, we have a range of other adults who help to deliver the curriculum, including extra-curricular activities, at St Philip’s. These include a qualified drama teacher, sports coaches and a specialist art teacher. We believe these subjects are just as important as core subjects, such as English of Maths.
Please click on the links below for details of each curriculum phase.