What do we teach?
Staunton-on-wye Endowed Primary School follows the National Curriculum. We have a topic based approach to teaching; history, geography and religious education are taught through English. This means that we can have many rich and varied opportunities for writing which helps pupils in their understanding of topic material.
All classes from year 1 upwards study the same topic, at the same time, at their own standard. This allows for the wide sharing of learning and means that pupils in different year groups can discuss their work and learning together. Where possible, topics are organised to coincide with nationwide and worldwide events and celebrations. Our planned topics for this year are set out below:
- Topic 1
History: Stone Age to Iron Age
- Topic 2
- Topic 3
- Topic 4
History: Ancient Greeks
- Topic 5
- Topic 6
Science, art and design, design and technology and personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE) are taught either in separate lessons or in blocked weeks.
All pupils across the school also receive weekly music lessons with year 3 – 6 having the opportunity to learn recorder or have individual peripatetic lessons. Two hours of weekly physical education is also taught with a rotating class having swimming for one term a year. Pupils from years 3 to 6 take part in weekly French language sessions.
Computers and ICT are used in all subjects of the curriculum as well as key skills being taught in separate lessons. We teach computer programming as discrete lessons as well as internet safety.
Pupils in reception are taught in accordance with the Department for Education’s early years foundation stage guidance. Topics are chosen to reflect pupil interests and needs.
Further information relating to curriculum is available on request – please contact the school.
How are reading and phonics taught?
Phonics is the system of learning to read by using sounds. At Staunton, the Letters and Sounds programme is used to teach phonics. From reception onwards, pupils are introduced to the first 30 sounds and taught to blend these sounds into words. At appropriate stages throughout the year more sounds are introduced and pupils read from books at their level daily. This continues throughout KS1 and KS2 with daily phonic lessons and daily guided reading with comprehension to test pupils understanding. Reading good quality literature to pupils provides ideas for writing lessons. Each class has a book area with attractive books that appeal to all abilities within that class and are available to take home.
We strongly encourage parents/carers to help foster a love of reading in their children. That is why we provide resources to achieve this aim.
Please download the Learning to Read document for guidance on helping your child’s reading abilities at home.
Why reading is important:
- Reading helps you achieve your goals
- Reading will help you with different jobs and careers
- Reading will help increase your knowledge
- Reading will help you understand morals and how to behave
- Reading can inspire you
- Reading can make you laugh and make you happy
- Reading will help you improve your vocabulary
- Reading is fun