A school’s curriculum includes everything children are taught, knowledge and skills that are learnt during the school day. This can range widely from specific phonics sounds to supporting children’s emotional development. It also includes children’s moral, spiritual and cultural development.
At Kedington we take this seriously. We believe that children deserve a curriculum that prepares them for life in the 21st Century. We believe that children learn best when they are highly engaged and excited by a topic.
We teach the children about how they learn. Giving them life long independent learning skills, whilst providing them with rigour in knowledge and understanding, to ensure all children attain highly across all subjects.
In our Reception class, children are taught using the continuous provision model. Child-initiated learning encourages learning through play, pupils enjoy their learning, whilst being supported and challenged by our Early Years staff. Literacy and Mathematics opportunities are specifically planned for during these sessions.
Our chosen phonics programme is Letters and Sounds, and is used across our younger year groups. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. No-Nonsense spelling is used to support the teaching of spelling from Years 1-2. Reading is supported through the use of the Oxford Reading Tree in KS1 and Accelerated Reader in KS2.
Across all classes at the school, the mastery approach towards Mathematics is followed. Reception to Year 4 follow the Ark Maths Mastery programme. The programme’s principles include high expectations for every child, ‘depth before breadth’, and a focus on problem-solving and conceptual understanding.
In the remaining curriculum areas, a knowledge based curriculum is being developed. Details of the topics followed are available on this page.
This curriculum will ensure that pupils have a deeper understanding of concepts, also enabling them to apply knowledge, offer informed explanations, make links and spot patterns. Crucially, it will also provide them with the essential foundations for the next part of their educational journey and beyond.
To find out more detail about the curriculum the Academy is following please click on the below DofE logo.