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The Primary Curriculum

Primary Red Curriculum Overview

Primary Yellow Curriculum Overview

Primary Blue Curriculum Overview

PRIMARY CURRICULUM

Primary aged pupils are taught in one of three classes depending upon learning needs and age.  The approaches to teaching differ in each class to enable pupils to progress from early learning through the national curriculum, aiming to develop independent learning skills.

The full content of the curriculum for each class, for every subject, for the full academic year can be found by clicking the links to the documents above.

 

PRIMARY RED

In Primary Red, children are not yet ready to access the National Curriculum and are taught using P Scale attainment targets for pupils with special educational needs. The classroom is set up to incorporate many different learning areas which are enhanced with well-planned resources.  This fun and stimulating learning environment promotes independence and progression through child initiated and adult-led activities.

 

Our continuous provision learning areas include:

Role-play area

Sand area

Water area

Painting area

Creative and workshop area

Reading area

Mark-making area

Maths area

Construction and Small World area

Geography, History, Design Technology and Art are taught through the Creative Curriculum and learning is based around a topic. Primary Red are being taught the same topics as Primary Yellow and Primary Blue, however the activities will be differentiated according to their needs and abilities.

 

PRIMARY YELLOW

In Primary Yellow some children are being taught using P Scale attainment targets whilst other children are already working within the National Curriculum.

Lessons are taught in a fun engaging way, meeting the needs of the individuals in the class.  There is a more structured teaching approach and the children are grouped for lessons according to their ability.  Children are still able to access some learning areas within the classroom such as a book corner, construction, small world area and a creative area, so that they can develop their creative thinking skills and learn to share and take turns with their peers.  Geography, History, Design Technology and Art are taught through the Creative Curriculum and learning is based around a topic.

 

PRIMARY BLUE

In Primary Blue, children are working within the National Curriculum and therefore require a more structured teaching approach.  A variety of teaching strategies are used and the children are grouped for lessons according to their ability.  The classroom has a writing area, a book corner and a maths area to promote independent learning.  The children are taught the same topics as Primary Yellow, but the learning is more in-depth to extend their knowledge and skills.  Geography, History, Design Technology and Art are taught through the Creative Curriculum and learning is based around a topic.

 

PRIMARY OUTDOOR LEARNING AREA

All Primary Classes have access to the outdoor learning area throughout the school day. The outdoor learning area has a large play house, sand and water trays, painting and mark-making easels, two activity tables and a large wooden snake for balancing. Teachers use this area to promote children’s independent learning, social skills, problem solving skills and speech and language skills. Teachers can also deliver learning objectives in a fun and engaging way, using the equipment available in the learning area.

 

PHONICS AND READING SCHEME

All children within Primary are taught phonics every day using the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme.  Primary Red children are taught within the learning environment or during adult-led sessions each morning.  Primary Yellow and Primary Blue children are taught for at least 20 minutes every morning.  The children are split into differentiated phonics groups.

Reading Schemes used in Primary: Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Pearson Phonics. We also read a range of published books to enrich our pupils' reading experiences.

 

SWIMMING

All primary aged pupils have a weekly Swimming lesson at Big Fish Little Fish Swim School in Thornton-Cleveleys.  This activity is very important in contributing to the development of their gross motor skills and coordination, as well as their self-care skills and personal development. 

 

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum pupils follow in the primary phase, please contact the school office.

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