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Our Curriculum

The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by schools so children learn the same things. We must teach a broad and balanced curriculum including English, Maths and Science, as well as  Religious Education.

Our wider curriculum uses Cornerstones. We have a rolling two-year programme, see at the bottom of this page for our Curriculum Statement as well as our current curriculum map. Miss Glynn, supported by Mrs MacDonald evaluate the offer each year. 

Key Stages

The curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘Key Stages’ (KS). At the end of each Key Stage, your child’s teacher will formally assess their performance to measure your child’s progress.

Reading

Both in school and at home, we want to build a culture of reading for pleasure and purpose. Our approach to reading involves daily sessions incorporating clear adult modelling prior to the children applying these skills through partner work and independent reading. Children deepen their understanding of the challenging texts they read through the systematic use of a series of strategies and language stems. Our approach encompasses the key principles of effective reading provision and fully meets the requirements of the National Curriculum by creating deep understanding of texts, developing oracy around reading and increasing children’s breadth of reading.

Phonics

For children in the early stages of reading, the school follows the 'Letters and Sounds' Programme. Click here for more information on the programme. Letter pronunciation support and progression below.

Writing

The teaching of English is at the heart of curriculum provision at Streatley Primary. Children learn how to read, write and spell in Literacy and Phonics lessons every morning. If required, extra support is provided to pupils through evidence based intervention groups.

Our writing lessons are 'skills-based' and are carefully differentiated to meet the needs of all learners. A love of writing is encouraged through engaging and lively texts and stories. We aim to provide our pupils with opportunities to develop core communication skills in every lesson, regardless of the subject. Progress and attainment in writing at Streatley is achieved through carefully tailored, high-quality lessons and resources. Talk4Writing is used to help children with accessing the high-level vocabulary and structure that leads to innovation.

Maths

Children at Streatley learn Maths as a discrete subject for an hour a day, as well as in a cross-curricular way, such as through PE, art and other subjects. We use White Rose Maths across the school and we access local hub maths training to keep up-to-date with current thinking. See below for our Calculation Policy to support how we teach from concrete resources to pictorial representations and then move into abstract representations.

Our aim is that all children enjoy maths and see its value in the real world. As such, we focus on maths in a real-life context and with fun, problem-solving activities. When children have shown a good understanding of the basic concepts, we stretch their learning by challenging them to explain their reasoning and show a depth of understanding, leading to mastery.

Mental maths is an important skill, taught in short bursts every day. Children are taught strategies to improve the speed of their mental calculations. We emphasise the importance of learning times tables and number bonds through year group KIRFS (Key Instant Recall Facts) see below.

Foundation Stage Early Years Curriculum

The children in reception follow the Foundation Stage Early Years Curriculum.  The curriculum is organised into different areas of learning.

Prime Areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

For more information on the Early Years see our policy below.