A ‘curriculum’ is a list of content to be taught and learnt – a course of study for schools, colleges and universities. From September 2014, the government produced a new National Curriculum. Private schools, academies and free schools are exempt: they do not need to follow the requirements.
St Augustine’s Curriculum.
Our curriculum has been written by the staff. We have used the national curriculum objectives to make it unique for our school. We also have a ‘bucket list’ of activities which we use as a ‘wow’ to start or end the topic and skills and values which run throughout the whole curriculum. We have a two year rolling program which ensures continuity and experience for our children across the Key Stages. We are currently working on Year A (2019/20). Please find below details of our curriculum topics from Years Early Years to Year 6.
Blossom and Willow Class
Sycamore and Beech Class
Year 3 and Year 3/4
Year 5/6 and Year 6
The children learn to read following the Letters and Sounds programme.
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. 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 programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of three, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Phonic sessions are taught 5 days a week for 20 minutes each day. Children are taught in small groups based on their ability for phonics.
For more information on how you can support your child in learning to read, click on the helpful links below. If you have any questions, please come and see Mrs Archibald.
If you would like to find out more information about our curriculum, please come and see Mrs Archibald.
At St Augustine’s we believe that children need to use a range of skills to become a competent reader. As a school we use Oxford Reading Tree and Phonic Bugs (Pearson) books as our main reading schemes, which include phonically decodable books, as well as ‘real’ books, which are banded, using the book bands scheme.
The provision for children’s reading is meticulously organised, from when children start in Foundation Class through to becoming literate 11-year-olds. Teachers read good quality texts to children as part of literacy lessons and there is time every morning dedicated to reading.
All year groups have access to the School Library and children are encouraged to borrow books to take home. Each class also has a reading area with a variety of non-fiction and fiction books.