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Lady Elizabeth Hastings'

CE VA Primary School

Living and Learning in the Light of God

The Curriculum @ LEH

Lady Elizabeth Hastings’ CE VA Primary School (LEH) is committed to meeting the statutory requirements of the primary national curriculum which was introduced in September 2014.  We have redesigned our schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum’s programmes of study.  Our school curriculum continues to ensure that learning is meaningful; the needs of all learners are considered; and pupils benefit from a specific focus on the core requirements and basic skills of the English and mathematics programmes of study.  Learning in these essentials is developed and strengthened through the foundation subjects.  The way in which the curriculum is structured and delivered at Lady Hastings’ provides a range of opportunities to promote children’s personal and emotional, and SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development.  RE is considered a core subject in our Church of England school and has an important role in conveying the distinctive Christian character of the school and providing high quality opportunities for SMSC development - including learning about Christianity as a global religion and learning about other world faiths.  Our core values of Friendship, Reverence and Courage are explored and promoted throughout the diverse subjects and content of the curriculum.

Further information about the organisation of The Curriculum @ LEH, from Early Years through to Year 6, can be found in the school prospectus.

Phonics at LEH

We follow the Read Write Inc scheme for our phonics teaching.  We have found this to be particularly successful in giving children a early start to reading, allowing them to be fluent readers.  Last year 95% of our Y1 pupils achieved the required standard on the Phonics Screening Test.  

Thank you to all pupils, staff, papers/carers and governors who contributed to our curriculum survey in November 2018.  It's great to know what you think of the curriculum at LEH! Across all four groups – staff, pupils, parents/carers and governors – the following came out as the words/phrases which best describe the current curriculum at LEH and the ideal curriculum:

Current Curriculum at LEH

Ideal Curriculum

 

-          interesting/engaging

-          organised/well planned

 

-          balanced

-          cohesive and connected through whole school themes

-          challenging

-          supportive

-          exciting

-          relevant

-          spiritual

-          provides opportunities for personal/social/emotional development

 

 

-          interesting/engaging

-          includes real-life learning

-          balanced

-          provides opportunities for personal/social/emotional development

-          challenging

-          exciting

 

-          organised/well planned

-          supportive

-          inspiring

-          purposeful

The words/phrases in bold were identified by more than one group.

Responses to the other questions, relating to strengths of the LEH curriculum, how it could be improved and any other comments, were overwhelmingly positive. Thank you! Comments referred to the cohesive nature of the themes, caring nature of the school and variety of subjects, experiences and opportunities across the curriculum. Groups also noted the work staff do to help all children and provide opportunities for them to make decisions and be involved. Areas for improvement included increasing opportunities for real-life links and learning and time spent creatively. It was very lovely to read many of your general comments as well. For further information about the curriculum at LEH, please go to the school website which is usually full of up to date information about life in school.

The information gathered in this survey has been used to inform future curriculum planning, to help us structure our curriculum review and to redraft our curriculum policy. Read our Curriculum Policy here.

Our curriculum is exciting and inspires children to nurture a passion for learning.   We aim to provide contextualised, stimulating, purposeful learning opportunities and we will continue to organise our curriculum around half termly whole-school themes.  

Themes for 2018/19 are:

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Magical Mystery Tour Remember, Remember Heroes and Villains Neighbours In a galaxy far, far away... All for one and one for all!

 

Themes for 2017/18 are:

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
The Big Story I wonder... Connect Up Make a Difference Out and About Ten Pieces Encore!

 

Themes for 2016/17 were:

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Where in the World? Enquiring Minds Lights, Camera, Action II In Someone Else's Shoes Picture This Picture This (continued)

 

Themes for 2015/16 were:

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Hearts and Minds The Power of Numbers A Year of Wonders Words, words, words Tour de Yorkshire Carnival!

 

Themes for 2014/15 were:

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Learning to Learn Home and Away Lights, Camera, Action! Ten Pieces Your Vote Counts! Page-turners

 

For more general information about the content of the curriculum coverage for each academic year, please see the Long Term Overviews for each class as listed below:

2018 - 2019

Class 1 YR/1   Class 2 Y1/2   Class 3 Y3/4   Class 4 Y4/5   Class 5 Y5/6

2017 - 2018

Class 1 YR/1   Class 2 Y1/2   Class 3 Y3/4   Class 4 Y4/5   Class 5 Y5/6

2016 - 2017

Class 1 YR/1      Class 2 Y1/2     Class 3 Y3/4    Class 4 Y4/5    Class 5 Y5/6

 2015 - 2016

Class 1 YR/1      Class 2 Y1/2     Class 3 Y3/4    Class 4 Y4/5    Class 5 Y5/6

2014 - 2015

Class 1 YR/1      Class 2 Y1/2     Class 3 Y3     Class 4  Y4/5     Class 5 Y5/6

Each half term, curriculum jigsaws will be published on class webpages will provide more detailed information about learning across the curriculum.

Details of end-of-year expectations for each year group in reading, writing and maths can be found in these leaflets:

    For information regarding learning relating to British Values and the development of spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of the curriculum, please speak to a member of staff.