Please remember it is Sports Day at 9.30am tomorrow for our 3 DSP classes. Children will need their school PE kit and a bottle of water.

Our Curriculum

The school curriculum is broad, balanced and meets both local and national requirements.  Children start in the Foundation Stage following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS).  In Key Stages 1 and 2, all subjects of the 2014 National Curriculum – English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Music, Geography, Art, PE, MFL (KS 2) and Design Technology are taught.

For further details about the National Curriculum, or to view a copy of it, please click the link below:

National Curriculum 2014

In addition RE and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) are included.  The RE curriculum follows the Local Authority agreed syllabus.  The daily act of collective worship is broadly Christian in character and our Tuesday assemblies are often led by members of the ministry team from St Mary’s Church and we visit the church regularly for events such as Harvest Festival.  In line with LA guidelines parents may request that children are withdrawn from RE and assemblies.

Whilst our priority is to ensure that pupils master basic skills in English, Maths and Computing, we also recognise the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum that ensures pupils develop their skills in all aspects of learning. With this in mind, we collaboratively, with Children, Parents, Carers, Staff and Governors, we developed our Learning Tree Curriculum.

Please click on the link below to view a copy of the topics studied by each Key Stage/Year Group:

       Learning Tree

Our school teaches phonics based on the Read Write Inc, we have a variety of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree. We teach a number of subjects through a creative, topic-based curriculum which we have found helps to make children’s learning more enjoyable and less abstract – and therefore more effective!

The Governors of the school feel that Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) should be a continuing aspect of education throughout the school.  Provision for science and health education will enable pupils to understand the process of growing up.  An SRE unit will be taught to pupils in Year 6.  In line with the LA policy parents will be consulted and have the option to withdraw their children from these lessons.

Below are documents that will give you some information about how the changes to the National Curriculum in 2014 will affect what your child learns in each year.

Parents_Guide_Year_1

Parents_Guide_Year_2

Parents_Guide_Year_3

Parents_Guide_Year_4

Parents_Guide_Year_5

Parents_Guide_Year_6

For further information on our curriculum please see the overviews below or contact

Mrs O’Hanlon – Acting Headteacher

Statutory curriculum overviews for each year group:

Foundation Stage

DSP Curriculum Information 2015-16 Parents Curriculum Overview

Y1 Curriculum Information for Parents 2016-17 Yearly Overview

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year-3-yearly-overview-2016-17

y4-autumn-overview-2016-17

Year 5 Curriculum Information for Parents 2015-16

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All our Key Stage 2 pupils receive weekly French teaching from a Languages Specialist. The curriculum overview is below:

French overview

In November 2014 the Department for Education provided guidance on the responsibility of schools to promote fundamental British Values. In the document below you can see how we address these aspects within our curriculum.

How we prepare our children for Life in Modern Britain

For further details about the National Curriculum, or to view a copy of it, parents/carers may click the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government

British Values are promoted in much that we do. As all schools we meet the requirements set out in Section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, not least through our Collective Worship and Religious Education. All school members  are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races, cultures with respect and tolerance. At Yew Tree we value and celebrate the diverse heritage of all our children and families. We celebrate being British in a variety of ways including being involved in traditional celebrations throughout the year e.g. Remembrance Sunday and Harvest Festival. Children also learn about being part of Britain through different perspectives.