At Longstone, we have developed an exciting and stimulating curriculum which covers all aspects of the new National Curriculum 2014, providing cross-curricular opportunities to branch into other areas. In all our lessons, we encourage children to develop as independent and active learners and we nurture enquiring minds.
English and Maths are typically taught on a daily basis and often incorporate aspects of our topic work. Science is delivered through topic work wherever possible but where links are difficult, it is taught as a discrete subject. Topics are typically either geography or history based. Art, DT, and Computing are taught through topics. Whenever possible, we will link areas of learning together, for example incorporating writing across the curriculum.
We recognise our responsibility to prepare children for the complexities of life in modern Britain, and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development underpins all of our learning. Being a church school, particular emphasis is placed on the teaching of Religious Education. For this reason we hold dedicated RE topic weeks each half term where this is our primary focus.
Reading and Phonics
Phonics is delivered through a daily 20 minute session which is grouped by ability. We use the Read Write Inc. scheme to deliver phonics teaching.
We use a variety of reading material as part of our whole school reading scheme. These include Oxford Reading Tree and Connectors in Key Stage 2. We use guided reading sessions to teach the skills of reading and we are lucky enough to have a team of volunteers who support in hearing children read on an individual basis.
We deliver whole-school topics on a four year cycle. Our topic programme can change to reflect important national or world-wide events.
If you would like further information about the revised National Curriculum, visit www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview