The Grange Curriculum
The aim of the Grange Curriculum is to promote learning that is active and creative and encourages children to embrace challenge and celebrate success. Our curriculum is purposefully broad and children have opportunities to participate in a wide range of cross-curricular activities as well as in music, performance and sport.
We encourage children to question and to think both logically and creatively. We aim to make the children as independent as possible and encourage them to find their own solutions to problems or tasks they have been set, beginning the journey to becoming lifelong learners.
Our curriculum promotes resilience and encourages children to reflect on their learning and how they learn in a systematic way. The curriculum includes all that the children are taught and experience. This is not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum but also our extra-curricular activities such as: after school and lunchtime clubs which enrich children’s learning and offer opportunities beyond that of the national curriculum; visitors to school during assemblies and other special occasions,, some of whom are from our local community; school trips related to themes that children are learning about; sporting events both competitive and experiential to learn new sports etc. We believe that these additional activities enrich the educational experience of our children.
Our curriculum also aims to help children form positive relationships with adults and children in order to learn how to work collaboratively in preparation for becoming responsible members of our local community both in the present and in their future adult lives. We have a thematic approach to delivering the curriculum, with a two year rolling cycle to accommodate the needs of mixed year group classes.
Each term (approx. 12 weeks long) the children begin a new theme. The themes have been carefully selected so that coverage of the national curriculum objectives for all subjects are covered in a meaningful way, enabling children to increase their knowledge, understanding and skills in a progressive manner.
Creative approaches are taken such that learning in one subject area is not seen as isolated but linked to the whole theme. For example, children learning about Ancient Egypt may write a story in English lessons set in Ancient Egyptian times or use skills learnt in Outdoor Learning lessons (DT) to build a shaduf or explore means of cooking outdoors. Subject leaders monitor the curriculum for their subject area to ensure breadth. We view education as a joint venture, involving everyone – children, parents, staff, governors and the wider community.
Children play an active part in choosing the theme title and, at the beginning of every theme, choosing the questions that they would like to investigate. It is our aim to work closely with parents and engage them in all aspects of the curriculum. This is achieved by: regularly communicating to parents, in writing, the objectives to be taught for a theme over the course of a term (theme webs); inviting parents to parent and child together learning sessions (IMPACT); inviting parents to visit the classroom once a week to see their children’s work and share in their achievement; inviting parents to attend theme-related assemblies and celebrations. We have governors linked to each subject area and involve the wider community through our links with local churches and schools and by making use of locallybased resources and services.
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Phonics at Grange
At Grange Primary School, we teach phonics in Reception and Years 1 and 2 through the Read Write Inc. programme. This programme is for primary school children learning to read. It enables every child to become a confident and fluent reader at the first attempt.
Why does it work?
- The systematic and lively programme is organised by in-school managers.
- All staff (teachers and assistants) are trained together.
- The children read and write each day, grouped according to their reading level.
How and what do the children learn?
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- learn to read words using sound blending (Fred Talk)
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out after meaningful discussion led by an adult, show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions
- learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
- learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes
Children are assessed so they work with children at the same level. This allows them to take a full part in all lessons.
They work in pairs so that they:
- answer every question
- practise every activity with their partner
- take turns in talking to each other
Please feel free to contact your class teacher if you would like further information on Read Write Inc.
Read, Write Inc. is supplemented by Oxford Reading Tree.
Click on the links below to download useful leaflets to support Reading