The curriculum comprises all opportunities for learning provided by the school. It includes all lessons, extra-curricular activities and out of school activities. It also embraces the ethos of the school, the attitudes, behaviours and relationships, and the general quality of life of the whole school community.
The school aims to offer pupils - regardless of age, ability, gender, ethnicity or religion - a broad and balanced curriculum that encompasses both the legal requirements of Curriculum 2000 and a range of other activities within an inclusive environment. The curriculum at Cherry Fold Community Primary School is separated into a curriculum for the Nursery and Reception classes and a curriculum for children in Years 1 to 6.
Our reading schemes are Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Project X and Rigby Star Books. Our phonics schemes are Letters and Sounds and Read, Write INC. PenPals handwriting scheme is used throughout the school.
THE FOUNDATION STAGE
The curriculum for Nursery and Reception children is called the Early Years Foundation Stage and is split into seven areas of learning. These are as follows:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The curriculum for children in Years 1 to 6 includes:
NATIONAL CURRICULUM CORE SUBJECTS
English - based on the New National Curriculum
This year at Cherry Fold we have changed the way that handwriting is taught. This is to try and aid children with the presentation of their work and the application of phonics. Children from Reception will be taught to write letters with entry and exit extenders. This is so that they learn to join letters to form words as they become more confident in writing.
If children struggle with this method we will offer them an alternative way of forming letters correctly. However, we believe that learning cursive is good for children’s fine motor skills, and generally helps students retain more information and generate more ideas. Studies have shown that children who learn cursive rather than simple manuscript writing score better on reading and spelling tests, perhaps because the linked-up cursive forces writers to think of words as wholes instead of parts. Researchers have also suggested that cursive can serve as a teaching aid for children with learning impairments like dyslexia.
As children develop as independent writers they begin to form their own neat, legible script. The use of cursive letter formation ensures that they are able to do this successfully. Of course we recognise that the age of technology requires children to type as well has write freehand and so we offer children as many opportunities as possible to practice their keyboard skills on computers and tablets. We value all means of text and print in school.
For the correct letter formation please see the attached sheet. Pupils can also use Letter-Join at home, please see the office staff for information on this.
If you would like to help your child with letter formation and handwriting skills please try this website below.
Maths - based on the New National Curriculum and the Maths No Problem Scheme
NATIONAL CURRICULUM FOUNDATION SUBJECTS
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Design Technology (DT)
Physical Education (PE)
The Education Reform Act (ERA), 1988, requires all state schools to have a curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of pupils. Each school must include Religious Education (RE) for all pupils; however, parents/carers have a legal right to request that their children be withdrawn from RE lessons or acts of collective worship. This is always done in consultation with the Head Teacher, who then ensures that alternative arrangements are made for those children who do not participate in RE lessons or in acts of collective worship. At Cherry Fold Community Primary School, we follow the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for RE. This syllabus explores Christianity in some detail and also looks at five other major world religions - Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
The Education Reform Act also requires schools to hold a daily act of collective worship, either as a whole school or in groups. At Cherry Fold, we hold whole school, key stage and class worship. This is led by staff, children or visitors, and is '...in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.' (ERA 1988.)
SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION
The Governors of our school, in January 2014, agreed that Sex and Relationships should be taught at Cherry Fold. Miss Hann and Miss Duckworth, the teachers responsible for Personal, Social, Health education have developed a comprehensive policy for Sex and Relationships education. This runs from EYFS through to KS2. This policy is currently being reviewed and there will be a working party, made up of members from the school community to monitor the policy. Sex and Relationships through the science curriculum is compulsory in KS1 and KS2. Parents have the right to choose for their child not to take part in the non – compulsory aspects of SRE. Any concerns regarding this will need to be raised with Miss Hann or Miss Duckworth. The school currently follows the Lancashire ‘Live Well Learn Well’ programme, some elements of Sex and Relationships education are included in this. From September 2017 we will also be implementing the PSHE association programme, again with SRE elements included.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION / CITIZENSHIP
The department for education states that every school should:
- promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
- prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Personal, Social and health Education is a vital jigsaw piece of the curriculum at Cherry Fold. We recognise the importance of this subject for our children, and understand that much hard work in this area is essential if we are to provide our children with the skills to succeed and flourish in later life. We have produced a comprehensive PSHE policy that is regularly reviewed and updated to meet the needs of our children. This was agreed by the Governors in April 2016 and reviewed in April 2017. The school currently follows the Lancashire ‘Live Well Learn Well’ programme. From September 2017 we will also be implementing the PSHE association programme, alongside Lancashire Healthy Heroes.