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. LetterJoin handwriting scheme is used throughout the school.
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly
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 - National Curriculum 2014
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.
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 have 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. 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. As of September 2020 RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) will be compulsory. The school currently follows the Lancashire ‘PSHE Association’ programme of study, some elements of Sex and Relationships education are included in this.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION
At Cherry fold we have always believed in promoting each child’s personal, social, health and economic education. (PSHE). Our vision for the children is to foster a lifelong passion for learning. We have always placed a high emphasis on teaching about friendship, families, healthy lifestyles, feelings, rights, responsibilities and a range of other topics to encourage each child to be emotionally, physically and mentally healthy. This has been a choice we made as a school and never been statutory unless it linked to other curriculum areas such as science.
As of September 2020 Relationships and Health Education has become a statutory subject and we will implement the full curriculum in Autumn 2021. As a school we have decided to teach all aspect of PSHE education, including non-statutory elements such as financial education and sex education. We have drafted a new PSHE education policy which includes all the information on Relationships and Health Education.
In Health Education statutory headings are:
In Relationships Education statutory headings are:
This will all be taught at a developmentally appropriate level and much of this is already embedded in our current PSHE provision.
As a school we will use the PSHE Association materials and linked resources that they have quality assured.
They break the statutory headings into smaller themes, these are:
Our new PSHE policy is available as well as a key document outlining requirements in more detail.
As we begin to move forward to implementing statutory PSHE education we will be publishing a termly update so you can see what your child will be learning. This may include medium term plans, key vocabulary and resources. Your child may ask questions and talk about topics at home. We will always ensure that questions are answered at a developmentally appropriate level and you are made aware of this.
If you do have any questions please do not hesitate to contact school and ask to speak to Miss Hann, our PSHE education lead.