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Curriculum

In brief...

At Goudhurst & Kilndown CE Primary we follow a 'Creative Curriculum'. Each year group follows termly topics, which link in to a variety of curriculum subject areas in order to make learning exciting and engaging for our pupils. Trips, activities and visitors to the school often link in with these topics. In addition, each year group enjoys 10-12 weeks of Forest School every year.

We aim that, through our curriculum, all our children will be enthusiastic and eager to learn, will acquire the ability to work independently and collaboratively, develop resilience, engage with technology appropriately and will take pride in their work.  Our curriculum enables all children to access a broad, balanced and relevant education that provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into account. The curriculum in our school is planned to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, the National Curriculum and the agreed local syllabus for Religious Education.

We follow the "Letters and Sounds" Phonics programme in KS1 and Early Years as well as introducing Jolly Phonics in Early Years.

In more detail...

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Class Reception)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum aims to build a secure foundation for children to progress through school and life.  It is aimed at children from birth to 5 years and all pre-schools, nurseries, childminders and reception classes are required to follow it.  To learn more about the EYFS Curriculum follow these links:

- the Statutory EYFS framework can be viewed here.

- a Parents' Guide to the EYFS curriculum can be viewed here.

- our school's Curriculum Policy can be viewed here.

The National Curriculum (Classes 1-6)

The subjects that form the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 are art and design, design and technology, English, geography, history, information and communication technology (ICT), mathematics, music, physical education, religious education, modern foreign languages (we teach French) and science.  To learn more about the National Curriculum follow these links:

- the National Curriculum framework and programmes of study for the subjects can be viewed here.

- a Parents' Guide to the National Curriculum can be viewed here.

- our school's Curriculum Policy can be viewed here.

- From September 2017, all classes will be taught Maths using Inspire Maths, based on the Singapore 'Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract' CPA approach.  Find out more more on our Maths page

Class Topics (all years)

We have a 'topic' based creative curriculum across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 to further enrich the National Curriculum.  Our teachers have developed “Topic Webs” for the topics in their year that introduce the National Curriculum subjects linked to the topic.  Our topics for the year, by term, are shown in the table below for each class:

 

Curricular Topics (2017/2018)

Term

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Class 5

Class 6

1

An Island Home

An Island Home

Stone Age

Romans

The World Around Us

South America

2

An Island Home

An Island Home

Stone Age

Romans

The World Around Us

South America

3

The Fire of London

The Fire of London

Spring into the World

Mountains and Rivers

Saxons & Vikings

Coasts

4

The Fire of London

The Fire of London

Spring into the World

Mountains and Rivers

Saxons & Vikings

Coasts

5

Living and Growing

Ourselves

Living and Growing

Ourselves

Ancient Egyptians

World War II

Ancient Greece

Tudors

6

Living and Growing Ourselves.

Woodland

Ancient Egyptians

World War II

Ancient Greece

Tudors

For more information on the curriculum and topics specifically for each class, visit the relevant Class Page.