Our curriculum has been developed around the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. We have developed creative learning programmes which contain essential learning for each year group, whilst ensuring our pupils are engaged in exciting and stimulating lessons. The objectives are repeated so learning is deep rooted in everything we do and are combined with the objectives for our school curriculum thus defining the learning that is important for our children.
Our curriculum reflects our belief of a strong emphasis on teaching the basic skills of reading, writing and maths. The skills of literacy, maths and reading are taught on a daily basis and are integrated into the thematic approach wherever possible.
The Foundation subjects are taught creatively, linking learning experiences to enrich and extend the learning of our children throughout their time at Clipstone Brook. A termly newsletter is sent to all our parents informing them of the topics to be covered that term.
We are a happy and inclusive school that provides a caring, stimulating environment in which all of our pupils have the opportunity to develop their full potential whatever their ability.
Our vision is to create and implement an inspiring curriculum where subjects are linked through a thematic approach. We aim to deliver a curriculum which encourages lively enquiring minds.
The children are encouraged to work indoors and outside. We aim to capture ‘awe and wonder’ moments by providing extra opportunities within a happy stimulating environment both in and out of school hours.
Our Foundation Stage children follow the new EYFS curriculum which focuses on individual development, particularly personal, physical, social and emotional skills. The emotional wellbeing of our children is nurtured throughout the whole school in PSHCE, circle time, SMILE, CHUMS sponsored pyramid club, assemblies and nurture style club (Joeys).
Literacy, Maths and Science are assessed using the new curriculum standards K.P.I. (Key Performing Indictors) all other subjects are assessed using the national curriculum.
We encourage a strong partnership between parents and school which helps support and inspire the children’s learning. Years 1 – 4 are given open ended homework tasks. This reflects the topics studied in class or whole school events. Our parents are also encouraged to support their child’s reading, spellings and maths learning.
Please double click on the subject name below to see the curriculum as taught at Clipstone Brook:
Phonics is taught in the Foundation Stage, KS1 and into KS2 if required for individual children. Daily phonics lessons are taught in Foundation Stage and KS1.
We use letters and sounds in our school and children therefore learn their phonics through a variety of teaching and learning styles. We also use Jolly phonics in Foundation Stage and as an intervention programme in KS1.
The spellings in KS1 are linked to the phonics work for that week.
The Bangor Dyslexia programme is taught in KS2 along with probe sheets etc.
The reading scheme that is in operation in our school is the Oxford Learning Tree, although we do supplement this scheme with other books to support children’s learning and reading. In addition, children take part in regular guided reading sessions to teach them a range of reading skills. A wide range of new books were purchased last year to engage all readers.