Curriculum

The National Curriculum

Our school curriculum includes the ‘National Curriculum’ and EYFS curriculum as well as RE, PSHE and sex & relationships curriculums.

The National Curriculum is a statutory curriculum document used by primary and secondary schools.  It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.

The National Curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, the teacher will assess pupil progress and outcomes. .

Long term plan
 
Our long term plan paces out the topics for each year group in a rolling programme.  Key areas for learning  and learning 'hooks' are identified.  Beneath this plan sits the National Curriculum and our Key Skills documents. Teacher plan in more depth for each subject, identifying specific vocabulary too. 
 
Please follow the link below to see our Long Term Plan updated in line with our class structure for 2019-20.
Maths
 
Across the school, teachers follow the maths scheme of work published by ‘Maths No Problem!’  We foster a mastery approach that supports pupils to understand fluently and deeply before moving on.  Teaching maths for mastery stems from high performing nations such as Singapore. For more information, the link below will take you to the Maths No Problem main website.
 
Our Maths calculation policy exemplifies how we approach each of the 4 operations in a progressive way.
 
 
English
 
At Diptford, we use the principles of Talk for Writing and Babcock teaching sequences to support our English teaching and learning.  We use the 'Letter-join' programme to support pupils to develop a cursive handwriting style, with the expectation that they use it with increasing confidence by the end of Year 2.  
 
For reading, we use a range of reading schemes that support phonics and early reading which are organised according to 'book bands'.  Pupils are supported to select from this wide range of early reading texts (also see our Phonics tab). 
 
Once pupils are more confident readers, they access our Accelerated Reader (AR) programme.  AR is a computer program that really motivates pupils and makes reading such an enjoyable experience.  There is a wide range of books and authors available, and children self-select from within their carefully identified reading range.  When they have finished their book, they take a short quiz on the computer through their own, individual portal.  AR gives both children and teachers great feedback based on the quiz results.  
 
For more information, please follow the links below.
 
Key Skills
 
The documents below identify the key skills that support achieving National Curriculum outcomes in Science and the Foundation subjects. They are progressive across each year group (Year 1-6).