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Here at Little Thurrock Primary School we have based our curriculum on The Learning Challenge Curriculum. This is an imaginative curriculum which includes all of the statutory requirements from the new National Curriculum (published in 2013). It has been designed and adapted by us to suit the needs of our children. Within this topic based curriculum, subjects are linked cohesively and a clear purpose is given to the children’s learning. Our curriculum has been designed to provide the children with many opportunities to apply the skills they have learnt in literacy and maths across other areas of the curriculum, making it more meaningful.
Each topic begins with an innovative overarching question that will entice the children into wanting to find out more. These questions can be seen in the table below and have been colour coded according to the main subject being taught. Other areas of the curriculum have been carefully woven into each topic to ensure that all children receive a broad and balanced curriculum during the course of the year. By using this approach, we aim to make learning a fun and meaningful adventure! We incorporate many different curriculum areas into our topics, and use these topics to teach aspects of the Computing curriculum.
The teaching of reading and writing in school starts with ‘Read, Write Inc’ (RWI) which is our chosen literacy scheme for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. This has a very clear teaching and learning structure for phonics, letter formation, sentence structure and reading. Writing in Read Write Inc focuses on word and sentence structure with the appropriate use of punctuation, vocabulary and spelling expected at each RWI stage. Children practise and apply their reading and writing skills to other curriculum subjects. The pupils have opportunities to write extended pieces linked to their Learning Challenge units as soon as they are able.
As children complete the Read, Write Inc programme in Year 2, they move on to Literacy and Language either in in Year 2when at the equivalent reading ability of a level 2b, or at the start of Year 3. Literacy and Language incorporates all aspects of Literacy: speaking and listening, reading and writing. Literacy and Language is also used throughout KS2. This programme is in units that last for approximately 6 weeks of teaching. Teachers plan opportunities for the skills developed in Literacy and Language lessons to be applied to other subjects.
Please click below to view our Curriculum planning for each year group:
Please click here to view the Curriculum overview
Please click here for Literacy and Language Units Overview.
Please click here for Maths Year 1 to 6 yearly curriculum overview.
Please click here for RE curriculum overview Year 1 to 6.
Please click here to view the new National Curriculum (2013).
Please click here to find information on our online homework
Please click here to view our SRE curriculum