The curriculum is organised to promote all aspects of children’s development.
It is structured to provide continuity of learning within the Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1 and developing into and throughout Key Stage 2.
All children have full access to the National Curriculum. This consists of five core subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Information Communication Technology and Religious Education. The foundation subjects are Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, French, Physical Education and Citizenship and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning). Citizenship and SEAL are usually taught through circle time activities.
Literacy and Numeracy are taught in separate lessons each day. Many of the other subjects are taught in a cross-curricular approach (known as the Creative Curriculum), with different topic areas being studied each term. In KS1 our we use Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play for the teaching of phonics. Our Reading scheme is Nelson Thornes. The topics combine areas of study from several subjects. Science, Physical Education and Religious Education are usually taught in separate lessons during the week.
National Curriculum documents, school policies and schemes of work are available to parents upon request. Our schemes of work identify the introduction, consolidation and development of key concepts and skills. Careful planning ensures that at every stage staff recognise and build on learning which has previously been experienced.
Children with Special Educational Needs
Horsted School is an inclusive school. We aim to raise the achievement and attainment of all pupils. All children are assessed throughout their time at the school. If there are any concerns about the development or progress of a child, parents and the teacher with responsibility for children with special educational needs are informed and support is arranged within the school. Your child will be placed on the special needs register and the specific provision provided will follow the Special Needs Code of Practice guidelines. If the child’s needs are more complex the school may involve other agencies.
It is important that children with special educational needs are identified before they experience long periods of failure and unhappiness and so there are careful arrangements in place to ensure the school caters appropriately for children with special educational needs.
Children with special educational needs are discussed every term at a meeting called the In-School Review. Teachers provide individual programmes of work for these children and monitor their progress carefully. Extra help is often given from the Teaching Assistants within the school. Occasionally a child’s needs are greater and outside agencies are brought in to give extra help and guidance in providing a programme of work. Parents are kept fully informed and are called upon to help the child at home if this is felt to be beneficial. The school is also able to refer children for specialist treatment if there are specific problems in areas such as hearing, speech or sight.
As many of you will be aware, the Infant and Junior Schools employ a shared SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), Miss Lambert, who liaises with parents and teachers and works specifically with some of our gifted or less able children. This greatly enhances the smooth transition of pupils from KS1 with special educational needs to the next phase of their education.
Children who have English as an Additional Language
Children who speak another language at home will be given extra support where needed to ensure they have equal access to all areas of the curriculum. Our aim is that those children for whom English is not their first languages settle confidently into school and benefit from a wide and varied curriculum.
Please click the links below to find more information about the curriculum.