The Shakespeare Curriculum
Shakespeare Primary School is committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum from September 2014. We have updated our planning to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum and added a few Shakespeare twists. Teachers have received training in the key areas of curriculum change and we are ready to provide an outstanding curriculum for all our pupils.
The curriculum is taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. We aim for our curriculum to be exciting and to inspire children to nurture a passion for learning, encouraging inquisitiveness and confidence in our pupils.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum at Shakespeare
At Shakespeare Primary School, pupils in our Nursery and Reception Classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
In Nursery we begin to teach the building blocks of reading through early exposure to texts, language and through sound discrimination activities. At Shakespeare we use Government guidance called Letters and Sounds to help teachers plan progression in phonic skills. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
This curriculum is play based, and involves children self-selecting activities, whole class activities and small adult led activities by the teachers and support staff. Adults very carefully observe the children and plan progress for each of them by intervening in play and also planning targeted teaching to move learning forward.
In Reception children's learning is based on their own interests and projects developed around these. Key themes in the Early Learning Goals are addressed in provision areas and focus activities throughout the year depending on the project.
For information on how we teach phonics please see Letters and Sounds
Years 1 to 6 Curriculum at Shakespeare
At Shakespeare Primary School English and Maths lessons take place each morning, with science and the foundation subjects (history, geography, computing, religious education, physical education, art, French and design and technology) taking place each afternoon. Opportunities to promote literacy and numeracy throughout the curriculum are exploited, as well as cross curricular links.
In each key phase, educational visits take place which reinforce the learning which takes place in the classroom, such as visiting Murton Park in Years 3 and 4 for the children to become Roman Soldiers. We also have visits from musicians and historians. We value educational visits and visitors as we feel this is an important part of learning here at Shakespeare.
More detailed information on our curriculum is provided by Class Teachers at the beginning of each term.