Our Curriculum Statement
At SMCPA we have a rich and varied curriculum based on...
In English our learning is centred around quality texts that immerse children into different worlds with exciting characters. We use teaching approaches that create engagement and a love of Literacy. In Maths we use the Maths Mastery scheme to identify the next steps learners need to make and then focus on closing those gaps. As mathematical skills become secure we apply them in a range of contexts. In Reception and Key Stage 1 children have daily Read/Write/Inc Phonics sessions in smaller groups to allow focused teaching, and once their sounds are secure, children progress to whole class Guided Reading sessions focussing on VIPERS (vocabulary, inference, punctuation, explanation, retrieval and sequencing.
Our Science curriculum aims to stimulate and excite pupil's curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. We follow the Kent Primary Science scheme and take a hands-on approach to investigating scientific concepts and following lines of enquiry.
The teaching of British values (democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith) is interwoven throughout our curriculum as part of our social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) teaching. British values are also taught through our personal, social and health education (PSHE) programme ‘Jigsaw', which looks at how young people apply these values in every day scenarios and ensures that children are aware of the world`s religions and impact on society (RSE). The school also enhances this learning through pupil’s experience such as outdoor learning, trips that complement the curriculum, and half-termly whole school days focusing on social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning. Our foundation curriculum and the texts we use to teach English are carefully planned to offer opportunities for our pupils to explore contemporary issues in modern life, both with a local focus as well as global. An example of this is would be 'There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom' by Louis Sachar which explores the concept of relationships, emotions, values and friendship.
Our PE sessions involve input from a specialist PE coach to provide enriching sporting activities both indoors and out. In Computing we use digital tools across all areas of learning and additionally we spend time developing our Computer Science and ICT ability, whist ensuring that we teach the key concept of online safety. Whilst in Art and DT,