Curriculum

Our vision is to create a curriculum that encourages children to discover, explore and create. We want to help each child flourish into a caring, confident and resilient young person who has a love of learning. We will do this by upholding high aspirations through our innovative and inspiring approach to teaching and learning.

Since January 2019 we have spent a considerable amount of time looking at our curriculum and ensuring that it meets the needs of our pupils and that it allows them to secure relevant knowledge, skills and understanding over time.

As a maintained primary school we have to ensure that we teach the statutory content of The National Curriculum. However, we have an additional six core aspects that are part of our curriculum that we believe are important for the children in our schools.

Spirituality

As a Church school we ensure that reflection time in our RE sessions allows children to explore big questions and moral dilemmas. These sessions enable children to know they are of immense worth and that they can make a valuable contribution to their school community and the wider world.

Outdoor Learning

We look for opportunities to embrace our our local area, ensuring children to learn to understand and appreciate the wonders and beauty of nature. We want to spend time learning beyond the classroom; to explore and discover. Our aim is for each school within the federation to have their own allotment area in which children will look after. Producing fruits and vegetables that they will use in their food technology lessons. We also aim for children to spend time using the outdoor area to enhance the learning in their current topic – whether that is a trip down to the river or looking for bugs under stones!

Metacognition

Children have an opportunity to think and talk about learning every week in our weekly ‘Learnology’ sessions.

‘There appears to be a new notion that an appreciation of ‘how’ students learn is at least as important as ‘what’ they learn’. – Beere.

The sessions allow children to understand themselves as learners and to know about the process of learning. Children have opportunities to look at lifelong learning skills such as collaboration, empathy, resilience and many more…

Why it is important?

At the heart of Learnology is a fundamental belief that education is about preparing children for life beyond the walls of the classroom. It is about helping them to build up the mental, emotional, social and strategic resources so that they can enjoy challenges and cope well with uncertainty and complexity.

This is particularly relevant in a society that is full of change, risk, opportunity and complexity. Learnology is not a quick fix or a bolt on but should be seen as a way of refreshing our thinking about the culture in our schools.

Diversity

We recognise the importance of preparing our children for life in modern Britain. We will continue to celebrate diversity through our inclusive community. We will forge strong links with contrasting communities and look for learning opportunities beyond The Dales.

Healthy Living

Promoting healthy living is a key feature within our schools. Through our excellence in sports, lessons in food technology and promoting a growth mindset, we are helping our children to develop healthy bodies and minds. We have a cookery teacher that works across the federation providing practical workshops for children and parents.

Every week our children have access to a PE specialist teacher, Mr Baines, who teaches a PE. In addition, key stage 2 pupils swim every fortnight at Upper Wharfedale. We take part in cluster sporting events.

In April 2019 our schools were the host schools for Compass Buzz – a mental healthy charity based in North Yorkshire who provide training for schools about supporting vulnerable children and families with mental health issues. Our future aim is to have a designated person within the federation who can be a point of contact for families in need.

Maths and English

Core Subjects

The core subject skills of reading, writing and mathematics are vitally important and are taught daily within the context of our personally designed ‘thematic curriculum’. This curriculum, which is organised into topics, provides relevant learning opportunities for pupils of all ages, as part of which they develop independence, questioning skills, the ability to investigate and ask questions and a well-rounded appreciation of the world around them in addition to a sound grounding in the ‘3 Rs’.

We place great emphasis on our core subject teaching and knowledge as we believe that the skills and knowledge learnt in these lessons are vital to enable pupils to access the full range of opportunities available to them in later life. Mathematics, reading and writing are taught daily and pupils are given regular homework tasks that enable them to extend or consolidate the skills learnt in class.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught as a subject daily in all classes as well as being taught as a tool across the curriculum. Pupils at all levels are given the opportunity to develop new skills and processes, investigate number patterns and rules, solve problems and puzzles, explore shape, space and measures and learn key facts by heart.

In The Foundation Stage, pupils learn mathematical processes and number facts through a range of play based and investigative activities. They learn songs that help with counting and recognising numbers and use the environment around them to learn more about shape and space.

Reading

Pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 are encouraged to read daily to develop their independent reading and comprehension skills. We teach reading in a variety of ways. Our younger pupils read to an adult regularly to develop their ability to recognise common words, breakup unknown words into segments and begin to understand the texts that they are reading.

As pupils get older, they take part in ‘guided reading’ where the teacher works with a group of children reading at a similar level and, through setting focused reading and comprehension objectives, is able to help the group progress with their ability to read more challenging texts and comment on what they have read. Pupils in the Foundation Stage experience books in a range of contexts, listen to stories, retell stories using puppets and begin to recognise letter sounds and common words.

Writing

Writing skills are taught within our daily English lessons. Pupils are also given a wide range of opportunities to write for real purposes across the curriculum. A confident and skilled writer has the ability to write in a range of contexts such as letter writing, emails, reports,
persuasive texts and fiction writing. Our topic based curriculum provides many opportunities for children to develop their writing skills in real and relevant contexts. Pupils are taught spelling patterns and rules of grammar discretely and within literacy lessons.

Pupils in the Foundation Stage develop early writing skills by engaging in a range of gross and fine motor play activities. When ready, they develop their early writing skills on paper by learning letter formations and writing familiar words and short sentences.

 

Phonics

The children are taught to read using systematic synthetic phonics within Early Years and Key Stage 1.

They are taught to decode and blend words using the sounds they have learnt in Phonics and to use picture clues and syntax clues to help them when reading books.

Science

Science is taught within our long term plan of topics. As part of our science teaching, pupils are given the opportunity to develop the following skills and processes:

• Observe and measure
• Classify and conclude
• Identify patterns and relationships
• Make predictions and explain results
• Devise and carry out investigations
• Handle equipment and a wide range of materials safely and effectively.

Religious Education and Collective Worship

We follow the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for RE teaching in Key Stage 1 and 2. Pupils are given the opportunity in RE lessons and as part of the wider curriculum to learn about aspects of the Christian faith and other major faiths as well as discuss feelings, values and moral issues that are pertinent to them.

All pupils take part in an act of daily collective worship which is broadly Christian in nature. These sessions are led by teaching staff and members of the local clergy. Parents can request in writing that their child does not take part in collective worship should they so wish.

Modern Foreign Languages

French is taught in key stage 2, with a focus on the acquisition of spoken skills. Our older pupils are taught by Madame Maclean who provides opportunities to develop early conversational skills.

ICT/Computing

In a world where computers, electronic communication, mobile phones and virtual learning environments are becoming a bigger part of daily life, it is vital that we prepare our pupils for the future in providing opportunities across the curriculum for them to develop ICT and programming skills.

We are well equipped to teach ICT skills as part of our wider curriculum and our pupils enjoy a range of opportunities to use ICT in the different subject areas.

Curriculum

Our vision is to create a curriculum that encourages children to discover, explore and create. We want to help each child flourish into a caring, confident and resilient young person who has a love of learning. We will do this by upholding high aspirations through our innovative and inspiring approach to teaching and learning.

Since January 2019 we have spent a considerable amount of time looking at our curriculum and ensuring that it meets the needs of our pupils and that it allows them to secure relevant knowledge, skills and understanding over time.

As a maintained primary school we have to ensure that we teach the statutory content of The National Curriculum. However, we have an additional six core aspects that are part of our curriculum that we believe are important for the children in our schools.

Spirituality

As a Church school we ensure that reflection time in our RE sessions allows children to explore big questions and moral dilemmas. These sessions enable children to know they are of immense worth and that they can make a valuable contribution to their school community and the wider world.

Outdoor Learning

We look for opportunities to embrace our our local area, ensuring children to learn to understand and appreciate the wonders and beauty of nature. We want to spend time learning beyond the classroom; to explore and discover. Our aim is for each school within the federation to have their own allotment area in which children will look after. Producing fruits and vegetables that they will use in their food technology lessons. We also aim for children to spend time using the outdoor area to enhance the learning in their current topic – whether that is a trip down to the river or looking for bugs under stones!

Metacognition

Children have an opportunity to think and talk about learning every week in our weekly ‘Learnology’ sessions.

‘There appears to be a new notion that an appreciation of ‘how’ students learn is at least as important as ‘what’ they learn’. – Beere.

The sessions allow children to understand themselves as learners and to know about the process of learning. Children have opportunities to look at lifelong learning skills such as collaboration, empathy, resilience and many more…

Why it is important?

At the heart of Learnology is a fundamental belief that education is about preparing children for life beyond the walls of the classroom. It is about helping them to build up the mental, emotional, social and strategic resources so that they can enjoy challenges and cope well with uncertainty and complexity.

This is particularly relevant in a society that is full of change, risk, opportunity and complexity. Learnology is not a quick fix or a bolt on but should be seen as a way of refreshing our thinking about the culture in our schools.

Diversity

We recognise the importance of preparing our children for life in modern Britain. We will continue to celebrate diversity through our inclusive community. We will forge strong links with contrasting communities and look for learning opportunities beyond The Dales.

At Cracoe and Rylstone we have a strong link with Horton Grange Academy in  Bradford and meet with them twice a year to do joint learning projects.

Healthy Living

Promoting healthy living is a key feature within our schools. Through our excellence in sports, lessons in food technology and promoting a growth mindset, we are helping our children to develop healthy bodies and minds. We have a cookery teacher that works across the federation providing practical workshops for children and parents.

Every week our children have access to a PE specialist teacher, Mr Baines, who teaches a PE. In addition, key stage 2 pupils swim every fortnight at Upper Wharfedale. We take part in cluster sporting events.

In April 2019 our schools were the host schools for Compass Buzz – a mental healthy charity based in North Yorkshire who provide training for schools about supporting vulnerable children and families with mental health issues. Our future aim is to have a designated person within the federation who can be a point of contact for families in need.

Core Subjects

The core subject skills of reading, writing and mathematics are vitally important and are taught daily within the context of our personally designed ‘creative curriculum’. This curriculum, which is organised into topics, provides relevant learning opportunities for pupils of all ages, as part of which they develop independence, questioning skills, the ability to investigate and ask questions and a well-rounded appreciation of the world around them in addition to a sound grounding in the ‘3 Rs’.

We place great emphasis on our core subject teaching and knowledge as we believe that the skills and knowledge learnt in these lessons are vital to enable pupils to access the full range of opportunities available to them in later life. Mathematics, reading and writing are taught daily and pupils are given regular homework tasks that enable them to extend or consolidate the skills learnt in class.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught as a subject daily in all classes as well as being taught as a tool across the curriculum. Pupils at all levels are given the opportunity to develop new skills and processes, investigate number patterns and rules, solve problems and puzzles, explore shape, space and measures and learn key facts by heart.

In The Foundation Stage, pupils learn mathematical processes and number facts through a range of play based and investigative activities. They learn songs that help with counting and recognising numbers and use the environment around them to learn more about shape and space.

Reading

Pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 are encouraged to read daily to develop their independent reading and comprehension skills. We teach reading in a variety of ways. Our younger pupils read to an adult regularly to develop their ability to recognise common words, breakup unknown words into segments and begin to understand the texts that they are reading.

As pupils get older, they take part in ‘guided reading’ where the teacher works with a group of children reading at a similar level and, through setting focused reading and comprehension objectives, is able to help the group progress with their ability to read more challenging texts and comment on what they have read. Pupils in the Foundation Stage experience books in a range of contexts, listen to stories, retell stories using puppets and begin to recognise letter sounds and common words.

Writing

Writing skills are taught within our daily English lessons. Pupils are also given a wide range of opportunities to write for real purposes across the curriculum. A confident and skilled writer has the ability to write in a range of contexts such as letter writing, emails, reports,
persuasive texts and fiction writing. Our topic based curriculum provides many opportunities for children to develop their writing skills in real and relevant contexts. Pupils are taught spelling patterns and rules of grammar discretely and within literacy lessons.

Pupils in the Foundation Stage develop early writing skills by engaging in a range of gross and fine motor play activities. When ready, they develop their early writing skills on paper by learning letter formations and writing familiar words and short sentences.

Science

Science is taught within our long term plan of topics. As part of our science teaching, pupils are given the opportunity to develop the following skills and processes:

• Observe and measure
• Classify and conclude
• Identify patterns and relationships
• Make predictions and explain results
• Devise and carry out investigations
• Handle equipment and a wide range of materials safely and effectively.

Phonics

The children are taught to read using systematic synthetic phonics within Early Years and Key Stage 1.

They are taught to decode and blend words using the sounds they have learnt in Phonics and to use picture clues and syntax clues to help them when reading books.

Modern Foreign Languages

French is taught throughout the school, with a focus on the acquisition of spoken skills. This teaching is informal for younger pupils and consists of simple spoken commands, counting and the learning of phrases. For our older pupils, French is taught more formally and pupils are given the opportunity to develop early conversational skills.

Religious Education and Collective Worship

We follow the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for RE teaching in Key Stage 1 and 2. Pupils are given the opportunity in RE lessons and as part of the wider curriculum to learn about aspects of the Christian faith and other major faiths as well as discuss feelings, values and moral issues that are pertinent to them.

All pupils take part in an act of daily collective worship which is broadly Christian in nature. These sessions are led by teaching staff and members of the local clergy. Parents can request in writing that their child does not take part in collective worship should they so wish.

ICT/Computing

In a world where computers, electronic communication, mobile phones and virtual learning environments are becoming a bigger part of daily life, it is vital that we prepare our pupils for the future in providing opportunities across the curriculum for them to develop ICT and programming skills.

We are well equipped to teach ICT skills as part of our wider curriculum and our pupils enjoy a range of opportunities to use ICT in the different subject areas.

Music

In addition to music teaching within the school curriculum, all pupils have the opportunity of learning to play a musical instrument as part of the normal curriculum. More specialist tuition for voice, piano, strings, wind, brass and percussion instruments is available through the NYCC Music Service and peripatetic music teachers work weekly with pupils at the school. A fee is charged for this service from which parents on Income Support or in receipt of the Pupil Premium are exempted.

We also offer very popular accordion tuition through the Craven School of Music. Details of charges are available at school. We usually offer after school Band where children who are learning instruments can experience playing together.

Mrs Turvey teaches music throughout the school in weekly music lessons where children learn how to appreciate and understand music.

PE and Sport

All children take part in PE. In Foundation/KS1 the children are taught on site or at Burnsall Primary. The children in KS2 also travel to Upper Wharfedale School weekly to take advantage of their specialist sports facilities, including the swimming pool. If the weather is fine we will also make use of our outdoor areas. Children who wear earrings (stud-type only allowed in school) will be asked to remove them for PE, in accordance with safety standards in the County. For PE lessons, children wear black shorts and a red t-shirt, and do their work in bare feet or gym shoes. Out of doors, depending on how warm it is, they wear shorts or jogging trousers and gym shoes/trainers. We also have a specialist professional school team strip provided by the local Tarmac Quarry for use by pupils playing sports for the school in local and county championships.

If a parent should wish a child to be excused from PE due to illness or injury, children should bring a letter of explanation prior to the lesson. PE is a compulsory subject and every effort should be made for every child to participate in the lesson in some capacity. Those with special needs or disabilities will have the lesson objectives differentiated so that they may participate.

 

Science

We encourage all children to carry out investigations in Science and children are encouraged to ask questions and where appropriate to seek answers out for themselves.

They use a variety of books, ICT resources and the Internet to add to their own scientific knowledge.

MFL

French is taught weekly to all children throughout school by our Class 2 specialist French teacher.

Art/History/Geography/D.T.

These subjects are taught with a themed creative approach although the focus is still firmly on developing the skills they need in each subject.

Computing

Children learn to use a computer with confidence, skill and enjoyment.

They will develop a wide range of skills to enable them to become competent in the world of computing.

Music

We encourage all children to become actively involved in a variety of musical activities where they can experience the excitement and joy of performing. We have a specialist music teacher who comes into teach the full music curriculum to all year groups in which they are given opportunities to develop their skills such as listening and responding to music, acquiring a basic knowledge of the elements of music, as well as being offered other extra-curricular activities.

We take part in various concerts and festivals and produce our own musical shows at various times through the year. Children are also offered other tuition through the peripatetic music service.

Physical Education

Through the expert tuition provided by our specialist sports teachers, children will develop a wide range of skills in all the main areas; they will be encouraged to understand the importance and benefits of taking part in physical activity and to appreciate skilful and creative performance. All children will understand the importance of being part of a team, as well as developing their individual skills.

Children are offered the opportunity to take part in a variety of extra-curricular clubs. A sports club runs every week and we hold an annual residential visit for our Year 6 children, where there is a strong focus on Outdoor and Adventurous activities such as canoeing, climbing and raft building.

All our Key Stage 2 children have weekly swimming lessons at Upper Wharfedale Secondary School.

Religious Education

Our school follows the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for RE. As a church school we have developed a cohesive RE curriculum that is enhanced by our Collective Worship programme and by the SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) themes. Our curriculum promotes an understanding of people of different faiths and beliefs. We strive to incorporate visits to a variety of places of worship and to bring in guest speakers to enrich the curriculum.

PHSCE - Personal, Social and Health Education

Our PHSCE curriculum is woven around our RE curriculum and our Collective Worship themes which each year are based upon Christian Values.

The PHSCE themes include: Good To Be Me; Belonging; Relationships; Getting on and Falling Out; Going for Goals.

Our Worship Themes include: Respect and Reverence; Compassion; Truthfulness; Friendship; Generosity; Service, Humility, Wisdom to name but a few.

Curriculum in the Foundation Stage

For children in their reception year we follow the Government’s 2012 Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The children’s learning and development is taught through seven areas of learning.

Three Prime areas:

1. Communication and Language
2. Physical Development
3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Four specific areas:

4. Literacy
5. Mathematics
6. Understanding the World
7. Expressive Arts and Design

We develop the children’s learning through all these areas both inside our classroom and outside in our well-equipped courtyard. We pride ourselves on child initiated learning. This approach involves really getting to know the children as unique individuals and allowing them to help us plan our provision and the themes that we cover. By allowing ourselves to follow the interests of the children we find that the children become highly engaged and motivated when learning.

As part of our curriculum we really emphasise the characteristics of learning, the dispositions and attitudes that enable children to be successful learners. We value perseverance, team work, curiosity and fun. We want our children to believe they can be fantastic in all that they do. We hope that this skill of recognising the qualities of a successful learning will travel with them throughout their life; making our children Life Long Learners.

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