At Coningsby St. Michael’s CofE Primary School, teaching and learning is designed through our Creative Curriculum. This means that the children learn through relevant experiences that link around carefully chosen themes and each theme is used as a vehicle for delivering the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) development statements in a creative and meaningful way.
The children are able to make connections between their learning and also still meet the individual requirements of different subjects as outlined in the National Curriculum/EYFS. We endeavour to foster a life-long love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross-curricular approach.
Our Creative Curriculum strives to deliver a twenty-first century education that will equip our children with the skills required to be independent and responsible citizens.
We have developed a set of statements and symbols to help our whole school community understand why we teach the variety of subject areas that make up our school curriculum.
These long term curriculum plans for each year group show what the children will learn, term by term.
These whole school long term plans give an overview for other areas of the curriculum. The RE curriculum is based on the Lincolnshire agreed syllabus.
Reading & Phonics
Coningsby St Michael’s aims for all children to read with confidence, fluency and understanding; have an interest in the written word and read for enjoyment; and employ a range of independent strategies to self monitor and correct.
- At Key stage 1 children should begin to read fiction and non-fiction independently and with enthusiasm.
- At Key stage 2 children should read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them.
- All pupils receive weekly opportunities for planned guided reading with a teacher. Shared and independent reading will take place whenever appropriate.
- Class reading opportunities are differentiated either through texts or support.
- Each class in school will have a class text usually related to the current topic. The class will explore the text in English lessons and use it as the stimulus for different forms of writing. This text will be shared with parents on class curriculum newsletters.
- Reading material is varied to reflect a variety of genres, topics, personal choice and current affairs.
- All pupils and parents are actively encouraged and supported to enjoy home reading.
- Letters and Sounds (phonics) is taught daily in Key stage 1 and, where appropriate, Key stage 2.
- Letters and Sounds are taught discretely and reinforced in contextualised opportunities as part of embedded practice.
- Classrooms provide banded reading books, picture books and paperbacks for more confident readers.
- All book areas reflect current topics which are updated each half term.
- All classes have the opportunity to visit the school library weekly. Children are encouraged to choose material which will engage and challenge them.
- Children will have the opportunity to change home reading books during guided reading sessions in Key stage 1 and whenever appropriate in Key stage 2.
- Some children in Key stage 1 will be provided with activity packs including key word cards where this is felt to be an appropriate strategy for that child.
- Reading is assessed each week during guided reading sessions against the main objectives of the New National curriculum.