As a school, we have undergone a thorough review of the curriculum we offer. We have engaged with our parents/carers, pupils, governors and the wider community to find out what our curriculum should look like.
We have looked at all aspects of school life and reflected on what are the main aims for us, as a school, to ensure we provide an outstanding curriculum, that is special to us, and that offers our children the very best experiences to ensure the very best outcomes.
Our Vision is:
To immerse pupils in an ambitious and inspiring curriculum which enables them to be unique and to flourish in learning throughout life.
Below are a number of documents that set out what we believe. This is our vision for the future we hope you will find it a quality insight into life at Clayton-le--Woods Church of England Primary School.
Curriculum Statement of Intent - this document sets out the school's vision for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, reflecting on the Intent, Implementation and Impact of the curriculum as a whole.
Subject Statements of Intent - these documents share the vision of each subject leader identifying the Intent, Implementation and Impact of their subject.
The school is committed to assessing our children and has adopted a robust system of assessing without levels. Following our well attended parents information evening we have placed below two reports that will provide further information for parents. Please see Commission report and Interim teacher assessment. Mrs Bashora and Mr Howard are happy to answer any questions parents have regarding our new assessment framework.
As a school, we use a wide range of assessment tools including day to day assessment by the teacher and more formal assessment which includes PIRA and PUMA tests, Testbase, Rising Stars Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Progress tests and Key Learning Indicators of Performance, an assessment tools created by Lancashire consultants. For further information about any of these assessment tools, please speak to any member of teaching staff or Mrs Bashora.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
For details please see the Department of Education Website (EYFS Curriculum), or speak to Mrs Govier.
KS1 reading and phonics scheme
We are currently using the Read, Write Inc scheme of works for phonics and reading. For more information, please click here.
The study of English develops children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. As the children become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts, their ability to express themselves creatively and imaginatively is developed and extended. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. In the infants a phonics scheme called 'Read, Write Inc' is used, this is continued in the juniors up to Year 6. A very extensive library is available in the infants and juniors. In the juniors, the children use Accelerated Reader, this is an approach whereby the children read books that have been identified as being suitably challenging for them. They access the books from a well-stocked library and complete quizzes on all the books they have read.
Mathematics is not only taught because it is useful. It can be a source of wonder and delight, offering pupils intellectual stimulation, excitement and an appreciation of essential creativity. Our mathematics lessons from Year 1 to Year 6 follow the Maths - No Problem! scheme, which outlines what children in each age group should be achieving. For more information about this nationally recognised scheme, click on this link or here for our parent presentation.
Maths - No Problem! It is a scheme of work that has been written to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014. Our school has adopted this scheme to utilise from year 1-6. It is the only recommended series approved the DfE for schools on the mastery programme. Maths – No Problem focuses on the key aspects of visualisation, generalisation and the ability to make mathematical decisions for themselves. This enables children to have significant time on deepening their learning and ability to reason through concrete, pictorial and abstract approach alongside problem solving throughout!
For parent support videos, please click here.
Religious Education (RE) and Collective Worship
Teachers follow the Blackburn Diocese scheme of work for religious education. Approximately 70% of teaching is based on Christianity, with the remaining 30% teaching children about the world faiths of Judaism and Islam.
Every class has a weekly Religious Education lesson. Each day there is an act of Collective Worship led by the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Vicar, Curate or by the staff and children and this includes a varied range of topics including other faiths, enabling the children to find out about the wider world. We call these assemblies to distinguish between our Christian faith, and the study of other religions and the wider world.
Parents are invited to join us on special occasions for class worship.
You have the right to withdraw your children from Collective Worship and Religious Education. Please contact the Headteacher for guidance. However, we, as a Church school, place great importance and value on the role of these two areas in the life of our school and would strongly recommend that your child takes part in all elements of school life.
Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in< finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children will develop skills of observing, predicting, hypothesising, recording and drawing conclusions. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level. We use the Lancashire Planning documents to support out teaching.
Computing is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing we equip children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We enable them to find, explore analyse exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a< discriminating and effective way. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners. We use the Rising Stars - Switched on Computing - scheme of work to support our teaching of computing.
Music is important in developing creative and expressive skills in every child. Our aim is to foster children’s sensitivity to music, to enable them to understand and enjoy it. To achieve this, all children participate in listening to, appraising, composing and performing short pieces of music. We utilise Charanga Musical School to help us teach a wide range of musical genres and styles.
Geography in the primary school offers children opportunities to discover more about the world in which we live and our environment. It focuses on the study of place and the places studied are both nearby and distant. In the study of places and through other activities, children will have the opportunity to develop geographical skills and study themes in geography. Trips in classes are encouraged and Y6 have a week's residential trip to Edale. Year 5 have a week’s residential trip to Bewerley.
Art and Design
Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions.
Children learn how to control and develop their movement through a balanced and enjoyable scheme of work in PE. Gymnastics, Games, Dance and Athletics. Children are taught for approximately two hours each week. The school funds children in Year 4 to attend weekly swimming lessons. Regular physical exercise helps our children’s minds as well as bodies to stay healthy. We are very lucky to be able to use our PE funding to provide expert coaching from Premier Sports and Chorley Council for children of all ages at our school.
History lessons are designed to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the lives of people who lived in the past. We aim to teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today. Led by questions, we teach children to investigate past events and through this to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and problem solving.
Design & Technology (DT)
DT prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Through the study of DT they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, it uses and its impacts. DT helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers as well as potential innovators.
Modern Foreign Language
Learning a foreign language can open doors for children's learning and gives a view into other cultures and societies. At Clayton-le-Woods, we teach French using the Rising Stars 'Eurostars' scheme.