Curriculum Information Leaflets are issued to parents at the start of each term and are available from the school office.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into three prime areas and four specific areas. The 3 Prime Areas are Communication and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. The 4 Specific Areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Early years experience should build on what children already know and can do. Our Foundation Stage curriculum is carefully structured to provide relevant and appropriate content that matches the different levels of young children's needs. Initially children may seem to be 'just playing' but they are developing important basic skills in Literacy and Numeracy as well as developing social skills, independence and initiative.
There is a rigorous phonics program for children in early Years and Year One. The school follows the 'Jolly Phonics' and 'Letters and Sounds' programme.
As the year progresses, the children gradually do more formal work so by the end of the year, they are well prepared for the curriculum they will follow in Year One.
Key Curriculum Drivers
One of our key drivers as a school is using our outside environment. Children in Robins class regularly participate in Forest School, located at Glapthorn Cow Pastures, as well as using Short Wood and our allotments and school grounds to help their learning.
- Our Local Community and Beyond: We have an important place within our community and believe it is important that our pupils see themselves within a local context and also learn about the multicultural country that they live in.
- Outdoor Learning: We are lucky enough to be in a wonderful location and we believe children learn effectively outdoors. To this end, we have the use of our allotment, school grounds, pond, wildlife garden and the local woods and fields to bring our curriculum alive.
- Our Values: Our curriculum is designed so pupils can develop the ability to both work independently and as part of a team which we believe are vital life skills. These are reflected in our Learning Dinosaurs
The children are taught in mixed age and mixed ability classes and so the work is differentiated to meet their individual needs. This means that although a class may be working on the same topic, e.g. fractions, the children will be getting different levels of support and will be getting different levels of challenge so that every child learns and progresses with their learning in every lesson. This also means children usually have a teacher for two years and so there is the added benefit that teachers know every child exceptionally well and time is not lost in September whilst the new teacher gets to know their class.
Our Curriculum Intent:
To improve all children’s learning outcomes, by outstanding teaching and partnership working, within a supportive, caring, Christian school environment; promoting excellence, resilience and determination in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. With the well-being of our pupils, staff and parents at the forefront of all we do.
Our intent is to enable learners at all levels to have the courage and faith to create, explore, and be curious. We aim to bring people together, to build on a Christian and moral ethos, demonstrating kindness and respect to all.
At Glapthorn School we offer a broad and balanced range of subjects in line
with the expectations of the National and Early Years curriculum. We value
and embrace all subjects within the National Curriculum and have a strong
commitment to the arts.
English and Maths are central to our challenging and varied curriculum. They
are taught as distinct subjects but are also central to our thematic units of
work. Inspirational themes are used to deliver the foundation subjects such as Computing, Science, Art, Dance, Music, PE, Design Technology, History and Geography. This creative and innovative approach to learning is key to developing independent and innovative thinkers who embrace challenge and
think creatively. It motivates our children to succeed and promotes
consistently high standards of achievement and behaviour across the school.
As a Church School, RE is important to us and is taught in line with the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Northamptonshire.
All of our educational provision is underpinned by the whole school approach
to inclusion, equal opportunities and diversity. We embrace Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural values and place importance on teaching children about their own well-being and life experiences within the wider diverse culture of Britain. We teach our children to keep safe and how to adopt healthy lifestyles.
Our church ethos fosters a caring atmosphere where we celebrate and share
achievements and build empathy and respect for each other.