Core Subjects

Our Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 is based on Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum.

‘Essentials treats core and foundation subjects in the same way, with: 
Clear coverage for each subject, common learning objectives for each subject and
Milestones for progress in every subject.  In doing this, Essentials matches the high standards in the core curriculum and vastly exceeds standards in the foundation curriculum.’

In conjunction with the National Curriculum we further enhance and tailor our curriculum to meet our children’s specific needs, providing a wider, more motivating syllabus which promotes creative learning.  This enables pupils to develop knowledge, understanding and skills through first hand practical experience and evaluation, learning within the natural environment across all age ranges. We plan a creative curriculum that links all subjects where applicable to a theme.  Each theme will start with an exciting stimulus to be used as a way to immerse children into the learning right from the very start.

In English and Mathematics we follow the National Curriculum 2014 and teach it through the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum using the ongoing objectives and providing the essential learning opportunities.  We teach to the milestones for years 1 and 2 in both KS1 classes to enable us to push our higher achievers across the Key Stage.  This also happens in Key Stage 2 where years 3 and 4 work on Milestone 2 and Years 5 and 6 are working on the Milestone 3 objectives.  Children who are reading below a 2b are part of the Read Write Inc Programme for Literacy.  Read Write Inc is a lively and vigorous synthetic phonics programme that teaches children to read and write quickly and embeds basic phonic skills.  More can be found on this on the ‘Reading at Lightmoor ‘ page. 

Science is taught through the National Curriculum Programmes of study and supported with the Rising stars 2014 planning program.  Science areas are taught in line with the year groups and planned alongside other areas of Learning to promote cross curricular links.

Click on the link below to see our Science Curriculum across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 

Science Essential Opportunities

 

Computing is taught weekly across the whole school as a whole class taught session. Alongside this other technology is used across the curriculum to support other lessons. Each class has a Rising Star Computing pack for particular year groups to support teaching. 

Click on link below to see the Computing Curriculum across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Computing Essential Opportunities

 

Teachers  use other resources to support their teaching such as Rising Stars and are encouraged to make the learning as ‘real’ for pupils as possible.

On a half-termly basis, the key ‘focus’ area within the foundation-subject curriculum will alternate, to ensure it takes prominence in your learning and teaching and to ensure more meaningful, extended and developed activities, tasks and investigations can be created. This does not necessarily mean skills in those areas are not being focused upon cannot be met by pupils, but simply that planned opportunities will discriminate in favour of the ‘focus’ area. We have allocated subjects across a term that are to be covered for at least one half term and have left it to the discretion of the teacher to plan what they cover when. The foundation subjects are also taught using the Chris Quigley Essentials curriculum but mirror the Programme of study in the National Curriculum.

Below is the matrix for our Foundation subjects

 

Autumn Term

Art, Geography, DT, Music, RE

Subject focus for the whole term, teachers can choose which ones to put together to focus on for each half term. Each one must be covered at least once during a term.

Computing, MFL (KS2) and Science on-going through every half term.

 

Spring Term

History, Art, Geography, Music

Subject focus for the whole term, teachers can choose which ones to put together to focus on for each half term. Each one must be covered at least once during a term.

Computing, MFL (KS2) and Science on-going through every half term.

 

Summer Term

DT, Art, History, Music, RE

Subject focus for the whole term, teachers can choose which ones to put together to focus on for each half term. Each one must be covered at least once during a term.

Computing, MFL (KS2) and Science on-going through every half term.

 

Children across the school have access to the following curriculum provision in addition to statutory requirements to enhance and extend their learning opportunities: 

Forest School – provision of woodland skills learning opportunities for every child for at least 6 weeks every academic year

Swimming for all children from Years 1- 6 for a block each academic year. 

Nurture – This is a programme aimed at developing social skills, independence, self-esteem and team building. The programme is aimed at pupils who would benefit from a small nurturing, supportive environment to work in. 

Build to express and 'Talk Time' with trained staff.

Extra boosters before and after school with teachers and teaching assistants to support pogress.

  • Play Scape Projects - Working in conjuction with Shropshire Wildlife Trust. 
  • Two trips a year minimum for each class 
  • Loud Mouth Theatre for KS2 to support the PSHE curriculum.
  • Annual whole school Pantomine Trip. 
  • Arthog residential in year 6.
  • Arthog Outreach Outdoor activities across the school during the year.

For more information please visit the Chris Quigley website