Curriculum Statement of Intent
At Caddington Village School we believe that our curriculum should challenge and inspire pupils, encouraging them to look beyond their immediate environment. We want to promote a love of learning and believe that practise, resilience and patience will bring success and build confidence. Curiosity, creativity and empathy will be nurtured and valued. Developing these traits in our pupils will assist them in finding a happier path through an increasingly complex world.
Our curriculum is underpinned with characteristics that we encourage in our pupils. These were derived from our own research and are called ‘SELF’.
- Self esteem
- Self awareness
- Self sufficiency
- Self motivation
- Self control
- Self reflection
These characteristics are discussed in tutor time, in assemblies and throughout the school day. Our research showed that where children are lacking in these characteristics there is a barrier to learning - we aim to teach our pupils how to recognise and remove those barriers.
When our children leave us at the end of Year 6 they should be ready for the next stage of their education and feel confident and secure that they are able to meet the challenges of what lies ahead. Their experiences here should help them to develop into healthy, happy adults ready to take their place in the community and in society.
We offer our pupils a broad and balanced Curriculum which is designed to be imaginative, challenging and motivational. Throughout the 8 year learning journey our pupils take with us, they build on the knowledge and skills of previous years. Our pupils work towards learning objectives that develop new concepts and focus learning; we aim to inspire pupils through the topics and lessons that we teach.
Pupils are taught by a class teacher in Nursery to Year 4 and then by subject specific teachers in Years 5 and 6.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and experiences. Our strong school values and ethos of tolerance and respect, gives all of our children an excellent platform for embracing differences.
At Caddington Village School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
Phonics and Reading
Phonics is taught in accordance with the Department for Education’s Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High-Quality Phonics document (2005). This scheme is split into six phases. Phase 1 is taught in Nursery, where children learn about sounds in the environment. Children will continue to progress through the phases of learning in Reception and Year 1, consolidating their learning by reaching Phase 6 in Year 2. Phonics sessions are fast paced, multi-sensory and highly enjoyable.
Our children are provided with multiple opportunities during the school day to apply their phonic knowledge. Our reading scheme books are matched to their current reading attainment level.
Please visit the ‘Presentations and Workshops' section of the News/Events tab to view our Parent Workshop Phonics presentation.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Our youngest pupils, in Nursery and Reception, follow the revised 2017 Early Years Framework which can be accessed by following this link. This is divided into 7 main areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Mathematical Development
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Understanding the World
Pupils are taught through a creative, thematic approach and are encouraged to participate in their learning by offering suggestions for themes and topics.
Key Stage 1 and 2
In Key Stages 1 and 2 our Curriculum has been updated to fulfil the requirements of the new National Curriculum which can be accessed here. This became compulsory from September 2014.
The subjects covered include:
- Core Subjects - English, Mathematics, Science and Computing
- Foundation Subjects – History, Geography, French, Design Technology, Art, Music and P.E.
For Religious Education (RE) the Bedfordshire scheme is followed.