Our Christian values weave like a thread through everything we do.
We believe that learning is life long and that it is not restricted to the classroom. At Thornton Dale C of E School we make the most of every opportunity within and beyond the classroom and the school day. The school curriculum meets the requirements of The New National Curriculum (September 2014) and Early Years Foundation Stage statutory requirements. Thornton Dale C of E School's bespoke curriculum, based on the New National Curriculum, has an emphasis on providing opportunities for children to learn in a fun and exciting way through themes that engage and motivate them to learn. We also carry out a number of visits and visitors come in to school to enhance learning. We pride ourselves on developing social skills, independence and resilience in our children and recognising that our best learning takes place when we make mistakes.
In key stages 1 and 2 the curriculum is planned in short blocks - anything from 2 - 6 weeks in themes planned around 'curriculum drivers'. We have identified the main drivers as our Christian values which influence all of the teaching and learning:
English and Mathematics are incorporated into the themes running like threads throughout. Programmes of Study follow the National Curriculum. We follow the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education enhanced by guidance from the Diocese of York.
Our Nursery & Reception children follow the Early Years Statutory Framework which is delivered through identifying children’s interests and planning provision to meet the needs of the areas of learning. The Reception children are assessed at the end of the year against the areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.
We teach phonics in a systematic way working through phases which introduce initial sounds leading to blending words. We approach the teaching of phonics in a variety of ways for example through synthetic phonics and recall of 'tricky words'. Children in Year 1 are tested on their phonic knowledge in the summer term.
In Key Stages 1 and 2 we also teach discreet spelling and grammar sessions following the guidance in the National Curriculum. This learning is applied in the context of writing.
We have a number of reading schemes from which we work . These include Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn and Rigby. We also run daily guided reading sessions using group readers.
Parents of Key Stage 1 and 2 children receive an overview of planning at the start of each new theme. In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 parents are informed of current learning in a weekly newsletter. These are available on our website through the class links.
Below is an overview of planning for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.