At Vicarage our curriculum is rich and varied, we teach the full National curriculum in key stage 1 and 2, this consists of the core subjects of: Maths, English and Information Technology and the foundation subjects: Science, History, Geography, Art, PE, Music and Design and Technology, Modern Foreign Languages (French & Spanish) Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education.
We have a creative curriculum which enables opportunities for fun and exciting lessons.
Our Early years provision
The curriculum in the Reception and Nursery focuses on the seven areas of development;
- Communication and language,
- Physical development, personal, social and emotional,
- Understanding the world,
- Expressive arts
All our pupils are entitled to a wide range of teaching and learning opportunities in order to help them to achieve the best that they can. We have a learning support team that is able to provide individual and group support for pupils with a variety of special education needs. We also have a disability scheme, which is reviewed annually, in order to ensure that we provide all our pupils with equal opportunities to learn and to access all the facilities within the school.
Sex Education is part of the PSHE curriculum and takes the form of a programme with a moral framework related to the age and maturity of the children being taught. The aims of sex education are:
- To develop greater understanding of relationships
- To develop an understanding of individual rights and responsibilities
- To promote good health
- To promote self-respect and respect for others
You have the right to withdraw your child from all, or part, of a sex education lesson but not from science lessons teaching aspects of human reproduction and the functions of body parts.
Much of a child’s learning comes from experiences out of school as well as within school. In this section Parents, Teachers and Children can find useful links to resources and materials that support learning on the Subject Areas page.
The teaching of phonics, reading and writing
Our pupils learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. Read Write Inc. developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a whole-school approach to teaching literacy for 4-11 years olds that creates fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. Once our pupils can read with accuracy and speed, they progress onto Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language.
Read Write Inc. Phonics
The programme is for:
- Pupils in Year R to Year 2 who are learning to read and write
- Any pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 who need to catch up rapidly
In Read Write Inc. Phonics pupils:
- Decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills
- Read common exception words on sight
- Understand what they read
- Read aloud with fluency and expression
- Write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar
- Spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words
- Acquire good handwriting.
In addition, we teach our pupils to work effectively with a partner to explain and consolidate what
they are learning. This provides the teacher with opportunities to assess learning and to pick up on difficulties, such as pupils’ poor articulation, or problems with blending or alphabetic code knowledge. We group pupils homogeneously according to their progress in reading. In Year R we emphasise the alphabetic code. The pupils rapidly learn sounds and the letter or groups of letters they need to represent them. Simple mnemonics help them to grasp this quickly. This is especially useful for pupils at risk of making slower progress. This learning is consolidated daily. Pupils have frequent practice in reading high frequency words with irregular spellings – common exception words. We make sure that pupils read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and the common exception words.
Our aim is for pupils to complete the phonics programme as quickly as possible. The sooner
they complete it, the sooner they will be able to choose books to read at their own interest
and comprehension level
As a result of our excellent practice of Read Write Inc. Phonics, Vicarage Primary School has been appointed as a Read Write Inc. Model School for the academic year 2016/17.