The Grove Curriculum
The school follows the national curriculum (revised September 13) as the basis for what we deliver to our pupils. We follow the programmes of study as set out for the end of key stage 1 and 2.
How we deliver the curriculum at The Grove?
We have a dynamic and creative curriculum and endeavour to make learning meaningful and relevant for our pupils. Topics are taught with a cross curricular theme. These topics are integrated into our maths and English work.
We are a ‘Talk for Learning’ school. What does that mean?
We have a strong emphasis on creativity. Outdoor learning is an important element of the work that we do. We have two well designed outdoor classrooms and these are used extensively by the children. One is designed for exploration and discovery with an emphasis on early years. The other is part of our Forest school where children can explore, build dens and learn creatively in an outdoor environment.
We have a number of trips and visits incorporated into our planning. Residential trips are offered to children from Year 2 to Year 6.
There is a strong emphasis on PE, music and art to enrich the curriculum. Numerous inter house sports events take place and children take part in regular drumming activities.
If you would like further information regarding the curriculum then please feel free to speak to the class teachers.
Phonics is the knowledge of letters and the sounds they make. At The Grove, phonics is taught through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme.
The children are taught the skills of blending sounds to read words. They are encouraged to segment the sounds in a word and choose the correct letters needed to spell it.
The children work on the Letters and Sounds Programme from phases 1-6 and are set across the Year groups, according to the phase of Letters and Sounds they are working on.
They receive 20 minutes focussed phonics teaching a day.
At The Grove reading books are banded according to their content. Pupils are taught reading skills during guided reading lessons, phonics lessons and through cross-curricular activities. Pupils’ book band levels are checked regularly to ensure they are at the correct level.
Children’s books are changes very regularly , and children have individual reading time with a member of staff as appropriate.
Parents are encouraged to hear their child read and to communicate with the class teacher through their child’s individual reading record.
Did you know that to become a good reader in KS1 most children need to read 600-1000 words a week?
At The Grove we find opportunities to write across the curriculum as much as possible. We write different genres, using different writing tool kits. We make sure writing is engaging for the reader, and has a purpose so we know what we are writing for.
Mathematics is a highly-connected discipline and as such we endeavour to provide children with a wide variety of tasks to practice and apply concepts they acquire during mathematics sessions. At The Grove teachers provide a highly enriching curriculum which build upon mathematics skills.