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Lovers' Lane Enquiry Curriculum 2019
Our curriculum has been updated in 2019. Our new curriculum structure is based on the National Curriculum expectations and also age-related skills and knowledge outlined in Focus Learning Challenge Curriculum (Clive Davis) to ensure our new curriculum is sequential and progressive and builds on prior learning in ALL subjects. Long Term Planning is structured to ensure that enquiry is at the heart of our Curriculum as our local setting reflects the need for our pupils to learn to enquire about the wider world, rather than just experiencing the town they live in. They also need to learn about different cultures and have experiences first hand, as sometimes family circumstances and resources can make it hard for them to have these out of school. Our children also need to learn about ways to keep themselves safe and to make healthy choices, due to living near a river, train line and also other contextual safeguarding needs, such as high levels of domestic violence, criminality, drug and alcohol misuse and mental health issues in our local area, as well as the risks of County Lines and Modern Slavery and Trafficking locally too. We have designed our curriculum with these important factors in mind.
Our curriculum intent is clear:
In KS2 children who are not secure in any of the 6 phases phonics under 'Letters and Sounds' will receive small group phonics interventions until September 2020 when the whole staff will adopt RWI and have whole school INSET training (followed by 2 development days). This will be the common approach across all ages from September 2020. Until then, KS2 phonics intervention will be carried out through phonics interactive games or in a revisit/review, teach, practice and apply phonics teaching activity.
Once children are secure in phonics and have passed the phonics screen in either Year 1 or on retake in Year 2, they move to other books, which are a range of books allowing them to use phonics or other reading strategies to read incrementally challenging books. Our books are coded in line with PM Benchmarking and pupils use these from Level 16 onwards only from Year 2 onwards into KS2. Some KS2 pupils will still be reading decodeable books, which is based on assessment of their learning needs through phonics trackers.
We reward and incentivise our pupils/parents in home reading with ‘Reading Celebrations’ each term for those reading at least 4 times a week every week in the term. So far we have had movie nights, reading parties, bedtime stories, reading camp sleepover, reading BBQ etc. We also celebrate World Book Day each year as part of a reading week. We use our World Book Day vouchers to take each class to Stray’s Bookshop in Newark town every year, so every child in school gets a new book with their £1 voucher from EYFS to Year 6. From 2019-20, Year 6 have had a Reading Challenge event through the Autumn term, where they aim to read up to 15 books in the term. Those who are the top scorers on reading are treated to hot chocolate and cake at Stray's Bookshop/Coffee House and are awarded a new book as a gift.
We have purchased Phonics based reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree) in 2018. We secured grant funding via Ernest Cook Trust to buy new books for all classes from Years 1-6. Networks and English Conferences through our Teaching School Alliance (Flying High Teaching School Alliance) and NCC courses provide excellent CPD for staff and subject leader, as well as other sources, including ICT Mr P and Literacy Shed. In 2018-19, we engaged an SLE (consultant specialist teacher called a ‘Senior Lead Educator’) through our teaching school to work with our new English lead. The Headteacher is currently leading English due to staffing changes. The school has had turnover in the last few years which has meant that new to English Leadership staff have left and we are now succession planning for the future.
Our school governors come into school regularly as reading volunteers and we are promoting reading at Parent craft days.