At Caldershaw, we deliver the curriculum through a topic based approach, which we believe enables children to make more sense of their learning as it links different subjects across the same theme e.g. Climate or Transport, helping to strengthen their knowledge and understanding. Topics are generally planned for each half term, so that each year children's learning is based around six different topics.
We also believe that children's interest in, excitement for and engagement with their learning should be ignited by a wide variety of experiences around a topic and so we strive to ensure that each topic includes a trip or visit out of school and/ or special visitors into school to enhance the children's learning.
In addition, our provision for children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development promotes tolerance of and respect for people of other faiths, cultures and lifestyles and our promotion of fundamental British values enables our children to understand the importance of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance and respect for people of different and varied faiths and cultures.
Below are out topic overviews for each half term and at the end of each topic, we send home an evaluation of the topic, which the children have written explaining what they have learnt and which parts of the topic they have particularly enjoyed. The views of the class are collated and written by two children in each class.
We use Oxford Reading Scheme from the Early Years to Year 2 as our reading scheme, supplemented by additional free reading books from the school or class library.
In Year 3 to Year 6 we use the accelerated reader scheme which tracks the children's reading throughout the key stage and sets appropriate comprehension quizzes to check the children's understanding of the book they have read.
RSE and Health Education:-
We use Discovery Education to deliver the new Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education curriculum.
When parents and teachers work together, we can help our children achieve their best, encourage them to persevere if they find things difficult, develop a growth mindset and have an enquiring mind that likes to ask - Why? Where? When? Who? and How? - so that they develop a love of learning that stays with them for life.