Here at Snarestone our aim is for every child to ‘Participate, excel and be proud’, and to achieve this we believe that having an exciting and innovative approach to learning helps to foster that love for learning that we strive for. We want our children to be confident and successful in their educational journey right from the very beginning.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework in our Cygnets preschool and for children’s first year in school (Reception) and the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6.
You can find more information about this statutory curriculum by following this link.
In addition, further information on the curriculum content for Years 1-6 READING, WRITING, MATHS, SCIENCE is available on the AGE-RELATED EXPECTATIONS tab, accessed from this page.
Literacy and Maths
Literacy is taught daily as part of a cross-curricular, creative approach to teaching and learning.
Maths is taught daily ensuring that all children develop a sound understanding of the basics, as well as integrated into other subjects as appropriate (e.g. Science, Design and Technology). Detail on the taught maths curriculum for each year group is available by clicking AGE RELATED EXPECTATIONS from the CURRICULUM tab.
Reading and Phonics
Younger children participate in daily phonics lessons based on Letters and Sounds (using the Phonics Play programme) alongside the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar rules. The age-related expectations of the National Curriculum inform this teaching.
We aim for all our children to become confident independent readers, who are able to read for pleasure, and to learn. We have an extensive range of individual and group reading books from a number of reading schemes including Collins and Pearson, as well as electronic texts through our subscription to the Bug Club. We ensure a wide range of reading genres are available – including story and information books, e-texts and comics, all colour coded to ensure progression. The colour banding scheme also links closely with phonic development to ensure consistency in teaching and learning. We work closely with parents and families to help them understand how important their role is in supporting the reading development process. Information on how to do this is available on the website.
For age-related expectations in READING and WRITING see AGE RELATED EXPECTATIONS from the CURRICULUM tab.
Other Curriculum Areas
Other curriculum areas - science, history, geography, computing, music, art, design & technology (DT) - are taught through a cross curricular, topic approach. Information on what is taught each term is shared with families via our Curriculum Leaflets produced by Class Teachers, sent home at the beginning of each term and available on the class pages of this website.
We are currently in the process of creating a new, exciting school curriculum. Our whole school topic overview so far for 2017-18 is available through this link: Whole School Overview
For more information on curriculum content for each age, click the links below, or speak to your child's class teacher.
As a church school, Religious Education (RE) is key to our provision. Children explore Christianity along with other world religions and beliefs, underpinned by a sound understanding of values (including our core Christian values – Friendship, Wisdom, Trust, Hope and Endurance), and British Values – Tolerance, Respect, Rule of Law, Democracy and Individual Liberty.
We want children to grow up understanding how to live a healthy lifestyle, and our excellent Physical Education (PE) provision promotes this, alongside healthy eating. Visits to the village allotment where children learn to grow their own food is great fun and greatly enhances this learning.
We also teach French in our Herons and Kingfishers classes (Years 3 – 6), and integrate learning about the world around us through our topic based approach.
It is our aim that our pupils develop a love of learning and a curiosity about the world in which they live. We also want them to understand their role in protecting and preserving the world for future generations, and so eco-understanding is key to our provision. We provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities through clubs at lunchtime and after school, and also through a range of trips and activities. Examples include homework, maths, nature, discovery, cooking, drama, and a full range of sports.
Our whole teaching ethos is underpinned by a desire for children to understand how they become effective learners so they know what they do well, and what they are working towards, developing their whole character and becoming AWESOME LEICESTERSHIRE LEARNERS. This focuses on developing the skills of RESOURCEFULNESS, RESPECT, RESILIENCE, RESPONSIBILITY and REFLECTIVENESS.
You are warmly invited to come along and visit us to see our Curriculum, teaching and learning in action. Please contact our office 01530 270598 / firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.