Learning is at the heart of everything we do and our curriculum encompasses every part of the child’s school day. We believe our curriculum is engaging and relevant to today’s children and offers challenge and support to all in their learning.
Reception Children follow the Early Years Curriculum and we use The National Curriculum to plan sequences of learning for children from Y1 – Y6.
The curriculum consists of core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Religious Education.
Foundation subjects such as Art, Design Technology, French, Geography, History, Music and PE are also taught as well as Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE- Jigsaw).
We teach in phases and have a two year rolling programme for the curriculum. (EYFS, KS1, LKS2, UKS2).
At Bishops Lydeard, we teach daily phonics sessions to support the children with their reading, writing and spelling.
In Foundation Stage, children are introduced to phonemes (sounds) linked to the letters of the alphabet, as well as one way of spelling each of the other 16 phonemes used in the English language, such as ‘igh’ and ‘ch’.
Children are taught to blend or sound out phonics to read a variety of word
Children are taught to segment or break down the sounds in simple words for spelling.
In Year 1, children learn more about the variety of ways in which phonemes can be spelled and they also learn about the different pronunciations made by different letters or groups of letters, such as ‘a’ in ‘ant’ and ‘was’. At the end of Year 1, children will be tested on their phonics knowledge, using a national test featuring 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words.
From Year 2 onwards, children consolidate their phonics knowledge, learning when to apply different spelling rules as well as how to spell plurals and different verb tenses.
How You Can Help Your Child
The best way you can support your child at home is by reading regularly with them, sharing and enjoying books. By practising the sounds and tricky words your child is currently learning you will be able to reinforce all they have been learning in school.
In September 2014 a new statutory curriculum was introduced.