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Our Curriculum

Curriculum statement

We aim to offer a broad, well balanced curriculum for children aged 4-11 years based on the Foundation Stage Curriculum, the National Curriculum and the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Suffolk Schools.

The timetable has been structured to focus on the key curriculum elements of Literacy and Numeracy (English and Maths).  Each subject is taught in a clearly defined session within the morning timetable.  

The afternoon sessions deal with the creative curriculum  where other elements of the national curriculum (computing, geography, history, art, music, PE etc) are taught either as discrete topics or integrated into overarching topics such as local history, space and Global Gardens. These topics bring together all core subjects and place learning within a wider context.

Staff at Waveney Valley Schools aim to ensure that children know how they are progressing in the core elements of the curriculum and achieve this in a number of ways:

  • Pupil Progress Meetings- A one to one discussion to talk about progress and set individual learning targets.
  • Mid-term parent consultation evenings
  • Clearly defining the objectives of each lesson showing what is being learnt and why it is being learnt.

The school uses a system called Pupil Asset to record and monitor the developments and progress levels and rates of each individual child.  This allows the class teacher to work with the senior leadership team to monitor progress and achievements on a regular basis

Parental Engagement

Parents have a vital role to play in their child’s learning. We expect parents to foster a love of learning in their children by modelling the learning behaviours which support learning e.g. reading books at home, talking together as a family. Parents can help by showing children the practical applications of the knowledge they gain at school e.g. calculating change when shopping, helping to read a map when out and about. Regular events such as our share sessions, maths and phonics information meetings provide parents with an opportunity to find out more about how their children are taught. 

Literacy and Languages Statement

Literacy and languages are central to the school day – children at Waveney Valley Partnership Schools love reading! At Waveney Valley Partnership we teach children to read by following a systematic reading programme. This centres on letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. The children begin by learning 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts. Very soon they are learning to blend the sounds and are reading lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out. This system also enables children to learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds and to write words by blending the sounds. Soon they are writing simple sentences. Children are taught for approximately 20 minutes daily in a structured way that builds upon previous knowledge. Their progress is reviewed regularly. Our schools use a variety of different reading scheme books such as Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds, Light House, Rigby Star, Tadpoles and Leapfrog to support early reading development.

The children will complete the Phonics screening assessment at the end of Year 1. Retaking where necessary in Year 2. The school has a well stocked library, while the school uses a variety of reading schemes to engage our learners, books are banded using the IOE book banding scheme. Our readers travel through the eleven different book bands before becoming “Free readers”. The development of English is seen to be critically important for all our children, in addition to a daily Literacy session of an hour and a half. All children from reception to year 6 also receive a weekly 30 minute French lesson. In year 6 children are also taught Latin and Roman Studies – exploring one of the key root languages leading to the development of modern English. We follow the ‘Minimus – Latin for beginners’ scheme.


Whole School Long Term Overviews

Class Curriculum Maps

Please see individual class pages for Curriculum content whilst we are reviewing our longterm curriculum plan

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