The Quinta Curriculum

At The Quinta we believe the children need to master the basic skills to enable them to access a wider curriculum. During the morning the curriculum is focused on the teaching and learning of Numeracy and Literacy skills. Literacy is taught class based, however to meet pupil needs Numeracy is taught in sets.

For our youngest children in Reception (Early Yeras Foundation Stage -  EYFS)staff use Develop Matters to inform their planning. For further information about our early years curriculum please see the separate page

In Key Stage One to support the teaching of phonics and reading the school use the following schemes, these schemes are not used exclusively, they are supported by other teaching materials to widen the learning of the children.

Phonics: Jolly Phonics alongside Letters and Sounds

Reading: Bug Club (published by Pearson) and Rigby Star for guided reading.

The school also use No Nonsense Spelling and Grammar. The spelling scheme is used from Year 2 through to Year 6 and the Grammar scheme is used from Year 1 through to Year 6.

The skills taught in Literacy and Numeracy are used across all other parts of our curriculum. Progress planning grids show how the chuildren develop these key skills. These plans will need to be enlarged to enable you to see the progression.

The arts and humanities are taught through a creative curriculum, this curriculum is taught through a two year rolling programme. The topics taught through the two year rolling programme will have either a Geography or History focus; the Long Term Overview can be accessed through the tab below. The children are encouraged to use skills mastered in Literacy and Numeracy to support them when accessing knowledge from other subject areas. Science is taught as a discrete subject, where links can be made with the topic being taught these are made.

The planning that supports the teaching and learning that your child undertakes is attached to this page. As well as sharing the skills we aim to teach across a whole year, at the start of every term a medium term plan will be published for all groups; these will be grouped as EYFS (Reception) KS1, YR 3&4 and YR 5&6,these can also be accessed via a tab below. The curriculum that was covered in the previous academic year can also be viewed by following the tab below.

At The Quinta we also teach our children through the creative curriculum, our PHSE and SMSC curriculum the values they will need to thrive in modern Britain; British Values also form part of this. We ensure children learn about

  • democracy

  • the rule of law

  • individual liberty

  • mutual respect

  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Assemblies cover the range of themes above and this is reinforced in PHSE. The school follow the Jig Saw sheme following themes to develop our children's personal development.

We have been trained in the use of KiVa and the KiVa programme is part of our PHSE curriculum. We believe the values and skills taught throuigh these schemes ensure our children are prepared to take their place in the wider school community and eventually into the wider world.

At the start of each term the whole school newsletter informs parents what topic areas are being taught in each year group from Reception to Year 6. Further information about these topics can be found on the class pages and seen developing through the year on class blogs.

During the academic year 2015-16 the curriculum was revised to meet the needs of our children. Key Skills to support the planning of the curriculum acrosss the two year cycle are now in place. The impact of the curriculum is revised regularly.

Should you require any more inforamtion about the curriculum please ask at the office or speak to your child's class teacher.

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