Curriculum at Long Crendon School
At Long Crendon School we follow a Creative Curriculum. We believe that children learn best when they are given opportunities to engage with topics which interest them. Teachers plan their “Topic Webs” for the term, showing how they will link the learning to the chosen topic. To find out more information about this, see our Curriculum Policy 2018 and Learning and teaching policy 2018. You will find copies of the topic webs and the key objectives on the Class pages of the website.
We are currently in the process of revising our whole school curriculum and will be uploading our curriculum map in the next month. Watch this space for details of what each class is covering and why.
To ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum, we use the National Curriculum documents in order to plan our curriculum. We use our Maths policy and calculation strategies in order to ensure the children have a full breadth of the maths curriculum by the end of each key stage. We are introducing bar modelling from Year 1 upwards to support our pupils with problem solving in mathematics. For an introduction to bar modelling written by Sue Lowndes, Inspire Maths and Discovering Mathematics Professional Development Leader at Oxford University Press, please see Bar modelling for Long Crendon school web site.
The children’s progress is tracked using the Rising Stars progress tests for reading (PIRA), maths (PUMA) and spelling and grammar in Year 2 & 6 (GAPS tests). These tests are standardised and give an indication of progress within the year and across year groups. They also inform planning. Writing is tracked using our in house Writing Scales which have been adapted from a variety of national scales in order to assess the children and aid planning for future writing opportunities.
Science at Long Crendon
Our whole school vision for science teaching and learning at Long Crendon School has been developed by staff, children, governors and parents. Our science principles are the foundations we believe are why we teach science and what make effective science teaching and learning in our school.
Phonics and Spelling at Long Crendon
In EYFS children are taught synthetic phonics using Jolly Phonics in conjunction with the Letters and Sounds phases. This knowledge is consolidated in Year 1. In KS1 and KS2 we are now following the Rising Stars spelling scheme. This provides step-by-step support to introduce, teach, practise, apply and review all of the core spelling requirements from the English programme of study.
If you would like further information about the curriculum in our school, please contact the Head Teacher who will be happy to discuss it with you.
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)
We have just started a PSHE programme called ‘Jigsaw’ https://www.jigsawpshe.com which is a comprehensive scheme of work that has been produced in line with the DfE recommendation for statutory PSHE (including high quality SRE). There will be further information to follow as well as an information evening for parents (date to be set).
In the meantime, here are some recommended books to generate discussion between parent and child and support the SRE curriculum in school.
Lower Key Stage 2:
‘Where Willy Went’… – Nicholas Allen
‘Mummy Laid An Egg’ – Babette Cole
Upper Key Stage 2:
‘Usbourne Facts of Life, Growing Up’ (All about adolescence, body change and sex) – Susan Meredith and Robyn Gee
These books are all available from local booksellers or online. They are just suggestions and it is up to parents to read them first and assess their suitability for their own child/children.
Outside the Curriculum
At Long Crendon School, we aim to provide a breadth and balance of experiences alongside the curriculum, providing opportunities to participate in local and global community events.
The following images are from a whole school art exhibition that marked the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.