The curriculum at Northleigh CE Primary School is designed to prepare children to be successful and positive citizens as they move onto the next phase of their education and beyond.
Our curriculum is based on developing the crucial characteristics to enable the children to Be Brave (children show challenge and take risks, Be Strong (Children are focussed, engaged and purposeful) and to Be Fearless (Children are curious, ask questions and challenge). Pupils are given opportunities to develop these skills in all aspects of the curriculum and school life.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, we use the National Curriculum to support our planning. For a more detailed breakdown of our coverage across the school, our curriculum summary documents for each year group are available as attachments to this page.
If you require more information about the curriculum please contact your child's class teacher.
Our Curriculum Overview Statement
Phonics and Early Reading
At Northleigh CE Primary School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their reading. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Our approach is systematic, consistent and rigorous in order that all children become readers as quickly as possible.
Using the RWI programme, children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using the RWI programme to read the children will:
- learn that sounds are represented by written letters
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- learn how to blend sounds
- learn to read words using Fred Talk
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
When using the RWI programme to begin writing the children will:
- learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
- learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
- write simple sentences
We use the same phonics programme across the school providing continuity and a vehicle for guaranteed progression.
Pupils are taught in ability groups in Year 1 and Year 2 thus enabling them to be taught according to their reading level not their age. Teaching is very precise and tailored to the needs of each child irrespective of year group.
Our Phonics leader is Mrs Hedley. If you have any queries or would like to discuss our phonics programme further, please do not hesitate to ask.