Kingham Primary School is committed to delivering a broad and balanced educational programme in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum.
The Letters and Sounds programme is used for the teaching of Phonics and the school mainly uses the Oxford Reading Tree programme to support the teaching of early reading.
In the Nursery and Reception classes the school follows the national Early Years Foundation Stage framework. The EYFS sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well, are kept healthy and safe, and have the knowledge and skills they need to start school.
The National Curriculum is followed by all state-funded schools in England. This is organised into four key stages, with Key Stage 1 covering Years 1-2 for children aged 5 to 7, and Key Stage 2 covering Years 3-6 for those aged 7 to 11.
The core of the National Curriculum is the study of English, Mathematics and Science. The additional foundation subjects are Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, and Physical Education. Languages are added in Key stage 2.
The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child, around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons as part of the wider school curriculum.
All state schools are required to teach Religious education. The school follows the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and children learn about and from the six major world religions for an hour each week.
State schools are also required to promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. This includes promoting the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The school provides Personal, Social, Health and Economic education. The PSHE programme is intended to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
The school offers specialist Music tuition each week from external specialist teachers as a part of the normal school timetable.
The school provides a creative curriculum, delivered through different themes each term. The themes are chosen by the teacher and may change from one year to the next depending on the staff and the interests of the children at the time. The key objectives which need to be taught during the term are then incorporated into this theme to ensure full and effective coverage of the curriculum. This way the curriculum can be personalised to the needs of the children and their interests, making it more engaging.
Since children do not all learn at the same speed, they may be working at different levels within a class to meet their individual needs.
Various teaching strategies are used to deliver the curriculum, including whole class, group and individual activities.
While the curriculum is divided into specific subject areas, the teaching staff will often plan to incorporate them in their lessons to cover many areas at once. For example, a child may be engaged in a science activity that involves mathematical and reading skills, and possibly historical and geographical knowledge, then recording results using writing skills.
Specific details of teaching and learning activities and objectives are provided to parents and carers each term and are available on request.
Full information about the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework and the National Curriculum is available from the Government web site.