In Year 1 and Year 2 we aim to provide a curriculum that goes beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum by drawing on the ideas and curiosity of children so they have a strong voice in their learning.
We have termly topics that provide a framework for children’s learning. At the outset we set children a challenge or a question to answer. Children add their own questions and an event or celebration takes place at the end of project, often involving the local community.
Across the school we teach daily Phonics lessons to all children. We follow a systematic synthetic phonics scheme called Letters and Sounds.
We follow Awareness Mystery and Value, the agreed syllabus for Religious Education in Bath and North East Somerset.
For the Foundation subjects, (Science, History, Geography, Art & Design, Design & Technology, Music) we have an “Explore Curriculum”. This approach to learning allows children to investigate and discuss ideas, facts and concepts and to cooperate with other children. Their learning experiences are made more powerful by linking areas of the curriculum such as History and Geography into topics or projects. This will often involve being outside the classroom including trips beyond our site to Bath City Farm, National Trust properties, local museums and galleries; as well as researching via the internet and welcoming experts and artists to the school.
Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural Development (SMSC)
We have a full and varied calendar of assemblies throughout the academic year that link to the main festivals that are celebrated in multi-cultural Britain. Each term the Headteacher leads assemblies which link to the six themes of Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning and these are followed up by class teachers in Circle Time and planned PSHE activities.
Assemblies are also used to celebrate achievement and diversity in the school. Sharing Assemblies take place twice termly when children share their learning achievements in front of the school and parent community. A Poetry Assembly has recently been introduced to promote the enjoyment of public reading and the sharing of spoken verse; these now take place every term.
Children engage with the local community through frequent visits to the local market, Garden Centre and Bath City Farm. There are also strong links to the local church, St Michael’s, and children visit the church around the time of significant Christian Festivals.
The school has a Community Action in Twerton Team, known as the CAT Team. This has two representatives from each class and they meet twice every term with the Headteacher. The CAT team bring ideas from the classes to improve the school and they also help lead a range of ECO Schools Projects. Currently the CAT team are monitoring how effectively energy is used in the school and are taking turns to spy on each class to check that lights and projectors are switched off when they are not being used.