The School curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that we plan for our pupils. The central aims of our curriculum are to work in collaboration with families and the local community to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve; and to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. The curriculum of the school is organised under ‘umbrella’ topics which ensure that children are stimulated, encouraged and challenged to develop their individual potential and personality to the full. Through a well-planned and organised curriculum, effectively taught by qualified and enthusiastic teachers, pupils are helped to:• Gain a joy and commitment to learning that will last a lifetime. • Develop the essential literacy and numeracy skills they need to learn. • Develop the attitudes, understanding and skills to become successful, independent learners.• Foster their creativity. • Develop lively enquiring minds.• Develop personal values, qualities and attitudes and be respectful other people and their views and opinions. • Develop appreciation and concern for the environment.• Work co-operatively with others. • Work toward achieving their potential. Please click on the Topic webs for each class from the menu bar to see an overview of the learning for each term. As a Church of England school, religious education plays a vital part in the life of the school and we aim to give each child an understanding and knowledge of the Christian Life and Beliefs. At the same time we seek to relate this to everyday life.We also endeavour to make children aware of other religious beliefs that they will encounter. Our daily assemblies provide an opportunity for worship and instruction. The staff are conscious of the need to develop those cross-curricular themes outlined in the National Curriculum and take every opportunity to build these into the planning of the wider curriculum. Within the classroom, the work is planned by the class teacher, with help from time to time of other colleagues in specialised subjects. There are occasions when the children work together as a class in large or small groups and on their own as individuals at their own rate. Phonics & Reading At St Matthew’s we follow the Read Write Inc programme for phonics. This is a lively, engaging and fast paced phonics programme that we have found to be highly effective. Children are assessed every 6 weeks and placed into groups across both the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, which enables them to learn at their pace. During this daily hour long phonics session, children read and discuss books specifically tailored for their level of reading ability and participate in spelling and sentence work linked to the phonics work. Alongside the RWI daily reading scheme, we have a wide range of colour banded reading books for children to take home and read with their parents or 1:1 with a teacher or teaching assistant. These books are a mixture of Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Songbirds, Scholastic and Collins Big Cat phonics books and are a range of stories or non fiction texts.