Curriculum 2014 onwards
Following the introduction of the new National Curriculum in September 2014, we have worked hard to continue to create a vibrant ad relevant curriculum for all our children here at Scotforth. It is broad, balanced and reflects our ethos and local area.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is used for children in Nursery and Reception. There is a strong emphasis on the three "Prime Areas" : Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Learning in the "Specific" areas of literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world and expressive arts and design build upon learning in the prime areas.
Years 1 to 6 follow the National Curriculum. To see full details of the new National Curriculum 2014, follow the link here to the Department of Education's website.
At Scotforth we do not follow a single reading scheme. We include fiction and non fiction books from a range of publishers. This ensures that there is something which enthuses everyone! In K.S.1 we also have a range of phonetically decodable books. The books are organised following our school book bands scheme, using colours that children move through giving a structured progression of skills.
In phonics, which we teach daily in EYFS/KS1, children follow the "Letters and Sounds" document with additional games and activities from the "Jolly Phonics" scheme.
Enriching Our Curriculum
At Scotforth we offer many opportunities for hands-on learning as we know children really benefit from direct experience. We bring learning alive in many ways including visitors to school, trips out, role play days and special events. (Please see our special events section on this website.) Some examples from just the last few months include:
June: Y6 Magistrates Day, Y6 Citizenship Week, KS1 and KS2 sports days, non uniform day, Y4/5 cricket competition @ Trimpell Club
July: Rounders rally, FOSSY fair, Y5/6 puberty talk, Y4 French day, string assembly, Choir took part in “Charlie the ‘Cello” workshop and concert, Y5 Greek day, Y6 performances of Macbeth, Y5 2Pupil Power Day “ at
Lancaster Town Hall, Y6 Heart-start training, moving on evening for all pupils.
September: ”Sportz for all “ Club., Knitting club, Digital Champion Training starts, “Treasure Island” perfomed for whole school, Y6 visited local food bank, Fig– Tree workshop on anti-slavery.
October: Harvest Festival, Open day ( Y6 did a wonderful job as guides and received many compliments), parents’ evening and afternoon.
We run a range of extra-curricular activites, which change regularly. Please see the separate Extra-curricular Activities tab for details. There are also opportunities for children from Y2 upwards to learn to play a musical instrument through visiting tutors from Lancashire Music Service. Currently lessons on offer include: violin, 'cello, guitar, keyboard, flute and clarinet.
As these opportunities show, we make learning fun and relevant to life in 21st century Britain, and that, combined with staff who go the extra mile, are two reasons our standards are so high.
Our proposed SRE Curriculum
This is our SRE Curriculum. We started with the Summer term content in April 2016. After consulation with parents, staff and governors the complete curriculum commenced in September 2016. Parents will be able to withdraw children from lessons but only after a discussion of their reasons with the head or deputy/assistant head. All children are starting with the areas of rules and rule making. The older children will also look at items in the news using "Newsround" programmes as discussion starters.