A new primary National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014, for Key Stages 1 and 2. The full National Curriculum document can be found on the GOV.UK website.
THE CURRICULUM AT CAMP SCHOOL
At Camp we have developed a curriculum which not only fulfills the requirements of the Primary Curriculum 2014 but includes our own school curriculum. Our overall aim is to provide an effective curriculum which is purposeful and relevant; bringing to life our school values and meeting the needs of all our pupils.
The curriculum has been developed over the last few years in consultation with members of the school community and continues to develop and expand. At the heart of our curriculum are our four school ‘Curriculum Drivers’, which were chosen to reflect the needs of our children and our school community. These are:
- Creative Endeavour
- Spiritual and Moral
- The Environment
- Global and Local Community
THE THREE STAGES OF THE CAMP CURRICULUM
Long Term content based on the requirements of the NC over a two year period which allows for progression through year groups, continuity and breadth and depth of learning.
Medium Term engagement which includes essential skills around which themes are developed . These are not static and are chosen on a termly basis based upon the long term content but shaped around the needs of the children in an engaging and inspiring way with strong links between subjects. The drivers are used as a focus for planning and the children are encouraged to steer the direction of their learning based on their questions and relevant interests. The themes often start with an engaging launch event.
Short term standards that are planned on a weekly and daily basis that are driven by the skills and knowledge the children need to learn. There is a big emphasis on teaching basic skills in Literacy and Maths which can be transferable to new learning.
We also hold regular whole school theme weeks or days which bring together the whole school community and further develop the drivers which are at the heart of our curriculum.
READING AND PHONICS
At Camp School we want all our children to develop a love of reading which will enable them to actively seek books as a source of pleasure and enjoyment. We want them to become enthusiastic, independent and confident readers. To do this they need to have opportunities to read for interest, pleasure and information, and encouragement to select from a wide range of literature.
We have a large selection of reading scheme and ‘free reading books’ which are used for Guided Reading sessions, individual reading and for reading at home. Children are given opportunities to read with adults and to listen to stories. This helps them to develop their expression, understanding and of course enjoyment. Guided Reading sessions are led by the teacher and are linked to next steps in learning. Phonics teaching takes place daily in EYFS and Key Stage One. The Phonics scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’ is used by practitioners to plan and deliver sessions that are visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.
LONG TERM PLANS
Topic planning for Years 1 and 2 changes termly over a 2 year cycle. We use the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum for our foundation subjects which ensures a skills-based approach to learning.
First Year Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Second Year Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
CURRICULUM OVERVIEWS AUTUMN 2019
- EYFS “You and Me”
- Years 1 and 2 “Africa”
- Years 3 and 4 “Who Do You Think You Are?”
- Years 5 and 6 “Arabian Nights”
CURRICULUM OVERVIEWS SUMMER 2019
- EYFS “Here There and Everywhere”
- Years 1 and 2 “Explorers”
- Years 3 and 4 “Romans”
- Years 5 and 6 “Journeys”
CURRICULUM OVERVIEWS SPRING 2019
- EYFS “Our World, Your World”
- Years 1 and 2 “Castles”
- Years 3 and 4 “Sticks and Stones”
- Years 5 and 6 “Lights, Camera, Action!”
As part of the children’s learning, we use Chromebooks which have many advantages over PCs/laptops being quick to start as they have no software installed. All resources are accessed via Google Apps for Education. Google Classrooms enables teachers to collect and organise digital work, deliver questionnaires and quizzes, gather data, and assess pupils’ work. Pupils can collaborate on the production of work, comment, allowing pooling of ideas, and publish on Google’s publishing platform where they have unlimited storage for files.
Although they will mostly be used for in-class work, there may be a need to access their account outside of school. If for any reason access is needed at home, your child has a unique sign in name and password.
To access your child’s account please click here. Please note that usernames have been sent home but you will need to add @camp.herts.sch.uk for their email address.
Usernames have been allocated as follows: the year they started Reception, followed by their first name, then the first initial of their surname. For example, if your child started Reception in 2015 and is named Thomas Jones, their username will be firstname.lastname@example.org.