Our Curriculum Ethos:
All pupils have access to a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum incorporating the National Curriculum. Subjects and programmes of study are often linked together to help children make connections in their learning. A range of methods of teaching is used to meet children’s different styles of learning and to make learning enjoyable.
The school uses a range of methods and targets for tracking pupil progress throughout the school. Results are shared with pupils and parents.
The curriculum maps show more detail about what each class are learning about this
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
At Nacton we have always believed that our youngest children require a curriculum specifically tailored to their needs and experiences, and that is now reflected nationally following the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The curriculum for the Foundation Stage underpins all future learning and is organised in the following areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development.
- Communication, language and literacy.
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy.
- Knowledge and understanding of the world.
- Physical development.
- Creative development.
At Nacton children in the Foundation Stage are in a separate class, enabling a sound start to their learning.
Key Stage 1 (ages 5–7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7–11) Curriculum
The most time is devoted to the three core subjects:
- English – Our aim is for all pupils to enjoy language and use it as an effective tool for communication. We develop skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing, including spelling and handwriting. Children are encouraged to share and enjoy books and to read at home.
- Phonics – in Key Stage One, children are taught daily phonics sessions to be ready for the Year One Screening. We use the revisit/review, teach, practice and apply planning scheme, alongside using the Phonics bug, phonics play and jolly phonics schemes.
- Mathematics – Our goal is for children to enjoy maths and become confident in acquiring knowledge, skills and understanding processes. We encourage the children to use a variety of approaches, including using practical, investigative and problem solving methods.
- Science – We endeavour to stimulate the spirit of enquiry in our children and develop the scientific skills of measuring, observing and predicting. This leads on to planning, recording and drawing conclusions from practical investigations.
All pupils also receive regular lessons in design and technology, information and communications technology (ICT), history, geography, art and design, music, and physical education. In addition there are lessons devoted to religious education, citizenship, and personal, social and health education (PSHE).
Specific lessons on sex and relationships education and the development of puberty are provided for all Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. Parents and carers are invited to a meeting about the programme of lessons and they have the right to withdraw their children from these lessons. Such requests should be made, in writing, to the head teacher.
All our children enjoy learning a modern foreign language. The main language taught at Nacton is French.
We value the expressive arts of music, art, design, drama and dance and give many opportunities for children to develop their own creativity and appreciate the creativity of others. Our Year 5 and 6 pupils learn to play the guitar during weekly music tuition.
Every child has the chance to participate in a range of educational visits during the year. These visits are closely linked to the curriculum and parents are asked to sign and return a permission slip for all activities taking place off the school premises. A longer residential visit is organised for pupils in Years 5 and 6.
For some activities, including school visits, we may have to ask parents for a voluntary contribution towards the cost. It is our policy not to exclude any pupil from such activities for financial reasons. We reserve the right to cancel certain activities if costs are unlikely to be covered.
As part of their PE lessons, pupils in Key Stage 2 (Years 3–6) have swimming lessons at Fore Street Baths, Ipswich. The school is proud of its achievement in ensuring that the majority of pupils are able to swim by the time they leave.
Gifted and talented children
We aim to challenge appropriately all our children including those with special talents or gifted abilities. This is through the planning of the curriculum, seeking advisory support when appropriate, participation in a programme of enrichment activities and offering varied extra-curricular opportunities.
We offer a wide range of after school clubs including; art, coding, football, gymnastics, science, lacrosse, archery and athletics. These take place from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. Our planned after school clubs for 2019/20 can be found here. Please note that these may be subject to change.
We also offer lunchtime clubs including; recorders, Stay Active sporting club, and Inspire to Compete sporting club.