Our Curriculum

We cater for children from Nursery up to Year 6, with separate classrooms for each year group. The school also has the benefit of a dedicated group of support staff, working throughout the school, to help the children progress as much as possible throughout their time here.

The majority of the curriculum taught at Laureate is laid down by the Government: in Nursery and Reception, the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Framework’ is followed, while the curriculum taught in Years 1 to 6 is referred to as the ‘National Curriculum'.

Full details of the National Curriculum can be found here

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework consists of:

Communication & Language; Physical Development; Personal, Social & Emotional Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; and Expressive Arts & Design.

 

A guide to your child's learning and development in Nursery and Reception, set out in months, plus ideas of how to support this at home, can be found here

The following subjects form the National Curriculum:

English; Mathematics; Science; Computing; History; Geography; Music; Art; Design & Technology; PE (Physical Education); Languages; Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE); Sex & Relationships Education; and Religious Education.

The National Curriculum was updated in September 2014, with schools given greater ownership of the ways in which they deliver the statutory content.  At Laureate, we are shaping the curriculum to meet the needs of our pupils and prepare them for life in modern Britain, driven by the following skills, traits and experiences:

Communication; Aspiration; Enjoyment; Emotional Awareness; Knowledge of the World; Awe & Wonder; Achievement; Possibilities; and Creativity.


English

Our English language can enrich all our lives and we aim to provide all our pupils with the skills and confidence to speak, read and write effectively in a variety of situations.

Much of the work for English is carried out during the morning. This session generally begins with a whole class teaching time. The children will then work in small groups, either independently or with support from the teacher or support staff. This group work involves activities such as reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. The session ends with the whole class coming together to review their work.

The Phonics scheme used in Early Years and Key Stage 1 is LCP based on Letters and Sounds. This provides a basis for systematic teaching and learning of the skills and knowledge required for children to be confident and competent readers and spellers.


Mathematics

Our aim is that all our children should feel happy dealing with, and using, mathematics in everyday situations.

Mathematics is taught mainly in the mornings. Depending on the age of the children, this can vary from 45 minutes to one hour.

The lesson includes opportunities for children to learn and practise mental skills and also whole class or group teaching. Children will also work independently, in pairs or in groups, on tasks or investigations associated with the main focus of the lesson. At the end of a lesson, there will be opportunities to review, extend or evaluate the children’s progress.

Throughout school, additional short sessions called Maths Meetings are also used as a fun way to improve fluency and recall. These include songs, rhymes and active learning.  


Science

The science curriculum is taught through topics. Each class works on a two year cycle to ensure full coverage of the Science curriculum.

Emphasis is placed on first hand experiences, identifying, questioning and investigations, while children are encouraged to develop their thinking skills throughout this subject.


Computing

Computers are very much a part of the age in which we live and we feel that children must become familiar with their effective use.

Computing, therefore, forms a very important part of our School Development & Improvement Plan. In the 2014 National Curriculum, the emphasis has moved from being able to use computers effectively to pupils being taught programming skills, ranging from floor robots to writing their own computer games.  We have computers in all classrooms, as well as suites of laptops and workstations for use by all classes.


History

The curriculum for the younger children aims to teach an awareness of the past, and ways in which it was different from the present. Children learn about everyday life in the past, the lives of some famous men and women, and major historical events, such as the Great Fire of London.

At Key Stage 2 children are taught about important episodes in Britain’s past, local history and about Ancient Civilisations.


Geography

Through the study of Geography we hope to develop within the children a sense of geographic identity. Studying real places and gaining an understanding of the interaction between people and the places where they live will achieve this.

Fieldwork, the use of information technology and a variety of resources such as maps and photographs are used to help gain this understanding.


Music

We aim to foster an enthusiasm for music. Through experimenting with sound, the children develop skills of listening, co-operation and communication.

During their time at Laureate, children will experience all aspects of music, including composition, performing and appraising.


Art and Design & Technology

Our art work has a wide range of foci including painting and printing, textiles, 3-dimensional work, drawing and art appreciation.

Children are also given the opportunity to experiment and work practically with a variety of tools and materials.


PE (Physical Education)

We aim to provide children with positive attitudes towards physical fitness through a variety of physical activities, where they can learn skills and develop personal fitness. The emphasis is on taking part and enjoyment, whilst also providing opportunities for competitive elements.

The curriculum includes gymnastics, dance, a variety of games skills, athletics and swimming.


Languages

The study of Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. Pupils use languages to communicate information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They learn how to employ languages to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. Increased capability in the use of languages promotes initiative and independent learning, and encourages diversity within society.

Since September 2014, Languages - in our case, mainly French, although also including our Language of the Month - has become a statutory National Curriculum requirement, with a minimum of 30 minutes per week to be included from Year 3 onwards.


PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education)

Through PSHE, we aim to give children opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge to lead healthy, active, confident and independent lives.

It will include aspects such as health education, relationships with others, the world of work and citizenship.


Sex & Relationships Education

Sex Education is taught as part of science and PSHE and focuses on relationships, respect for others and making choices.  Copies of this policy are available on request from your child’s class teacher or the school office.


RE (Religious Education)

Daily collective worship and Religious Education are non-denominational in character. Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus.

Parents may, if they wish, withdraw their children from the arrangements for collective worship and Religious Education - such requests need to be made, in writing, to the Headteacher.