Curriculum

 
Curry Rivel Foundation Stage - "Active learning through exploration and play."
 
At Curry Rivel Foundation Stage we believe that children learn best through play, exploration and sensory hands on activities that engage children in what they are learning. We aim to provide a supportive, friendly, bright and stimulating learning environment which gives children the freedom to explore using all their senses to engage with the learning activities on offer.  This leads to a clear and smooth transition from our nursery which is based around the same principles.  This "play based" approach is then extended into KS1.  
 
Further details of our curriculum can be found on each class page and in the half termly letter sent out by each class teacher. These letters can be found in the letters section of each class page.
At Curry Rivel we  follow Government statutory guidance through a creative approach in a way that is enjoyable as well as being informative and educational. Our aim is to engage and inspire every child. Educational visits and visitors to school enable us to provide real opportunities to reinforce learning, widen horizons, develop new skills and engage in new experiences.
The Core and Foundation subjects
 
The core subjects are led by a member of staff, who attends courses, organises in-service training for staff and ensures that the needs of all children are fully met in that subject. All other subjects are delivered as a team effortOur aim is always to challenge each child's level of understanding.
 
The core subjects are taught discretely other "Foundation" subject areas are incorporated into topic work, where children are given opportunities to acquire skills and knowledge in each of these subject areas. Our topic planning seeks to combine all of these strands and deliver to children exciting and stimulating learning experiences that will develop core skills and offer opportunities for excellence and enjoyment.
Phonics and Reading
 
At Curry Rivel Primary we aim to support children to become confident, fluent and independent readers with a love a books that will last a lifetime. We will achieve this through:
  •  Developing a whole school approach to phonics teaching.
  •  Following the DfE recommended scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’ in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
  •  Using Accelerated Reader as a reading scheme to develop pupils reading and comprehension skills. 
  • Motivating and engaging pupils to develop as confident, successful readers and writers. We want to create creative thinkers and learners and believe talk for writing supports this goal.
  • Supporting pupils who are working below age related expectations in reading
 
Religious Education
 
At Curry Rivel Primary we recognise that understanding different religions has an important part to play in a child's all-round development. We follow the Somerset Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education as well as referring to that produced by the Diocesan Education Authority. Lessons reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are mainly Christian, but also take account of the teachings and practices of the other principle religions.