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Children at Portishead Primary School benefit from a rich and varied curriculum which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. We believe in a values based education which is explained in this presentation.
At the heart of our curriculum is the desire to make learning fun, engage children, develop relationships and provide children with a wide range of opportunities to learn in different ways.
The curriculum is taught through a topic based approach, linked to themes with an emphasis on one key text per term. During the course of the school year each year group will cover 3 topics that will have a science, history or geography focus.
Topics are enriched with a range of trips and visitors that bring the curriculum alive and provide children with real life experiences. This approach also develops their understanding of the community around them in Portishead, the South West, Great Britain and its place in the wider world. In the summer term Year 6 attend a week long residential trip to an outdoor education centre. This provides them with a range of experiences to challenge themselves in different ways and builds confidence and self-esteem as they prepare for the beginning of their secondary school education.
Focus weeks are used to extend the curriculum and are often linked to the school development plan or vision. The school annually celebrates anti-bullying week, e-safety week and black history month. National curriculum subject focus weeks are used on a rotational basis to raise the profile of subjects and give children extended opportunities to develop their skills. This ensures the children get a broad and balanced curriculum as they journey through the school.
Phonics is taught discreetly from Reception to Year 3. Children from Year 1 to 3 are taught in ability groups with additional support provided to children who are not working at age related expectations. This ensures that all children have a strong knowledge and understanding of phonics as a reading and writing strategy throughout the school.
Reading, Writing and Maths are tracked rigorously 3 times a year. Children are assessed on an on-going basis and all teachers meet with the Headteacher and assessment leader to discuss progress of individuals and groups at the end of each term (3 times per year).
ICT is taught discreetly in the ICT suite that all classes visit weekly and each class has computers and access to mobile technology that can be used across the curriculum.
Partnership is central to the school vision. To this extent the school council and eco club work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to develop the school. Representatives are elected from each class and meet weekly.
The school enhances the curriculum with a range of clubs and activities, some of which are provided at a cost to parents. These include a range of sports, languages and curriculum clubs as well as music lessons in Key Stage 2. The school works in partnership with a range of providers and school staff provide a wider variety of clubs for free.
The school provides children with a wide range of opportunities to perform to parents and share learning outcomes. This develops confidence and speaking and listening skills as well as providing the opportunity to celebrate achievement.
For information about the National Curriculum please click on the following link;