At Padbury CE School our Christian vision ensures that all children develop a love of learning. Therefore we create opportunities which encourage them to discover, enquire, challenge and grow as individuals. This results in the children becoming equipped to be 'secondary ready' and prepared for life in an ever-changing world. As we are a small school, our mixed aged classes means that we operate a two year rolling programme - you can see the long term planning for all year groups below.
We teach the National Curriculum in a way which motivates and engages all pupils. Our choice of topics across each term allow links to be made and therefore learning becomes meaningful. Each topic opens with a lesson which will stimulate the children’s interest and raise questions about the learning to come. The topics close with an experience which serves to encourage reflection and will consolidate the learning which has taken place i.e. a presentation to a given audience or a visit to a relevant setting. Topic outlines are shared with parents in order that they can support the children’s learning outside of school. Further information and curriculum overviews can be found on the class pages.
Basic skills are a crucial part of our teaching and children are expected to apply their basic skills across all aspects of the curriculum.
We promote an inspirational and varied English curriculum to provide all children with the skills necessary to equip them for life. English includes speaking and listening, reading, writing (including spelling, punctuation and grammar), and handwriting. Our English curriculum develops children's ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, so using language to communicate ideas, views and feelings. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic, critical readers and writers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction, IT and media texts.
Early reading and phonics
In EYFS and KS1 we use the Jolly Phonics scheme alongside Letters and Sounds to teach basic phonic skills. We aim to develop fluency in, and understanding of, a wide range of texts. We strive to promote confidence in the children as readers and for them to become aware of reading as a source of communication, information, research, interest and pleasure. A range of reading scheme materials are made available to the children alongside a rich variety of texts including class novels, guided reading and individual books.
At Padbury CE School, we teach Mathematics for Mastery using the White Rose Scheme of Learning. It is an engaging and accessible style of mathematics teaching. Our approach enhances mathematical understanding, enjoyment and achievement for every child. Children are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols. Mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience. We use a structured approach to introduce and reinforce mathematical vocabulary and we ask pupils to explain their mathematics to build their mathematical language and reasoning skills.
We believe that encouraging our children to lead active and healthy lives is a crucial part of our role as a school. Through our P.E. curriculum and range of extra-curricular activities children learn essential skills in a purposeful context. We offer the opportunity to employ these skills in a range of competitive situations both within school and through the Small School Sports Partnership. Children in all year groups are taught by specialist sports leaders for P.E.
We are committed to offering our children a range of opportunities through the arts. The arts are not only a means of expression for all pupils but also support the learning of basic skills, the building of self-confidence and the opportunity to explore different cultural dimensions. At Padbury CE School, all children have weekly Music lessons taught by peripatetic teachers, art lessons taught by class teachers and drama as part of the varied English curriculum.
As a Church school we ensure high quality teaching in R.E. by following the Oxford Diocese R.E. scheme of work. The R.E. curriculum is enriched through external visits and guests to the school giving our children relevant first hand experiences to make their learning real.