Phone
01536 330300

Address
Church Lane, Cranford, Kettering
Northamptonshire. NN14 4AE

Our Curriculum

You can read our Curriculum Statement available below.  This tells you about our vision and what is fundamental to our approach to teaching our children.

See the document below to find out what we're learning about during this academic year.

English

English is a core subject of the National Curriculum .   The acquisition of core language skills in reading, writing and speaking & listening is  fundamental for educational and social progress and developing cultural capital. 

English - Reading

A weekly reading rotation is set up in each class so that all pupils get the opportunity to experience a guided reading session with their Class Teacher.  In these sessions, pupils are taught reading skills using the 'VIPERS' program (which sees them focusing on Vocabulary, Inference skills, Prediction skills, Explanation skills, Retrieval of information and Sequence of information). 

English - Phonics

Read, Write, Inc. phonics

We use the Read, Write, Inc. phonics and early reading and writing program in Cranford C E Primary School.

The program teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension.  Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.  Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases. Children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

Pupils write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say, before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know.  They practise handwriting every day: sitting at a table comfortably, they learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly.

English - Writing

Much of the writing that we teach is driven by either a key text we are looking at as a class or by topics that we are delivering in our wider curriculum. Most of our English units are based around 3-week modules.  In the first week, we focus on 'Reading as a Reader': enjoying books and looking at published examples of genres.  This is usually followed by a week of 'Reading as a Writer': here we look at the technical features of a text and its syntax.  The third week allows us to then focus on our own work - 'Writing'.  Children will now be able to produce their own texts, having studied exemplar material and learnt about appropriate  grammar, vocabulary and style for the genre being covered. Our shared learning areas reflect the books that have been studied by classes and as you move around the school you will see the work we have produced.

Maths

As a school, we believe that Maths is best taught when concepts are broken down in to small, manageable steps and we believe that this is how our children learn best.  We teach using a method that first uses concrete resources to demonstrate a concept, followed by pictorial representations and finally in a more abstract way.  The school use the White Rose Maths Scheme of Work in order to achieve this. 

PSHE 

jigsaw

PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.  (PSHE Association).

We understand the importance of teaching our pupils effective PSHE skills and to facilitate this we follow the Jigsaw scheme of work.  We follow the published curriculum map, which you can find below which ensures our children benefit from the full coverage of all of the important content.

During the academic year 2020/21, all primary schools will be required to deliver ‘relationships education’. The government have also committed to statutory health education, meaning the majority of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education will be compulsory from 2020.  As a Church school, we base our PSHE curriculum around the materials published by 'Jigsaw'.  In November 2019, the Church of England published Principles and a Charter entitled “Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Heath Education (RSHE) in Church of England Schools”. The document set out several key principles and provides a Charter which schools can use. Above, the Church of England Principles & Charter for RSHE document sets out how both the ethos and teaching content of Jigsaw support us  in delivering RSHE in light of the above.

If you would like to read more about what is covered in RSE, please view the Jigsaw RSE Guide for Parents & Carers and Jigsaw RSE Content by Year Group document above.

The Jigsaw scheme also embeds positive British values across the school; please see the British Values in Jigsaw document for more information.

To find out more about Jigsaw from a parent or carer's perspective, you can read a comprehensive guide titled Jigsaw Programme Information for Parents & Carers found above.

Science

Science filters into every aspect of daily life. We teach Science to our pupils to increase their knowledge and understanding of our world, and to develop their skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It helps develop their natural curiosity, whilst encouraging them to respect living things and the physical environment in which they live.   

History

We want our pupils to be interested in the world and why things are the way they are.  By teaching our pupils a rich history curriculum and the successes and failures of the past, we helps them better understand the present and begin to build a better future. It also gives them an insight into the history of Britain as well as cultures with which they might be less familiar, thereby increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding. 

Geography

We teach Geography to help our pupils better understand the world, its environments and different places, both near and far.  We teach the children to describe and explain features, such as lakes and towns, are locate where they are.   We also help them understand how these features came to be as they are and what continues to influence their development.   Through our Geography curriculum, we also teach our children about the different cultures and people around the world, what makes them similar and different and also why people choose to live where they do. 

R.E.

Our school is located within a village where the local faith community has been part of the weft and warp of the village history. As a school we are part of that village community and also part of the rich tradition that is the Church of England. Christianity is the main faith studied as a Church school and 50% of RE teaching time allocated will be for the teaching of Christianity. 

RE at Cranford Primary School encourages children to value and question their own opinions, whilst developing respect and sensitivity for the views of others.  It will provide children with an understanding of some of the major faiths practiced in the world today, helping to prepare them for life within a global community.