At the heart of Elvington CE Primary School is the commitment to ensure that all students make the best possible progress, regardless of their ability, in all subjects during their time with us. The school strives to provide a caring and supportive environment in which all pupils are valued equally and are given the opportunity to develop to their full potential. A broad and balanced curriculum is provided with suitable learning challenges identified and set to address the children’s diverse learning needs.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (the term used to describe the phase of education from birth to the end of the reception year) follow six areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Creative Development.
The National Curriculum consists of three core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science. There are a further seven foundation subjects: Design Technology, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education and, in KS2, Modern Foreign Language. Religious Education, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education are also taught throughout the school to children aged five to eleven. For more information, you can visit the GOV.UK website.
We use the National Primary Curriculum (2014) to deliver the programmes of study. It is taught in termly blocks on a rolling 2 year cycle in Key Stage One and a four year rolling cycle in Key Stage Two. Children in the Foundation Stage follow the topics in Key Stage One, but their learning is adapted for the EYFS Framework 2014. The school follows the National Curriculum to deliver maths and English, making use of cross curricular links where appropriate based upon the topic being taught during the term, and we follow the City of York Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
Staff plan carefully and collaboratively to ensure both curriculum coverage and progression in children’s learning as they move through the school, as outlined in our Curriculum Policy and in the documents linked below.
Further information about the teaching and learning happening in each class this term can be found in the newsletters and curriculum overviews on our classroom pages.
Reading and Phonics
Our aim is for all our children to be fluent readers by the time they leave KS1. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme to promote speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending.
Reading Schemes used at Elvington CE Primary School
- Individual Home Reading Books – these are the names of the most common reading scheme books we use in school; however there may be other books dispersed throughout the most regularly used books. Books are organised into coloured bands, these coloured bands match the guided reading scheme books used in school and maintains continuity between the individual reading books and the guided reading books.
- Oxford Reading Tree – a reading scheme specifically be developmental with limited vocabulary in the initial stages
- Oxford Reading Tree – Songbirds – phonic books
- Oxford – TreeTops – for more able readers
- Guided Reading Books
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Rigby Star
The following websites may be of interest to you if you would like to continue your child’s consolidation of phonics at home.