Both schools in Our Lady of Furness Catholic Federation follow the 2014 National Curriculum. Teachers work together so that the same objectives are taught across the federation. Below are the documents showing the curriculum coverage in each year group.
Long Term Plans
Along with their partner teacher(s) from the other school, teachers create a yearly plan to ensure coverage and progression. These are on a two year cycle.
As a Catholic School, we follow the guidance set out by the Bishops' Conference in 2012. To meet these requirements, we use the CTS scheme, 'The Way the Truth and the Life', which is supplemented by teachers' own planning.
In Key Stage One, R.E. is taught to individual year groups. In Key Stage Two, there is a two year cycle between the Year 3 and Year 4 syllabus for Class Three, and the Year 5 and Year 6 syllabus for Class Four.
Each term, we have an RE theme day, where the children are taught in mixed aged house groups, and focus on an aspect of the church.
If you require any further information about the curriculum in a particular year group, please make an appointment to see your child's class teacher.
Reading and Phonics
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to
- recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
- identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as /sh/ or /oo/
- blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.
Children can then use this knowledge to 'de-code' new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way - starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex - it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. Phonics and spelling sessions are delivered in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Pupils in Key Stage 2 are taught to read and spell common words and learn a range of spelling patterns and rules.
In EYFS and KS1, phonics is taught using a combination of 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Jolly Phonics'. We use the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme, supplemented with other books banded in the same way. We have recently purchased a wide selection of Usborne reading books that go alongside our main reading scheme. Starting from Early Years, children at our school are given an opportunity to choose reading books as we believe that this will develop reading for pleasure across all year groups.
We promote a strong home/ school partnership and encourage children across all year groups to read regularly and discuss books with an adult at home.