Developing and increasing pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematics is core to our curriculum. The
National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics to
solve problems, calculate and reason.
English is central to all areas of the curriculum. Discrete , subject specific lessons are needed to introduce and practise the various aspects of English but these skills can be consolidated across all areas of the curriculum and indeed , are often necessary to support success in other subjects. English skills can be used to help deepen children’s understanding of other curriculum areas.
In this school art and design will be subjects used to enable pupils develop knowledge, skills and
understanding to communicate their thoughts and ideas across the curriculum. All pupils will be taught art, craft and design to engage, inspire and challenge them.
In this school all children will have the opportunity to sing, to listen to music, to experience different musical instruments, to perform and to enjoy music.
The teaching and learning of PSHE as an integral part of the school’s ethos will enable pupils to be healthy, independent and responsible as we ensure that they are developing personally and socially by addressing the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
In school we give an important place to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. In all aspects of the school’s work and life and in our curriculum, teaching and learning we seek good and appropriate opportunities for pupils grow in their spiritual awareness.
At Limehurst, we use the Rising Stars Reading Scheme. Reading books are carefully matched to the phonics phase that children are secure at. Children participate in guided reading session three times a week when reading pink, red and yellow books (phase 2 & 3) and twice a week when reading blue, green and orange books (phase 4 & 5). Guided reading sessions follow a set structure focusing on de-coding skills, prosody and comprehension. When children reach Turquoise level, they continue to use the Rising stars reading scheme to reinforce the phonics taught in class. They have one reading session with these books (turquoise onwards) and the remaining reading sessions are accessed from the Literary Leaves Guided reading/comprehension sessions from the English Literary curriculum. Children take home a copy of the Rising Stars Reading Scheme book they are reading in class and are encouraged to read for 5/10 minutes each night.
In Key Stage 2, if children are assessed to be fluent readers with a good understanding of the texts they read and have reached Lime level then they will be moved onto free readers (reading for pleasure).