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Naphill and Walters Ash School
We teach half-termly topics and ‘map out’ the learning journey in each topic through our curriculum maps. These curriculum maps reflect our belief in the importance of cross curricular learning which makes clear links between different subject areas within a meaningful overall context. Children become immersed in each topic and learning gains greater purpose and meaning. Pupils are always actively involved in asking questions, investigating, hypothesising and driving their learning forward.
The children attend Forest School alternate weeks and their outdoor learning ensures that they develop an awareness of the natural environment. The children are taught most of their science topics out in the woods.
The children have the opportunity to take part in Liaison Group sports events throughout the year. This enables them to develop a sense of belonging to a team and they enjoy representing the school.
Year 2 children have visited Warwick Castle and raised money for ‘Send a Cow’ as parts of their topic work.
In Key Stage 1 all children are regularly assessed and are encouraged to borrow one book, at their appropriate level, to read with an adult at home. This book can be changed as often as the child likes! The children will progress through the graded Book Bands they will eventually become a Free Reader; even then it is important that parents listen and discuss books with their child.
It is vitally important that parents read, share books and talk about books with their children. Developing your child’s vocabulary is essential for their education as the demands set at the end of each key stage in terms of understanding and using vocabulary are extremely high. But many activities parents can do can be done on an informal basis and we are more than happy to give you ideas that may help.
The children have Guided Reading sessions with an adult at least once a week; children are also heard read on a 1:1 basis regularly. Maisie, our Reading Dog, comes in once a week to listen to some children read something which the children really look forward to.
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Listed below are examples of our Curriculum maps which are sent out to parents at the start of each term: