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SCHOOL CURRICULUM

At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery we believe that every pupil is entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that takes account of the requirements of the National Curriculum and other guidance documents. We believe that the fundamental functions of language, as a means of expressing feelings, establishing contact with others and bringing about desired responses, are crucial in underpinning life skills and all aspects of the curriculum. We, therefore, believe that all aspects of language need to be developed in as many different ways as possible in order to help children achieve a confident, fluent and appropriate use of language.

Teaching and Learning at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery is based on the children's and classes individual needs. Pupil provision is related to attainment, not age. It is important to remember that the National Curriculum in English is broad so it is necessary to practise and apply aspects of English through cross-curricular links with other national curriculum subjects.

At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery we use a whole text (book) as a stimulus or 'vehicle' to deliver the National Curriculum in a cross curricular way through topics. This allows for key skills In English to be applied in a purposeful and engaging context.

If you would like to find out further information about the curriculum at Garlinge Primary School please contact the school office to make an appointment.

Synthetic Phonics

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we deliver the Letters and Sounds programme. These lessons are taught daily and we look at the different sounds and how we can use these to spell words when reading and writing. There are six stages to this programme. The first looks at environmental sounds to train the child to listen for different sounds in spoken word or around us. Stages two to five look at delivering the different phonemes needed to read and write. The final stage, phase six, consolidates all the previous learning to ensure the children are confident in using their sounds to segment and blend words when reading and writing. There is a quick pace which allows the children to start reading words within their first few weeks in Reception.

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