Curriculum

At Lord Street we believe that all children should be given the opportunity to access a broad and balanced curriculum, alongside a focus on learning the basic skills. . We follow the National Curriculum for all subjects.

In Early Years we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. (Links are below)

A topic based approach based on Cornerstones. (See link below)

R.E is based on the Bolton SACRE scheme.

Phonics

We teach phonics through Letters and Sounds, a daily systematic phonics programme. .

Reading

Reading is taught through guided , reciprocal and whole class reading using  a range of quality age appropriate texts. The Oxford Reading Tree forms the main reading scheme for home reading .

 Writing

The children have daily writing lessons and where possible links are made to the wider curriculum.  During these sessions the children also focus on spelling, grammar and punctuation, as well as developing their control of sentence structures and imagery for effect.

Maths

In maths we follow The White Rose Maths Scheme to ensure the children’s needs are supported and met. This supports the children to explore maths beyond the basics and develop mastery skills when manipulating number and maths concepts.

 

NATIONAL CURRICULUM     EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM      CORNERSTONES      LETTERS AND SOUNDS

Lord Street C.P. School is committed to equal opportunities and we regularly review our practice to ensure that the needs of all children are met within school.

Click here to see your Child's Curriculum:

EYFS (Including 2 year old nursery)

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6
 

Assessment

For our children to make consistently good progress it is vital that we understand their learning needs. Teachers provide bespoke responses to these needs through their ongoing assessment of each child’s learning.

At Lord Street C.P. School, we use key performance indicators for years 1-6 to track children’s progress against age related expectations for each year group. EYFS progress is tracked using the Early Years outcomes document which is evidenced through children’s Learning Journals.

Please click below to read the school's assessment principles:

Assessment principles

 

 

Reading

We believe that every child should develop a love of reading. Reading is taught explicitly at Lord Street C.P. School.   The Reading Scheme and phonics that school follows is called Letters and Sounds.  

There are four main strategies which are employed:

  • A daily phonics lesson (from nursery to Year 2);
  • A daily reading lesson with the whole class;
  • A group reading lesson (guided reading) where the teacher assesses reading development;

Our school buys extra support from the Voluntary Reading Service, which provide two volunteers, who read each week with a number of children in school. In addition to this support  there are two adults who hear readers every week - Mrs Fairhurst, and Mrs Holt.

All children from reception upwards join Horwich Library and visit each fortnight to borrow new books.

Writing

Our school devotes a substantial amount of time to developing each child as a writer. We teach using three main strategies:

  • A daily phonics lesson (from nursery through to Year 2);
  • A daily writing lesson;
  • A specific lesson on spelling, punctuation and grammar in Key Stage 2.

 

Handwriting

Click here to download an example of our handwriting style.

 

Physical Education

The school provides a range of sporting opportunities across the academic year for all children. There are two hours of PE in each school week.

Children in Key Stage 2 learn to swim once they enter Year 3.

As part of our PE curriculum, our children need to pass their KS2 Certificate in swimming.

Swimming lessons take place at Horwich Leisure Centre during the summer and autumn terms in KS2.  The children and staff walk up to the Leisure Centre and will return to school before the end of the school day (unless you request to pick your child up from the leisure centre after the session). 

Parents are notified by letter and text when their child's class are booked in for lessons during the relevant term.

Please ensure that your child has the correct equipment:

Boys – swimming trunks or shorts.  Shorts must not reach their knees.  They must be short.

Girls – swimming cap, swimming costume (not a bikini) and a hair bobble if their hair is long. 

The children must also bring a towel and a suitable bag to keep all their belongings in.

 

Religious Education

RE is part of the curriculum at Lord Street C.P. School and it follows the agreed diocesan syllabus. There is an act of collective worship for every day of the week. Both of these opportunities provide children with a deeper appreciation of the many world faiths.

Music

Our children, Year 1 to Year 6, are following the Charanga Music Scheme being taught by Mrs. Alker, Mrs. Turnbull and Miss Robinson.   Mrs Holmes leads the school choir which participate in a number of public performances.

Theme Days

Each class has two theme days each half term. The first concentrates on either art or design and technology. The second relates to aspects of health and personal safety (including sex and relationship education).

Experiences

It is vital that children have a range of experiences as this is an important part of how children learn. Children take part in fundraising for a charity, visit the zoo, make their own ice cream, go for a walk in the woods, participate in school performances, and many more...

Curriculum Clubs

We provide a range of after school clubs - karate (with a sensei), gym, football, craft, boardgames, reading, art and computing. These are rotated each term so the summer will see cricket, rounders and cross-country.  For our year 6 class we also provide a Booster club.

Home Learning

Children will be expected to complete home learning regularly. This may include: reading, spelling, recall of number facts, completion of class work, research and revision.

 

Sex and Relationship Education

Through Key Stage 2 children are taught about sex and relationship education (SRE) in order to prepare them for the changes they will undergo during puberty. There is some preparation in Year 3 and Year 4, with Year 5 and Year 6 deepening the child's understanding.