At Victoria Park, we are committed to ensuring our children develop a strong foundation in reading, writing and mathematics. We also believe in providing a broad and balanced curriculum in which children develop the skills they will need to shine later in life. We provide a wide range of opportunities to enrich the curriculum. Our curriculum is always evolving as we make improvements to the provision for our children.
Early Years Foundation Stage:
The children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stages curriculum. This is based on three prime and four specific areas of learning. For further information on this please go to https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage
Reading: We are determined to ensure that every child at our school is a successful reader. We have a structured approach to the teaching of reading which includes the teaching of phonics to help children decode words and a strong emphasis on developing comprehension skills.
We use a programme called 'Phonics Bug' to introduce synthetic phonics systematically. Children are initially taught letter sounds and are then introduced to letter names and taught to blend sounds in order to read whole words. To help parents support their children with reading at home we run workshops for parents in reception and year 1.
As an 'Every Child a Reader' school, we have a number of intervention programmes in place to support any children in need of additional support, including reading recovery, better reading partners and A-Z readers.
Children in Years 1 - 6 have a daily guided reading session. This involves a carousel of activities with teachers and teaching assistants working with groups of children to develop their reading comprehension skills.
Children are encouraged to read widely at home and to borrow books from our school library which is open between 8.30 and 8.45am and 3.15 and 4pm Monday - Thursday. At times children will have the opportunity to read a book of their choice in class and the teacher will regularly read to the children. We try to encourage a love of reading through events like bedtime story evenings, celebrating world book day, trips to the local library and author visits.
A copy of the reading progression grid can be found in the 'Curriculum Documents' page.
Writing: We have a consistent approach to the teaching of writing across the school. This involves some use of 'Talk for Writing' methodology at the lower end of the school which helps children develop a bank of stories they can draw on for their own writing. As children get older they are given more opportunities for independent writing. Children are encouraged to be creative writers and to recognise the features of high quality written work. Whenever possible we make links between the children's writing and their learning in other areas of the curriculum.
Children have a daily skills session every day to improve their spelling, handwriting, punctuation or grammar
Our marking policy helps children to identify what they have done well ('green to be seen') and what they could improve ('pink to think'). Children have the opportunity to respond to the marking to further improve their work.
A copy of the writing progression grid can be found in the 'Curriculum Documents' page.
Maths: We have developed our own calculation policy to ensure we are teaching key mathematical skills in a consistent and progressive way and also use the Broadbent planning scheme to help structure our delivery of the maths curriculum. Work is differentiated to ensure children are challenged at a level that is appropriate for them.
We use a range of different resources eg numicon, diennes and cuisenaire to help children develop a solid understanding of number. We also use an online maths resource called 'mathletics' to help children consolidate their maths learning at home.
If children need extra support in maths, we run a intervention programme (First Class at Number) for any children who need additional support at the lower end of the school.
A copy of our maths progression chart can be found in the 'Curriculum Documents' page.
Project Work: At Victoria Park, we have developed our own 'enquiry' based approach to the teaching of the wider curriculum. A key question drives the learning in each project or enquiry. We make links between different subjects (particularly history, geography and science) and make learning real, purposeful and relevant. This involves lots of trips to places of local interest and visitors to our school. At the end of each enquiry the children take part in a 'challenge' in which they apply their learning. A copy of our science skills progression chart can be found in the 'Curriculum Documents' page.
Religious Education: We follow the Bristol Locally Agreed Religious Education Syllabus. You can find out more here . Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their child from RE and collective worship sessions should they wish to and this can be discussed with the headteacher.
PSHE: We have developed our own PSHE programme exploring our school values (co-operation, respect, honesty, determination, gratitude and honesty). Each class has a weekly circle time session, linked to whole-school assemblies to explore the value of the term. Sex and Relationships Education is covered within PSHE sessions as well as sessions on drugs education, money, anti-bullying and keeping healthy. The policy can be found on the website.
Physical Education: PE is taught by both class teachers and specialist sports teachers. Children learn a range of indoor and outdoor games and take part in swimming lessons in years 4 and 5. We make good use of the local park for outdoor sessions. The main PE curriculum is supplemented by a wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities. As a member of the Ashton Park Sports Partnership, we take part in a number of different tournaments and competitions with other schools.
Music: Music is taught in every year group. Children in Year 4 learn an instrument as part of the Fast4music scheme. Music lessons for individuals or small groups are also available for children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. We currently offer ukulele, recorders, flute and guitar lessons.
Computing: We use a website called code.org and a software package called purplemash to help us deliver the computing curriculum. We work closely with the Knowle West Media Centre to help enrich our provision. Whenever possible we make links between the computing curriculum and other areas of the curriculum.
Art and Design Technology: We have a specialist art and DT teacher who delivers art lessons across the school and supports teachers with their art lessons. Art lessons take place in our lovely art room. We try to link art and DT to our enquiry learning. A copy of our art skills progression chart can b e found in the 'Curriculum Documents' page.
Modern Foreign Languages: Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 learn French.
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