Language, Arts and Mathematics
Our curriculum in language arts and mathematics is based on the National Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy from England. On entry children in Year 1 and above are assessed in reading, writing, spelling and mathematics using assessments produced by the National Foundation of Education Research (NFER). Assessments from the same source are administered again at the end of the academic year. This allows us to track attainment and progress over time.
Up until Year 3 children are taught in mixed ability groups with the teacher catering for the individual needs of the children through differentiation. In Year 3 to Year 6, based on teacher assessment, validated and moderated by external standardised assessments, the children are grouped according to ability. Within each ‘ability’ group there is still the need to differentiate. Grouping is also flexible, allowing children to change group within their year if and when appropriate.
From Year 1 to Year 6 we follow ‘Abacus’, a comprehensive scheme of work supported by textbook and online resources which provide many practical opportunities to apply mathematical knowledge and problem solving.