The Creative Curriculum is designed to stimulate children; promoting a thirst for learning whilst encouraging the children to be independent critical learners. Reading is at the heart of the curriculum based around a well-selected book chosen to engage and challenge pupils. Daily half-hour whole class reading sessions are based on this carefully selected book; developing skills in reading using a VIPERS approach (vocabulary, inference, predict, explain, retrieve and summarise). Classes share the book together and have in-depth discussions particularly about characters' motives, author's choice of vocabulary and making inferences based on shared experiences. Particular emphasis will also be on using the A.P.E. model (answer it, prove it, explain it). There is strong focus on reading fluency, vocabulary through oracy and on specific comprehension skills. Children will also be given opportunities to read with another class within school each fortnight and also visit both the school library and the local library in Stapleford.


Years 1-6 will use the 'No-nonsense spelling programme' to help structure spelling sessions – which provide opportunities for children to investigate spelling patterns and learn the rules, alongside providing strategies for learning to spell given words. Classrooms will have weekly spellings displayed, with spelling tests focussing on weekly spellings and others that have been previously learned. This is to develop fast and accurate spellings of an extensive vocabulary through explicit teaching. Learning of the National Curriculum year group words will form part of the homework sent home during each half term (see back of the children's organisers).


Writing opportunities are available to pupils across the whole curriculum linked to the class book and accompanying topic. A distinct structure will be followed; introduce, explore, plan, first draft, edit and improve and redraft. By providing high-quality, well-timed feedback, children develop a love of writing across all aspects of the curriculum, whilst learning to edit and improve their work towards a 'polished piece'. Resilience is a strong theme across all aspects of learning: we believe that good learners go in the pit.


All children and staff will use a cursive approach to all aspects of writing, with staff providing opportunities to develop the children's fluency through a range of activities including 'Letterjoin' using iPads and extensive modelling from staff. This will improve correct formation and joins (except capitals) to ensure fluency whilst remaining legible.


Parents and carers receive regular updates on their child's learning, including invitations to join children in lessons and creative workshops. At least one visit or enrichment experience is offered each half term, and adds another layer of richness to exploration of the broader curriculum.

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