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Preston Primary (VC) School

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Our Curriculum

Preston Primary Curriculum

 

At Preston Primary School we are committed to providing our children with a broad and balanced curriculum which supports the development of key skills in reading, writing, communication and maths as well as preparing children for being lifelong learners in the 21st century and beyond.

Learning takes place through a range of adult led and child initiated activities, increasing in formality as our children progress through the school. Children are prepared to meet the expectations of national standards but this is not done to the exclusion of other subjects and it is part of our school ethos to keep the child at the centre of everything we do.

 

As we have mixed age classes, we meet the coverage requirements of the National Curriculum through the use of a two year rolling plan,

 

At the start of term each class publishes details about what theme they are covering that term and an overview of the content of the different subjects.  These can be found on the class curriculum pages.

British Values

 

At Preston, we are committed to upholding key British Values. Throughout the school, in class and as a whole school community we ensure that children have an understanding of the key British Values.

Reading

Our prime approach to the teaching of reading is:

We believe that whilst children are learning to read they should also be learning to love books. Consequently we ensure that there are a range of whole school activities provided, such as Book Week. 

Our pupils are taught to read through adopting a range of strategies to decode print. One of our prime approaches is the teaching of phonics, the breaking down of language into its component sounds. We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme across Reception and KS1, extending the programme into KS2 where appropriate. Sessions take place daily for approximately 20 minutes.

Guided Reading is used across the whole school to teach children the knowledge, skills and understanding of reading in all its diversity. 

The aim of every guided reading session is to encourage and extend independent reading skills, teaching the specific skills required, groups of children work together on the same text.  Texts are selected to match the reading ability of the group; challenging but not so difficult as to disrupt the flow of reading, from a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays. 
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