Curriculum

What is the approach to our Curriculum at Zaytouna?

  • We have been working to develop our curriculum so that it is relevant, exciting and will provide children with meaningful and purposeful learning opportunities.

  • We believe in a themed approach to curriculum learning.  This means each year group having a clear theme (title) and making connections between subjects.

  • We make connections between subjects showing the links between core and foundation areas of learning.  For example, linking the literacy genre to the afternoon Science: or, linking Numeracy to the DT sessions etc.

  • We improve the quality of learning by systematically and effectively checking pupils’ understanding in lessons, and making appropriate interventions.

  • Reading, writing, communication and mathematics are taught – in core and foundation subjects.

  • All adults create a positive climate for learning in which pupils are interested and engaged – children are proud of their books and classroom environment.

  • Marking and constructive feedback from teachers contributes to pupils’ learning – they know how to improve their work

The National Curriculum is the starting point for schools.  This means that staff at Zaytouna will continue to devise and structure learning opportunities for pupils that extend beyond the remit of the statutory curriculum.

We will continue to work alongside parents in developing happy, confident and enthusiastic pupils.

We will work to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to practice and grow as skilled and knowledgeable learners – capable of succeeding in any given challenge.

You can also view the Parents Guide to the new National Curriculum.

RWI

Read Write Inc. is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, and we use it here at Zaytouna Primary School to aid children in their literacy.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using Read Write, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using Read Write to read the children will:

  • Learn 44 sound and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • Learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions

When using Read Write to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • Write simple sentences
  • Compose stories based on picture strips
  • Compose a range of stories based on writing frames

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