Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
English and Phonics
We ensure there is a a systematic approach to the teaching of early reading and synthetic phonics which gives our children the foundations for learning and ensures that all children learn to read words and simple sentences accurately by the end of Reception.
We teach daily, high quality phonics sessions following the Read Write Inc. (RWI) Phonics programme. We use a range of phonics resources to ensure we meet the different needs and learning styles of our children and in some instances, the children may be organised into RWI phonics groups based on their ability.
The children experience a wealth of activities, learn new grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) and revise and build upon those already learnt. The children also develop the skills of blending and segmenting and are taught to apply these skills when they encounter new words. This is supported by practice in reading books consistent with their developing phonic knowledge and skills.
Interventions are in place for those children who find phonics tricky. The impact of these interventions are monitored and reviewed regularly.
Reading lies at the heart of the curriculum at Doddiscombsleigh Primary School. We believe that reading is key for academic success and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum and give all children the opportunity to develop their love of reading, encouraging pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction genres. Reading is identified as a key priority on our School Improvement Plan, to enable children to access the full curriculum and ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in all subjects.
At Doddiscombsleigh Primary School, we promote enjoyment of mathematic through practical, exploration and discussion, helping children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.
We provide pupils with the mathematical fluency and confidence to carry out a range of mathematical problems and solve them by utilising reasoning and problem-solving skills. We aim for pupils at Doddiscombsleigh Primary School to display positive approaches to mathematics and develop attitudes that embrace challenges. As a school we are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts.
We are passionate that children should be encouraged to be active participants in maths lessons demonstrating or explaining a concept orally, visually, concretely and abstractly. creating an environment where they feel comfortable to share their thinking, question one another; agree and disagree by justifying their decisions and working together collaboratively.
We teach pupils to be fluent in recognising relationships and making connections. By doing this, pupils will develop a conceptual understanding of the subject. We ensure a clear progression by using the White Rose Maths scheme of work. Mastery, challenges, reasoning and problem solving is integral to all lessons at Doddiscombsleigh Primary School in order to provide a deeper and richer learning environment.
Learning Challenge Curriculum
At Doddiscombsleigh Primary School, we aim to provide our pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, full of rich opportunities for them to develop their skills in many different areas. Our core values of aspiration, resilience, kindness and respect, underpin our curriculum and sit at the heart of teaching and learning throughout the school in all subjects. Children are encouraged to be thoughtful, creative and resilient learners who develop independent learning skills from a young age, as well as a love of learning and an understanding of their role as global citizens in our ever-changing world.
At Doddiscombsleigh Primary School, we have adopted the principles of the Learning Challenge Curriculum (LCC). The LCC is built upon the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages curiosity through the use of an interesting and thought-provoking question as the starting point for learning. Subjects are brought together in themes and links between subjects are made wherever possible, including allowing for the children’s application of English and mathematic skills. This imaginative curriculum approach successfully builds upon pupils’ knowledge and skills as they move through the school and is carefully aligned to the locality of the school, making it relevant for the children at our school. Ultimately, the aim of our curriculum is to foster a love of learning for life within our children.
Personal, Social, Health Education
The personal development of the children at Doddiscombsleigh, is further enhanced by our teaching of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). We use a whole-school approach to the teaching of PSHE using the Jigsaw scheme of learning. This provides a well-structured, progression of learning, with the aim of preparing our children for life. We teach them to understand and value themselves as individuals, relate to other people and understand how to stay safe and healthy, both physically and mentally.
Throughout the year, the children learn at age-appropriate levels through the study of, and reflection in, the following topic areas:
- BM(Being Me in My World) – Who am I and how do I fit?
- CD(Celebrating Difference) – Respect for similarity and difference, anti-bullying and being unique.
- DG(Dreams and Goals) – Aspirations, how to achieve goals and understanding the emotions that go with this.
- HM(Healthy Me) – Being and keeping safe and healthy.
- RL(Relationships) – Building positive, healthy relationships.
- CM(Changing Me) – Coping positively with change
This mindful approach to PSHE also further enhances our MindUp Curriculum. More information about our MindUp curriculum, and the ways in which we support our children and families’ emotional health can be found by clicking on the link below.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
RSE is about the emotional, social and cultural development of our pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. It involves a combination of sharing information and exploring issues and values.
At Doddiscombsleigh, our curriculum encompasses many aspects of the Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) curriculum as well as contributing to promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils. Our policy on RSE is based on the Department for Education (DfE) Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (2019).
To deliver our RSE curriculum, we follow the Christopher Winter Project (CWP) ‘Teaching RSE with Confidence in Primary Schools’. Through our Relationships and Sex Education programme, we aim to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. We believe that a successful programme, firmly embedded in PSHE, will help young people learn to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood, through adolescence into adulthood.
The programme units are as follows:
Reception: Family and Friendships
Year 1: Growing and Caring for Ourselves
Year 2: Differences
Year 3: Valuing Difference and Keeping Safe
Year 4: Growing Up
Year 5: Puberty
Year 6: Puberty, Relationships and Reproduction
Our programme aims to provide the basis for an ongoing programme of RSE that begins in Reception and continues through to Year 6. The aims of relationships and sex education (RSE) in our schools:
- Is a partnership between home and school.
- To prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene.
- To create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships.
- To teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies.
- Starts early and is relevant to pupils at each stage in their development and maturity.
- Includes the acquisition of knowledge, development of life skills and respectful attitudes and values.
- Has sufficient time to cover a wide range of topics with a strong emphasis on relationships, consent, rights, responsibilities to others, negotiation and communication skills, and accessing services.
- Helps pupils understand on and off-line safety, consent, violence and exploitation and how to keep themselves safe.
- Is both medically and factually correct and treats sex as a normal fact of life.
- Is inclusive of difference, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, culture, age, faith or belief, or other life experiences.
- Promotes equality in relationships, recognises the challenges, gender inequality and reflects girls’ and boys’ different experiences and needs.
Our Key Vision
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