Our school values, The New Valley Nine, are at the centre of everything we do. During their time at New Valley, we want all our children to develop a real love for learning which will remain with them for their entire lives.
We believe that an exciting curriculum is essential for children to be inspired in their learning and we work hard to make our curriculum irresistible. Through cross curricular Contexts for Learning we ensure that there is a clear purpose and setting for children’s learning and that they will have many memorable experiences during their time at New Valley.
We work hard to make strong connections between all areas of learning and especially have strong English links into each of our contexts for learning.
- The curriculum is broad and balanced and has strong cross curricular links; it is designed to encourage creativity and promotes varied outcomes from different children.
- The curriculum is underpinned by a strong emphasis on the key skills of communication- reading, writing, speaking and listening; and the application of number.
- The curriculum map, enrichment weeks, themed days and events reflect topical issues and the interests of the pupils.
- Children’s views and interests are represented in curriculum design and development.
- Children have regular opportunities to take part in extended projects that allow them to study in depth and produce quality finished work.
- Question based learning, thinking skills, problem solving and talking have a high status.
- Activities are designed to appeal to and provide success for the full range of learning styles (visual, audio and kinesthetic).
- The curriculum is enhanced by regular visitors.
- We make most of opportunities to use other areas of the community.
- All pupils have the opportunity to take part in a termly educational visit including, across the years, a range of subject specific trips.
- All Key Stage 2 pupils have the opportunity to take part in a residential visit.
Curriculum planning addresses as a minimum:
- The expectations of the Programmes of Study of the National Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science, Design Technology, ICT, PE, History, Geography, Art, MFL and Music.
- The non-statutory framework for personal, social and health education and citizenship
- The frameworks for teaching literacy and numeracy
- The locally agreed syllabus for the delivery of RE.
In line with the new National Curriculum, maths teaching at New Valley Primary School aims to develop children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We follow a ‘Mastery’ approach which gives all children the opportunity to deepen their mathematical understanding, make connections and reason maths through varied and stimulating lessons. Lessons include varied mathematical representations, practical resources and opportunities for children to communicate mathematically when justifying, proving and explaining their thinking.
All children are taught to have a positive mind-set in maths and believe in their ability. They are taught that we are all born with the ability to succeed in maths, maths is not about speed, it can be seen differently by different people and mistakes are valuable. Our maths teaching is enhanced across the school through the use of regular ‘maths meetings’ which allow for consolidation.
Our aim is to develop pupils’ competence in the programme of study of Word Reading and Comprehension. Phonics is taught in Reception, Year 1 and to Year 2 children where appropriate, through the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc. phonics programme. Children are allocated and work through colour banded books of different reading skill levels as they work through the school.
Comprehension skills are developed through adult led guided reading sessions. This involves children participating in high quality discussions from a range of texts including poetry, stories and non-fiction.
Our Writing is taught in line with our termly topics and is developed through the use of high quality reading texts.
We aim to develop pupils’ competence in the accuracy of grammar, punctuation and spelling and the structure of text composition. Children are taught the skills of planning for an extended piece of writing, organising their work coherently and the processes of evaluation and editing.