We offer a broad and balanced curriculum using the National Curriculum for England and Wales.
Throughout the school day we place great emphasis on first hand interactive, investigative learning and problem solving approaches which are supported by various resources. We have adopted a cross-curricular approach and believe this helps the children to make connections in their learning and makes their learning more relevant to their world.
We recognise that there are children of differing ability. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children through differentiated group work and individual work. By matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child, based on high expectations we give them the opportunity to achieve their personal potential.
At The Lighthouse School we believe it’s crucial to have a ‘full picture’ of where a child is with their learning and development to ensure that any time within the school day all the children are both accessing the curriculum and being challenged. We use on-going formative assessment, that include multiple indicators of progress and ability (such as discussions, projects, initiatives, attitude to learning, etc.) to provide a more qualitative and accurate understanding of a child rather than merely relying on results from standard tests/quizzes. We understand that some formal tests are sometimes needed e.g. spelling tests, however at The Lighthouse School this comprises a small piece of the pie! Formal assessment takes the form of teachers’ evaluations during class discussions, informal observations from group and individual tasks. We also however place great emphasis on the children evaluating their own work both orally and written, by the children providing effective signs to their peers and from the marking and feedback of completed work. This on going assessment and collected information serves to inform and help guide the teacher with future planning and hence improve the quality of teaching and learning in the school.
The English Primary Framework is used as a basis for teaching Literacy. Each child is given targets that are relevant to him/her and these are regularly assessed to ensure their learning is moving forward.
We aim to promote:
The children are encouraged to develop a love for reading and therefore regular sessions are provided to engage in silent reading, paired reading and whole class reading. We have a good range of reading books – both fiction and non-fiction in the classroom as well as the library.
Pupils are helped to develop the ability to express their thoughts and ideas through the written word. We help to develop grammar, punctuation, spelling and letter formation. The link between reading and writing is strongly emphasised. Following the English National Curriculum, children are taught to write for a range of purposes and audiences for example writing stories, non-fiction reports, instructions and letters.
Speaking and Listening
Children need to learn to express themselves clearly in a wide variety of situations. The ability to listen is of equal importance. Throughout the school day the children are encouraged to listen to each other as well as to adults. Stories and poems are read every day and children ask questions and contribute to discussions.
Numeracy is taught on a daily basis and follows the National Numeracy Framework from the English curriculum. This framework conducts a spiral learning curriculum which ensures each block of maths is revisited and extended throughout the three terms, thus building upon the understanding and skills that the children acquire each time. Each block is made up of three units and these each represent two or three weeks of teaching. This process allows for continuing development to challenge the most able learners, whilst also revisiting earlier areas of knowledge for those who may struggle with Numeracy.
The blocks are:
- Counting, partitioning and calculating
- Securing number facts, understanding shape
- Handling data and measures
- Calculating, measuring and understanding shape
- Securing number facts, relationships and calculating
The lessons begin with whole class teaching and learning where the children are taught or revisit a strand with the subject and then they take part in solving problems and ‘show me’ responses on individual whiteboards. The whole class teaching is then balanced with paired or individual work which is always differentiated for the class’ needs and abilities.
The children will cover the challenges of adding, subtracting, division and multiplication, space and shape, measuring, weighing, money, time, data handling and real-life problem solving. The children do this with the aid of practical activities, written methods, various tactile resources, the interactive whiteboard and individual PC’s. Much of the learning in Maths is related to and supported by practical activities in order to develop a sound basic knowledge and understanding. We hope to develop children’s confidence and enthusiasm as well as the ability to use and apply their mathematical understanding to the world around them.