Altham St James’ is a small school, with multi-age-classes. As such, the organisation of the curriculum needs to ensure that each child meets every area of study during their time in one class, but that no area is repeated unnecessarily. To this end we have adopted a curriculum map working on a range of cycles. This is in the process of revision to meet the requirements of Curriculum 2014. The accompanying documents outline this in detail. Whilst these are working documents, and will be updated as the new curriculum becomes embedded, we believe that this approach allows every pupil to access their entitlement.
Beyond this, we also have a skills spine in every subject that is progressive. For example, we would expect a child at Year 3 to be learning, practising and applying certain skills within history – whereas a child at Year 6, although studying the same historical period, would be learning, practising and applying much more advanced skills.
The government’s review documentation can be found here
Phonics, Reading and Spelling
At Altham St. James we use the Read, Write Inc. Phonics Programme followed by the Read, Write Inc. Spelling Programme. For more information please click on the link below.
Creative Curriculum Overview
Please find the Calculations Policy Here
We also believe that basic skills underpin the curriculum and place great emphasis on reading, spelling and grammar. Starting in Reception, phonics are taught to all infant children on a daily basis. Following on from this, the Read, Write, Inc. programme is taught daily in Years 2 to 6. Guided Reading sessions and Reading for Enjoyment sessions also form part of the weekly timetable in both Key Stage 1 and 2.
To support the learning that goes on in school, we also send homework home on a weekly basis. The leaflet below gives details of the homework timetable for each class.Homework Policy