Our school vision – to nurture faith; to inspire success – is the basis of all we do at Sapperton and that includes our curriculum. We strive to nurture children’s innate love of learning, develop faith in their own abilities, inspire them to pursue their own interests, try new things, test themselves and succeed in all areas of their life. Our broad and balanced coverage of the National Curriculum is sequentially planned to be knowledge-rich and ambitious in its intent, allowing the children to make connections with previous learning and preparing them for the next step. It enables children to pose and answer deep questions, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding in a real and meaningful way.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 we operate a two-year rolling programme due to our mixed age group classes. This has been carefully structured to ensure that progression and knowledge recall is effective.
As the development of reading, vocabulary and comprehension are crucial to successful learning, we prioritise this by always using high-quality texts across the curriculum. Early phonetic decoding is essential so we systematically enable learning using Letters and Sounds, closely monitoring progress so that we can support children to catch up quickly if they fall behind.
In all subjects, we have clearly identified what children should know and be able to do by the end of each unit, year and Key Stage. We assess this through deep questioning and rich tasks which stretch the children to make links in their learning.