Part of our mission statement is a Love of Learning. We believe that this is achieved through a vibrant, balanced, varied and engaging curriculum.
We follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 & 2.
For more in-depth information about the content of the curriculum followed in each year group, please visit our class pages and click on the curriculum tab.
Learning to read and fostering a love of Reading is at the heart of our English curriculum. We understand, recognise and value the importance of the development of Early reading.
The phonics scheme used at OLM to teach phonics is called 'Rocket Phonics'. Reading Planet Rocket Phonics is a Department for Education validated story-based Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme for Reception and Year 1. The programme is based on the progression of Letters and Sounds (2007) which was previously used at OLM.
Rocket Phonics teaching and learning cycle
- Review and revisit previously taught sounds using colourful flashcards.
- Teach using online teaching storybooks (Big Books) to present new letter-sound correspondences within the context of stories.
- Practise reading and writing skills daily using write-in Pupil Practice Booklets.
- Apply knowledge and skills through fully-decodable Target Practice Readers.
- Apply and consolidate using additional Rocket Phonics reading practice books.
The Rocket Phonics Reading books, are primarily supplemented with the Collins Big Cat Reading scheme.
At OLM we believe that English is best taught through the use of high quality texts and follow the principles of CLPE (Cemtre for Literacy in Primary Education) which particularly emphasises the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers, In Years 3 to 6 we use Destination Reader to foster a love of reading and to teach key reading skills.
At OLM, we follow 'Maths No Problem' to deliver our maths curriculum. At the heart of the approach is teaching maths for mastery. When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedure.
Please follow the link below which will lead you to helpful videos to support you in understanding some of the key approaches.