Curriculum at Shocklach

neverland2.pngAll children have access to the full range of National Curriculum subjects which are taught in a creative and interesting manner. Our relevant and exciting curriculum builds upon the children's prior knowledge and skills and offers a broad range of learning opportunities and experiences.

These are designed to support the acquisition of key skills, knowledge and values.  Running alongside the standard curriculum are other curriculum initiatives which provide additional enrichment opportunities to support the development of new talents and interests.

We cater for special needs and gifted children and ensure all children receive the best opportunities to achieve their full potential.

Policies and Information for Parents and Carers

The school has curriculum policies for:

    All curriculum subjects
    Teaching and Learning
    Assessment, Recording and Reporting
    Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

These are available on request and some can be downloaded from our website.   However, policies are developed for teachers and staff in school to use to ensure consistency of practise and accountability to our Governing Body.  While they may be interesting, school policies are not designed to be used exclusively by parents and carers.

A link to the new national curriculum, which all maintained schools have to follow from September 2014 can be found here.

Curriculum Documents

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Early Years Foundation Stage


Children in Reception learn through the curriculum for the EYFS.  The seven areas of learning and their key content is set down by the Department for Education. The manner in which it is taught and delivered is up to schools to determine.

Each child’s learning is recorded in their Learning Journey.  At Shocklach this is a large A3 book.  As their child’s first teacher the contribution of parents and carers to a child’s Learning Journey is invaluable.  Young children often show skills and attributes at home that they don’t yet demonstrate in a school setting. Your child’s teacher will let you know how to contribute to the record of your child’s achievements at home.

Self- initiated learning is where a child chooses an activity.  This forms the majority of evidence used for assessment. Teachers also teach or guide directly. This supports assessment and, importantly, will enhance what children are choosing to do themselves.

An indoor and outdoor classroom means children can learn and explore in a place they feel comfortable with activities they prefer.

The EYFS curriculum has seven areas of learning, 3 prime and 4 specific.  Within each area are different strands (in brackets) leading to 17 Early Learning Goals.

At the end of the year assessments are gathered and used to form a summative assessment against the Early Learning Goals for each aspect in the 7 areas (17 early Learning Goals)

Parents will be informed whether a child is emerging (not yet achieving the ELG), expected (has achieved the ELG), or exceeding (above the ELG). When a child is assessed at exceeding they are working on the National Curriculum in that area. Children emerging continue to learn through the EYFS until they are ready to move on to the national Curriculum in Year 1.


Teaching children to read at Shocklach Oviatt Church of England Primary School
Learning to read is central to all learning in school. Everything else depends on it. We actively promote reading skills from the time the children enter our Reception as we believe it is extremely important.

We want children to develop a passion for reading, we want them to be able to read for themselves. We aim to ensure that all children have a love of books as well as being able to read independently.

How we teach reading – some answers for parents

We start to teach ‘tuning in’ and sound discrimination games. Singing Nursery Rhymes, listening and differentiating between environmental sounds are all key early reading skills. As soon as we feel your child is ready for letter sounds we begin to introduce a phonics programme – we use a variety of approaches for this including Letters and Sounds.

How will my child be taught to read?

The children are screened when they enter Reception and again throughout their time in Key Stage 1. This means that we know which phonics group to place them in based on how many sounds they know. The children will be moved in and out of groups according to their need. We then introduce new phonic sounds which helps children know how to ‘read’ and how to sound out words they need to write. We teach the children simple ways of remembering how to recognise sounds and letters, we begin with sounds s,a,t,p,i,n – when the children know these sounds they can start to make some words.   Ask the children to show you how we say the sounds! We then teach the children different ways of making the same sound, ay (may I play) ai (snail in the rain) a-e (make a cake) and build on this until the end of Year 2.

We also teach ‘red’ words, these are words that are ‘tricky’ and cannot be sounded out, I, the, no, go, said, have, are some examples of this type of word.

The children practise reading (and spelling) words. They also read books in class and we expect parents to support reading by signing reading journals to show when you have listened to your child read at home.

As teachers we also read to the children several times a day to ensure that they share our love of books and develop an understanding of different genres, information books, poetry, comics, stories. By sharing a wide range of text the children build on their vocabulary which helps to support their writing.

How will I know how well my child is doing?

We aim to keep you informed of your child’s progress through parents evenings and writing in their reading journals. If we feel your child needs extra 1:1 or small group support with their reading, we will let you know.
We screen the children in Year 1 to let you know how your child is performing compared to the rest of the children in the country. The Government introduced this phonics screening check a few years ago and there is a meeting about this with the Year 1 teacher every year.

What can I do to help?

Please read with your child as much as possible, this greatly supports their progress in school. Daily practise is essential.
If you have any concerns about reading and your child’s progress please contact your child’s class teacher. Children are all different and won’t learn to read at the same rate and pace, it can take some time for children to learn how to segment or blend sounds. Your continued support makes a great difference.

Phonics Teaching

Here at Shocklach School we use a variety of Phonics programmes including Letters and Sounds. We are dedicated to ensuring that each and every one of our children learns to read with accuracy and confidence.

Phonics sessions are taught daily in Reception and Key Stage 1. The children start the day with phonics sessions for between 10 and 20 minutes (depending on the child’s age and stage). These sessions are all lively, interactive and fun.

The children read with their Teacher or Teaching Assistant in a group, using the texts that are pitched accurately against the phonics that they are learning.