The curriculum at Ightham is designed to provide a rich, ambitious and relevant education that meets the needs of all children throughout the school. Across all parts of the school, series of lessons contribute well to delivering the curriculum intent. It provides opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society as caring and honest individuals. The curriculum ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. The curriculum celebrates diversity, encourages tolerance, develops respect, and supports the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain. The curriculum is designed to give all pupils, including children that are disadvantaged and with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. It is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Acorn Class) the school offers the Curriculum for the Foundation Stage (ages 4-5). This covers six areas of learning. Play and child initiated learning form an important part of this Curriculum. Following on from the Reception Class, the children enter Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2 - ages 5-7). Our school follows the National Curriculum. Upon the completion of Key Stage 1, the children enter Key Stage 2 (Year 3-6 - ages 7-11). Again, our school follows the National Curriculum.
KS1 Phonics and Reading Schemes
Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and Key Stage 1 and is based on the Letters and Sounds materials. Phonics Bug is also used regularly with the children. Our EYFS and KS1 children follow the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. This continues into Key Stage 2.
The core English curriculum is based on Power of Reading (POR) materials. Phonics and Spelling continues to be taught in every year throughout KS2 – the school uses a variety of resources including Grammar and Spelling Bug. Reading is explicitly taught using Reciprocal Reading from Y2 to Y6. Y1 begin to use Reciprocal Reading when ready to do so. Children in KS2 complete a Big Write on a weekly basis. Children in Year 2 complete a Big Write once every fortnight. Handwriting is taught using the Nelson scheme across the school. The English Curriculum for Years 1-6 can be downloaded from the Year Group tabs on the left hand side.
The Government believes that two hours of physical activity a week, including the National Curriculum for physical education and extra-curricular activities, should be an aspiration for all schools. This applies throughout all key stages.
At Ightham Primary School we believe strongly in promoting the development of the ‘whole child’ and their self-esteem through a broad and balanced curriculum emphasis on the creative arts and Personal Social and Health Education.
Forest School is also part of our Physical Education provision.
Our P.E. curriculum overview can be downloaded below:
PE Curriculum 2018-19
TT Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 7 years in over 4500 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide. At Ightham, we've decided to help boost our own children using this programme. Here's to rocking and rolling our way to times table success.
All children from Years 1 to Year 6 should have a TT Rockstar login from their class teacher; please follow login instructions here:
TT Rock Stars Login Details
We use the Power Maths scheme alongside White Rose Hub materials to underpin our day-to-day work in Mathematics. Children also have access to Mathletics to support their Maths learning. Your child can login to Mathletics by following the link below:
Modern Foreign Languages
French is taught in years 3 to 6 as part of the school curriculum. Our French work is based on the Rising Stars scheme called Euro Stars. Our French curriculum can be downloaded below:
French Curriculum Overview 2018-19
The school also runs an after school Spanish club.
The SRE Curriculum is embedded within our PSHE curriculum, and this can be located via the RE/PSHE tab.
Online Safety is taught throughout the year in all classes and is embedded across the curriculum. You can download our Online Safety curriculum plan below.
Online Safety Curriculum
Purple Mash is used to underpin our work in Computing. You can download an overview of our Computing curriculum below:
Computing Curriculum 2018-19
Humanities and Art/DT
We are in the process of applying to become a Heritage School in collaboration with Historic England. Our Art and DT work is linked to our Humanities topics. You can download an overview of our Humanities curriculum below:
Humanities Curriculum Overview 2018-19
Progression Through Art Skills 2018-19Progression Through Design and Technology Skills 2018-19
How to find out more about the curriculum at Ightham Primary School
There is a lot of information about our curriculum on this website. Click on the tabs to the left to find out more. If you would like to find out more, and you can't find it on our website, please speak to either your child's class teacher or the Head Teacher. You will also find more information in the subject policies which can be accessed via the About the School tab at the top of this page. All class teachers run weekly drop-in sessions after school where you can ask more questions about our curriculum. Parent workshops are also run from time to time to keep parents informed about our curriculum. Please look out for these via our weekly newsletters or the dates on the website.