Key Stage One and Key Stage Two Curriculum
This consists of 10 subjects. English, Mathematics, Science and I.C.T are known as the core subjects. History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art and P.E are known as the Foundation Subjects. Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education are also taught within the school time-table.

There are objectives or goals setting out what children should know and be able to do at each stage in their schooling. These objectives are called Attainment Targets. For each subject, there are
descriptions of what the children should be taught to help him/her to achieve the Attainment Targets. These are called Programmes of Study.

Teaching is in accordance with the National Literacy Strategy and encompasses Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Children are introduced to a wide range of texts, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Throughout the school emphasis is placed upon handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar. A range of teaching strategies are used and include whole class work, group work and individual work.
We encourage children to read, through the school library and book collections, through book sales and special book weeks. Reading at home is absolutely essential and a variety of Reading Wallets in which to keep a reading book and journal may be purchased from the office. Children are provided with a book from their appropriate reading stage until they become a free reader. We have a wide selection of banded books including fiction and non-fiction and a wide selection of library books. Some English homework is set and spelling tests feature in all classes.
Letters and Sounds Six-phase Teaching Programme is the scheme used for teaching Key Stage 1 phonics and is supported by appropriate resourses including ICT programmes- Phonicsplay, Forest Phonics and Twinkl.

Maths is taught in accordance with the National Numeracy Strategy. We aim to provide the children with a wide range of experiences through which they develop numeracy and mathematical awareness. A range of workbooks, textbooks, practical activities, investigative work and calculator work is incorporated into our daily routine.
The daily numeracy lesson usually consists of a ten minute mental starter, followed by class teaching and an opportunity for children to practice and develop their skills. A high priority is given to the teaching of mental strategies to solve number problems. Work on number bonds and multiplication important.

The National Curriculum identifies 4 areas of study:
1. Using and Applying Maths 3. Shape, Space & Measure
2. Number 4. Handling Data.

From the Early Years our Science sets out to enable the children to understand the world in which they live by showing them how to investigate it in a systematic fashion. This is done through showing children how to observe, study, question, relate findings, draw conclusions, and to devise and record their experiments.

There are four attainment targets:
1. Experimental and Investigative Science 3. Materials and their Properties
2. Life and Living Things 4. Physical Processes

Information Communications Technology
Children are taught to use I.C.T. equipment and software confidently and purposefully to communicate and handle information, produce recordings and expressive work and assess the value of I.C.T. in their working places.
We have a new I.C,T. suite that features a networked system with internet access and a projection facility to enhance class teaching. Children are able to record themselves using our webcam system. We operate a strict Health and Safety and Internet code.

Design Technology
Children are given the opportunity to design, make and evaluate artefacts using a range of materials and skills. They will use a variety of simple tools, sheet materials, food, textiles, construction kits and control graphics.

The music curriculum encompasses listening to a wide variety of musical styles as well as composing and performing using a range of tuned and un-tuned instruments. Children regularly perform in school assemblies and All Saints church. We have a range of instruments including samba drums.

The children have many opportunities to express themselves and communicate ideas and feelings through art and craft activities. They will use a range of media including painting, drawing, printing, 3D work, textiles, clay and mixed media work. They will become familiar with the work of artists, past and present, and work from other cultures. Local artists are invited into school and we have close links with Wingfield College. Our children’s work can be viewed on the county’s online gallery which can be found at:

Religious Education
Our policy is based upon the new Suffolk RE Syllabus.

History and Geography
At KS1 this work involves looking at and finding out about familiar things in the locality and on school visits. As the children progress, it develops into methods of study and enquiry. This will involve using a range of resources, developing note taking techniques, independent topic research and fieldwork. Our schemes of work are based upon the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority’s (Q.C.A) recommended guidelines to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum.

Physical Education
P.E. plays a very important part in the life of the primary school child. Our P.E. curriculum pursues the six areas specified by the National Curriculum: Games, Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities and Swimming.

We are very fortunate in having our own shallow water swimming pool on site. In the Summer Term we endeavour to ensure that every child is taught to swim and acquire water skills. We operate the Suffolk Swimming Certificate scheme which ensures progression. KS2 children are able to attempt their Deep Water Certificates at Halesworth.

We usually send teams to inter-schools tournaments in Football, Netball, Rounders, Uni-hoc, Rugby Touch, Basketball, Cross Country and Athletics. There is a range of after- school clubs and outside agencies are invited to provide additional coaching when the opportunity arises. New Cut Arts hold weekly open workshops at Laxfield.

P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social and Health Education)
In addition to the timetabled P.S.H.E. and Citizenship lessons, we recognise that much teaching occurs through other subjects and as a response to situations that may arise. A range of learning strategies and techniques are adopted in order to help develop in each pupil an awareness of self and sensitivity to others. These may include role-play, circle-time, class debate, and the use of a range of resources.

Sex and Relationship Education is an integral part of this subject. Initially children consider growth and change in their bodies through the Science curriculum. In Yr 6 the Science Curriculum is supported by a television programme, ‘Living & Growing’. This covers healthy eating, teeth, drugs and smoking issues and includes a programme dealing with puberty, body changes and babies. A letter is forwarded to parents prior to this programme or any sex education taking place. However, when questions arise, they will be answered truthfully and with sensitivity depending upon the level of understanding and age of the child.

The SRE policy was adopted after full discussions with the governing body. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from this part of the curriculum if they wish.