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Curriculum

We have redesigned our curriculum and have embraced recent government Literacy Frameworks to provide an exciting and relevant new curriculum. The aims of the school are to offer pupils a broad general education and develop individual skills and talents so that all children may achieve their best. Emphasis is placed on basic academic skills but breadth is also encouraged.
 We understand that many of our learners will eventually work in industries and jobs that do not currently exist and so we are passionate about giving children the tools to become lifelong learners with a broad skill-set. Children are taught to swim in year 3, there are opportunities for outdoor and adventurous activities and to go school camping trips in KS2.

We use a range of stimulating and exciting strategies across speaking & listening, reading, writing and phonic learning because through these skills they will be able to better access the rich topic-based curriculum that we offer. Every child in KS1 receives 20 minutes of high-quality phonics a day as well a range of writing, reading and drama activities.
The needs of the curriculum and progress of individual children are both reviewed regularly, with special emphasis at the end of each Key Stage during May and June, when children are assessed according to national criteria.

Children require a secure understanding of Mathematics in order to have a firm foundation for future learning and everyday life. We give a high priority to the implementation of Mathematics and work towards children becoming confident in all mathematical areas. Children are encouraged to work and discover together and we use a variety of approaches to promote understanding, including practical activities and the use of ICT.

Phonics

At Mendip Green we follow the, North Somerset Learning Exchange’s PROGRAMME FOR
PHONICS INTO EARLY SPELLING, approach to Phonics teaching.  This programme links reading and writing to phonic knowledge and has been of great benefit for our children. When teaching reading, whilst we encourage a phonetic approach, we also teach and value strategies such as learning sight vocabulary, looking for context when reading unfamiliar vocabulary and using picture clues.  Although we do not use a ‘reading scheme’ we do have a colour banded books approach. This allows us to ensure that each child is taking home books which are of an appropriate reading content for them. The correct level of text will both inspire and enthuse, while nurturing their reading ability. This ensures that they progress rapidly with understanding. Understanding is the key to enjoyment and text comprehension starts straight away in EYFS with class story time.