As a small, rural school we have a maximum intake of 15 pupils to each year group. Our Reception class is taught discretely and their curriculum plans follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of education.
As children progress into Key Stage One and Two, classes become mixed age and are organised into Year 1 and 2, Year 3 and 4, Year 5 and 6.
In English and Maths, children follow the programmes of study for their year group. Curriculum planning for other subjects are taught on a two-year rolling programme, ensuring full curriculum coverage by the end of each phase: Cycle A and Cycle B. In 2021-2022 we are working on Cycle B.
Reading is a priority at Belsay: we aim to develop fluent readers and this has a positive impact on accessing all other areas of the curriculum and life skills. Our school uses the Read Write Inc. phonics and reading scheme, this is a whole-school approach to for 4 to 9-year olds that creates fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. It integrates phonics with comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting, using engaging partner work and drama with beautifully illustrated stories and poems. Below is a video on how to pronounce the phoneme sounds correctly.
Older children use 'Big Cat' readers which are carefully levelled books to instil a love of reading in all pupils, written and developed by award winning authors and supported by beautiful illustrations and stunning photography.
Additional information that has been provided to parents and carers in the 'Reading Rationale' document below.
For additional information regarding the curriculum, please speak to your class teacher, or the Head teacher, Miss Cantwell: all can be contacted on 01661 881641, on site after the school day, through the class pages or via the office: firstname.lastname@example.org