If any parent or other members of the public wish to find out more about the curriculum we are following, please contact the Deputy Headteacher, Mr Lee Blake , for further information.
* As part of our return to school transitions in September, every class will be using the beautiful and thought-provoking picture book My Many Colored Days , written by popular children’s author Dr Seuss, to support emotional wellbeing.
You can view or download our Long Term Plans for 2021-2021 by clicking the link below:
- EYFS Long Term Plan
- KS1 & KS2 Long Term Plan
In a significant shake up to our curriculum, classes will now follow the journeys of famous heroes, adventurers and explorers as they travel back in time and all over the world.
While learning about specific times and places, pupils will also be working on developing their own ‘character’ so that they become more resilient, empathetic, self-aware, positive learners, who work collaboratively, using effective communication skills, and can celebrate their own excellence.
Pupils’ achievements will be celebrated with certificates to take home, as they complete the missions.
You can view our download our Character Plans for Autumn 2021-22 by clicking the links below:
- Mrs Wagstaff’s Class (Year 1) Traditional Tales
- Mrs Squire’s Class (Year 2/3) Samuel Pepys
- Mrs Parker’s Class (Year 3/4) Ed Stafford
- Mrs Carr’s Class (Year 4/5) Ed Stafford
- Miss Flanagan’s Class (Year5/6) Ed Stafford
For further detail on the progression of skills, knowledge and understanding across the Geography and History learning please clink on the links below:
- Year 1 Geography & History Progression
- Year 2 Geography & History Progression
- Key Stage 2 Geography Progression
- Key Stage 2 History Progression
Phonics and Reading
Parents and carers can find out how phonics will help your child to read and spell in our Reading and Phonics section of our website.
You can also view or download our class novels for the school year. We are trying to build a love of reading in our children and the use of great literature is key!
Maths No Problem
To help all pupils at VLA to master an understanding and love of Maths, this September we launched a fantastic new approach to the teaching of the subject – Maths No Problem!
While outcomes in Maths have been a strength in recent years, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and increasing levels of anxiety in our pupils has meant that we needed a change in order to help children rediscover a love for Maths and to improve their understanding of mathematical concepts and ideas.
As part of the Maths No Problem program, each child has received their very own award-winning, government-approved textbook and workbook, filled with vibrant illustrations and real life scenarios.
Based on the world’s best pedagogical ideas, Maths No Problem is already proving to be a hit with staff and pupils and we look forward to seeing the progress pupils make this year and in the future
For more information on how we now teach Maths and to view each year group’s learning please click on the links below
You can view or download our new Science Curriculum overview for Year 1 to Year 6
You can view or download our new ICT Curriculum overview for Year 1 to Year 6
You can view or download our new PE Curriculum overview for Year 1 to Year 6
This is the new spelling curriculum, detailing all of the sounds and spelling patterns which should be learned, matched up to the appropriate year group. There is also an additional list of high and medium frequency words which children should be able to read and spell, by Year 5.
Personal, Social, Health, Relationships (including Sex) and British Values Curriculum.
Our curriculum here at VLA has PSHCE and British Values at its heart. Linked to our curriculum aspirations, we aim to equip all our pupils with the tools they need to be healthy and responsible members of our community and the wider world.
To achieve this, we follow a whole-school, fully-comprehensive programme with discrete lessons taught weekly. These are enhanced with learning linked to the heroes/adventurers being studied each term. Opportunities to explore themes around British Values are linked to these characters as well.
In addition, we also run weekly missions to develop RESPECT characteristics in our pupils.
For more information please see the overviews for each year group:
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