Please click the link below to view the Little Common Curriculum.
This builds on the National Curriculum.
A wide range of learning experiences enables our children to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Literacy lessons take place on a daily basis.
From the Foundation Stage onwards children read regularly in the classroom, choosing from a large selection of quality books and are given every opportunity to become confident, fluent readers and to develop a love of reading.
Each child will read with an adult at least once a week, this may be in a group or reading individually.
Phonic skills are taught systematically in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 on a daily basis. We use a range of phonic strategies including the 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Jolly Phonics' schemes of work. This work continues into Key Stage 2, placing more emphasis on higher order reading and spelling strategies. Throughout the school, children are also taught to use context clues, grammatical knowledge and word recognition skills.
The children are offered many opportunities to write for different purposes and audiences, and we aim to foster creativity and personal expression. Good habits of letter formation, spelling, punctuation and grammar are also central to the school’s English work. Through whole class writing pupils will be taught to develop their written skills in various genres.
Our handwriting scheme is intended to support children in developing a legible joined style.
Children take part in a mathematics lesson each day. We attach great importance to the development of both mental and practical mathematics as an aid to understanding. We follow a Teaching for Mastery approach in mathematics with children building coherent learning with small steps based on: representation and structure; mathematical thinking; variation and fluency.
From the time children enter our school we aim to give them mathematical experiences from which they derive pleasure and enjoyment. In promoting this positive attitude we are able to teach the necessary skills and basic facts at the appropriate stages. Through enquiry and discovery we develop children’s understanding of mathematics and their awareness of its uses in the world beyond the classroom.
Science is generally taught through a ‘Learning Journey’ style approach with links to other subjects, for example mathematics and technology.
Where this is not possible science is taught as a separate subject. Children’s natural curiosity is harnessed by providing ‘hands on’ experiences, which form the basis for scientific investigations. Skills in observing, predicting, hypothesising, measuring, communicating, obtaining and analysing evidence are developed from Foundation Stage onwards.
At the heart of school’s new computing curriculum is the aim of preparing children for the real world with a secure understanding of E-Safety issues.
The children will be taught about using a range of text and multimedia resources, about data handling as well as ‘Technology in our Lives’.
There is now a sharper focus on programming or coding. This builds from our youngest children in Foundation Stage working with toys they can control electronically, into Key Stage 1 when the children will develop their understanding of the logical way computers works. In Key stage 1 the children will also start to write simple instructions or algorithms on the computer and this will progress into more complex approaches in Key Stage 2. We will be looking for children to demonstrate their ability to work logically, be able to deconstruct algorithms and also to work creatively to overcome problems.
Our school ethos is powerfully shaped by the importance we accord to moral and spiritual development, which we encourage in every way possible.
Religious education is given to all pupils in accordance with the Education Reform Act 1988 and the East Sussex County Council Agreed Syllabus. Parents should be aware that the law states that an act of worship must be wholly or mainly Christian in its nature.
The RE syllabus is multicultural and non-denominational. The main Christian festivals are studied in all year groups and a proportion of children’s learning will be drawn from Christianity.
Daily assemblies are held, during which an act of collective worship takes place; this may be in the form of a whole school, year group or class assembly. Children’s achievements are also celebrated regularly.
The School has developed strong links with our local Church St Marks, and regular visits take place to integrate our pupils into the local community.
Parents who do not wish their children to be taught the agreed syllabus, or to take part in the short acts of worship which are held at school, should let us know so that their children can be excused, and alternative arrangements made. Regular faith group meetings for Muslim pupils can be organised.
The personal and social development of children in the school is supported and enhanced by a planned and progressive programme.
Subjects are taught to children through ‘learning journeys’ and through ‘circle time’ at a level appropriate to the child’s age, maturity and understanding. The school uses the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme and resources to provide termly themes and classroom resources.
The school has a clear policy on Sex and Relationship Education. The school scheme of work enables the children to gain an understanding of the working of their bodies, including human reproduction using correct vocabulary. This is a gently progressive curriculum as the children move through the school, meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Sex and Relationship education is always presented in the context of family life, of loving relationships and respect for one another. Children are able to ask questions which teachers answer in a manner appropriate to the age and maturity of the children. In Key Stage 2 smaller groups of boys and girls are given the opportunity to work separately and ask questions, which they may feel uncomfortable to ask in the presence of the whole class.
Parents are given the opportunity to view the teaching resources prior to the lessons and to meet with the class teacher if required.
At Little Common we promote a healthy and active lifestyle for all our pupils; Physical Education plays an important part of this ethos. Pupils are taught key skills in Dance, Gymnastics, Outdoor Sports and Team Games.
Competitive sport is promoted within the context of a supportive learning environment. P.E lessons take place both in our school halls and outside on the play areas and field. We also have our own swimming pool where the children's swimming skills are enhanced during the summer months.
Arts & Humanities
Children learn best when they are motivated and inspired and it is our aim as a school to achieve this. Learning journeys are a way of inspiring a child's learning though linking two or three curriculum areas or subjects together in a theme. Work is closely matched to individual pupils' abilities.
First hand experiences, use of the local environment, development of key skills for life and quality of work are all part of our approach.
We pride ourselves on providing a rich, broad curriculum. The teaching of each subject is planned to include exciting experiences through which children learn whilst having fun. The development of key skills underpins all our learning journeys.