We offer an inspiring, broad and engaging curriculum, ensuring each child develops a lively, creative and curious mind.
Our Whole School Wider Curriculum
Maths at Clutton Primary
Writing at Clutton Primary
By the time children leave Clutton in Year 6, they need to be able to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
The starting point of a child's writing journey is through Letters and Sounds. At Clutton we start cursive handwriting from EYFS.
See Phonics section below for more information on Letters and Sounds and Teacher modelling videos
We carefully plan opportunities for children to demonstrate their writing skills and knowledge across the wider curriculum. An example being, a non-chronological report about deforestation and the rainforest (KS2).
Reading at Clutton Primary
Here at Clutton Primary we recognise that the ability to read, both for information gathering and for pleasure, is the fundamental key that unlocks life-long learning. Along side daily guided reading, each class has story time read by the teacher.
All our children have access to high quality, recommended fiction and non-fiction texts and are read to daily by class teachers. They even have access to their own reading pod at lunchtimes. Older children take on the responsibility of becoming reading buddies for children in EYFS.
Challenge Readers work towards completing individual reading passports, demonstrating an understanding of reading through a wide variety of texts.
See Phonics section below for more information on the progression of phonics teaching, information on Letters and Sounds and Teacher modelling videos.
Celebrating bedtime stories:
Recent findings from an external review of Phonics teaching at Clutton, showed a well planned, consistent teaching programme. Pupils continue to make good progress, and those needing additional support get impactful interventions, by well trained staff, on a daily basis.
External Phonics Audit, February 2020
Phonics at Clutton Primary
Phonics and Reading Schemes:
As soon as children start primary school, they will have at least 20 minutes daily dedicated phonics teaching, learning letters and sounds to build words and the necessary skills to decode for meaning.
This is taught through step by step scheme, called Little Wandle which is based on Letter and Sounds, which works alongside learning to write.Children enjoy sharing traditional tales, nursery rhymes and songs to help develop communication and language skills.
Phonics reading books are regularly changed and sent home, helping parents support learning that has taken place in the school day, and helping children develop fluency and confidence.
Children also have a sharing book, which we encourage parents to read with their child.
How we Teach Phonics:
In Term 1, parents are invited to a workshop to help understand how phonics are taught
See Cherry Class webpage for more videos and guidance on sound formation in school and how they can support their child in the first stages of reading. Parents are also invited to stay for regular stay and read sessions in class.
Wider Opportunities / SMSC
SMSC is ‘at the heart’ of school development. It requires schools to think about the kind of people we aspire to be, the kind of world we aspire to create, and the kind of education we aspire to provide.
Here at Clutton we aim to support children to develop in many diverse aspects of life, offering wider opportunities to explore and reflect on themselves, the world around them and their place in the world.
You can also see how our School Pupil Council has a role to play
PSHE / RSE
“Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.” DfE
Since September 2020, Relationships and Health Education has been compulsory in all primary schools in England. However, due to the pandemic, schools do not need to implement the new guidance until the summer term.
For children in primary school, the statutory requirements in terms of curriculum content are under two headings: Relationships and Health
As part of our school’s Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum we use a scheme called Jigsaw. (see more details on the Jigsaw programme below).
Jigsaw’s Changing Me unit is taught over a period of six weeks in the Spring / Summer terms. Each class will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage, building on the previous year’s learning. At no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate.
All lessons are taught using correct terminology, child-friendly language and diagrams.
We will continue to work with our School Nursing service to enhance the delivery of RSHE which will help us with specialist knowledge and a different way of engaging with the children.
Right to be excused from Sex Education
As a parent you have the right to request that your child be withdrawn form sex education that is delivered as part of our Jigsaw programme. If you are concerned, please do come and talk to your child’s class teacher in the first instance as they will be able to show you what will be taught in more detail. If you are still concerned, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the matter further.
Fore more details, please take a look at these documents:
PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education
It is an important part of your child's national curriculum learning. So what does it cover and how can you support your child at home?
Schools have an important part to play in helping kids become well-rounded individuals.
PSHE, aims to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.
There are three core themes of primary school PSHE:
1. Health and Wellbeing
PSHE isn’t a statutory subject in primary schools. This means that there is no set programme of study or learning objectives that pupils have to fulfil. Take a look at our approach to learning the core themes of PSHE throughout your child's time through Clutton Primary School
Here are some of the tools we use to deliver an impactful PSHE curriculum in school:
Following the return to school full reopening after lockdown, all children have completed a questionnaire about their lockdown experiences. This has helped teaching staff understand any adverse feelings a child may be feeling, and help celebrate any positive experiences from lockdown.
click on the image below to see the questionnaires:
Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) is a nationally benchmarked psychometric assessment specifically designed to spot attitudinal or emotional issues in children, and will be a useful tool to help your pupils settle back into school life and track how they reacclimatise over the months ahead.
Once a starting point (a baseline) has been established, teaching staff gauge the PSHE teaching scheme around the needs of the children.
The PASS assessment is revisited throughout the year and teaching adjusted accordingly.
Together with the outcomes of the childrens' questionnaires and the PASS results, we use Jigsaw to deliver our PSHE curriculum around Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work.
Following the PSHE core themes, this gives the children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.
Experiences are built into everyday learning, both in and outside the classroom.
Take a look at the free resources available on Jigsaw for activities to do at home. There are some free audio stories and calm me time sessions avaialble.
If you have any questions about our PSHE and RSE curriculum, please contact the school office - who will pass any information to Mrs Morris
Please see below our school's homework guidance:
Homework Guidance (updated Nov 2020)