Our curriculum is organised through a themed approach, which means that individual subjects are taught by being linked to an overarching topic. This ensures breadth, balance and the progression of knowledge and skills in the different subject disciplines throughout all three Key Stages. There is a particular emphasis on developing basic skills of communication (speaking, listening, reading, writing and the use of communication technology), numeracy and problem solving throughout the curriculum. Learning is also designed in such a way as to encourage independence, creativity and a sense of responsibility among our pupils.
Our aims in planning and teaching the curriculum, are to develop each child's skills and knowledge in the subject disciplines, but also to develop his/her skills as a learner. An emphasis is placed upon developing those habits of mind which increase a child's ability to learn well. Learning and teaching are undertaken creatively and in a way that makes them directly relevant and engaging for the child. Many links are made between subjects. For example, while studying the Victorians, children may explore the literature of Charles Dickens, the art and design of William Morris and the construction of electrical circuits, as well as evaluating the historical evidence from the period.
We teach a progressive programme of systematic, synthetic phonics, so that children quickly acquire the skills they will need to read and write fluently. This begins from the moment a child joins the school. Synthetic phonics gives children the skills of blending and segmenting sounds, so that they can decode words in reading and spell accurately in writing.
Phonics is a core element in our approach to teaching reading, but it does not stand alone.
We promote reading for fun and children are exposed to a full range of high quality literature in order that they can quickly gain enjoyment from their reading. The school is very well resourced with both fiction and non-fiction books and children are encouraged to take books home every day to share with their parents. We are proud that we achieve very good results in reading at the end of each Key Stage.
We maintain a daily literacy lesson, and children are engaged in reading and writing tasks each day. Reading and writing skills are also developed right across the curriculum and we take every opportunity to improve children's communication and interpretation skills, as well as their confidence and skill in articulating their thoughts and ideas. A high emphasis is placed on enjoyment in all aspects of English learning.
For more information on our phonics scheme please see www.ruthmiskinliteracy.com
All children have a daily mathematics lesson, which comprises of whole class teaching, small group and individual work. Oral and mental work features strongly in each lesson.
Our aim is to enable children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge, to reason mathematically using correct language and to solve problems by applying their mathmatics to a variety of routine and non-rountine problems. We support pupils in achieving this through using a range of manipulatives and teaching approaches to enable sercure understanding of the statutory requirments identified in the 2014 Curriculum. Both English and Mathematics are taught in other subjects as well as in the designated lessons. This is because we recognise that these core skills need to be developed in as many ways as possible.
Each child undertakes 2 hours of PE each week and there are a host of extra-curricular sporting opportunities. The school frequently competes in local and county sporting competitions. There are lessons in gymnastics, dance, games, athletics and swimming. There is a well-equipped hall with a variety of agility and gymnastic apparatus.
Children take part in competitive sport and we enter several tournaments each year.
We currently work alongside the West Kent School Sport Partnerships, who provide PE speaclist teachers to work alongside our staff to ensure the highest level of teaching in this area.
The major emphasis of our physical education programme is to allow the children to acquire and use skills and strengths in appropriate activities. We aim to show children that physical education is challenging in an individual and a collective situation and that they can find success at their own level.
We promote sport and personal fitness as an important part of staying healthy.
We aim to give students multiple opportunities to develop subject specific knowledge and skills to succeed in all areas of the curriculum. At Capel Primary School we ensure coverage of Art, Design and Technology, Computing, Languages, Music, History, Geography, Physical Education, Religious Education and Science. We regularly provide lessons that ensure spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our teachers deliver these lessons on a routine basis, evaluating students progress in each area so they can plan challenging new lessons that link to class topics.
Alongside this, we make use of partnerships with local schools and organisations to deliver lessons in a modern and engaging way. Some examples of this work are our Year 6 students working with Tonbridge school to develop games, through coding, to reflect the struggles of the Shang Dynasty. Another example would be our Year 4 students working alongside Kent Music Hub to learn to play the guitar!
Special Educational Needs
Supporting all our students
At Capel Primary School we regularly monitor progress. Where it is not at the expected age related point, even if a special educational need has not been identified, we put in place extra support to enable the pupil to catch up. Examples of this are additional literacy and numeracy booster groups, in-class differentiation and nurture groups. Our on site SENCO, Mrs Hill, will liaise with teachers to identify students who require support, enabling us to effectively intervene to improve learning.
Some pupils may continue to make slow progress, despite high-quality teaching targeted at their areas of weakness. For these pupils and in consultation with parents, we will use a range of assessment tools to determine the cause of the learning difficulty. At Capel Primary School we are experienced in using a range of assessment tools to identify specific gaps in learning. We have access to external advisors who are able to use specialist assessments depending on need including the Specialist Teaching Service, Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and Counselling.
The purpose of this more detailed assessment is to understand what additional resources and different approaches are required to enable the pupil to make better progress. These will be shared with parents, put into a provision plan and reviewed regularly. At this point we will have identified that the pupil has a special educational need because the school is making special educational provision for the pupil which is additional and different to what is normally available.
If the pupil is able to make good progress using this additional and different resource (but would not be able to maintain this good progress without it) we will continue to identify the pupil as having a special educational need.
We ensure that all teachers and support staff who work with the pupil are aware of the support to be provided and the teaching approaches to be used.