'Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.' Aristotle
At Yew Tree we teach the National Curriculum. This curriculum is a guide to what has to be taught. How we teach is inspired by our children. At Yew Tree we believe that children who are involved learn more. Our curriculum encourages children to follow their own line of enquiry, take an active approach to their learning and enjoy what they do.
We plan our curriculum to enable children to ask questions and think about what they are learning. Our aim is to encourage pro-active thinking. We encourage our children to put up their hands to ask a question rather than answer one and all classes have a 'Thunk' of the week, and table challenge tasks are part of the Key Stage 2 learning environment. Our children are encouraged to talk.
At Yew Tree we believe that learning is connected, that cross curricular learning accelerates progress and that vocabulary knowledge is the key to academic success. The teaching of vocabulary is a key element of how we teach reading.
Guided Reading in Key Stage 2 and Year 2 is taught as a whole class so that all children have the opportunity to access high quality texts that are rich in content with a broad range of vocabulary. Children are taught to predict, question, clarify and summarise as part of their reading lessons as well as identify and explore new vocabulary to use within their own written work. Weekly news sessions encourage children to learn about the world around them.
In Key Stage One children use Oxford Reading Tree to support their reading. They are taught phonics through the Letters and Sounds scheme.
We have an enrichment afternoon for all pupils in Reception to Year 6 every week. This is when children are taught by different members of our staff team and KS2 have the opportunity to access Artis, a creative arts workshop. There is a mental health session as part of Enrichment afternoons. Planned themed curriculum weeks including Creative Arts week and Science week are every half term. We value Forest School which is taught every day by a trained Forest School lead. All year groups access Forest School.
Children go on at least one 'trip' per year to support their learning, for example the National Space Centre. Yew Tree values its links with St Alphege and Solihull United Reform Churches. RE is taught following the agreed Solihull syllabus. There are three Residential visits a year in Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6. Homework is weekly in EYFS and KS1 and focuses on core skills. Homework in KS2 is set half termly and focuses on core skills and linked topic tasks. Children are expected to produce a portfolio of work by organising their tasks and meeting deadlines, both key life skills.
If you would like to know more about the curriculum we follow at Yew Tree Primary please contact the relevant subject lead professional, as listed on the staff page of our website, or contact Rachael Russell, Headteacher, via the school office.
The curriculum is our key school development for the academic year 2019 - 2020. A termly overview of what is taught is listed below so you can see the key elements of the curriculum your child will be taught and when. We have initially listed our Autumn curriculum plan from 2018 as our developing curriculum will evolve throughout the 2019 - 2020 academic year.