At Lum Head we believe that children learn best when they are happy and motivated to learn. To that end we endeavour to provide a challenging, engaging, creative curriculum which is fun and exciting. Trips and visits, inviting visitors into school, and finding opportunities to celebrate our learning are all integral to this. We cover all areas of the Primary National Curriculum and Stockport’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, whilst ensuring that we meet the individual needs of all our children.
Children from Year 1 to Year 6 study the core subjects of English (including spoken language, reading, writing, spelling/ phonics, handwriting, grammar and punctuation), mathematics, science and computing. Religious education, Personal, Social and Health Education including SRE, along with the foundation subjects of history, geography, music, art, PE, French (KS2 only) and design and technology make up the rest of the curriculum.
KS2 French is taught by a specialist teacher, as is KS1 and KS2 music. We also provide ukulele lessons for Year 4, and give children in KS2 the option of taking up brass or woodwind musical instrument tuition. Our school choir has performed at the Bridgewater Hall. We benefit from the expertise of sports coaches who work across the school teaching gymnastics and games. Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 also have swimming lessons at different times of the year. Forest Schools lessons have been introduced in Year 3 to encourage greater independence and a love of learning outdoors.
In Reception we endeavour to provide the children with a broad range of learning experiences, both indoors and outdoors, which enthuse, inspire, challenge and excite the children and celebrate their efforts and achievements. We develop their characteristics of effective learning through opportunities to play and explore, be active in their learning, make decisions, share ideas, be creative and think critically.
We provide a balance between child-initiated and adult directed activities, with emphasis placed on developing a broad range of skills, underpinned by The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There are seven areas of learning within the Foundation Stage Curriculum: Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design.
Through early, accurate Baseline Assessment we record each child’s starting points then identify and plan for their next steps for learning. Their progress towards the Age Related Expectations (AREs) is closely tracked throughout the year and is collated in their ‘Learning Journeys’. We recognise the crucial role of parental involvement in a child’s education and provide regular communication regarding children’s progress.
Our aim is for our children to be happy, settled and secure at school; for them to develop a love of learning and have the confidence to be independent and resilient learners. We consider the changing ‘school readiness’ needs of the children as they move on to their next phase of education.
We follow the Letters and Sounds Scheme for phonics lessons, and No Nonsense Spelling for spelling lessons. We use a range of different reading schemes as part of our book bands, including Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Pathways, Project X, Snapdragons and Collins Big Cat.
For more information on the curriculum we follow for each year group, please see individual year groups under Curriculum under the School Life tab.