We aim to promote the highest level of learning for each of our pupils whilst preparing them for the challenges they will face in their future lives. To achieve this, we have created a curriculum that is relevant, enjoyable, challenging and realistic, and an environment that is safe, respectful and forward-thinking. Underpinning all of our actions are the 20 Vigo Village School Values:
Theory into Practice
At Vigo Village School our curriculum is designed to inspire enthusiasm for learning, embed long-term knowledge, ensure achievement and support pupil well-being and happiness. We provide first-hand learning experiences that allow our pupils to develop interpersonal skills and build resilience, and our cross-curricular approach enables them to make meaningful links with their learning.
We celebrate our own special school identity through the unique experiences that our curriculum provides. We have developed a rich and varied menu of enhancement opportunities to engage learning and recognise individuality, whilst our curriculum enables pupils to build strong relationships, celebrate diversity, encourage respect and build a sense of inclusivity. It provides and acknowledges success for all pupils in all aspects of their development and it encourages and celebrates talents of all types.
Our school values, PSHE lessons and assemblies promote positive attitudes which reflect the skills and attributes needed for future learning and success. We see teamwork and responsibility as essential aspects of our curriculum and we encourage children to be active participants in their learning, but also as part of the school and wider community.
We fully intend every child to leave Vigo Village School imbued with the skills that will enable them to make a positive contribution to society and to be a success in whatever they choose to do.
We use the Programmes of Study identified in the National Curriculum (2014) for the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science and Computing and the foundation subjects (Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music and Physical Education) for Key Stages 1 and 2. We also follow the guidelines for P.S.H.E. and Citizenship. For R.E., we follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus (2018), although parents can choose to withdraw their child(ren) from this lesson. Sex and Relationships Education is taught from Years 4 to 6. Parents are informed in advance of up-coming lessons, and can choose to withdraw their children from all or part of the sessions.
The children in the reception class are taught the six elements of the foundation stage, namely:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Language development
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development.
Our curriculum is based around a thematic, cross-curricular approach, where links between subjects are exploited to provide a meaningful learning experience. Details of the curriculum content are included in the curriculum letter, which is sent to parents three times a year. The identification of learning styles, Computing, practical activities and the outside classroom are all seen as pre-requisites for the development of our children’s learning.
Topics are taught in a two-year cycle. As a result, children in Years 1 and 2 study the same topic at the same time, as do children in Years 3 and 4, and those in Years 5 and 6. The following year, a different topic is explored, meaning that the children do not encounter the same topic for a second time. Some subjects, such as R.E. and Music, are taught on an annual basis. Our curriculum is organised into Cycle A and Cycle B, and can be viewed via the link below. The school’s values are also timetabled across the year, as are opportunities to explore British Values (BV), cross-curricular links (CC), the extended classroom (EC) and the exploration of different cultures (DC).
Link to Learning in the Foundation Stage:
Links to Infant curriculum:
Links to Lower Junior curriculum:
Links to Upper Junior curriculum
English and Mathematics
The school has adapted the elements of the National Curriculum for English and Mathematics to suit the needs and learning styles of the children.
Reading and Phonics
Our main reading scheme is the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’. We encourage parents to assist with reading in school. Regular (preferably daily) reading at home will only contribute to the development of the child’s skills. Book bags can be purchased to transport the books to and from school.
For phonics, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme.