Our Curriculum Intent Statement
At All Saints our vision states that through the power of God’s love children will reach their true potential and be able to live their lives with an open mind so that they learn from the world around them.
Through our jigsaw curriculum, we provide the pieces our children need to embrace our school motto: Love, Live and Learn.
Love: Throughout a child’s journey through All Saints, piece by piece, we inspire a love of learning. The National Curriculum creates the outline of the bigger picture. Our Christian values of compassion, thankfulness, hope, respect, courage and forgiveness, complete our jigsaw.
Our close-knit school community comprises of our families, our staff, our church and our village. It is the strong bond held between us all that provide the nurture and love that enables our children to reach their true potential.
Live: Through the learning experiences provided, we aim for our children to become well-rounded citizens, able to think independently, approaching challenge with an open mind to be well prepared for life in modern Britain. Our curriculum is brought to life through stimulating experiences such as trips, visits or speakers with the intention of providing knowledge and skills, as well as building aspirations for future life.
Our ultimate aim is for our children to leave All Saints with a growth mind-set and ambitious expectations of themselves, equipped with the tools to complete the puzzle of life.
Learn: We aim to deliver a connected curriculum that builds on a strong foundation of core skills. Our high expectations ensure children make good progress which is carefully monitored. Everything we teach must sit within a bigger picture to enable our children to become deeper level learners, making links between areas of learning and the world around them.
Our curriculum is delivered through whole school themes due to the flexible approach we need to maintain for an effective class structure year on year.
We strongly believe that children benefit as learners from our unique, rural setting. The village of Bednall’s farming roots, along with our school’s Victorian heritage, provides them with rich, first-hand learning experiences.
Our Jigsaw Curriculum
Due to our mixed-age class structures, our curriculum is taught over a two-year rolling programme. Please select which year's curriculum overview you wish to view below:
Mixed-Age Skills Progression Maps
Reading at All Saints
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, we use a combination of Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar and Letters and Sounds. Please click the pictures above to find out more about each of the programmes. Our reading scheme is organised into phonic phases and incorporates a variety of texts including the Oxford Reading Tree Programme. We also use 'Accelerated Reader' to support reading across the school.
To see how the journey of reading progresses through the school, please click here.
Reading VIPERS is our way of supporting children with their reading comprehension skills. All children will be working on VIPERS during class reading, whether it is reading as a class, in a small group, or one-to-one with an adult.
Reading Vipers posters are displayed in all classrooms. Up to the end of Year 2, the 'S' stands for 'Sequence'. Once children move into Year 3, the 'S' stands for 'Summarise', which is a more demanding skill. If we ensure that children are competent in all of these reading skills, we are covering all of the National Curriculum requirements and enabling them to be strong, confident readers. This acronym is just a great way of helping children and parents to remember what these vital skills are. VIPERS can be used on any text that a child is reading, as well as on pictures, picture books and films! When any adult is listening to a child read, all they have to do is think of questions about the book/picture/film that cover all of the VIPERS, and there are great examples included in the booklets below. It would be fantastic if parents could also be referring to VIPERS when they listen to their child read at home! Please click the booklets below to view the VIPERs posters and suggested questions:
Spelling at All Saints
Is Spelling Important?
In the age of the computer, it could be asked whether or not it is still important to learn to spell. Good spelling and grammar make it easier for others to read what you have to say and understand the meaning behind it. One misspelt word or incorrect spelling choice can change the entire meaning of a sentence. At All Saints, we aim to teach spelling in a way that ensures children tackle new spellings with confidence and learn them for life.
Home Spelling Books and High Frequency Words
In partnership with home, we aim to enhance each child’s spelling through the teaching of spelling patterns in school and home spelling books containing the high frequency and ‘tricky’ words which don’t conform to a pattern.
At the start of each academic year, we will check your child’s spelling by retesting all words covered previously. This will enable us to effectively select an appropriate spelling book for them. Before a new spelling books is given, your child is likely to receive a blank book or sheet containing handwritten words. These words are personal to your child as they are those that were misspelt in their assessment. You may be surprised by some of the words on the list; these may include days of the week, proper nouns that require a capital letter or contracted words with an apostrophe. Please remember that your child will only have been given these words if they misspelt them and they will therefore need to learn them before moving on to a book from our scheme.
Learning Spellings at Home
Your child will need to bring their spelling book to school with them each day and we ask that they are kept inside their reading diary. The set of words your child needs to learn will be indicated by a highlighted tick and the boxes alongside the spellings should only be ticked or marked by your child’s teacher once they have been tested. Children should practise their spellings at home as often as they can, ideally as part of their daily reading routine.
Few children learn spellings by simply reading them aloud. Many children find it beneficial to look at the word closely, say it aloud, cover it and then write it down. It can also help to join the letters in the word as this helps to create a physical memory of it. In the front of each spelling book, you will find general tips and ideas for spelling practice at home. The books also contain more specific strategies for more complex words such as identifying the root word, breaking it down into syllables or using daft rhymes to make it memorable!
Testing Spellings in School
Within a two week period, your child will be individually tested on their highlighted set of words by either their teacher or a teaching assistant. Correct spellings will be ticked and incorrect ones will be dotted. Once all of the set has been written correctly, they will move on to the next set and therefore, dotted words should continue to be learnt until they are remembered. Sometimes a child will spell a word correctly at home and then incorrectly at school. It is important that spellings are remembered long-term before moving on to the next set and sufficient time should therefore be given to enable them to do this. Once they have completed their current set, their teacher will highlight the tick alongside the next ones that they need to learn.
Maths at All Saints
At All Saints, we use White Rose Maths resources to enhance the teaching of mathematics accross the school. Click their logo to access the parent workbooks for use at home:
We also use both Numbots and Times Table Rockstars to inspire children to learn their number facts both at home and in school. Please click the image below to log-in to the platforms. The easiest way to locate out school is by searching for the school postcode: ST17 0SD.
If you have any questions regarding our school curriculum, please email our Curriculum Development Lead, Mrs Hannah Mayhew.