Lathom Park C of E Primary School, Ormskirk

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22nd August 19
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Classes and Curriculum

Children are at the heart of Lathom Park Primary School and we strive to ensure that all children feel safe, secure and truly valued as individuals. We provide a curriculum whichenables every child to have access to high quality, personalised learning opportunities.

Our curriculum embraces the community in which it is situated, recognising local history,heritage, geographical and business links and most importantly, the aspirations of all ourchildren. We place strong emphasis on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our pupils and, to this end, implement a regular cycle of curriculum activity days linked to ‘skills for life’. Our school community has identified a clear set of values that underpin expectations for behaviour for all members of our school family.

English lessons throughout key stage two are planned from a range of high quality texts,film clips, or current affairs to engage children in their learning, covering a broad range ofgenre and text-types.

In key stage one, teaching and learning in English is planned around the topic being covered in the foundation subjects. A strong emphasis is placed on ‘writing for real’ – giving children a real-life purpose for their writing in order to engage and enthuse. The teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling is embedded within English lessons and is also delivered discretely to support pupil progress in these basic skills.
Reading for pleasure is promoted throughout school, with regular opportunities for pupils to read independently, in guided groups and in whole-class novel sessions.

Teaching and learning in mathematics is based on Lancashire Key Learning in Mathematics planning documents, ensuring full coverage of the programmes of study from National Curriculum 2014 for each year group.

The foundation subjects and science are taught through a termly or half-termly topic with particular lead subject areas for the topic. Computing is taught discretely and through cross-curricular application of skills.  Pupils also have regular opportunities to apply their learning in maths and English across the curriculum.

The principles underpinning the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage – Playing and Exploring; Active Learning; and Creating and Thinking Critically – are promoted through our curriculum from Reception to Year We believe that it is through these principles that we will truly engage, challenge and motivate our children, instilling in them a love of learning that extends beyond their primary years, equipping them with the skills for their future and developing them as creative, responsible and self-aware individuals.


Phonics and Reading

We use Letters and Sounds and Jolly phonics in EYFS with our main phonics teaching linked to our reading scheme Bug Club as our phonics scheme. Phonics Bug is fast-paced – children start to read after learning just eight phonemes - and combines fun 100% decodable books with BBC CBeebies video and whole-class teaching software to give a range of aural, visual and kinaesthetic phonic activities to appeal to all the children in the class.

In addition we use the LCP Phonics at Key Stage two to support where necessary.

We use a range of reading materials to support our children with their Individual and Group Reading:

Pearson - Bug Club

Ruth Miskin-Read Write inc 

Plus a full range of differing resources and reading materials that give the children a love of reading 


Please see the Tab bar on the left for details of our curriculum mapping and key learning documents for all subjects. 

If you would like more information about our curriculum and how a mixed age class works in practice, please contact school and speak to Mrs McIlwain who would be delighted to talk about the great things that go on in our classrooms, not forgetting learning outside the classroom and Forest School