The school curriculum aims to be rich and creative whilst enabling children to master key skills and develop their knowledge. Children learn in a variety of ways so the school aims to offer a curriculum which will allow individuals to flourish. Our curriculum is inclusive and adapted to meet the needs of individual pupils. We tailor activities to meet the needs of pupils with SEND or a disability.
Core skills and knowledge form the foundation of the curriculum, with teachers carefully considering the most appropriate progression. Leaders consider the local context and the skills that pupils will need as they progress to secondary education.
The curriculum is enhanced with visits and visitors, to enable the children to learn from specialists.
At Benson, we use the Letters and Sounds Programme to teach our phonics. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.
There are six phases of letters and sounds taught from Nursery to Year 2. Phase 1 begins in Nursery, phases 2, 3 and 4 are taught in Reception and consolidated in Year 1. Children are then taught phase 5 in Year 1 and phase 6 in Year 2.
Listed Below are the progression maps for all areas of the curriculum. Teachers use these to plan termly topics.