At Essendene Lodge School we use the National Curriculum as a basis for programmes of study in years one and two. To support the objectives from the National Curriculum, the Rising Stars Framework is used to plan a sequence of lessons which is delivered through a range of written and practical activities to engage the children. We focus on key learning in English and Mathematics to ensure that all children have the knowledge and skills to become proficient in reading, writing and mathematics.
We use the Read Write Inc. programme for the teaching of Phonics from Early Years onwards.
With their class teachers, children study mathematics, English, science, geography, history, religious education and personal, social, health and economic education. Specialist teachers teach the children for art and design, computing, music, French, swimming, physical education and games. From the summer of year two, the children start to have sessions to practice and improve their verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills. The children are assessed on a daily basis by the class teacher and will have a half termly assessment in the core subjects to check their understanding and knowledge of a topic. The curriculum has a thematic approach and where possible, cross curricular links are made to motive the children and promote creativity. We also ensure that children gain experiences of the curriculum outside the classroom through off site visits or workshops.
There is also a very active school council and a pupil is selected by peers from each class to become class school council representative.