The National Curriculum is organised in Key Stages. Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7 in Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11 in Years 3-6). The Foundation Stage curriculum is followed by children in the Reception class.
Whole school planning procedures include schemes of work and lesson plans. We teach a creative curriculum, and work is planned to meet the individual needs of each pupil.
The curriculum is delivered using a variety of teaching methods, sometimes whole class, sometimes group and sometimes individual.
The school has internal procedures for monitoring the teaching and learning. These involve the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and Curriculum co-ordinators.
All policies are available in school for parents to read.
At Botley School we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme when teaching children phonics. For more information about this scheme, you can access the extensive guidance provided by the Department for Education here.
The school does not follow a discrete reading scheme, but instead we encourage children to read a variety of books through progressive ‘bands’. Many of these early readers are part of the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’. Under the guidance of their class teacher, the children choose books at a particular band until it is agreed they should move on to the next one.