At Golden Valley we offer children a fun, exciting and enjoyable curriculum which instils a love of learning and develops life-long skills. We encourage children to be independent learners who have their own voice and who are well rounded and confident, both in school and in the wider community. We offer children the opportunity to learn through an integrated curriculum, in a variety of learning styles, learning from committed, diligent and enthusiastic staff as well as from each other.
Our thematic, creative curriculum encompasses the National Curriculum and its Programmes of Study. We also ensure that Values form part of every aspect of our learning, and we focus on one core value each term. Outlines of each year groups plan for their projects are below, and further information can be found on each Year Group page, or directly from the School.
Phonics is taught to our EYFS and KS1 children through quality structured synthetics teaching, using the Letters and Sounds Programme. We regularly monitor the pupils' learning and ensure that support is provided to enable pupils to make rapid progress. Where appropriate, some pupils in KS2 receive additional support to apply their phonics skills alongside other teaching of reading and spelling. Our main reading schemes for our younger pupils are Collins Big Cat for Letters and Sounds, and Pearson Bug Club Phonics and we also use the online resource of Bug Club eBooks. We have a rich bank of other literature for children to read throughout the school and ensure that we are providing children with the skills and motivation to become readers for life.
Our broad and balanced curriculum offers a variety of teaching and learning experiences, to enrich the education of every child. Where possible, we teach through real-life experiences and include trips, visitors to school and WOW activities.