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 our School Values and British Values form part of every aspect of our learning; we focus on one core value each term. We want all pupils to be:
Project outlines for each year group 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 first, structured synthetics teaching, using the Unlocking Letters and Sounds Programme (validated by the DfE in December 2021). 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 continue to receive additional support to develop their phonics skills alongside other teaching of reading and spelling. Our books are chosen carefully to match the stage of learning and enable children to gradually practice phonic knowledge and be successful in their reading. We use fully decodable books until pupils are ready to tackle a wider range of texts. Collins Big Cat for Letters and Sounds is our main scheme, accompanied by Pearson Bug Club Phonics and 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.