The Sparkenhoe Curriculum

At Sparkenhoe we have developed a bespoke curriculum with the breadth, balance and relevance that matches the changing needs of our diverse school population. It follows the statutory guidelines set out by the government in the National Curriculum (2014). In English we teach our youngest children a scheme of synthetic phonics, based on the principals of Letters and Sounds, that provides them with the foundations to begin to read and write.  Throughout Key Stage 1 these skills are built upon and consolidated, moving towards reading fluency and comprehension and taking the next steps in writing. In Key Stage 2 the children become immersed in a wide range of relevant texts, ranging from British Heritage Literature to cross curricular texts in tandem with the connected curriculum. Alongside this curriculum sits a motivational, challenge based reading promotion scheme called Reading Miles. This encourages the children to read at home for collective and individual rewards.

In maths, we follow the Maths No Problem scheme of work. This has been in place since September 2015 and is based on the Singapore approach to teaching maths using the mastery teaching approach. The focus is on teaching to mastery by allowing enough time on a topic for a child to understand it thoroughly. The scheme emphasises problem- solving and pupils using their skills to develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.

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Our Foundation subjects are taught through a custom, broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum which prepares our children for life in 21st Century British Society. Science, Physical Education, Languages, Music and Computing are taught discretely. SMSC pervades all subjects. History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology are combined into a connected curriculum. This is enriched by a carefully planned programme of hands on experiences. These motivate, inspire and give practical learning opportunities to bring subjects to life and allow children to contextualise their learning.

Yearly overviews and details for each term are available by following the link below.

Curriculum Information

Assessment

 

Click on the link for information about assessment at Sparkenhoe.

Assessment Information

 

 

Latest News
  • First Week Back

    date posted: 05/09/20

    Thank you to all the staff, children and parents for helping us have a fantastic first week back at school. It has been lovely to see everyone again.

  • School Opening

    date posted: 19/08/20

    We are looking forward to opening for children on Tuesday 1st September. The updated Covid-19 Risk Assessment is available to view in Information/Policies.

    https://www.sparkenhoe.leicester.sch.uk/information/policies

  • School Closed

    date posted: 16/07/20

    School is now closed for the summer holiday. We open on Tuesday 1st September 2020.

  • School Closure

    date posted: 03/07/20

    School is now closed for all children apart from vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

  • Risk Assessment

    date posted: 04/06/20

    The Coronavirus risk assessment is available to view in Information/Policies. Or click here.

  • Information

    date posted: 19/04/20

    For support, advice and information about free school meals see COVID-19 support section in the PARENT tab.

    For home learning activities see the HOME LEARNING section in the PARENT tab.

  • Information: Key Workers

    date posted: 19/04/20

    We are open only for children whose parents are key workers.

    Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

  • School Closure March

    date posted: 20/03/20

    It is with great sadness that we are closing today for most children. Thank you for all your support and kindness. Keep safe and we look forward to the time when we can open again.

  • Key Workers

    date posted: 20/03/20

    Please follow this link for guidance about who key workers are. If you think this is you please email the school office. Thank you.

  • Coronavirus

    date posted: 15/03/20

    All parents should have received letters from us about the latest guidance. Click on the link to read this and for further guidance from Public Heath England.

    Letter from school

    Coronavirus advice for educational settings

    Other information is available from both Public Health England and NHS websites.

  • PGL Residential

    date posted: 27/02/20

    The children had an amazing time at Caythorpes before the half term holiday, even though it was cold, wet and windy at times. The children had a go at so many new experiences such as quad bikes, climbing, zip wire, trapeze, trapeze and aero ball to name a few.

  • Letter Of Congratulations

    date posted: 27/02/20

    We received a lovely letter from our local MP, John Ashworth, to congratulate us on our Key Stage 2 results. Click here to read the letter.

  • School Starts

    date posted: 08/01/20
    School starts on Tuesday 7th January. We are all looking forward to another exciting term.
  • End of Term

    date posted: 20/12/19
    We've had a lovely end to the Autumn term with wonderful parties, pantomime visits and concerts. We hope everyone has a lovely holiday and we'll see you on Tuesday 7th January.
  • Half term

    date posted: 11/10/19
    School closes for half term on Friday 11th October. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 21st October.
  • Half term

    date posted: 11/10/19
    School closes for half term on Friday 11th October. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 21st October.
  • New Term Autumn 2019

    date posted: 27/08/19

    Welcome back to the new school year.

    Reminder: School starts Thursday 29th August at 8:30am for all children in years 1-6, Foundation children please follow the information in the letter that we sent to you.

  • New Term Autumn 2019

    date posted: 27/08/19

    Welcome back to the new school year.

    Reminder: School starts Thursday 29th August at 8:30am for all children in years 1-6, Foundation children please follow the information in the letter that we sent to you.

  • New Term Autumn 2019

    date posted: 27/08/19

    Welcome back to the new school year.

    Reminder: School starts Thursday 29th August at 8:30am for all children in years 1-6, Foundation children please follow the information in the letter that we sent to you.

  • France

    date posted: 11/04/19
    All the children and staff had a fantastic time in France. They loved every minute and it was a brilliant experience.
  • Year 2 trip

    date posted: 11/04/19
    Year 2 had a lovely day at Clipston. They made lots of new friends and are looking forward to meeting them again when Clipston visit us.
  • Year 4 Victorian Day

    date posted: 11/04/19
    Year 4 loved the Victorian Day at Beaumanor Hall. They all dressed up and experienced life as a Victorian. 
  • Easter

    date posted: 11/04/19
    School closes on Friday 12th April for the Easter holiday and opens again on Monday 29th April. We hope everyone has a lovely holiday.
  • Getting closer

    date posted: 10/03/19

     
    Getting ready to go through the Channel tunnel. France here we come.

  • Paris

    date posted: 10/03/19


    Everyone had a fantastic day in Paris. The children climbed to the top of The Eiffel Tower before visiting The Louvre to see The Mona Lisa. After tea at the Hard Rock Cafe, they toured the city. A brilliant day.