The Primary Curriculum
KS1 Curriculum Information
In KS1, pupils are taught Maths, ICT, Music, P.E and Themes. During Themes lessons, students will be learning how to read and write, as well as finding out about parts of history, geography, science and art all through themed base units.
The Year 1 will cover 6 different themes, in the following order.
- Magnificent Me.
- Buckets and spades.
- The Magic Carpet
- Toys R Us.
- Circus Circus.
- Oliver’s vegetables
Year 2 will cover 6 different themes, in the following order.
- Once Upon a Time
- Home Sweet Home
- Anthony Browne’s Books
- Bugs and Grubs
- Ship Ahoy
- Material Monsters
Each theme will vary in length throughout the year. You can see the specific break down on the 2015-2016 year plan.
KS2 Curriculum Information
Literacy lessons are based on the English National Curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy. It has been adapted to meet the needs of our pupils and to be sensitive to the local culture.
Pupils are taught in units of 1, 2 or 3 weeks. They focus on a particular genre, study a variety of texts and work towards developing the necessary skills to create their own piece of writing at the end of the unit. The lessons are based on Word Level, Sentence Level and Text Level objectives.
Pupils are given spellings to practice at home for a weekly spelling test. Pupils follow the TEA handwriting policy and practice their skills once a week in their handwriting lesson. Reading is encouraged at home through the use of Reading records to record the books which pupils read from the reading scheme. Pupils also have Reading time in school. Some pupils study Additional Literacy to provide them with further assistance in accessing Literacy lessons. Every year we host ‘Literacy Week’. It is a fun and exciting week where we focus on reading, authors, writing and all things to do with Literacy. Some of the competitions include a Spelling Bee and Guess the teachers favourite books. We also have a ‘Character day’ where teachers and pupils dress as characters from books!
Maths lessons are based on the English National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy. It has been adapted to meet the needs of our pupils.Topics are taught in units, giving pupils time to develop the necessary skills. The lessons are structured to include mental maths activities, written methods and problem solving activities and a plenary to review their learning. Teachers use a range of teaching methods to achieve these objectives and pupils are taught mental maths skills and complete a Mental Maths test once a week.
Pupils are taught to think creatively, ask questions, create hypotheses and predictions, investigate, carry out experiments and reflect on their findings. Pupils complete an assessment at the end of every unit. Every year we host a ‘Science Day when the pupils participate in lots of different workshops and research about famous scientists from around the world.
Humanities (History and Geography)
History and Geography is alternated throughout the year. In History lessons pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments.
In Geography lesson pupils develop their understanding of their own environment and the wider world. They use atlases and maps to learn about cities, countries and continents. Pupils identify and describe what places are like through use of geographical language. They learn how to compare different locations and identify differences and similarities. They also explore the different human and physical processes effecting places and how environments are managed. They study a range of locations around the world. History and Geography lessons are based on the English National Curriculum. Pupils complete a skills based task at the end of every unit.
Pupils use a wide range of ICT tools and information sources to support their work in other subjects. They develop their research skills and decide what information is
appropriate for their work. They begin to question the plausibility and quality of information. They learn how to amend their work and present it in a way that suits its audience.
Art lessons are based on the English National Curriculum. Pupils are taught to record from experience and imagination, to select and record from first-hand observation and to explore ideas for different purposes. They are encouraged to question and make thoughtful observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work. They collect visual and other information to help them develop their ideas, including using a sketchbook. They learn how to apply their experience of materials and processes, including drawing, developing their control of tools and techniques
They use a variety of methods and approaches to communicate observations, ideas and feelings, and to design and make images and artefacts.
Pupils learn to controlling sounds through singing and playing whilst developing their performing skills. They also create and develop musical ideas through beginning to compose pieces. They learn to respond and review music using appraisal skills. They are taught listening skills and begin to apply their growing knowledge and understanding of music through a variety of performance activities in class.
Pupils have a PE lesson every week either on the playground or in the Sports Hall. (60 minutes). Every year we have a ‘Sports Day’ where all the pupils participate in a variety of sporting activities and compete in their ‘house’ teams.