Our Curriculum

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English

In our school English is taught both discretely and through our Learning Challenges which combine humanities or science topics, reading, writing and oral English  (including Standard English). 

Reading

  • Word reading
  • Comprehension

Writing 

  • Transcription (Spelling)
  • Handwriting
  • Composition
  • Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
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Maths

In our school, we follow the new National Curriculum for Maths. This
focuses on:

  • Number and Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions (including decimals and percentages)
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Algebra
  • Measurement

Geometry

  • Properties of shapes
  • Position and direction
  • Statistics

Science

In our school Science is taught discretely and through our Science SNAP Learning Challenges.

Science Overview Summary from 2014

Year 1:

Seasonal Changes

  • Animals including Humans (Identify, name, describe and compare common animals and basic parts of the human body).
  • Everyday Materials
  • Plants (Common plants and basic structure).

 

Year 2:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals including humans (Offspring, needs for survival, exercise, food and hygiene)
  • Use of everyday materials
  • Plants (Seeds and bulbs, how plants need water and light to grow).

 

Year 3:

  • Animals including humans (Nutrition, skeletons and muscles)
  • Light (Reflection and shadows)
  • Forces and Magnets
  • Rocks (Fossils and soil)
  • Plants (life cycle of a flower, how water is transported in plants)

 

Year 4:

  • Animals including humans (Digestive system, teeth, food chains)
  • States of matter (solid, liquids, gases, evaporation and condensation)
  • Sound (Vibration, pitch and volume)
  • Electricity (Common appliances, simple circuits, series, switches, conductors and insulators)
  • Living things and their habitats (classification keys, human impact on environments)

 

Year 5:

  • Forces (gravity, air resistance, water resistance and  friction, force and motion)
  • Living things and their habitats (life cycles and reproduction)
  • Earth and space
  • Animals including humans (human development from birth to old age)
  • Properties and changes of materials (hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity, response to magnets)

 

Year 6:

  • Living things and their habitats (classification, characteristics and why we classify plants and animals)
  • Animals including humans (circulatory system, diet, exercise,  lifestyle)
  • Light (how light behaves)
  • Electricity (voltage, simple circuit diagrams)
  • Evolution and inheritance
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Geography

In our school geography and history are taught through Learning Challenges - enquiry based topics based on a key question to investigate.

Geography  

  • Locational knowledge
  • Place knowledge
  • Human and physical geography
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork
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History

KS1

  • Changes within living memory
  • Changes beyond living memory (nationally and globally)
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past (national and 
  • international)
  • Significant historical events, people and places in our locality

KS2

  • Chronologically taught
  • Knowledge, understanding and enquiry of Britain
  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • Vikings to Edward the Confessor
  • Local History Study
  • A British historical theme beyond 1066
  • A study of an early civilisation e.g; Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • A contrasting non-European society e.g; Benin (West Africa) 
  • AD 900-1300

Learning Challenges

Humanities are taught through our Learning Challenge Curriculum where children consider a 'Big Question' which they endeavour to answer through research. Please click on this link to go to our Learning Challenge Page.

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Physical Education

  • Movement in sport
  • Team games
  • Competitive games
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Swimming and Water Safety
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Religious Education

  • Learning about Religion(s)
  • Learning from Religiion(s)
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Other Topics Studied

  • Art and Design - within our learning challenges
  • Computing - through Rising Stars Computing units
  • Design and Technology - linked to challenges
  • Spanish Language - oral skills plus reading and writing
  • Music - composition, singing and musical appreciation