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03/07/20

As we welcome all children back to school next week, our keyworker bubble will change as children rejoin their classes. We celebrated with a garden party! Children designed the menu, baked or made all of the delicious food and drink and then enjoyed and celebrated our community❤️ https://t.co/idqeaB71AV

02/07/20

Meet the mini versions of Betty O Barley and Harry O Hay. YR1 worked hard today, building scarecrows and harvesting delicious courgettes and potatoes that we then cooked fresh from the earth and tasted. Even our most discerning palates had a try and gave it the thumbs up! https://t.co/HHUiTzmSnI

29/06/20

Go Oscar! Your determination and resilience are shining through. 35 houses visited, 40 miles completed so far and an incredible £970 raised! Thank you for raising so much for new playground equipment for when we return to school. https://t.co/v2i7u9GQkh https://t.co/Szpb93iia2

29/06/20

Reception children have been using natural resources to create art work including this beautiful reminder to be mindful. https://t.co/Ukgh7LNTen

25/06/20

What a scorcher ☀️ the allotment was a lot of hard work today but we kept cool with the sprinkler and using the shade whilst we worked. We also were overjoyed and proud of our first little bounty 🥒 🥔 https://t.co/4sz9LHS6Pa

24/06/20

An Artistic Riddle, Keyworker Bubble were given grid squares with shaded shapes on with intructions to colour certain areas and doddle on others. Trying to work out what the grids could mean meant some interesting ideas were shared. See our time lapse for the answer... https://t.co/OvC94TCHAn

22/06/20

Why do mentos and diet cola react this way? Is it texture? sugar? something else? Keyworker bubble were tasked with predicting, control measuring and working out the answer for some outdoor science. https://t.co/Ih3uE5H7ik

21/06/20

Go Oscar!! We are so proud of your fundraising bike ride🚲 Thanks to everyone who has supported so far 😊#community https://t.co/5t0VXUeU4Q

19/06/20

🍅 Allotment Update!! 🌽 It rained. A lot! So today’s session focused on how we can encourage 🐝 and 🦋 and other wildlife to visit, we have planned to plant a meadow area next week and took time today studying flowers and recreating them using pastels and blown paint. https://t.co/1FFMmXi15K

18/06/20

Our leadership team is learning how we can further embed mindfulness in school working with as part of the Mindfullness in Schools project.

15/06/20

Mindful Monday! Reception bubbles created the most stunning natural art to frame their dusted handprints. Mindful breathing practice followed by a 5 senses session looking at our plants in the playground and working out which of the senses each plant used the most. 👁👃🏼👂🏿🤚🏽👅 https://t.co/non5sibBJc

11/06/20

Reception bubbles have been adding their kindness pebbles to our new pathway. Their definition of kindness when discussing was ‘smiling’, ‘helping each other, ‘sharing’ and ‘showing love’ what clever and caring 4 and 5 year olds we have. https://t.co/4fcoTyzNq6

08/06/20

Keyworker bubble, inspired by the graffiti on the Berlin Wall, created art using acrylic paint, pastels and etching with outstanding results. Well done, fantastic work. https://t.co/sE1dbVKqSw

07/06/20

hi dobbies, your Keston branch has lots of used items piled up in the car park, are these for recycling? If so would you donate to use for our allotment and Forest School? Thanks

06/06/20

Kindness always! Yesterday our keyworker bubble took on a kindness project and after some mindfulness practise painted pebbles for a new kindness path followed by creating some lovely cards, poems and puzzles for Ralph Perrin Court residents. https://t.co/E55BVdqytJ

05/06/20

‘We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their colour’(Maya Angelou) Enjoy our choir singing ‘Something inside so strong’ recorded before we closed https://t.co/o7v4cbLGOv

05/06/20

In the heart of a seed, Buried deep, so deep, A dear little plant Lay fast asleep! “Wake!" said the sunshine, "And creep to the light!" "Wake!" said the voice Of the raindrop bright. The little plant heard And it rose to see What the wonderful Outside world might be. Kate L.Brown https://t.co/V3BPGAlSVI

03/06/20

Reception bubbles had mindfulness sessions in the outdoor classroom, they practised their breathing techniques and created lovely mindful monsters. Why don’t you have a go at this lovely activity at home, instructions below. https://t.co/lxKIQHvFLo

01/06/20

We welcomed back Reception, y1 and keyworker children today. Everyone enjoyed our new outside areas and had a fantastic first day 🌈 See you all tomorrow! https://t.co/jbyWyeqNdF

26/05/20

Check out this fabulous design and technology competition from our wonderful Mr Strickland. We can’t wait to see your entries! https://t.co/dUaovVdd2B

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Year 4

Mrs Pearce will be teaching in Jays class this year, with Mrs Percy teaching Kingfishers.

Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.  Subjects are taught with a clear progression and links are made with prior learning. 

The  Curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning of knowledge but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children.Our curriculum engages children with their learning and gets them interested in the world around them. Our Curriculum takes a global approach by helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The curriculum also emphasises the history and culture of Britain and promotes fundamental British values.

PE is taught by a specialist sports coach and Science, Music and Art are taught by specialist teachers.

Mathematics

We use an innovative, focused programme of work, which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording. This is based on the Singapore Maths approach to teaching and aligns well with the focus in the National Curriculum on ‘mastery’.

The key features of our approach to Maths are:

  • Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.
  • Careful scaffolding of core concepts through:
    • visualisation, as a platform for comprehension;
    • mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities;
    • pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise.
  • Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.

English

Lessons in English are planned carefully to help children continually develop and improve their skills in speaking and listening,  reading and  writing.

Reading
We believe that reading is the gateway to learning and we want all children to leave our academy as confident readers who enjoy reading widely and for pleasure. Every day starts with reading across the school.  We aim to give children a concrete set of skills to decode and understand text but also enable them to develop a lifelong love of books. By year 3, most children can read fluently and we support them to develop their  reading comprehension skills, building their skills of inference and deduction and considering how authors select their choice of words for impact. 

It is essential that you read with your child at home every day. Your child will be given a reading book which is pitched at their specific level.  In addition to this they can select one or more free choice books each week. There is a library in each class room stocked with a range of  books to offer the children a wide range of personal choice alongside the books selected by adults for them. 

Writing

 We teach children writing  starting with exploring a wide range of high-quality texts. Children are exposed to different genres, with a focus on exploring a range of models of excellence. The children then use these models to guide the creating and drafting process. In every lesson, there is a high focus on speaking and articulating their ideas. Every sequence of English lessons begins with an immersion stage to help develop creativity, engage the children with the new learning for the week and support them to become more confident with the focused text for that week. The rest of the week is spent in preparing the children for an extended piece of writing, through a range of activities and planning techniques. It is important to note that we not only develop a real enjoyment of writing in English lessons but in all subjects across the curriculum. We expect the highest standards of writing every time a child writes in any subject.

The teaching of grammar and punctuation is embedded in our writing process although sometimes additional grammar lessons may take place. Spellings are given out each week so that children build up their knowledge of spelling rules and can use these with confidence in their writing.

Handwriting
Handwriting lessons take place two or three times each week focusing on letter height, formation and the flow of writing.  We follow a structured approach to handwriting using the Morrells approach.  We believe that this promotes flow and speed, and supports spelling as the children develop as writers.

The overviews for each subject can be found in the table below.

Subject

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

History

 

Anglo Saxon Britain

Life in Ancient Roman

Roman influence in Britain

Kingdom of Benin

Benin

Geography Map Skills- Russia   Italy Italy Rivers and Coasts Rivers and Coasts
R.E Christianity Sikhism Why do you judge me? Why do you judge me? Judaism Judaism
Science Animals including Humans Sound States of matter Electricity Living things and their habitats Rainforests
Computing Year 4 e-safety Movie Editor (iMovie app) Programming - Lego Drag Car (Lego WeDo 2.0) Publishing Writing (Pages App) Programming - Lego Robotic Hand (Lego WeDo 2.0) Programming - Introduction to Swift Coding (Playgrounds)
Art Art appreciation Drawing Pop Art Printing Sculpture Impressionism
DT Balanced meal Balanced meal Light circuit for purpose Light circuit for purpose    
Music Ukulele Ukulele Pulse Genre    
PE Dance Games

Gymnastics

Swimming

Games Swimming Dance Athletics
PSHE Being Me Relationships Rights Rights    
MFL Establishment Family Chinese New Year Animals / colour Numbers Brown Bear / Brown Bear