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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.
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.
Lessons in English are planned carefully to help children continually develop and improve their skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing.
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.
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 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.
Anglo Saxon Britain
Life in Ancient Roman
Roman influence in Britain
|Kingdom of 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|
|MFL||Establishment||Family||Chinese New Year||Animals / colour||Numbers||Brown Bear / Brown Bear|