Curriculum Subjects

From September 2014 a revised National Curriculum became statutory for all maintained schools across the country. We have developed our curriculum offer to ensure that all subjects are covered effectively and to reflect the children and their needs in our setting. You can read our Curriculum Statement and see our Year Group Curriculum Maps here: Learning

As a Focus Trust Academy we are working with a variety of supporting resources including:

  • The Learning Challenge Curriculum
  • Focus English: High Quality Texts
  • White Rose Maths

English

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

It lays out the statutory requirements in the form of objectives for:

  • Spoken Language
  • Reading (Word Reading and Comprehension
  • Writing (Transcription, Composition and Vocabulary, Punctuation and Grammar)

Reading and Phonics approach

The new curriculum alongside ‘Letters and Sounds’ (DfE, 2007) forms the basis for our Phonic teaching from Reception to Intervention groups in Year 3. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we deliver discrete, differentiated Phonics daily utilising support staff to ensure all children’s needs are met. Guided Reading runs alongside our Phonics sessions ensuring a blended approach to the teaching of reading developing cueing strategies including whole word recognition; reading for meaning and the application of phonics.

Understanding what is read is a vital skill and comprehension of texts is emphasised throughout the academy. We benefit from a wide range of reading books that provide a broad and balanced experience for all children. A culture of Reading is being nurtured through careful text selection within the curriculum and promotion of reading at home through events and the development of the library

Maths

The overarching aim for Maths in the national curriculum is for pupils to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  •     reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  •   can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas. 

It lays out the statutory requirements in the form of objectives for:

  •  Number including place value, calculations and fractions.
  • Measures including money, time and length.
  • Geometry including shape, angles, position and direction.
  • Statistics including graphing and tables.

You can read the new National Curriculum for English and Maths here:

National Curriculum English

National Curriculum Maths

All End of Year Expectations

 

Beyond English and Maths, the National Curriculum underpins our approach to The Learning Challenge Curriculum as well as all other subjects that we cover. Each subject is mapped in an accumulative sequence detailing the progression in knowledge, skills and vocabulary expected for each year group.

Science Subject Map

Computing Subject Map

RE Subject Map

Geography Subject Map

History Subject Map

Art Subject Map

D.T Subject Map

PE Subject Map

Music Subject Map

In addition we also cover PSHE and Primary Foreign Languages (our Key Stage 2 children receive Spanish lessons).

PSHE Subject Map

 

If you have any further queries about our Curriculum Offer please speak to our Deputy Principal, Miss Knight.