The National Curriculum

A revised national curriculum became statutory in September 2014

The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

Our curriculum 2019 2020

During the academic year 2018 2019 staff and governors worked on a revised way of teaching subjects in the wider curriculum. Maths and English are taught through the scenes that you see listed below. The remaining curriculum areas are taught in line with the statutory National Curriculum 2014. The curriculum that we offer has been reviewed and pupils have experience of all subjects via direct teaching, cross-curricular topic work and sometimes working with partners in other year groups.

For the latest curriculum map for each year group please visit the class pages not his website.

Here is our draft revised curriculum policy:

2019 curriculum policy

Values

The school curriculum is underpinned by the nine values that are at the core of all activities, lessons and aspects of the school day. Please refer to the vision and values tab for further information.

Here is our draft rainbow curriculum for 2019 2020: rainbow planning 2019 2020

Mathematics

We use Maths – No Problem! www.mathsnoproblem.com

We use a  mastery approach to learning mathematics. We believe that every child can master an understanding and a love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support. We specifically use the Maths – No Problem! primary school series, using the mastery teaching approach from Singapore.
Aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum for mathematics, the series is used as part of the NCETM’s Maths Hub programme.

Features of Singapore Maths:
Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge
Careful scaffolding of core competencies of :
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

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We use several schemes as a basis for our English teaching:
Read Write Inc phonics www.ruthmiskin.com
Read Write Inc spelling www.youtube.com
Grammar Hammer

The Talk for Writing Approach

We use the Talk for Writing approach to teaching and learning in writing. Our teachers trained in January 2019 (alongside the staff at Daresbury Primary School www.daresbury.halton.sch.uk) and we are using techniques to support pupils with ideas for writing, develop stamina and help pupils improve their writing. The two schools are entering into a two year project (funded by The Heath Family NW) which includes staff training together, moderating writing across the two schools and evaluating and sharing good practice.

Here is our Talk for Writing action plan Talk 4 Writing action plan

Here is a link to the Talk for Writing website www.talk4writing.co.uk 

PHSE and citizenship

A planned curriculum for PHSE, citizenship, assemblies and rainbow groups is offered to equip our pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to be part of their own and the wider community. Our curriculum is supported by a range of external agencies.  We reviewed our PHSE offer during the summer term 2018 and it is under continuous review for the academic year 2018 2019 – we are seeking to offer a curriculum that tackles the issues that our children face in their day to day lives and in preparation for the time when they leave us and go into the next stages of their educational life.

Pupils take part in a range of activities during our Friday afternoon session. Rainbow sessions are a key feature (see the rainbow groups tab) and take place in mixed age groups. Pupils also take part in guitar sessions and an award assembly for good work, behaviour and excellent attendance.

Thrive
Thrive is an intervention programme for pupils who need some support for their emotional health and wellbeing. This programme is led by thwo expert practitioners:
Mrs Sarah Clarke
Mrs Mandy Gallagher

You can find more information: www.thethriveapproach.com

In addition to offering the statutory curriculum, we also offer the following:

Forest School

Miss Patterson and Mrs Balshaw are trained forest school leaders.

Principles of Forest School
Forest school is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
Forest school takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world (in the area to the right as you walk down the path towards the junior playground).
Forest school uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
Forest school aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
Forest school offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
Forest school is run by qualified forest school practitioners (Miss Patterson and Mrs Balshaw) who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice. See the full principles and criteria for good practice.

Guitar: All pupils in key stage 2 have the opportunity to learn to play the guitar with a specialist teacher. Sessions take place on Friday afternoons.

What’s in the news?: children have the opportunity to take part in a weekly session exploring themes and stories in the local, national and worldwide news.