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 2016 2017

Our curriculum topics are published on the year group pages of this website. The overview:

Mathematics

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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 teaching:
Read Write Inc phonics
Read Write Inc spelling
Grammar Hammer

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. The curriculum is reviewed annually. Here are the themes for 2016 2017:

  Autumn 1 Spring 1 Summer 1
PHSE theme Belonging to different groups
Disability awareness week
Prevent Lifestyles and cultures
Keeping my body safe NSPCC PANTS project
Service above self: Children in Need theme
Internet safety
YKids event and e safety coordinator selection.
Growing and changing
My healthy body
Healthy lifestyle
Families Different families LGBT
Service above self: Race for Life whole school event
Rainbow theme Rainbow groups
Key values autumn term: confidence; perseverance; trust; resilience
Belonging
Everyone is different, things I like/don’t like
I am unique
I know how to look after myself.
Rainbow groups
Key values (spring term): aspiration; respect; creativity; curiosity; resilience
Growing and changing
I’m changing and growing, guess the baby competition (whole school)
Memory box 1
Rainbow groups
Key values (summer term): service above self; respect; trust; curiosity; resilience
The rights of every child
Whole school charity event organised by rainbow groups (summer fair)
Assemblies, visits & community Assemblies, visits & community links
Y5 SMILE project (community event)
NSPCC visit, whole school plus class based workshops through school
Assemblies, visits & community links
Bully busters
Internet safety KS2
Parent workshops for both
School nurse visiting every class.
Assemblies, visits & community links
Come dine with me community event
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PHSE theme Bullying /Peer pressure Peer on peer abuse.
Keeping myself safe Stranger danger
Safety in the community
Service above self-Christmas fair
Citizenship /Multi-cultural Britain
British values
Show racism the red card
Relationships, feelings and emotions; loss, separation
Service above self-Line of change project
Transitions, and changes
Keeping myself safe Relationships and responsibility
Puberty (U KS2)
Celebrations
Rainbow theme Rainbow groups
Kind hands, no secrets
Telling school
Golden friendship & going for gold
Class rules playground rules – kindness raffle
Christmas story. It takes all sorts to make a world (focus on the characters, wise men, animals shepherds family innkeeper)
Rainbow groups
Everyone counts
Story rotation linked to schools values.
Easter Story
Rainbow groups
Memory box 3, How I have changed.
Moving on. Transition preparation and implementation.
Assemblies, visits & community Assemblies, visits & community links
Crucial crew Y5
Bully busters (whole assembly school plus class based work)
Harvest celebration (support for food bank)
Cultural choir (another Place)
Community service local singing event.
Jospice teddy fundraising.
Assemblies, visits & community links
Show racism the red card event
Peter Yip (Sefton Diversity Coordinator visits) including parent workshops and phase workshops for upper and middle phase.
Family cultural dining day
Assemblies, visits & community links
School performance (community event)
Litherland Moss has talent
School nurse for Y5/6 puberty.

 

ICT project (led by MGL)

In addition to the computing curriculum offer, pupils in years 4 5 6 have the choice to take part in two projects in the autumn term. The first is a five week progressive programme building worlds through Minecraft. The second is a robotics based programme. All sessions are led by MGL and take place on Friday afternoons.

Friday afternoons

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, ICT as above and an award assembly for good work, behaviour and excellent attendance.

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.

Values: children are taught our school values as part of weekly ‘rainbow group’ sessions. The values are explored in relation to those that we individually need to successfully live in a multicultural society. Children are taught in mixed age groups with year 6 children facilitating the sessions, giving the older children a chance to develop and explore their own skills in leadership.

Chess: year 4 and 5 children have the opportunity to take part in a weekly chess session. We piloted this last year with great success. Chess develops many key skills, values and aptitudes: concentration; perseverance; determination; confidence; being able to lose; patience. Chess is also offered as an after school activity.

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.

Signing and singing: For year 6 specifically but also for everyone when linked to whole school songs in assemblies and for concerts and shows.