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Curriculum

Our topic based curriculum is cross curricular and subjects (history, geography, music, art, ICT and internationalism) are all taught through termly topics. Wherever possible other subjects, particularly English and Science,  are also weaved in to the topic. The subject goals cover the knowledge (the facts and information children should learn), the skills (those practical abilities children need to be able to do) and the understandings (the deeper awareness of key concepts which develops over time).

We aim to also develop the children’s personal attributes. Children are taught in such a way that they develop the Qualities for Life which are:

  • Curiosity
  • Growth Mindset
  • Grit
  • Morality
  • Communication
  • Reflective Thinking
  • Co-operation
  • Respect
  • Zest
  • Gratitude
  • Optimism
  • Self-Management
  • Resourceful Thinking

 

 

We aim to support the children in becoming internationally minded individuals that:

  • have a good sense of identity
  • are open-minded and adaptable
  • are respectful of other cultures and beliefs
  • are aware of and celebrates similarity and diversity
  • are good communicators
  • have respect for the ideas and opinions of others
  • take an interest in global issues

 

Please see below for descriptions of our individual subjects. For further information about Year Group Curriculum, please visit the Year Group Pages.

Early Years

Physical Development

 

 

 

We provide children with opportunities to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal Social and emotional development

We support children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Communication and Language

Children experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Language and literacy is considered in a holistic way, taking account of the integral nature of the areas of Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing which extend across all areas of the curriculum.

Weekly planned language groups 10 minute daily for targeted children.

English (reading & writing)

 

 

Reading/Phonics

 

 

 

Writing

 

 

We encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

25/30 minute daily  phonic sessions using Read Write Inc resources

 

Reception: Weekly Talking Tables sessions children listen/retell /act/write - focus time 1 hour plus other writing opportunities throughout the day.                                                                  Year 1: increased expectation of writing and sessions increase to an hour daily plus hand writing sessions.               

Mathematics

Children have opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. We use a maths no problem approach where  children are provided with a hook and context of which to learn in

Child initiated opportunities and 15 minute daily carpet sessions and a weekly focus task 30 minutes

Understanding the world
 

In Early Years through child initiated and weekly planned activities, both independent and focused, we guide children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

In Year 1 the holistic approach continues in their curriculum by learning 'topic/science through writing'. This enables the children to make even more cross curricular links between subjects and to gain scientific and topic based skills while using key English and writing skills.

Expressive arts and design

We  enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

CI and weekly planned activities independent & focused.

Physical Development

 

 

 

We provide children with opportunities to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. Pupils have constant access to a range of physical activities in the outdoor provision.

In Y1 pupils take part in PE sessions covering the National Curriculum requirements.

Key Stage 1 and 2

English Writing

Our children follow a creative and consistent approach to writing. The teachers use a rigorous modelling strategy which incorporates ‘Think, Say, Write and Check’ as part of the process. Over the course of two weeks children will use drama, an established text by an acclaimed author as well as teacher modelled texts to plan, draft, craft and publish high quality pieces of writing.

English Grammar and Spelling

Grammar forms part of our day to day teaching of English, it is embedded in writing lessons up to Year 5 and 6 where additional workshops are provided. The school follows the Read Write Inc Spelling approach involving daily spelling sessions which teach the different spelling rules on a weekly basis.

English Reading

We use Read Write Inc Comprehension in Years 2 and 3 and a reciprocal reading approach (developed in partnership with Professor Wayne Tennant and  the University of East London) in Years 4-6 where children are taught to develop their deeper comprehension skills. We invest in high quality texts for children which are age appropriate but challenging at the same time.

Maths

Our children follow the Singapore Maths Mastery curriculum. From Year 1 this incorporates the use of a concrete, visual and abstract approach within lessons, allowing children to explore maths areas in great detail.

Topic – History, Geography, Art, Music, Science, Internationalism

The school builds on the International Primary Curriculum  covering Geography and History, with elements of Art, Music and Science contained within it. This rich cross-curricular curriculum has a strong research approach to learning, providing fascinating termly topics for children to explore. Explore our topic webs on Year Group pages for further information.

Science and Design & Technology

Science is combined with Design and Technology, pairing the knowledge and understanding of the science curriculum with the practical and evaluative element of the design and technology curriculum. There is also opportunity here for crossover with the IPC.

PE

Children experience a broad range of invasion, net/wall and striking and fielding games, athletics, gymnastics and dance activities across the school.

Music (including instrument tuition)

Children learn an instrument in each year group combined with a compositional element which also forms cross curricular links with the IPC. Children also get the opportunity to listen and appreciate established composers as well as live performances from the London Symphony Orchestra.

ICT

Coding skills are taught across every year group. The children use code to build simple computer programmes which become more complex as they move towards Year 6. ICT software is also used as a tool eg word processor for publishing in English and spreadsheets/data handling software for maths.

MFL

In French, children learn basic nouns and basic phrases, leading  to more technical written and oral sentences in Year 6 where they will be expected to put their accumulated language skills to the test when they visit a school in France in the Summer Term.

RE

Christianity, Sikhism, Islam, Judaism are among the core religions taught in our RE curriculum. We learn about places of worship, the differences in beliefs as well as stories associated with each of the religions. Religious Education is also a route for us to approach the British Values.

PSHE

We look at core themes such as relationships, Health and wellbeing and Living in the Wider World. PSHE sessions are conducted 3 times per week across the week. The themes are also built into whole school assemblies.

Extra-Curricular activities

After school clubs are led by teachers, support staff and specialists and are available every day. Clubs offer a wide variety of areas within sport, the arts and technology: additional music opportunities such as a school orchestra, drama, art and dance clubs, football, tag rugby, sports skills, cycling, ICT (game design club and an educational apps club). Children who show promise in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Creative Writing will be invited to join clubs which cater to their unique talents as part of our provision for gifted and talented pupils.

 

 

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