Curriculum

Key Stage 1 and 2 children experience a creative, stimulating and challenging curriculum.

The theme based curriculum has been planned to enable children to learn in a variety of exciting ways:

  • by linking subjects that have relevance to the children’s learning (cross curricular approach)
  • through trips, visits and visitors
  • through investigations, using and applying and experiments
  • through problem solving
  • by first hand learning and practical experience
  • through the use of secondary sources and artefacts

English

  • Read, Write Inc Programme, our teaching method based on a synthetic phonic approach                   http://www.ruthmiskintraining.com/home/index.html
  • speaking and listening, reading and writing, phonics, spelling, grammar through word and sentence work and handwriting
  • a daily learning session plus extra time during the week for extended writing linked with other subjects, guided reading groups and phonics

Maths

  • includes oral and mental mathematics, number, shape and space, data handling, measures, applying and investigating through problem solving
  • a daily learning session, with relevant cross curricular links to other subjects such as ICT, Science and Geography

Science

  • taught in a cross curricular way making links with Geography, Art, Mathematics
  • investigational and experiential science is a high focus – interpreting data and drawing conclusions
  • includes physical, biological and environmental sciences e.g. the study of materials, habitats, food chains, our changing world, wildlife protection and growth etc
  • making links with our wider school environment e.g. pond dipping, growing seeds and looking after our school garden

Computing

  • cross curricular approach where children use a range of software for data handling, designing, modelling, controlling, presenting and using text, graphics and music
  • each classroom is very well resourced with laptops, netbooks, iPads, digital cameras, visualizers, video cameras, CD players, interactive whiteboards and wireless access to the internet

Sex and Relationship Education

During Year 5 and 6 the children are taught the changes that occur in their own bodies from birth to adulthood including - puberty, the development and birth of a baby as well as sex education, including the range of relationships and emotional changes experienced during development.

Religious Education – Peterborough City Council Agreed Syllabus

  • visits to local places of worship and speakers of other beliefs make the curriculum meaningful to the children
  • appreciation and respect for the beliefs of others is encouraged through our teaching and learning
  • beliefs include Hinduism, Islam, Sikkhism, Christianity, Judaism
  • children are encouraged to play a proactive role in sharing their beliefs and festivals in class and whole assemblies
  • cross curricular links are made through Literacy, Music, Art and other subjects

Design and Technology

  • children learn a range of skills e.g. measuring, cutting, joining, using a range of tools
  • children engage in planning, designing, making and evaluating their own products
  • ICT links are made e.g. designing an Eid/Christmas card

History

  • Cross curricular links are made with subjects such as Literacy, Art/Design and Music etc.
  • Local visits, drama days, speakers and museums are a focus of this learning e.g. Tudor day, World War 2 day, Victorian Day etc
  • Use of secondary sources enriches learning e.g. maps, photographs, diaries and video clips.

Geography

  • cross curricular opportunities are made e.g. Science, Mathematics and ICT
  • the use of the local environment makes learning purposeful e.g. our school garden, Cuckoo’s Hollow, River Nene etc

Art and Design

  • a high profile cross curricular subject making links with design technology, ICT, Mathematics, History and Drama
  • study of famous artists work
  • use of a variety of media e.g. pastels, clay, collage, Mod Roc and fabric paint
  • application of skills e.g. drawing, painting, modelling

Music

  • children have first hand experiences using pitched and non pitched instruments
  • specialist musicians offer taught lessons in a range of instruments including guitar, recorder, keyboards and flute
  • children learn to sing and compose using nursery rhymes, chants, sounds, songs from different cultures, developing their own music and songs, setting poetry to mood music

Physical Education

  • at least 2 hours of PE for all children each week
  • extended opportunities after school hours
  • TOPS sport programme
  • swimming, dance, athletics, outdoor and indoor games, gymnastics, short tennis

PSHE/Citizenship

  • Is integral to the curriculum provides for debate and opinion, deals with issues such as bullying, racism, kindness, honesty etc
  • SEALS programme (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) is used both in class and during assemblies