The Key Stage 1 curriculum follows the programmes of study from the National Curriculum in England Framework Document, July 2014. Our core subjects are: Maths, English, Science and RE. Other subjects, known as foundation subjects, are art, computing, design and technology, geography, history, music, PE, and PHSE (personal, social and health education).
Literacy and Numeracy skills are also developed through other subject areas and discrete subjects are often grouped together and taught through a topic approach within our Creative Curriculum. The teachers plan the topics with the children so that the work that is done matches the interests of the children.
Mathematics is taught with the emphasis on oral, mental and practical activities. English is taught through structured lessons (read write inc) as well as throughout the curriculum. Pupils are taught the importance of spoken language, and are encouraged to listen attentively and respond appropriately. Pupils have many opportunities to write in a range of activities across the curriculum. Pupils are taught punctuation, grammar, spelling and handwriting.
Science is taught through a variety of themes designed to capture the interest and imagination of the children. Wherever possible, science is delivered through firsthand experience.Investigative learning is designed to enrich and widen the children’s experiences and provides opportunities for acquiring knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes.
RE in our school seeks to promote knowledge, understanding, respect and tolerance of the beliefs and practices of all faiths, with particular reference to Christianity and Judaism in KS1.
In history children are given opportunities to develop an awareness of the past both within and beyond living memory. They are encouraged to consider how the past was different from present times and to use a variety of sources to provide evidence about the past. History is included in cross-curricular themes and is also taught in subject based class lessons, especially through stories.
In geography pupils are given opportunities to investigate the physical and human features of their surroundings using a range of resources. They undertake tasks that:
· focus on geographical language and questions. · develop knowledge and understanding about places · investigate the local and a contrasting environment.
Computing introduces pupils to the concept of programming, and pupils are taught to use a wide range of ICT. They learn to use computers independently to write, draw and handle information. There are computers available for the children to use in each class area. All children have access to SMARTboards and iPads to enhance their learning. There is access to the Internet. A number of safeguards from ‘undesirable materials’ including ‘filtering’ and ‘blocking’ software are in place. Pupils are supervised at all times while accessing internet sites and are taught about e-safety.
In design and technology, pupils learn how to think imaginatively and to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. This is achieved through: Focused practical tasks in which skills and knowledge are taught and developed. Tasks in which they design and make products. Activities where they investigate, disassemble, and evaluate products. The pupils work with a range of materials and components such as textiles, food, sheet materials, construction kits and reclaimed materials.
Through the music curriculum, pupils are encouraged to sing, play musical instruments, make up their own musical sequences and listen and respond to short pieces of music. All children have the opportunity to take part in musical performances.
Art & Design gives pupils opportunities to develop their understanding and appreciation of art and design through the use of a variety of media and techniques.
We promote a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle and believe that PE is an important way of learning through action.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health And Economic Education) s an important and integral part of school. It supports pupils to gain the skills and knowledge and understanding to lead confident, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.