KS1 & 2 National Curriculum  September 2014


Mathematics

WE STUDY THE  INSPIRE MATHS CURRICULUM

Our aims are to encourage the children to think Mathematically to form sound concepts in number, all forms of measurement, length, weight, areas, volume, capacity, time, shape and data handling and to achieve competence in working with numbers not only in written work but to solve problems by using a range of mental strategies.

Inspire Maths is a transformational, whole-school primary maths programme based on the leading Singapore Maths series My Pals are Here, used in 100% of Singapore's state primary schools.

  • Accessible pupil textbooks introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way, enabling all children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians
  • Built on a concrete - pictorial - abstract approach, ensuring secure foundations and deep understanding of mathematical concepts
  • Uses a spiral progression to develop fluency, reasoning, and problem solving and conceptual understanding for mastery

 

Continuing the learning journey at home
 

Parents can help by:

  • Looking for and discussing with their children Mathematical ideas in everyday things eg. cooking, decorating etc.
  •  Counting with their children eg. objects, steps, number rhymes etc. using larger numbers as the child progresses up the school.
  • Allowing children to handle money when shopping.
  • Playing number and counting games eg. Snakes and Ladders, Cards.
  • Looking for different shapes, weights etc. when shopping with their children.
  •  Encouraging their child to learn number bonds and multiplication tables.
  • Teaching children about time eg. the sequencing of the day, facts about time, reading the time.

English

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society and at St. Edward's Catholic Primary School we offer a high quality education that teaches our pupils to write and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.

The overarching aim for English in the new curriculum (2014) is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Everyday children, at St Edward's school, have the opportunity to read and learn new skills whether it is learning about phonics or writing, or studying punctuation, grammar, spelling or handwriting. They read and write personal accounts, factual reports, reviews, stories, instructions, poems, newspapers, diagrams, charts and advertisements.


Listening and Speaking

Listening is closely linked to speaking. It is part of the two way process of communication. Children copy adults, particularly parents and teachers. Children will be provided with opportunities to practise purposeful talk to help clearer communication, to develop descriptive skills and to form questions. Spoken language is the foundation of reading and writing.

Giving, receiving and following instructions accurately, listening to points of view and expressing an opinion, sharing ideas, explaining, reporting and recounting are vital to successful language development. Children are encouraged to speak confidently and to extend fluency in language, through discussion, drama and role play. Parents can help by:

  • Discussing with and listening to their children.
  • Listening/watching programmes together and discussing them with their children.
  • Sharing books with children and discussing them.
  • Answering children’s questions and encouraging thought.
  • Encourage children to help with everyday activities e.g. cooking, shopping, gardening and to discuss what, why and how they are doing things.
  • Encouraging children to look at things in detail and to discuss joint observations.
 
 

Reading

Children learn to read in a variety of ways. Children will use their reading skills in all areas of the curriculum. For each child we have a Reading Record Book that acts as a channel of communication between home and school. Our reading schemes we use in school are the Oxford Reading Tree (KS1) and Project X (KS2). We expect parents to make the necessary time available at home to help their child to read.

Parents can help by:

  • Encouraging their child to read.
  •  Sharing books with their children in a comforting and encouraging manner.
  •  Encouraging reading in all situations e.g. road signs, posters, logos, T.V.progamme guides, food labels etc.
  •  Making their child aware of the letters of the alphabet and how together they form words.
  • Joining the local library.

Phonics

Letters and Sounds

At St. Edward’s we follow the letters and sounds phonic teaching programme from Nursery to Year 2.

What is Letters and Sounds?

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

There are six overlapping phases. For more information visit the letters and sounds website.


Writing

Children are encouraged to write independently as soon as they are ready. As a child’s writing develops, particular attention is given to correct spelling, punctuation, syntax and vocabulary.

Children will be taught correct letter formation, joined handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Children will be provided opportunities to write in both literacy lessons and in subjects across the curriculum.

Parents can help by:

  • Providing a range of papers, pens, pencils and crayons for their child to use at home.
  • Providing chalk boards and chalk, and magnetic boards and letters for use at home.
  • Encouraging children to write at home eg. stories, letters, diaries, shopping lists, recipes etc.


Each class has a very good selection of fiction and non fiction books these are available in the individualised reading areas. Classes visit Church Street and Marylebone Libraries.


English as an additional language (EAL) Children for whom English is a second language are supported in their learning by our class teachers and teaching assistants.

 
 

Science

The aim of primary Science is not just to provide facts, nor to present exciting but isolated experiments. It is rather, to encourage an attitude of learning based on discovery, using observations, experiments and recordings, training the children to be real scientists.

In the early years, Science arises from everyday observations and simple activities. Observations then leads to making descriptions and forming comparisons. As the children develop, there skills become more communicating results and predicting and testing hypotheses.

A range of scientific topis will be covered including Life and Living Processes, Materials and their Properties and Physical Resources.

The process of teaching Science at St. Edward’s includes the following activities.

Developing interests, attitudes and awareness:

  • Observing and exploring.
  • Posing questions and suggesting solutions.
  • Devising experiments and investigations to answer them.     
  • Interpreting and ordering findings.     
  • Communicating their discoveries to others by appropriate methods of recording including graphs, charts and pictorial representation.     
  • Becoming Scientists.

Parents can help by:     

  • Encouraging a questioning attitude to the world around them.     
  • Collections of natural materials ie. flowers, insects, rocks etc.     
  • Observations on family walks.     
  • Outings to Science museums, gardens etc.     
  • Taking care of a suitable pet.     
  • Walking in the park pointing out the different trees, flowers.     
  • Talking about the plants and stars.

History

Children are helped to develop an awareness of ways in which they can find out about the past. In Key Stage 1 we introduce the children to the past by exploring their own experiences and comparing them to those who lived in the past and through story. In Key Stage 2 the children study specific periods eg. The Romans, The Tudors, The Victorians by using a variety of resources, including artefacts and historical documents.

They have opportunities to learn about the past from a range of sources of information including artefacts, pictures, photographs, written materials, buildings and sites.

 
 

Geography

We aim to develop the children’s’ geographical knowledge of their own environment and to compare it with other locations in the British Isles and abroad.

As well as studying other countries and localities, much of the children’s learning in Geography is based on direct experience, practical activities and fieldwork in the locality of the school. There is also the opportunity for children to work on geographical themes including the weather and the environment.


Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

ICT is concerned with using computer systems and software packages to analyse, process and present information, and to model, measure and control external events.

Interactive Whiteboards are also in the classrooms are used to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum.

 
 

Music

In Music we work to provide the children with experiences which enable them to:

  • enjoy a variety of music from their own and other cultures.     
  • participate in music making activities using tuned and untuned  instruments.     
  • to develop the technical skills they need to use their voice and instruments.     
  • to develop their understanding of structures in music.     
  • to develop the vocabulary they need to discuss music.


Every class has a weekly music lesson. Piano lessons are available at the school, with Guitar coming soon.


Art

All children are encouraged to develop their creative, imaginative and practical skills through a programme of art activities. They have the opportunity to experience a variety of activities and materials including paints, crayons, chalks and pastels and study a variety of techniques.

Visits to museums and galleries are encouraged as is high presentation of display to enhance aesthetic appreciation.

 
 

Design and Technology

Design and Technology describes a way of working in which children combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make products.


Physical Education

Through Physical Education we aim to develop the children’s social attitudes, their balance, co-ordination and dexterity. We encourage the children to achieve personal satisfaction, to participate in group activities, to accept the decision of others and to accept responsibility for themselves.

To achieve this we offer games, gymnastics, dance and swimming. Children in Key Stage 2 have swimming lessons at Frances Holland School.

Teams participate in Westminster’s competitions including:     

  • mixed football     
  • rounders     
  • athletics     
  • tennis

The playground surface is marked and equipment has been purchased for use at playtimes to ensure that the children have the opportunity to be physically active. Since Autumn Term 2007 pupils have been taught by a specialist PE coach.

 
 

Modern Foreign Languages

All children from Nursery to Year 6 taught Spanish. Spanish is taught by specialist teachers, lessons take place each week for a period of 45 minutes.