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St. Andrew’s C.E. Primary School, Maghull

 

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE

 

At St Andrew’s Maghull Primary School we teach the New Curriculum. We follow The Statutory Framework in EYFS. We plan our literacy and numeracy on next steps learning and base our delivery of foundation subjects on a process of enquiry. We aim to provide a relevant and inspiring curriculum which fully prepares our children for their future careers and ambitions using a WOW start or a reflective celebration, e.g. A Greek Feast.  Our wider curriculum subjects are planned for using skills progression information (see links below).

 

Promoting Fundamental British Values

Citizens of the UK are encouraged to:

•             Respect and obey the law

•             Respect the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions

•             Treat others with fairness

•             Look after yourself and your family

•             Look after the area in which you live and the environment

 

Early Years

Children learn in different ways and at different rates, we believe every child should be supported during their early years in school to help them fulfil their potential. We work hard to develop positive home school links during our Early Years and spend time at the start of each New Year getting to know our children and their families. This is continued throughout the year through our ‘Special’ books, a learning journey which charts individual progress and key moments in the development of each child. We work together as a team to get it right for the children and to ensure their first steps in education are positive and fulfilling. We follow the statutory framework for Early Years Foundation Stage providing a range of learning opportunities to provide a breadth of experiences on which to build. Learning opportunities are designed to capture the child’s imagination and are planned around their interests. Activities are play based and can be adult led, supported by an adult or child initiated. Children acquire skills through the prime and specific areas of learning in EYFS. We set challenging goals and our expectations are high.

 

Reading

Every child takes part in a 15 minute daily phonics lesson in Reception and KS1 using the Letters and Sounds programme. This work is further supported in KS2 through our Spelling and Grammar programme. We use letters and sounds as a formal programme to begin the reading journey with our children. This is developed further through our support for spelling scheme. The phonic Phases are taught in mixed ability groups to ensure a more rapid rate of progress through the phases. Guided reading is also used to further develop reading skills to include higher order skills including inference and deduction. Guided groups are set in ability bands to ensure skill progress for all pupils. Children are given a levelled reading book to share and enjoy with adults at home using the Oxford Reading Tree as our core scheme, supplemented by a variety of resources. We use an online reading scheme, Phonic Bug, which children can access from home. We promote a love of reading and reading for pleasure through several events in the year and a class novel. Staff read aloud to pupils regularly and we celebrate the annual ‘World Book Day’ where our whole school undertakes a reading project involving all year groups.  We have a Buddy reading scheme to develop peer to peer support for reading. The profile of reading is raised through partner reading when Year 6 pupils read with their reception child partner and write story books for them in the Summer Term.

 

Writing

Writing starts through delivery of our phonic and spelling programme which supports children in spelling words correctly and is further developed through our literacy teaching sequence. Children are encouraged to apply the skills and knowledge learnt through phonics and spelling tasks to oral rehearsal into producing their ideas through speech and writing. Writing starts through immersion in texts, exploration of settings and characters further allows children to explore the use of language so they can plan, edit and evaluate their own writing. Writing needs a purpose and audience and we model writing to demonstrate an effective writing process. Working walls are used to share success criteria and WALT & WILF is used throughout the school. Our curriculum is designed to benefit from cross curricular themes and writing is promoted across all subject areas.

 

Mathematics

Our maths curriculum is based on skill development. A skills continuum is available for each year group and is used to set specific targets for the children. Practical maths is our preferred teaching style with learning through play beginning in the Early Years both inside and outside the classroom. Maths is given a context and relates back to everyday life experiences where possible. Our children enjoy a rich mathematical environment and have the opportunity to develop and apply their mathematical skills. Our aim is that children will leave our school equipped with mental and written methods they understand and can use correctly.  We teach an agreed method (see Calculation Policy) but encourage children to use whichever method is most appropriate and have strategies to give an approximate answer and to check their solutions. In EYFS the children are encouraged to explore mathematics through play, involving activities inside and outside and to apply skills that have been taught within mathematics lessons. At KS1 the children are taught within their ability groups. Daily lessons are carefully planned and pitched to their next steps in learning. A learning ladder is used as a guide for the children’s next steps to success. This is followed by the children working independently to consolidate their learning and apply the knowledge to problem solve. In Key Stage 2, children have a daily lesson providing them with opportunities to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in problem solving through a variety of rich mathematical activities. Years 3, 4 and 5 follow a scheme of work based on the 2014 National Curriculum. Year 6 currently use the previous version. Year 5 and 6 are grouped by ability across the parallel classes. Themes are planned so that previous knowledge is reviewed; the teacher models new learning and children are given activities to practise their new skills through games, missing number puzzles, word problems, investigations and decision making. Children are encouraged to explain their reasoning verbally and in writing. Following interactive teacher input, children work on relevant activities, independently, in pairs or in groups.  They report their findings in plenary sessions at appropriate points in the lesson.  Many of the activities promote higher order thinking skills and are taken from the BEAM website. All Key Stage 2 children have an online account with Mathletics, enabling them to access Mathematical learning from home.  Children are encouraged to learn from their mistakes. They particularly enjoy earning medals and competing with each other. Homework is set each week from a range of sources. A group of year 6 children have extra lessons at Deyes High School in preparation for the level 6 SATs papers.

 

RE

We follow the Church of England Diocesan Syllabus, and strive to make the Gospel values relevant to all that we do in school. We have a diverse and interactive Collective Worship programme, involving whole school, class and WOW group worship, in which children play an integral role in planning and delivery. We have a close relationship with our church, gaining the Church – School Partnership Award, Level 2. We welcome the Vicar into school regularly, and promote religious understanding and tolerance through involvement with other faith groups and community organisations.

 

Computing

The computing curriculum is made up of four areas in key stages 1 and 2: Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship. In Computer Science children are given opportunities to understand and use algorithms to write precise and unambiguous instructions for a program to execute.  They develop their computational thinking skills in Key Stage 2 through programming with Flowol.  They are encouraged to be creative and to learn from debugging their work. In Digital Literacy, they employ a range of software and multimedia tools which they can then apply across the curriculum. They are shown how to use search tools and discover how networks operate. Within Digital Citizenship, children are taught how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. They learn how to recognise unacceptable behaviour and how to report concerns about content or contact. At all stages children are focused on becoming effective digital learners.

 

Science

We are committed to providing our children with a high quality science education. Our aim is to develop in the children a natural curiosity leading to a greater understanding of the world around them. We aim to achieve this by delivering a rich and stimulating science curriculum that is inclusive and builds on prior knowledge. We promote the skills of enquiry and encourage children to ask questions to formulate their own explanations of scientific principles. Skills of analysis and prediction are also included in our programme of study. We promote a sense of wonder and excitement to foster a life-long love of science and investigative learning.

 

Art, Craft and Design

We help children to learn through inspiring, challenging and enjoyable activities. Children are encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas through a range of mediums and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. We use our topics as inspiration for children’s art work and offer opportunities to look at a range of artists, designers and craft makers. Children are encouraged to use these opportunities to make links to their own work and to use the language of art, craft and design. Throughout school, a range of skills are introduced, developed and refined. During Early Years children enjoy mark making through drawing and painting and are encouraged to use a variety of tools and techniques. Throughout KS1 children have the opportunity to explore tone, experiment with colour and use other mediums and techniques to create objects. At KS2 children explore a range of mediums including media to create their own designs and models. Children record exploration work and sketches in their own sketch books which they take through the school.

 

Geography

We engage children in geography with questions about people and places so they can make sense of the world. We develop pupils’ core knowledge, particularly their sense of place, through a themed approach, otherwise through discreet teaching of the subject and its vocabulary, encouraging enquiry and investigation. Curriculum planning develops pupils' geographical thinking in a systematic manner, enabling their knowledge and understanding of geography to develop as they move through school and geographical skills to grow in more complex and precise ways. As pupils progress, they will gain understanding about the British Isles and our place in the world. They will compare and contrast, see the interaction between physical and human processes and develop their locational knowledge.

 

History

Throughout both KS1 and KS2 History is taught as a discrete subject. Within KS1 learning centres around the children’s living memory, extending to include significant historical events, people and places. Our topics include ‘The Great Fire of London’. The children will learn about their local area and significant figures such as Florence Nightingale. In Years 3-4 the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of British History to 1066. Topics include: Stone Age to Bronze Age, The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. In Years 5-6 there is the opportunity to extend children’s knowledge beyond 1066 with studies of children’s experiences during the Victorian era and WWII as well as a local history study. Further to this, the children will extend their knowledge of world history with in-depth studies of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. Throughout both key stages, we aim to inspire children’s curiosity and equip them to ask perceptive questions; so that they can become masters of historical enquiry!

 

Music

Children are taught to appreciate making music from Early Years onwards. They are taught to use a range of simple percussion instruments and develop a sense of rhythm and time as well as pitch and tone. We have an extensive programme of music tuition and extra-curricular activities including guitar, choir, and recorders. All pupils are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through the Sefton Wider Opportunity programme in Year 4 and children can also take peripatetic classes in a range of instruments including brass, violins and band in Year 5 and Year 6. Our children perform regularly in concerts, competitions and festivals to fully understand the important element of performance and we have a singing specialist on staff to support the children in loving music.

We celebrate our musical talents in an annual Music Concert where all musicians regardless of ability perform for our parents and governors.

 

PSHE

We teach a discrete PSHE Scheme of Work and we also incorporate this area of the curriculum in our PE, science and RE. We encourage children to explore their sense of well-being and sense of worth through a range of interactive games and activities including circle time. We look for ways to respond to topical events and host themed weeks such as Friendship Week and Anti-bullying week to tackle social issues and agendas.

 

PE

Children participate in two lessons of PE each week and follow a programme including gym, dance, athletics and games at KS1 and this is extended to include swimming and outdoor adventurous activities at KS2. We aim to allow all pupils to demonstrate their full potential and to enjoy participating in sport, to this end we develop skills and competencies in class and also have a programme of extra-curricular clubs including cross-country, football, netball, athletics, gym and dance. We have a number of specialist teachers on staff and also staff we ‘buy in’ to promote high quality teaching. Staff benefit from observing specialist teachers and children are encouraged to acquire skills and to develop a tactical awareness in sport. The children have the opportunity to experience a range of physical activities, we aim for children to enjoy physical activity and also to experience periods of high intensity to ensure a positive impact on the human body. Our goal is to promote a love of physical activity which will lead to life-long participation in sport. To this end children are encouraged to participate at their own level through a range of differentiated activities. We participate in a range of inter-school competitions and have a strong tradition in cross country, athletics, and football.

 

MFL

Children in both Key Stages have the opportunity to learn Spanish which is taught by class teachers following training. We promote a love of language, a respect for other languages and cultures and an appetite for future learning. Children learn through speaking, listening and reading as well as writing using their new vocabulary. Throughout the year we use opportunities to further explore Spanish culture.

 

If you require any further information about the curriculum at St. Andrews, please contact the school office and we will be happy to assist you.

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