The National Curriculum 2014 forms the basis of all the children’s learning in Key Stages 1 and 2 (Years 1, 2, 3 and 4). The full document can be accessed through the download below.
We have been working with Chris Quigley Education and the Essentials Curriculum to develop our creative and rigourous curricuulm. A summary of coverage of content in KS1 and KS2 developed by CQE can also be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Subjects included in our curriculum are;
- Design Technology
- MFL (Spanish)
- Physical Education (PE)
- Religious Education (RE)
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
The English curriculum develops four key skills that are essential for learning in school and for life outside school. These are speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Speaking and listening includes teaching children how to express themselves verbally, how to listen carefully and respond to what they hear, and how to adapt what they say for different purposes.
Children learn to read and understand a wide range of types of text, including stories, poems and information texts.
Children learn to produce writing in the style of a range of text types, paying attention to handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar to an increasingly high level as they move through the school. Children begin writing from their own experience and develop to write in prose and poetry as well as the recording of observations made in other areas of the curriculum.
Mathematics is another important life skill, and we aim to make all children confident and competent with maths by the time they leave us. The three main areas that are covered are number, shape space and measure, and handling data.
Number includes numbers and the number system, calculation and ways of solving problems.
In shape, space and measures children learn about 2D and 3D shapes, about position and movement, and about measurement of length, weight, capacity, area and time.
Handling data involves collecting information, organising it and presenting it in graphs, and interpreting graphs to answer questions.
We try and relate work in mathematics as much as possible to everyday life. Computers are used to support, consolidate and extend learning. We also try to bring the subject alive e.g. many classes do a practical and physical maths lesson each week.
Science is about developing and understanding of ourselves and the world about us. The science curriculum draws upon children’s natural curiosity and enables them to investigate the answers to scientific questions in a logical way. They do a great deal of practical work as well as using sources like information books and information technology.
The main areas of investigation are:
Life and living processes e.g. what plants and animals need to live and grow.
Materials and how they change e.g. the effects of freezing and boiling.
Simple physics e.g. electricity and magnetism.
Compuiting and Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Modern technology plays a big part in the way we live and work, and this will be even truer of the world in which our children will be adults. Children need to be confident in their use of technology, and to have an understanding of its benefits and drawbacks. This is the focus of the ICT curriculum. The children learn to:
Obtain information and store it e.g. through the use of audio and video recording and the internet.
How to share information with others e.g. through the use of email.
How to tailor information to their own needs e.g. through using a wide range of computer software. Some of this work takes place in the classroom, where the children have access to a range of ICT equipment including several modern PCs, 30 laptops with internet access and an interactive whiteboard. In addition we have a computer suite with 15 high specification machines, all of which are networked and have internet access and a set of I-Pads . The suite also has a fully interactive whiteboard to ensure that high quality teaching and learning can take place.
This area of the curriculum is concerned with developing designing and making skills, as well as an understanding of what is good design and how products can be improved. Children are taught to:
Look at products to see if they work and how they are used.
Develop their practical skills such as cutting, joining and fixing.
Design and make their own products such as model wheeled vehicles, biscuits and simple torches.
History is about finding out about the past using a range of sources, and how the past is different from the present. The children develop skills like the ability to weigh up evidence and reach conclusions. As a result they begin to understand and remember events and people from the past, and the historical order in which events happened.
The Geography curriculum focuses on the links between our lives and the environment around us. The children develop geographical skills and use resources such as photographs, maps and plans, as well as going on local visits. They find out about human and physical features in the environment and how environments change.
Art and Design
We aim to develop children’s imagination and creativity through the art curriculum. Children are taught to:
Explore and develop their ideas by recording what they see and imagine.
Try out different materials, tools and techniques, including painting, printing and modelling using clay.
Say what they think and feel about works of art, and about their own work.
Work with colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space.
Music is a source of pleasure and enjoyment for all of us. Making music helps children to explore and express their thoughts and feelings. Learning songs from the past, or other parts of world, helps children to develop an understanding of history and of other cultures. Children experience lessons at every stage of their time at Grange which develops their ability to:
Sing and play simple musical instruments e.g. Year 4 learn to play the penny whistle.
Express ideas and feelings through music.
Listen carefully to many different types of music, picking out details and learning how it is created.
The children take part in regular music workshops that are provided by the Local Authority NEMCO service. We have a peripatetic music teacher who teaches guitar to those children who wish to learn in their third and fourth year. Parents are asked to make a payment for tuition.
Physical Education (PE)
PE aims to develop children’s physical skills in an enjoyable way, as well as encouraging them to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise. Teaching focuses upon:
Dance where children learn to move rhythmically and expressively, and gain experience of dances from other cultures.
Gymnastics, where the children develop their ability to perform and link together movements, shapes and balances, both on the floor and using apparatus.
Games, where they play and invent games to score points or goals, either on their own or in teams.
Athletics, which includes running, jumping and throwing.
Swimming. Children have lessons in the Summer Term of Year 4.
Pupils take part in a daily exercise programme at the start of each school day. We call this “Wake and Shake.”
The foundation subjects of history, geography, technology, music, art and P.E. are also often taught through half-termly topics. Policies and the curriculum are regularly reviewed and updated and information sheets are sent to parents at the beginning of each half term.
Religious Education (RE) / Act of Worship
Religious Education is included alongside the National Curriculum but is not part of it. It makes a contribution to multi-cultural education and helps children to explore a range of religious beliefs and practices. The broad content of the RE curriculum is based on the Local Authority’s agreed syllabus. Teaching reflects the fact that the religious traditions of Great Britain are mainly Christian whilst acknowledging the important role of other religions in modern society. Parents have a right to withdraw children from RE lessons if they feel it is appropriate. This can be arranged through the Headteacher.
There is a daily act of collective worship for all pupils. Parents have a right to withdraw children from collective worship. This can be arranged through the Headteacher.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
This area of the curriculum is concerned with developing skills such as independence and confidence, sharing personal views and discussing fair and unfair, right and wrong. It is also about developing self-confidence and the ability to make good choices in relation to areas that affect personal health and well-being.
Some of this work is covered through other areas of the curriculum, such as science and RE. We also have a designated curriculum time where the pupils are organised into mixed age family groups. Family groups meet for half an hour each week and typically engage in a circle time activity aimed at encouraging communication skills, the ability to support and listen to others and take their views on board. These sessions are also used as a means of discussing and resolving problems relating to school issues. The family groupings are included in a whole school scheme which rewards good citizens of Grange and treats the whole family of 30 pupils with the most credits to an enriching trip as a termly prize. Children are not taught sex education as a separate subject. Any child who asks a question on this subject will be answered individually, simply and honestly. We have a booklet to offer girls who begin menstruation early. We also have a drugs education programme.