At Kingsleigh Primary School, we have developed an exciting and motivating curriculum. We follow a topic-based approach, with each topic based around our three core values, Belonging, Aspiration and Respect. Our topics are catered to our children and their interests with content ranging from Flintstones to Harry Potter and Dragons to Paw Patrol!
Through all of our learning, children are taught to challenge and stretch themselves and develop a growth mindset. We do not set children according to our perception of their ability, but rather teach them to recognise how much they are able to achieve. Through this approach, our children learn to see their potential and strive to achieve it but also recognise when they are finding things challenging and need more support and guidance.
When your child first begins school in the Foundation unit, they will follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum to include:
As the children move into Key Stage 1 and then Key Stage 2, they follow the National Curriculum, more details of which can be found by following this link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum.
Our English Curriculum is designed around the belief that all children should leave school with a love of reading and writing and this is central to our planning and delivery of lessons.
We follow the National Curriculum for Writing, Reading, Spoken Language and grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.
Our English topics are based around an exciting stimulus to get the children engaged from the outset. It might be a cry of help from a spy, signs of a giant Gruffalo roaming round the grounds or even a trail of mysterious tiny footprints trailing through the classroom!
Our teaching of writing is supported by the Talk 4 Writing approach. Through this approach, children learn, by heart, a sample text of the text type they are trying to write. This means that they are confident in the structure and content of the text type before they even start to write. It also means that by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6, they have a whole bank of texts in their memory that they can call on to support their writing. Alongside this, the children are taught how to capture their reader’s attention and how to use a variety of different sentence structures. They also learn how to select and use appropriate punctuation for the purpose of their writing. Children apply the handwriting they are taught to their writing and are encouraged to show great pride and presentation in all the work they produce.
At Kingsleigh our core belief is that children will become great readers if we can get them to love reading! Reading is taught through the use of quality, whole class texts. The books are chosen to really engage children in the power of reading and great care is taken to select texts that will nurture a love of reading. Children are read to, read aloud, read in pairs and small groups to develop their fluency and confidence. They also carry out comprehension tasks linked to their reading where they have the chance to show what they understand about the text and express their opinions about events in the books.
We have brand new libraries in each area of our school and children are encouraged to borrow books. We also have a brand new non-fiction research library, which classes have timetabled slots to go and use. In addition to this, we are lucky enough to have a reading den, where the children can chose to go and read during their break times, if they want to. Each class enjoys a class read every day and the children are encouraged to read every day at home.
Our Maths curriculum is designed for all children to develop a genuine curiosity and enjoyment for numbers and solving problems by using and applying the knowledge they have.
We follow a mastery approach, which is based on the principle that when a child learns a new skill this is not the end of the line, but rather the beginning. The challenge then comes by seeing how the children are able to use and apply this new learning. Through this approach, children are extended within the material that is age appropriate for their learning. Our daily maths lessons are designed around the principle of challenge; as soon as children have shown they can meet the first level of challenge they move on to the next and so on and so forth. This way all the children are able to access the same core learning but are extended up to a point that is their own fullest potential.
In addition to daily maths lessons, we also have daily maths workshop. This is a time to really consolidate and practise key mathematical concepts that are essential to successful maths in other areas. Central to this, is ensuring the children develop raid recall of their table facts; times tables are tested weekly through our ‘Rock Star Tables’ system.
Maths lessons cover the following areas: to know and use numbers, to add and subtract, to multiply and divide, to use fractions, to understand the properties of shapes, to describe position, direction and movement, to use measures, to use statistics and to use algebra.
As scientists, our children learn to be curious about the world around them. They are taught and encouraged to pose questions and think about how they can investigate it to find an answer. The children will enjoy a range of theoretical and practical learning across all the areas of science they cover.
As users of technology, the children are taught a range of computing skills from coding through to using technology in all areas of the curriculum. The children will have the chance to use a range of technology from computers in our ICT suite, to ipads, cameras and laptops.
Art and Design
As artists and designers, the children will have the chance to work with a range of materials and forms from drawing and painting to sculpting and woodwork. They will be taught to evaluate their own and others work.
As geographers, the children will learn about the physical and human features of their local environment and the wider world. As historians, the children will learn about key events that have happened through time. They will learn how to find out about events from before the present time using a variety of sources.
The children are taught by a specialist Modern Foreign Languages teacher during weekly sessions. As linguists, they will learn key vocabulary in the language they are studying and how to speak with clear pronunciation. As they become more confident, they will learn to develop some fluency in reading and writing. They will also learn about the culture of the countries the languages they are studying are from.
As musicians, the children will be given the opportunities to play and perform with a range of percussion and tuned instruments. Throughout their time at the school they will be given the chance to try various instruments, from ukuleles to violins.
As sportspeople, the children will partake in a range of gymnastic, dance, athletic and games lessons. They will benefit from specialist teaching from various sports coaches. Additionally there are many opportunities to take part in a wide variety of clubs and competitive events.
As the children move through the school they will study the main world religions: Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The curriculum is designed to encourage social, moral, spiritual and personal growth promoting respect, sensitivity and open mindedness.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship (PSHCE)
As citizens of the school, the children are taught about the importance of responsibilities. The schools follows the, “Jigsaw” scheme of work and is a Flagship school. The lessons aim to help children know and value who they truly are and how the relate to people in this ever-changing world.
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)
SRE teaches the children how to make and maintain helpful and meaningful relationships. It aims to encourage children to have the confidence and independence to make choices about the own health and well-being. Lessons cover the changes that children experience as they grow up and go through puberty as well as the process of human reproduction.