Curriculum Rationale: At Kingsleigh Primary School, we have created a curriculum that will equip children with the knowledge and skills they will need to become successful citizens of the world. We want children to learn about how the world around us has been shaped and the significant events that have played a part in this. We want them to become respectful and aspirational individuals with a sense of their belonging to a school, local, national and global community.
Our learning is blocked into terms so that subjects can be studied in depth allowing mastery. A core entitlement, taken from the National Curriculum, ensures a progressive approach in both skills and knowledge which is then developed to cater for the interests and questions of individual classes. Skills and knowledge that have already been secured are revisited, used and applied across the curriculum to enrich the children’s learning.
As well as the subject content core concepts are applied to subjects so that meaningful links can be made within and between subjects.
Our children will learn the importance of persevering to produce high-quality work and this will be shown through termly community outcomes. Whenever possible, this will be to a real and critical audience so that children understand that work is valued and has a real place in the world.
Our curriculum recognises the central importance of reading and that this skills unlocks opportunities within and beyond education. Our teaching reflects this with a central focus on high-quality literature and the development of fluent reading.
Our curriculum is based on the belief that all children are capable of achieving, regardless of their perceived ability and as such all are entitled to access the same high-quality work. We do not set or group children according to our perception of their abilities but rather we support and scaffold children to achieve their best.
We want children to leave us with life- long love of learning.
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 well-stocked and modern libraries in each area of our school and children are encouraged to borrow books. We also have a fantastic non-fiction research library, which classes have timetabled slots to go and use.
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, children’s natural curiosity will be nurtured to allow them to ask questions and develop scientific skills. They will learn to think methodically and rationally in order to investigate their ideas. Children will develop their understanding of how the world, their bodies and other living things work to enable them to make decisions about how to live their lives safely, healthily and in a sustainable way. Children’s curiosity and imagination will result in the confidence to challenge predictions, create hypothesis and undertake investigations to discover more about the scientific world.
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 Historians, children will develop a deepening sense of identity in relation to how their county, social groups and communities have been influenced and developed over time. They will research how the world has changed and critically reflect on the actions and achievements of significant individuals and civilisations. Children will learn how to assess the reliability of different sources, which is vital for the information-heavy world we live in today. They will confidently analyse the cause of events in the past, think critically, evaluate evidence and examine arguments among historians today.
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 Theologians, we want children to consider challenging questions about the meaning of life from the viewpoint of different world religions. Children will earn about the beliefs of the main world religions and non- religious world view. Children will gain an understanding of themselves, their own beliefs and how this influences their culture and personal development. This will then be considered in relation to their own community and the wider world and how these values contribute to a tolerant and open-minded society. To enhance children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, they will develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues.
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.