Curriculum

Set out below is some detailed information regarding all aspects of our curriculum.  If you would like to find out more about any aspect of the curriculum then please do ask your child's class teacher in the first instance or at our main reception desk. 

Early Years

Pupils in our Early Years classes (from nursery to reception) will follow a slightly different curriculum to those in Key Stages One and Two as they begin and then gradually settle into school life.  As children progress from nursery into the reception class they start to take part in more discrete subject lessons, although there will continue to be an emphasis on providing ‘continuous provision’ where the pupils have some choice over which activity they choose.  Read Write Inc (see below) is taught from reception class upwards as is a daily maths lesson.  Each term

 

Years One to Six

Reading, writing and handwriting

We use the Read, Write Inc scheme of learning in Early Years and Key Stage One to teach reading, writing and handwriting.  You can find out more about this scheme on their website here http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/.  This is a scheme of carefully structured lessons that has been proven to work very effectively to teach children basic literacy from first steps to reading right through to comprehending texts.  We teach this using ‘stage not age’. This means that we group children according to their current ability, rechecking their progress and regrouping them every half term as they progress. Most pupils will ‘graduate’ from the Read, Write Inc programme during Year Two, but pupils will continue with the programme until Year Four if they require this. Once pupils ‘graduate’ then they will be taught according to the English national curriculum.

Pupils in Year Five and Year Six will have daily English lessons, incorporating all of the elements of the English national curriculum.  If a pupil does not yet have a sufficient grasp of reading then we will enrol them on our ‘Fresh Start’ programme, which is produced by the makers of Read, Write Inc. This involves an hour of small group, intensive support four days per week.  During this time, any Y5 or Y6 pupils that do not require the Fresh Start programme will work together on a topic that will encourage them to develop their writing skills further. Y5 and Y6 pupils will continue to use the ‘Penpals’ scheme of learning or their handwriting.

In Y3 this term pupils will be writing stories based round Stone-Age boy, Stig of the Dump and Cave Baby which will involve drama role-play and improve pupils’ speaking and listening skills. They will also be writing non-fiction reports on their research and facts they have explored through the internet, use of i-pads and research books.

In Y4 pupils will be using their main topic subject of  Bottom, Burps, and Biles, to write fact files, explanatory texts using idioms, and fantasy narratives about the human body.  They will also explore slogans and persuasive texts. 

In Y5 children will be “spending” this half-term at Groosham Grange, a rather unusual boarding school which is the setting for Anthony Horowitz’s  supernatural and amusing novel. They will be investigating the text and using it as inspiration for our own writing.

 In Y6 English this term pupils will be looking at 'science fiction' using the classic text 'War of the Worlds', to help them write exciting setting descriptions. They will also use the H.G.Wells text from 1898 as stimulus for some fantastic 'alien inspired' art work. In stark contrast to the 'out of this world' theme, they will be looking at famous sports personalities later in the term to help us write autobiographies, which will complement our science topic surrounding healthy bodies. Our art work will reflect this when we create 'people in action' sketches and portraits of our chosen sports personalities.

 

Mathematics

From January 2017 we will be adopting the schemes of learning of the White Rose Maths Hub which is based on the maths mastery approach.  This term our pupils will be covering the following topics:

Year One – place value, addition and subtraction and geometry (shape)

Year Two – place value, addition and subtraction, measurement (length and mass), graphs, multiplication and division

Year Three – place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, measurement

Year Four – place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, measurement (area). 

Year Five - place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, statistics

Year Six – place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions

As you can see from the above, maths mastery puts a lot of emphasis on children being able to manipulate numbers well and being really strong at the four arithmetical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).  For this reason children spend a relatively long time on each subject to ensure that they really understand it well and each subject is revisited every year to ensure a deeper and deeper understanding that builds mathematical confidence and competency.

Science

Much of our science curriculum is taught as part of our regular topic lessons. However, to ensure that we cover all the science topics in the national curriculum, we do often supplement our topic lessons with additional science lessons. If you do not see any information here regarding a particular year group then science is being covered within their topic lesson this term.

 Year Five – pupils will be finding out all about materials and their different properties. As part of our investigation we will also be finding out about changes of state.

Year Six - Pupils will be looking at the human body in science; how our heart and lungs work together within the circulatory and respiratory systems, what effect diet and exercise has on our bodies (we will cover this in PE too- which is on a Friday morning, please make sure your child has the right kits that are clearly labelled), as well as the negative effects of alcohol and smoking. We will be completing a mini-museum project where each group will produce a 'science fair-type' stand... watch this space for more information and keep your eyes peeled for the invitation!

 Topic

Topic encompasses several discrete subjects which are taught in a cross-curricular manner.  We do this because the research demonstrates that children can develop their vocabulary skills faster when a familiar context is used. Topic currently includes geography, history, art, design & technology and science.  As different topics are taught each term, the balance of these subjects may alter from one term to another, but all of these subjects will be covered during a full academic year.

Year Two - This term the theme for the year two class will be street detectives. Pupils will learn more about the area that we live in using mapping skills and compare housing now with the Victorian times. In science they will be learning about plants and how they grow. we will have a big focus on reading this term and we will aim to change and read books everyday. 

 Year Three – Our current topic is Tribal Tales which explores history and geography from Stone- Age through to Iron-Age. We are going to have a visit from an archaeologist from Salford University to explain what the pre-historic age was and how evidence was collected from this time using artefacts. We will be doing our own exciting archaeological dig in the school playground as a hook into our topic. In art and D/T we will be designing and making our own stone age jewellery and pots using our creative thinking skills.

 Year Four – This half term our exciting topic is Burps, Bottoms and Bile! This topic will have a greater focus on science with many cross-curricular links.  Pupils  will investigate the different systems in the human body, namely the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems.  We will also learn learn the importance of healthy eating and daily exercise.

 

Foreign language – Spanish

Spanish is the foreign language of choice which is taught in Key Stage Two.

 

PSHCE

We use the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning ( SEAL) curriculum to deliver personal, social, health and citizenship education.  This term we will be following the ‘New Beginnings’ theme in all year groups, except year three.  We supplement this with visits from a range of professionals and local people who can bring their specialist knowledge and experience into the academy.  PSHCE topics are also covered as part of our regular assemblies.  Once per week all classes spend some time in ‘circle time’ In years five and six we deliver sex and relationships education (SRE).  For further information about this, please see our SRE Policy which is accessible from the policies page.

Y3 this term are covering the topic of getting on and falling out which is about developing  and understanding our friendships. We will be visiting Watersheddings School each Monday afternoon to forge links and friendships with other children and schools in our community. This will enable us to meet new friends and improve our social, emotional and PSHE skills.We will be exploring the qualities of a good friend and linking this to British values of democracy and the value of the human rights/equality of all citizens

 

Physical education and sport

You can see the topics covered by year group by clicking here.

 

Music

In music this term the focus will be on choral singing with all pupils singing together in a weekly singing assembly.  The songs learned will support in particular the learning of English, maths and Spanish.

All children in Year Four have the opportunity to spend a term having professional tuition on the guitar.  Those children who wish to take this forward will then continue to have guitar lessons in Year Five and Six.

 

Above:  our drama club pupils during their performance of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'

Religious Education

 We follow the Education Learning Challenge curriculum as taught in Oldham schools. This is designed to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity, other principal world religions (Buddhists, Hindus, Jewish people, Muslims, Sikhs), other religious traditions (such as the Baha’I faith or Jainism) and world-views.  By exploring issues within and across faiths, pupils learn to understand and respect different religions, beliefs, values and traditions (including ethical life stances such as Humanism), and their influence on individuals, societies, communities and cultures.

Year One – What is important to you? Why do Christians celebrate Christmas? How do I know I’m being good? What do Christians and Jews believe about creation?

Year Two – How do Christians, Jews and Muslims say ‘thank you’ to God for the natural world?  Why is light important in religions?  What does it mean to be a Muslim?  When do we cooperate? Do our actions speak louder than words? What have I learned about different religions?

Year Three – What are the rules? What do people believe about God? That’s not fair! Or is it?  What is so special about places?

Year Four – What does worship mean? How is Christmas celebrated in other countries? What do we mean by commitment? Why did Jesus tell stories? What is pilgrimage? What is Judaism?

Year Five – How did it all start? What can we learn from religious texts? What are the Five Pillars of Islam? Am I always right? What do we believe in our town?

 Year Six -   Why is Diwali celebrated by both Hindus and Sikhs? What is prayer and medication?  How can religious meaning be expressed through art? How do different religions celebrate marriage? What do people believe happens after someone dies?

 

Other Information by year group:

Year One – You can see the planned topics for each half term this year on the long-term plan as well as accessing the current year one timetable

Year Two -  we will have a big focus on reading this term and we will aim to change and read books everyday.   You can access the current year one timetable . . . .

 Year Three - You can access the current year one timetable . . . .

Year Four - In maths, students will be looking at hundred and thousand numbers and working out what each digit is worth using place value, ordering and comparing them. We will also be learning how to add and subtract three and four digit numbers. Students will also continue working on their multiplication, namely their 6, 7, 8, and 9 times tables.

Year Six - This term year six will be hard at work prepping for their SATs at the beginning of the summer term (8th -11th May). Your child will be tested in English (reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar) and mathematics. Boosters will be held before and after school to help your child get ready for these important tests. Your child’s teacher will be able to answer any queries about the tests, or you can visit www.gov.uk/STA for more details. If you want to see a sample of the tests your child will take, the government have published some here: www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculumassessments-2016-sample-materials.