THE CREATIVE CURRICULUM – KS1
At Little Parndon, we follow an creative curriculum for all subjects that prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences to be successful in life.
At Little Parndon Primary, we use every relevant subject to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Pupils are taught to apply arithmetic fluently to problems, understand and use measures, make estimates and check that their work makes sense. Pupils apply their geometric and algebraic understanding and are also taught the cycle of collecting, presenting and analysing data. They are taught to apply their mathematics to problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps.
English is at the heart of all children's learning. Being literate enables children to understand, to express ideas and convey information effectively, in both spoken and written forms. We believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and it is, therefore, vital that children find learning to read and write a rewarding and successful experience
Speaking & Listening
Pupils are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication.
Reading and Writing
Pupils are encourages to develop a love of reading and to support this class teachers read a variety of texts to their class, pupils are given daily opportunities to read independently as well as to read with children from an alternate year group. Each class regularly spends time in the school library and children are encouraged to borrow books, of any reading age, from the library. The library is open to children, parents and carers at the end of each school day. It is also open two lunchtimes a week for during which time it is managed by Year 4 librarians. A dedicated reading area can be found in each classroom, with a selection of books covering a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Our vision is to nurture and encourage an enjoyment for writing. Writing should have an audience and a purpose. It should be scaffolded and resources should be used to support. Where they write across the curriculum, this is recorded in Topic books. Creative hooks are used to introduce a focus and enhance writing and writing across the curriculum ensures a purpose. Drama is intertwined throughout the English curriculum. Children are given opportunities to write every day, including a Writing Area in Reception. Where appropriate, a weekly opportunity for extended writing is planned for.
Our aim is to ensure that all pupils:
· Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
· Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
· Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Scientific enquiry includes: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
At Little Parndon, we believe it is important for our pupils to be exposed to modern foreign languages from an early age - learning a language from year 1, they can continue that language into Secondary School and beyond, making our pupils global citizens and communicators. All children have the opportunity to learn French with Mrs Lee, our Specialist Teacher, following the Rigolo system. Lessons are once a week and last for 30 minutes.
ART AND DESIGN
We offer excellent provision in creative art and technical design. Our specialist teacher, Mrs Christmas, allows children to express their creativity and develop a range of artistic and design skills including sculpture, painting, textiles and sketching.
We also encourage pupils to criticise works of art and comment on their cultural and artistic significance.
Little Parndon offers brilliant facilities and inspiring teaching for PE. Our team of specialist teachers and coaches deliver a wide range of lessons and after-school clubs for all children in Reception to year 6. The academy also provides the opportunity for gifted and talented pupils to represent Little Parndon in variety of tournaments and competitions.
All pupils are encouraged to complete homework tasks, although these will vary in complexity according to the age of your child. Homework includes reading, practising writing and maths skills as well as projects which may be carried out over a longer period of time. Please see our Homework Policy for more detailed guidance.
At Little Parndon, we set high expectations for every pupil. We plan challenging work for pupils whose attainment is significantly above the expected standard. We carefully plan lessons for pupils who have low levels of prior attainment or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We use a range of assessments to set targets which are deliberately ambitious.
All pupils are valued and are entitled to equality of educational opportunity. We take account of our duties under equal opportunities legislation that covers race, disability, sex, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment.
We work with families and specialists to identify pupils who may have special educational needs, some of whom also have disabilities. Lessons are planned to ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving. The SEN Code of Practice includes advice on approaches to identification of need and outlines what needs to be done for them.
With the right teaching that recognises their individual needs, many disabled pupils may have little need for additional resources beyond the aids which they use as part of their daily life. We plan lessons so that these pupils can study every national curriculum subject.
We take account of the needs of pupils whose first language is not English. Monitoring of progress takes account of the pupil’s age, length of time in this country, previous educational experience and ability in other languages.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR KEY STAGE ONE CURRICULUM PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH OUR HEADTEACHER, SOPHIE LAING ON 01279 425600.