THE CREATIVE CURRICULUM – KS1
At Little Parndon, we follow a creative curriculum for all subjects that prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences to be successful in life.
In Maths we follow white rose scheme of work it allows the children to be able to develop a mathematical fluency. Pupils are taught to apply arithmetic fluently to problems, understand and use measures, make estimates and check that their work makes sense. The children first understand how to use concrete objects before applying this knowledge to working out calculations independently. Pupils apply their practical skills into word problems to show their understanding of problem solving and reasoning. They are taught to apply their mathematics to problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps. We learn our 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
In English, we look at exposing the children to many types of writing as possible. Being literate enables children to understand, how 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, enjoyable and successful experience. We give the children an opportunity to have a go at all of the different types of writing themselves. We also have many interactive hooks that allow the children’s imaginations to help fuel their writing experiences.
SPEAKING AND 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. We do this with a range of different activities, such as, circle times, which allows the children to have an allocated time where it is just for them to speak. We also share our work as a class, read what we have written aloud to the rest of the children.
In Year One, pupils sit a national phonics screening test. This is to show their understanding of segmenting and blending real and pseudo words. Therefore, the children are encouraged to develop a love of reading, as this is a strong focus for the year group. 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 the whole class using bug club, an online interactive reading library. Each class has access to the school library and children are encouraged to borrow books from the library. We have a cosy reading area in our classroom, with a selection of books covering a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Our aim is to ensure that all pupils:
· Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of all areas of science.
· 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. Pupils seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data. The topics that the children cover are Materials, Animals including humans, Weather and Plants.
At Little Parndon, we believe it is important for our pupils to be exposed to modern foreign languages from an early age, 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. In Year One Mrs Lee covers things the children are in daily use of such as school equipment, food, colours family and days of the week. Towards the end of year one they start to look at The popular children’s book The Hungry caterpillar.
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, every week we include 5 spellings and activity some of these activities are from their community values passports others may be linked to a topic within the class and will be over a couple of weeks. Homework may include reading, practising writing and maths skills as well as Long term homework 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 YEAR ONE/KEY STAGE ONE CURRICULUM PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH OUR HEADTEACHER, KIRSTIE CLARK ON 01279 425600.