THE CREATIVE CURRICULUM – KS2
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. This scheme allows the children to be able to develop a mathematical fluency and enables all pupils to learn key concepts and skills.
It is a scheme of work based around the principles of mastery that is suitable for all. The scheme of work organises National Curriculum objectives in blocks within term-by-term overviews and the activities are broken down in fluency, reasoning and problem solving, which are the key aims of the curriculum.
Mastery is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, practice and application over time. At each stage, pupils should be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the topic and when the time comes, be able to select which mathematical approach is most effective in different scenarios and apply it successfully.
It is important that high-attaining pupils fully understand key number concepts, rather than simply memorise a process. This will reap its rewards in the future at KS3, GCSE and A-level. Teachers can extend high-attaining students through depth, as opposed to acceleration onto new content.
White Rose allows children to develop into happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. They become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum.
In English, we teach children a range of speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. We focus on a different core book each half term and build activities around these texts. We want our pupils to be good communicators who will have a broad literary background and effective literary skills. This means they will become increasingly competent speakers, listeners, readers and writers. The activities we provide children enable them to develop their speaking and listening skills through drama, debates and discussions.
Pupils develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. We teach the children the rules of spelling and grammar and give them opportunities to apply these rules in their independent writing. The children are expected to write through many genres such as reports, narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.
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.
In Year 4, pupils are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and are encouraged to read for pleasure. Each class has a book corner containing a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books; and we set ambitious expectations for reading at home. We teach the children how to read in class using Reciprocal Reading. Reciprocal teaching is a reading technique which is designed to promote students' reading comprehension. A reciprocal approach provides students with four specific reading strategies that are actively and consciously used to support comprehension: Questioning, Clarifying, Summarising, and Predicting.
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.
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. In Year 4, the children are set weekly spellings and Mathletics homework. We ask the children to read at least four times a week. We provide children with a homework booklet at the start of each half term. This booklet contains spellings for the half term ahead, along with challenges from their Community Values Passport. We also set half-termly long-term homework projects, linked to our class topics. These projects 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.