THE CREATIVE CURRICULUM – KS2
At Little Parndon, we follow a creative curriculum for all subjects that prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in the 21st century.
At Little Parndon Primary, we use every relevant subject to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. We start the term with a heavy focus on multiplication and this will continue throughout the year. Students are asked to practice their multiplication skills 1-12 at the beginning of every lesson. They also start looking into the relationship of decimals, fractions and percentages. Students will also focus on angles, 2D and 3D shapes, translating shapes, statistics and revising the four operations. They are also being introduced to algrebra and algebraic expressions. Every lesson starts with targeted tasks where they develop mathematical fluency. Pupils then apply their practical skills into word problems to show their understanding of problem solving and reasoning. In the last half term we are revising all the topics they have learnt so far in order to fully prepare them for SATS.
Year 6 is all about SATS, therefore we are making sure that children are given enough resources and practice. Children are given 5 spellings a day, which are checked the next day. Every week children have a spelling test with 20 questions, similar to a spelling test that appears on SATS. They also have a grammar day, where we focus on one part of grammar and thoroughly go through it. We use books such as “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”, “The Christmas Carol” and “Skellig” to continue to develop reading comprehension skills, knowledge and use of grammatical tools, writing in a variety of styles and for different purposes and speaking and listening in a variety of contexts. We will also cover a range of text types including fiction and non-fiction.
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.
Our aim to teach pupil to use the following practical scientific methods, such as:
· planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
· taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
· recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
· using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
· reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
· identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.
Scientific enquiry includes: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching. The topic that are covered in Year 6 are: Living things and their habitats; Animals including humans; Evolution and Inheritance; Light and Electricity.
At Little Parndon, we firmly believe in the importance of foreign languages and children’s exposure to them. Therefore, children have the opportunity to be taught French by Mrs Lee, who is our Specialist Teacher. Lessons are held once a week and last for 30 minutes. In Year 6 they are taught about daily routines, rooms in the house, places of work, revising colours, describing personalities and physical description.
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 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 SIX/KEY STAGE TWO CURRICULUM PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH OUR HEADTEACHER, KIRSTIE CLARK ON 01279 425600.