In KS1 and KS2, we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
In English and Mathematics, units of work for the appropriate year are taken from the National Curriculum Framework; the skills may be drawn from earlier years within the framework in order to match the ability of the pupils. We use a Read Write Inc. approach to teach phonics and reading and to support the development of literacy skills across the curriculum. Short phonics sessions are taught on a daily basis during English lessons and the skills are applied and developed in other lessons across the curriculum. Reading is taught through shared, guided and individual sessions using age appropriate staged reading schemes. We use a ‘Mastery’ approach to teach Mathematics which has three key principles: deep understanding, mathematical thinking and mathematical language. Maths Meetings are a vital part of our Maths Mastery programme and are used to consolidate key learning.
In science, pupils in KS1 and KS2 are taught to work scientifically using practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content. Work is recorded in a variety of ways including the use of drawings, charts, graphs and photographs.
We adapt and use the Knowsley's Computing Scheme of Work to meet the criteria of the computing curriculum. There is a key emphasis on learning skills for computing; these include: programming, debugging and exchanging information. Our children are taught how to access information, evaluate its suitability, store it, share it with others and tailor it to meet their own needs. Digital Literacy is a big part of the curriculum, with children learning how to use ICT and the internet safely. At regular points throughout the year children undertake online safety sessions on topics such as cyberbullying or keeping information safe.
Other subjects in KS1 and KS2 include: Art and design, Design and technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education (PE), Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Religious education. The schemes of work are based on the National Curriculum and adapted to meet the pupils needs and abilities. KS2 pupils are taught by specialist art, PE and music teachers and an unqualified specialist PE teacher takes KS1 pupils for their PE lessons. Religious Education is taught through thematic days linked to key religious and cultural festivals for all the world faiths.
Extension opportunities are organised according to the pupils’ age and ability. Examples of these include KS2 pupils having swimming sessions in the local community pool. The timetable also includes ‘Readiness to Learn’ sessions that help pupils settle after transitions and ‘Social Communication/Life Skills’ which are used to promote and develop personal and social skills.
For many of our pupils their time at school can be emotionally demanding. We are also aware of the length of time pupils may spend travelling to and from school. We therefore do not expect pupils to be studying and completing homework at the end of every school day. As in other areas of teaching and learning, homework is highly personalised. All pupils are encouraged to take home reading books and parents/carers are encouraged to build on their pupils’ interests and life experiences in order to supplement their schoolwork. Any parent/carer who wishes to support school work at home in more depth can discuss and agree this with the class teacher.
Details of our curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 can be found below. Further details of the curriculum can be obtained by contacting Mr A Van Dyk, Deputy Headteacher - Primary, via the school office at email@example.com
CURRICULUM MAPS 2020/21
Key Stage 1
Pathway 1 (currently being updated)
Key Stage 2