Curriculum overview

 We have revisited and reorganised our curriculum over the last year to make it even more engaging than before. Subjects have been organised into themes which have been carefully planned to ensure that skills, concepts and knowledge link together to produce a purposeful outcome where children will be able to demonstrate what they have learnt. 


Themes

Children’s learning is organised into themes which have been carefully planned to ensure that skills, concepts and knowledge link together to produce a purposeful outcome where children will be able to demonstrate what they have learnt. Themes can and will vary in length. Some will fit nicely into a term while others will last for longer because of the way the curriculum objectives for that theme link together.


National Curriculum

We have used the 2014 National Curriculum to ensure a broad, balanced curriculum when planning our themes for the year. If you would like to find out more about the National Curriculum, please follow the link https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum


Assessment

Teachers regularly check on children’s work to ensure that they are making progress towards achieving their full potential. Standardised assessments are used to benchmark children’s progress against other schools nationally. These will take place throughout the year and outcomes will be shared with parents. Children’s progress will be reported to parents throughout the year through reports and meetings. If there are any concerns over progress, we encourage you to make an appointment to see your child's teacher.


Teaching Maths

We want children to be inspired mathematicians who use their knowledge and deep understanding of mathematics to reason and solve problems.  After careful research of many different approaches, we decided to introduce an approach modelled on the very successful methods used in Singapore schools. The strengths of this approach are:

  • Children learn to think mathematically rather than mechanically following a procedure;
  • Key skills are carefully structured;
  • Visualisation – helps children to understand;
  • Mental strategies – develops decision making;
  • Recognising patterns – make connections and generalisations;   
  • There is an emphasis on problem solving and deep level understanding so that children can relate what they learn across all areas.


EYFS and Key Stage One Maths

In EYFS and KS1, we will be teaching maths using the methods laid out in the ‘Singapore Maths’ approach. Children will develop their mathematical skills using practical equipment. They will able to present their solutions pictorially or by using written methods.

An important part of each lesson will be the ‘anchor task’ which will enable children to make their own choices about how they will solve a question posed by their teacher. They will be able to select the approach and the equipment they want to use. Most importantly, they will be expected to explain the choices that they have made.

Teachers who have used the ‘anchor task’ have found that it has a big impact on children’s confidence. Children demonstrate a greater independence and are much more willing to talk about their learning. They will ask questions more readily and have an increased enjoyment of the subject.

 

Key Stage Two Maths

In KS2 children are taught in maths sets to ensure that we can provide both support and challenge at a level appropriate to the needs of the children. We are following the curriculum plans developed by the KCC advisory team and also working hard to ensure that lessons start with an interactive starter based on the ‘anchor task’ developed from ‘Singapore Maths’.

There are planned opportunities for children to use their mathematical knowledge in all curriculum areas especially in science and D.T.

 

Mathletics

‘Mathletics’ is an interactive program that can be accessed at home and at school. Teachers can set differentiated challenges for children and monitor their success. These challenges can be completed during lessons or for homework.

Children who have no access to the programme at home can attend homework club where they will be able to access the package through the school computers.