The National Curriculum
Our pupil’s experience a curriculum that meets both the needs of the National Curriculum as well as our own school curriculum. The structure of our curriculum content is provided by the Quigley Essentials Curriculum.
The National Curriculum is delivered to all pupils in Years One to Six.
The new National Curriculum brought in at the start of September 2014, is written so that children have to cover some objectives over the course of a two year period and some objectives over a single year period.
The ethos of the new curriculum is embedding depth and mastery of the learning objectives. Therefore assessing children’s depth of knowledge and ability to apply this knowledge into other contexts is now every school’s priority.
Assessment of these objectives is now no longer determined by a central system of levels determined by the Government. Instead, it focuses on:
- Basic Level of Understanding
- Advancing Level of Understanding
- Deep Level of Understanding
English is taught every morning. For our younger children, this is in the form of phonics. We use the Read, Write, Inc system of phonics. For more information about the way in which we teach phonics please see http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
Higher up the school, we develop the reading and writing skills of our children in order that they can write fluently and with interesting detail; that they have a highly developed vocabulary and a love of writing. The aim is to have readers with excellent phonic knowledge and skills and children who can read with fluency and accuracy across a wide range of texts across the curriculum. We want to motivate our children to read both for study and for pleasure.
We use a whole-school approach to improving letter formation and handwriting. The scheme that we use is called Kinetic Letters. It is based on ensuring the children have the strength in their bodies, arms, wrists, hands and fingers to prepare them for the skill of handwriting.
pencil grip is key to children developing the automaticity to write longer pieces of writing over longer periods of time. This video demonstrates the correct pencil grip.
During our daily mathematics lessons, we teach a broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics. The children are taught a wide range of mathematical vocabulary and develop fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques. We want the children to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new and unusual and to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
The Wider Curriculum
Beyond the core learning of maths and English, the children at Spaldwick Community Primary School follow a linked curriculum. Each year group has three ‘themes’ per year which provide fantastic opportunities for the arts, writing and using maths as well as covering the National Curriculum for Science, Geography, History and Design Technology. Although the curriculum is linked under an overarching theme, subjects are taught discretely to ensure children have a strong grasp of the necessary knowledge. Based on the context of Spaldwick School, we have developed our curriculum intent so that it is ambitious for all our learners. It provides opportunities to learn about diversity and the environment and supports the development of emotional awareness and enquiry skills.
Science is taught as part of our linked curriculum and through this, we give the children the ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically. We aim to give children confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations. We promote a passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.
The school benefits from a number of tablets and laptops. All devices have filtered access to the Internet and printing facilities. Children also have opportunities to use digital cameras.
Children are taught specific computer skills either in small groups or as a whole class using the latest interactive whiteboard technology. The school uses Purple Mash. They also have opportunities to consolidate these in their classrooms. ICT is used in school to enhance teaching and learning in a wide range of subjects.
PSHE & Citizenship
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and Citizenship helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives and to become informed and responsible citizens. We aim to engender in our children respect and care for themselves, the school community and the wider world. Through PSHE and Citizenship, the children tackle many issues, such as children’s rights and responsibilities, equal opportunities, friendships, keeping healthy and road safety. PSHE and Citizenship is taught as part of the thematic curriculum, but issues are also covered in assemblies.
At Spaldwick we follow the Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme. We follow a two-year rolling programme with all classes teaching the same themes.
Children have followed the Paws b programme to support their mental health and well-being. You can find out more here.
RE is taught, in line with Cambridgeshire Guidelines.
On each class page, there is information related to the terms curriculum focus. This information includes the curriculum content, homework and classroom routines for the term. This information is also displayed within each classroom.
Open Classroom evenings held each half term, enable all pupils and families to view classroom work and learning environments.
Please see individual class pages for our Long Term Plans