Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

At Wrotham Road Primary School, we offer a curriculum that is broad, balanced and creative. It builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all our children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. We are determined to give all the children who attend Wrotham Road Primary the best possible start to their learning journey.

Consequently, the aim of our curriculum is for our pupils to have the necessary skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

This curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and provides experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.

We do not simply buy and deliver schemes of work; we use the resources we feel best serve the children and then adapt and impart them so they work for us. For example, our phonics scheme Read, Write, Inc. is used to deliver our phonics teaching. This is an excellent scheme that we have regularly, and successfully, remodelled to meet our own needs and the groups of children we teach. Similarly, Maths No Problemis used to deliver a mastery approach to Mathematics learning, and, again, this is adapted slightly to suit our own teaching and learning needs.

As a result, we have seen significant improvements in our Reading and Maths results since these have been introduced.

Although we are proud of the children’s achievements in these subjects, we are mindful to ensure that the children’s learning experiences are not focused exclusively on English and Maths. So we also aim to provide a broad and balanced education by regularly reviewing and modifying our curriculum, thus ensuring that all subjects are taught with equal importance, depth and challenge. We use a topic-based, enquiry-focused approach to learning and provide a wide range of practical experiences and ‘hooks’ in order for the children to be engaged and proud of their work.

The school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology. All subject leaders are given high quality training and the opportunities to develop their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Specialist teachers and instructors support the teaching of Music and Physical Education. Theme weeks, whole school activities and programs in and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning experiences. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities even further.

The outdoor environment and the local community are also considered as opportunities for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly Science.

Pupils are able to share their knowledge, skills and achievements with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events. This often involves other schools, including those in our Trust.

Developing our children’s independence and individuality as confident learners in an enjoyable and creative manner so that they grow into responsible citizens of the future, is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.

Maths No Problem

What is Singapore Maths?

Maths – No Problem, is an approach to teaching maths developed in Singapore.

Singapore established a new way of teaching maths following their poor performance in international league tables in the early 1980’s.

The Singapore Ministry of Education, decided to take the best practice research findings from the West and applied them to the classroom with transformational results.

Based on recommendations from notable experts, Singapore maths is a combination of global ideas delivered as a highly-effective programme of teaching maths.

The effectiveness of this approach is demonstrated by Singapore’s position at the top of the international benchmarking studies and explains why their programme is now used in over 40 countries including the United Kingdom and the United States.

What is so great about Singapore Maths?

Problem solving is at the heart of mathematics. The focus is not on rote procedures, rote memorisation or tedious calculations but on relational understanding. Pupils are encouraged to solve problems working with their core competencies, such as visualisation, generalisation and decision making. In summary:

  • Singapore consistently top the international benchmarking studies for maths teaching.
  • It is a highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence.
  • It builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning.
  • It introduces new concepts using Bruner’s Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach.
  • Pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas they don’t understand.
  • Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model.

How are lessons taught?

Concepts merge from one chapter to the next. Chapters are then broken down into individual lessons.

Lessons typically are broken into three parts and can last one or more days. Pupils master topics before moving on.

The three parts to a lesson are:

  1. Anchor Task – the entire class spends time on a question guided by the teacher. The children are encouraged during this time to think of as many ways as possible to solve the question as possible.
  2. Guided Practice – practice new ideas in groups, pairs or individually guided by the teacher.
  3. Independent Practice – practice on your own. Once children have mastered the concept they use their reasoning and problem solving skills to develop their depth of learning.

What impact will Singapore Maths have on our children?

  • Children will have a greater conceptual understanding of number and calculation. They will be able to visualise and generalise more readily due to a more in-depth understanding.
  • Struggling learners will be fully supported through accessing concrete equipment and use of visual models to support understanding.
  • Confident learners will be challenged through exposure to unfamiliar problems, development of reasoning skills and by exploring multiple ways to manipulate numbers and solve problems.
  • All learners will access teaching of content which matches the expectations of the new curriculum in England and be supported further, if needed, in order to access this. The resources match the expectations for formal written methods set out by the Government, alongside greater understanding.

 

At Wrotham Road Primary School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centered around letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out. Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences
  • compose stories based on picture strips
  •  compose a range of stories based on writing frames.

Here is a link to a video clip which shows the programme in action and explains everything, especially ‘Fred talk’!

Read, Write Inc

Here is also a link for Read, Write Inc Parent Information: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/

 

 

English Long Term Planning

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Grammar and Punctuation Expectations- Early Years to Year 2

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Grammar and Punctuation Expectations Year 3-Year 6

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The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an international curriculum providing a cross-curricular, thematic, rigorous teaching structure designed to engage children of all abilities in today’s world.

10 things Parents should know about the IPC

  1. The International Primary Curriculum is a curriculum that is being used in over 1000 schools in 65 countries around the world. It was launched in 2000 having taken three years to create by a group of leading experts in children’s learning from around the world.
  2. The goal of the IPC is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. We want children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Most of all, we want children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face the world of tomorrow.
  3. Children learn through a series of IPC units of work. Each unit of work has a theme that today’s children find interesting and relevant. Examples of these themes includes Treasure, Rainforest, Mission to Mars and Beyond and Fit for Life. Each unit of work lasts on average between four and eight weeks and children learn many of their subjects through this one common theme so that their learning has meaning to them.
  4. Linking subjects means that children can make lots of connections with their learning. We now know that the more connections that the brain can make, the better a child can learn.
  5. The development of skills is a very big part of the IPC and learning activities have been designed so that children can develop these skills. This development of skills even applies to the personal learning goals which emphasise adaptability, resilience, thoughtfulness, cooperation and respect and which, as a result of progressive skill development, help children to become able and inspired learners.
  6. The IPC is not just topic learning. Although the learning is based around a theme, the learning that the children do within that theme has very distinct outcomes to ensure that children are learning exactly what they need to learn.
  7. The IPC focuses children’s learning on a combination of knowledge, skills and understanding. No one can properly predict the nature of work and life opportunities that will be available for today’s primary age children by the time they are adults. Many of the jobs they will have don’t yet exist; especially in the fields of ICT, technology and science. So the IPC focuses on a skills-based approach, developing adaptable and resilient globally-minded learners, prepared for the fast-changing world that they’ll be living and working in.
  8. The IPC has been designed for children of all abilities and all learning styles, and encourages learning in groups as well as individual learning.
  9. In order that parents know what their child is learning, they are sent a letter at the beginning of each IPC unit which outlines what learning will be covered and how parents can help continue that learning at home if they choose.
  10. The continued development of the IPC today ensures that children are learning a current and highly relevant curriculum based on the very latest research into the brain and children’s learning.

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PE Long Term Planning

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Enrichment Friday Curriculum

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Jigsaw-PSHE linked to IPC

Jigsaw PSHE perfectly connects the pieces of Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development into an easy to use lesson-a-week programme.

 

RE

Discovery RE is a comprehensive scheme for Religious Education for Year 1 to Year 6.

59 Enquiry modules covering Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism support the teacher to deliver engaging and challenging RE lessons with confidence.

Discovery RE Scheme- Click here