Curriculum

Children are at the heart of what we do. Through an exciting and dynamic curriculum tailored to individual needs, we challenge children to believe in themselves so they begin their life-long journey of learning, discovery and success.

 

We follow the National Curriculum 2014.

From Y1-Y6 children are taught 3 key elements that make up their learning experiences:

 

Core Learning

Values-based learning, PHSE &  R.E.

Creative Learning - Themes

English

Reading

Writing

Phonics

Spelling

Maths

Science

Values

R.E.

Personal, Social & Health Education

P.E.

 

Geography

History

Design & Technology

Art

Music

Computing

Taught discretely and applied in all learning.

 English:

Writing in Key Stage One and Two

We use a range of teaching approaches to help develop children’s writing, including:

• Modelled, shared and guided writing

• Independent or paired writing

• Peer and self-assessment against success criteria

• Continual opportunities for oral rehearsal of sentences and texts

• Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation activities, taught both discretely and as part of writing units

Our curriculum coverage follows the National Curriculum 2014 and ensures that a range of text types are taught from Years 1 to 6 with a direct focus on writing for a purpose. During each term, we teach poetry, non-fiction and narrative text types. Oral rehearsal strategies are used regularly, particularly in the younger year groups, as we strongly believe, “If you can say it, you can write it.” In order to improve language and communication, Talk Boost is used as an intervention where necessary. Alongside explicit English lessons, we include additional writing experiences where they link to our current theme and children also have the opportunity to write independently through our integrated approaches at the end of every term.

 

Reading:

Reading and  Phonics Children are taught to read using phonic skills though the systematic teaching of phonemes/ sounds using Letters and Sounds and a variety of resources incldung Phonics Play and some Read Write Inc resources. For our KS1 children we use Oxford reading Tree books with a variety of other books being used to extend and deepen their learning.

 

Maths

We adopt a Mastery Approach to the teaching of maths across the school. We use The White Rose maths Hub resources.

 

What is Values-based learning?

Values-based learning underpins our curriculum. By teaching the children about values such as caring, community, forgiveness, empathy and hope alongside the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs we not only create a learning environment where children’s social and relationship skills are further developed, but one that allows them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. In turn this leads to increased academic attainment. Each term the children have a new value which is closely linked to their PHSE curriculum, R.E. and creative thematic learning. There is a clear progression of values throughout the school, closely linked to the age of the children. We believe it helps promote effective learning, and underpins the continuous improvement of personal, social, moral and economic wellbeing.

 

What is Creative Learning?

The creative learning at Queen Margaret Primary School has been developed and informed by the aspirations and interests of the children, parents, staff and governors within the framework of The National Curriculum 2014. 

We believe that an exciting and dynamic curriculum with lots of experiential and practical learning will inspire children to learn and help them discover the practical application of their learning in the real world, as well as help them see the world of opportunities out there for them. We need to hook them in and open their minds to the possibilities, for you can only aspire to what you know about.

The creative learning is organised into themes. From Year 1 – Year 6, each year group covers 3 themes per year, each with two or three focus curriculum areas, with all covered in an academic year. Each focus curriculum area has knowledge, skills and understanding to be taught that progress throughout the school. These are used to inform planning and assessment purposes. Each term children will have an opportunity to take responsibility for some of their learning through mini research projects and homework which enables them to follow their own enquiries.

Core subjects are embedded as well as taught discretely.

 

How is creative learning taught?

Launch

Each theme begins with a launch.  This is an engaging activity or experience that will inspire the children and leave them curious about their new learning. Their questions and reactions are recorded and returned to throughout the themed learning giving them a voice about their learning. 

 

Enquiry

Children share and record what they already know and think about what they want to learn about. This will help shape the direction some of their creative learning and independent work will take.

Learning Journey

After the above, the creative learning journey for the term is shared with the children so they can see what they will be learning about, skills they will hone and spot how their ideas have been taken on board in the planning.

This will be used to help them identify their individual progress and success within the learning.  Opportunities for independent learning and enquiry are clear. Activities and outcomes will develop and apply their skills in all subjects including English and mathematics.

Classrooms and surrounding areas reflect their creative learning, immersing them in a learning rich environment.  

 

Experience

Each journey will involve a hands-on experience such as a visiting artist or speaker, a trip to a local place of significant relevance and interest, a workshop, adventurous outdoor activities or another area of outdoor learning.

 

Reading and  Phonics Children are taught to read using phonic skills trhough the systematic teaching of phonemes/ sounds using Letters and Sounds and a variety of resources incldung Phonics Play and some Read Write Inc resources. For our KS1 children we use Oxfor reading Tree books with a variety of other books being used to extend and deepen their learning.

Landing

Children reflect on, celebrate and share the learning journey they have been on.  They bring together all the work achieved over the past term for you to see. This may be through a class assembly, performance, sharing of books or activities where you can be involved with them such as making, creating and displaying.

For further information please look at the curriculum overviews in each year group and the prospectus.