Key Stage 1
Friar’s Grove Primary School is committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum introduced from September 2014. Year two sit end of year SAT during May of each year.
We have updated our long term curriculum plans to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum. The curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. We continue to provide a curriculum that is exciting and will inspire children to nurture a passion for learning.
As part of our school vision we aim to ensure that the curriculum will set the children we teach today on the road to becoming successful adults of the future. It will enable our pupils to successfully transfer to the next phase of their schooling with high levels of personal achievement and an excellent toolkit for learning.
In addition to the development of subject-specific skills and subject knowledge (Please see Appendix B for details), at Friar’s Grove we aim to encourage and nurture the development of the following skills and qualities through all subjects:
- careful, critical observation
Reading is taught in a planned and systematic way to all children using a variety of methods including ‘look and say’, picture and contextual cues but using phonics as the main approach.
This helps the children to learn to read with fluency, understanding and enjoyment. In Key Stage 1 and into the lower junior school, reading books are colour banded or staged and children are regularly assessed within these bands or stages. Our main reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree; however, this is supplemented by a number of other schemes, eg. Ginn and Collins.
Children are encouraged to take books home so that parents can share in the reading experience of their children. The school has a large collection of books which play an important part in widening the range and interest of children as they become more fluent and confident.
In phonics we follow the phases of Letters and Sounds
and group all Key Stage 1 pupils according to the phase they are working in. This continues into Key Stage 2 as necessary.
Writing develops in conjunction with children’s reading skills. Children are encouraged to use emergent writing gradually moving onto more accurate spellings. The correct formation of letters is taught in formal writing activities and there is an expectation that work will be neatly presented following our presentation policy. Simple punctuation is introduced at an early stage. Children are taught to write in sentences from the outset.
Children are given daily opportunities to acquire a range of mathematical skills and knowledge through a wide range of practical and engaging activities. Opportunities are given for investigation and problem solving, and teachers ensure that Mathematics is linked to various areas of the curriculum wherever possible. Children are encouraged to learn about the relationships between numbers including number operations and writing numbers. Shape, measure, time and money are all included in the curriculum.
Science is generally taught through topic work where possible or as a discrete subject where meaningful links cannot be made. Children are encouraged to enquire and develop a curiosity about the world around them.
From September 2014, in line with the new primary curriculum, ICT will become Computing. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. In addition to delivering the computing curriculum, linking to topics where possible, we will also use ICT as an integral part of many other lessons.
As well as two dedicated ICT suites which are used to support teaching and learning, we have laptops, notepads and Apple Macs which are used to support cross-curricular learning. We have interactive whiteboards in every classroom and children are given the opportunity to use digital cameras and camcorders as well as sound recording equipment. All the computers are connected to the internet and to the school network either by cables or wireless links.
Internet access is shielded and closely monitored. Children are taught the importance of e-safety and how to use the internet in a safe, responsible and efficient manner.
The school follows ‘RE Matters for Every Child’ (the Essex Agreed Syllabus). This is a statutory document reviewed by County every 5 years. Children will be learning about
religion, as well as learning from
religion. Teaching in this subject reflects the dominant Christian religious traditions in Great Britain, while taking into account the teachings and practices of the other principal religions represented in the country (Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism). Children will also be taught a module on Humanism in Year 6.
A school assembly is held each day, for which we have a multi-faith approach. Parents who wish their child to be withdrawn from Religious Education and Assembly, should consult the head teacher, and alternative arrangements can be made.
All classes have a weekly lesson. Children learn to perform, compose and appraise a variety of music. Some lessons are subject specific such as reading musical notation and practising keyboard skills but many are cross-curricular where the children sing songs, create and listen to music related to their class topics.
There is the opportunity for children to have individual instrumental lessons with peripatetic teachers from Essex Music Services; we currently have teachers for guitar, violin, drums, trumpet, clarinet and flute but lessons on other instruments may be available on request.
Physical Education (PE)
We follow the Essex guidance for teaching time, this being two hours of quality physical education per week, with an aim of children having access to the recommended five hours of physical activity each week when extra-curricular activities, both in and out of school, are included.
The school is well equipped with large and small PE apparatus and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Children swim in the Autumn and Summer term (Summer term only for Reception children). Swimming is taught by our qualified swimming teacher.
A variety of different sports are taught through PE and Games lessons, including football, netball, basketball, rounders, kwick cricket, dance, gymnastics and athletics. Children in the junior school have the opportunity to compete against other schools in a variety of sporting competitions.