Curriculum

 

The curriculum is what children learn in school. Children in Blue Whale class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage 2 curriculum. For more information about this curriculum click here.

For children in years 1 to 6 the curriculum is based on a progression of skills, non-negotiables and cross curricular topics on a two year rolling cycle. The topics for the academic year 2016-17 are:

Tiger and Puffin (year 1 and 2)

From A to B

Let’s Explore

The Enchanted Wood

 

Panda and Polar bear (years 3 and 4)

Life in the Freezer

Tomb Raiders

Tribal Trails

 

Zebra and Leopard (year 5 and 6)

Island Invaders

Brilliant Benin

Myths, Minotaur’s and Mortals

Before the topic begins, the children are involved in suggesting a range of activities they would like to explore. Class teachers then use their ideas to determine the direction of the learning journey. Prior to each new topic  a Brilliant Beginning task  is given for completion as homework in the holiday and displayed in the classroom. A ‘Sparkling Start’ is used to engage and excite and a ‘Fabulous Finish’ to culminate or reflect.

Wherever possible we like to include many first hand experiences, whether this is through using our local environment or a trip further afield. We also invite visitors into school to support the children’s understanding. Learning webs for each class can be found on the class page section of the school website.

We use Chris Quigley ‘Essentials’ and the National Curriculum 2014 to plan the children's learning experiences which include

English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Art, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Physical Education and modern Foreign Language.

For more information about some curricular areas look below.

English

Our English lessons are based on the National curriculum programmes of study and are subdivided into four categories.

Reading

Writing

Spoken Language

Phonics and Spelling

Phonics and Spelling

Phonics is at the heart of learning to read and spell. It is about the sounds (phonemes) we make when we talk; we connect (blend) these sounds together when we read words, and split them up (segment) when we write. Children are taught the letter sounds through daily Phonics lessons beginning when they first start school in the Reception class. At first, the children learn the sounds and names of the letters of the alphabet; then they begin to blend sounds together to read small words, e.g. p-a-n. Later, more complex sounds (digraphs/trigraphs) are taught, e.g. aias in 'rain' and 'igh' as in 'high'. As the children progress they learn the different spelling patterns which make up the same sound, e.g. ea/ee/ey. This structured teaching enables children to acquire a thorough knowledge of letters, spelling patterns and words, and of the phonetic translation of all three. The acquisition of these skills support the children’s development into fluent readers and writers.

Performance Poetry
Performance Poetry
A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by Leopard class on the school field.
A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by Leopard class on the school field.

Spoken Language

We teach and encourage children to develop their skills in speaking clearly and confidently in front of others. The children are expected to be able to work well in groups so we cultivate their listening skills through paired discussion across the curriculum. 

In Key Stage 1 we encourage the children to use clear language to express their feelings and ideas as well as developing their imaginative language for use in their writing.  We teach the children how to work collaboratively in groups and the skills needed to listen carefully and actively.

Once the children move to Key Stage 2 we build on their existing skills to help them progress in their ability to speak in a range of contexts with increasing sense of audience.

Writing

At King William Street CE Primary School we want to make sure every child is not only skilled at writing but enjoys being creative too. We want our children to be excited about the effect that their writing will have on anyone who reads it.

The ability to produce fantastic writing depends on a sound understanding of basic skills and as a school we work hard to develop clear and well-formed handwriting, good spelling skills and a sound understanding of punctuation and grammar.

Alongside these basic skills we provide our children with a range of experiences and exciting stimuli which will enthuse them and help develop in them a love of writing. We celebrate the children’s achievements in writing in many ways, including certificates presented during our celebration assemblies and displays on the walls around the school. 

Extreme Reading Competition
Extreme Reading Competition

Reading

It is important that we develop in our children the ability a lifelong enjoyment of books and reading.  We build on the interests, personality and different levels of ability each child brings to school.  Children follow a progressive phonics programme from the time they start school.  Reading is taught and practised individually, in groups or as a whole class and children are given access to a range of stimulating reading materials from their first days at school.  All children are expected to read regularly at home, and the close partnership we have with you as parents is vital to the process of learning to read. 

We celebrate the children’s achievements in reading in many ways, including READ-IT certificates for the children to take home and certificates presented during our celebration assemblies.  Every summer we also encourage the children to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge in association with the local library.

For our reading policy click here.

Problem solving
Problem solving

Mathematics

At King William Street CE Primary School we aim for all children to see mathematics as a vital part of everyday life.  We want children to develop a confident and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them through their education.

Our mathematics lessons are based on the National curriculum programmes of study. Children are given opportunities for:

·         Practical activities

·         Mathematical games

·         Problem solving

·         Group discussions

·         Open and closed tasks

·         A range of calculation methods

·         Using calculators and computers

In addition to daily mathematics sessions the children participate in Guided Maths.  

For more information about how we teach mathematics at King William Street click on this link.

Science  

Our Science curriculum is enquiry based. It aims to enable children to learn the scientific skills they need to be super scientists. The development of these key science skills is at the heart of each new topic; this allows teachers to respond to the natural curiosity of children and enables the children to learn and to develop their scientific knowledge in a fun and engaging way. The knowledge taught relates to the key national curriculum areas of Life Processes and Living Things, Materials and their Properties and Physical Processes.

As they progress through school, children will become more proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment, at collating and presenting results and they will become increasingly confident in their ability to draw conclusions based on real evidence. In the context of science, children are encouraged to use and apply skills learnt in other curricular areas; they use and apply skills learnt in Mathematics, English, PSHE and ICT. Each year we celebrate science by holding a Science Week. These weeks allow children to further develop their skills and to learn that science has a place in the world of work.

Investigating Air Resistance
Investigating Air Resistance
Visit to the Sikh Temple
Visit to the Sikh Temple

Religious Education

King William Street CE Primary School use Discovery RE as the scheme of learning throughout the school which adopts an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. Through this approach children learn not only knowledge but also develop an understanding of the world of religion and how beliefs impact on daily lives. Christianity as the main religion of the indigenous population is taught in every year group whilst Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered.

At King William Street CE Primary school, RE forges important links within our local community. Local clergy from the Old Town community of churches lead our assembly every Thursday. We value the opportunity of bringing learning to life by visiting local places of worship.   We also have strong links to Christchurch where the whole school celebrates the Christian festivals of Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Children have also benefited from visiting the Sikh temple in Swindon.

As a Church of England Primary School we follow a set of jointly held Christian based values that help us to grow and develop. Although we see these values as Christian values, we strongly feel that they are values all children need to learn about and develop in order to become productive, successful and caring members of society.

For an overview of the RE to be taught during the year 2016-17 please click here

These values for the year 2016-17 are Friendship, Courage and Trust.

Physical Education

We believe that Physical Education should lead to a sense of well-being, a greater understanding of health and fitness, a healthy lifestyle, a feeling of self-confidence and a lifelong passion for physical activity. Every child will experience a varied physical education programme which involves dance, gymnastics, games, outdoor and adventurous activities, athletics and swimming throughout their school life. We aim to provide two hours of high quality physical education throughout the week, which involves outdoor games skills as well as indoor gymnastics or dance. Children in year 2 and year 6 swim during term 6.

Children are encouraged to become actively involved in extracurricular sports clubs and represent the school in a range of tournaments and festivals. This year King William Street will participate in the following competitive events:

Swindon Primary Schools Football League.

Swindon Small Schools Football Competition. 

Swindon Primary Schools Quadkids Competition in June/July.

In addition we will participate in Swindon Primary Schools Dance Festival in January.

For more information about our Sports opportunities see the Sports Funding page

Sports Morning on the field
Sports Morning on the field

PSHE

King William Street CE Primary School use Jigsaw PSHE as the scheme of learning as it brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people the world. Divided into Puzzles, each year group working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. The 6 puzzles are:

Autumn 1

Being Me in My World

includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising learning charters

Autumn 2

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work

Spring 1

Dream and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fundraising events

Spring 2

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyles

Summer 1

Relationships

Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, and conflict resolution and communication skills.

Summer 2

Changing Me

Includes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at change.

For our PSHE Policy click here

A Victorian School day at Sevington
A Victorian School day at Sevington
Life in Lowry's times
Life in Lowry's times

History, Geography, DT and Art and Design.

Chris Quigley ‘Essentials Curriculum’ provides the base for developing learning in these subject areas and includes:

Essential Characteristics which are the characteristics required to be successful and to achieve within each subject.

Essential Opportunities which lists the content of what we teach.

Essential Learning Objective which identifies and defines the learning objectives which are essential to support a culture of deep learning for all our children.

Essentials for Progress which lists the milestones within the curriculum which will enable us to measure progress. Children are expected to reach milestone 1 by the end of Year 2, milestone 2 by the end of Year 4 and milestone 3 by the end of Year 6. The milestones use the National Curriculum as a reference point but in most subjects are far more ambitious supporting our high expectations and opportunities for challenge.

Orienteering
Orienteering

Modern Foreign Language

Across King William Street, French is the language taught to all children. La Jolie Ronde provides the scheme of work for years 3-6 and complements the requirement of the 2014 National Curriculum.