Curriculum for Years 1 to 6


Langley Green Primary School Curriculum Intent

Our intention is that our curriculum extends opportunity, raises aspiration, opens children’s eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment, enables our children to live happy, healthy and productive lives and inspires children to learn more. Our intention is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is ambitious for all our pupils.

Our curriculum is inclusive and pupils with special needs are well supported in school with extra resources or support deployed as necessary.

Our curriculum is focused on the development of children’s knowledge and skills across all primary subjects with the aim of ensuring pupils are ready for the next stage of their learning.

We believe our curriculum prepares our children well for their secondary education. We aim to provide our children with the cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

Our families are key partners in developing their children’s learning and we are grateful to all our families who support their children.

We are a reflective school and continually strive to improve our teaching and learning in light of the latest research and outstanding practice seen in schools in both the United Kingdom and worldwide.

LANGLEY GREEN PRINCIPLES

  • Our five values, Working together, Friendship, Independence, Respect and Excellence are at the heart of our curriculum and evident in all lessons.
  • The high priority given to reading and love of literature is not a narrowing of the curriculum but the key to children’s success in all subjects. In all lessons we expect to see a focus on reading.
  • Vocabulary work is especially key for our pupils and is a major focus in all lessons supported by visual materials wherever possible.
  • Co-operative learning underpins work in every curriculum subject.
  • We place high emphasis on oracy. All adults are expected to be an excellent role model and provide sentence stems for pupils. All pupils are expected to give answers in full sentences. Pupils are encouraged to explain their ideas and partner talk is evident in every lesson.

CURRICULUM

At Langley Green Primary School we follow the National Curriculum and strive to provide memorable experiences to enrich the curriculum.

ART

Our intention is to teach our pupils a range of skills so that they can produce creative work and work confidently in a range of media to express their feelings and ideas. Additionally, we teach our pupils about the significance and work of great artists, craft makers and designers.

Art is taught on a weekly basis.

COMPUTING

Our intention is to teach our pupils to use and program a computer with confidence, skill and enjoyment. We teach pupils to develop skills in using algorithms, word processing and graphics and to work safely at all times.

Computing is taught on a weekly basis.

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

Our intention is to teach a range of skills that they can then practise through specific tasks. Children are taught to evaluate their own work and that of others.

DT is taught through a blocked unit of work.

ENGLISH – READING

Our intention is to teach our pupils to read confidently, fluently, accurately and with understanding and foster a love of reading.

We have ambitious expectations for our readers to become word millionaires and to complete the spine book challenge.

All children receive a daily reading lesson.  Reading is taught using the Success for All (SFA) programme – KinderRoots, Roots or Wings. More information about the SFA Programme can be found here:  https://successforall.org.uk/about/

Phonics is taught as part of the daily reading lesson using Fast Track Phonics.

Children are taught to use phonics as a first approach when reading.

Children are taught in groups according to their reading ability.

Children are taught in groups by teachers or by specially trained teaching assistants.

 ACCELERATED READER

We use Accelerated Reader as a tool to promote reading for pleasure..

More information about Accelerated Reader can be found here http://www.renlearn.co.uk/reading/

ENGLISH – WRITING

Our intention is to teach children to be confident, fluent and accurate writers who can write for a range of purposes and in different styles.

We teach a daily writing lesson using the Talk4writing approach. Within this there is a strong focus on vocabulary learning which is especially important for our pupils. Our ambition lies in the choice of texts which provide progression and challenge.

FOREST SCHOOLS

We recognise that our pupils have very limited access to the outdoors and the natural environment therefore our intention is to increase opportunities for them.

All pupils access the Forest Schools Programme and are taught by our qualified forest schools leader. This is on a blocked basis according to year group.

GEOGRAPHY

Our intention is to teach our pupils knowledge of globally significant places including local studies. We will teach the skills to enable children to collect, analyse and communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including writing at length.

Geography is taught through blocked units of work.

HISTORY

Our intention is to teach our pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We will teach children to be curious and to ask questions and think critically about the past.

History is taught through blocked units of work.

MATHEMATICS

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent, reason mathematically and can solve problems. Our intention is to provide a high quality Mathematics education which provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

We teach a daily maths lesson using the Singapore Maths mastery approach. In the mastery approach the focus is on developing fluency reasoning and problem solving to deepen pupil’s knowledge and understanding. Teachers use the planning tool on the Maths No Problem website. This approach provides challenge for all pupils.            https://mathsnoproblem.com/

Additionally, we teach a daily mental maths session, CLIC. Every Friday, children complete a mental maths test and the expectation is that children progress through the levels with the aim of reaching the ultimate challenge.

https://www.bigmaths.com/

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES (FRENCH)

Our intention is to teach children to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing.

We teach a weekly French lesson in Years 5 and 6.

MUSIC

Our intention is to inspire children to develop a love of music and build confidence as musicians. We will teach children to evaluate music from a range of genres and musicians.

We teach a weekly music lesson following a structured programme.

In addition pupils in Year 3 and 4 learn the ukulele and pupils in Y5 learn the Djembe drums. These lessons are taught by specialist music teachers.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

We recognise that our pupils have very limited access to physical activity outside school therefore our intention is to provide as many opportunities for pupils to be taught a wide range of sports and excel in these. In addition we offer an extensive range of clubs to promote physical activity and a healthy life style.

Our intention is to equip children to engage in a number of competitive sports and activities.

As our pupils do not access sports tuition out of school we provide specialist coaching for all pupils in basketball, football, gymnastics, tennis and speed, agility and quickness, (SAQ).

We teach at least two PE lessons per week so that pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time.

Pupils can access the Daily Mile every day.

RELATIONSHIPS, SEX AND HEALTH EDUCATION

Our intention is that pupils are taught to be safe and healthy, and manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.

RSHE is taught weekly by the class teacher.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Our intention is that pupils are taught about different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs. We intend to challenge pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. 

Our intention is to encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging to allow them to flourish individually within their communities and society and global community.

RE is taught through blocked units of work.

SCIENCE

Our intention is to teach scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding.

We intend to develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries so that children can answer scientific questions about the world around them.

Our intention is to teach technical terminology and specialist vocabulary.

Science is taught on a weekly basis.