Curriculum

All of our School Improvement Action Plans/ ECM focus, link to the Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development experiences and ethos within our school family

At Stokenham Area Primary School we provide a rich and stimulating environment, which enables children to face future challenges with confidence and enthusiasm. We are committed to helping children to become responsible and caring members of the community so that “we can all be best we can be – in pursuit of excellence”.

An imaginative school curriculum provides a range of interesting activities that are well matched to the needs of the pupils, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs” Ofsted 2019

We plan our curriculum in three phases. We have agreed a long-term plan for the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children. This indicates what topics and specific subject areas are to be taught in each term, and to which cohorts of children. The curriculum is based on an annual rolling programme which ensures that all children experience a broad and balanced breadth and depth

Our curriculum is planned through the delivery of subject specific knowledge, understanding and key skills arranged in themes across a year. This is to ensure rigour, consistency, cohesion and progression in learning throughout all subject areas. As a school we have identified four main “drivers” that underpin our curriculum which are linked to the Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development experiences and ethos within our school family

English

Reading

At Stokenham Area Primary School we are fully committed to providing high quality reading resources for our children. We have well resourced library areas in each unit which are continually being updated through direct book purchasing and through our Service Level Agreement with Devon School’s Library Service. Each classroom has an inviting, rich reading area with our main aim being to foster a love of reading and to develop each pupils’ ability, understanding and enjoyment as a reader.

Reading: Phonics is taught daily using the “Letters and Sounds “Programme from Foundation Stage to the end of Year 2. Where necessary a Phonics intervention programme based on the “Letters and Sounds” is delivered to individual and small groups of pupils to support reading development in Key Stage 2. A range of reading schemes (linked to the Book Banding system), are used across the school to develop reading and comprehension skills. All children who are not “Free Readers” are regularly “Bench marked” to assess the development of reading skills, and to ensure all children make good progress and move onto the next colour band to ensure a systematic development of reading, decoding and comprehension skills.

Reading Diaries

Each child, from Foundation Stage through Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 is given a reading diary which they themselves, parents and staff use to record progress of reading. Parents are encouraged to listen to their child read and share books regularly and to record this in their child’s reading diary. As a school we value the importance that you as parents have in the development of your child’s enjoyment of reading and we hope that you will play an active part in sharing books with your child as they journey throughout school.

All Key Stage 1 and 2 children undertake daily spelling activities in order to develop their spelling skills which is underpinned by The Spelling Shed programme. Children have a login to access the online programme at home.

The development of English skills – all classes within the school use high quality texts as a basis of all English teaching . The school accesses “Texts that Teach”- A programme of learning developed by Babcock LDP to ensure continuity, cohesion and progression in the delivery of the English National Curriculum. Each unit consists of reading, speaking and listening and writing tasks. A Talk for Wiring approach is used throughout the school to ensure that children are given frequent opportunities to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Our approach follows three distinct stages, Imitate, Innovate, and Invent. We use this approach as a basis to teach different genres of writing.

Imitate

During this stage, pupils immerse themselves in the text in order to familiarize themselves with the language and features of the text. This is delivered through a variety of activities- such as story mapping, vocabulary games and role play.

Innovate

Once children are familiar with the text, they are taught the key skills for the genre of writing. As they unpick the writing process to prepare for independent writing, they build up a toolkit. The building stage will include a range of activities such as creating their own story maps, exploring variation in sentence structures and learning how to control writing with appropriate punctuation and grammar. Opportunities are provided for children to practice key targets related to their identified next steps. This stage is completed when children have built a piece of writing based on the genre.

Invent

Once the children have these skills, they are equipped to be able to transfer them into an independent piece of writing which will demonstrate their knowledge of the genre they have been working on and incorporate the grammar and language structures. Throughout this section, grammar toolkits are used which enables children to include the elements needed for a successful piece of writing. Children are given opportunities to plan their invented writing by amending story maps (editing, re-drafting, proof reading) and boxing up to structure a piece of independent work which is then used for assessment.

Oracy

At Stokenham Area Primary School we aim to develop confident children, who can express themselves with clarity. We encourage our pupils to talk in purposeful and imaginative ways, to explore ideas and feelings, adapting vocabulary according to purpose, listeners and content. We also stress the importance of listening skills with the role of the listener being as important as that of the speaker. The children learn about predicting, persuading, reflecting and debating as part of their oracy activities.

 

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught through a mastery approach. Pupils are taught through whole class interactive teaching where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson focus. Lessons are carefully sequenced to support the children in their understanding through the use of concrete and visual resources. Learning is built up in small steps and the children are given the opportunity to discuss and rehearse their learning before moving on. The children are encouraged to explain their answers showing their depth of understanding by reasoning and problem solving. The teaching of mathematics follows the revised National Curriculum Framework.

Lessons will start with the children revising key mathematical skills to develop fluency. The lesson’s objective will be broken down into small steps to ensure that children are secure in their understanding before the lesson moves forward. (For any children who find the learning objective challenging, concrete resources and /or further adult support will be provided either within or after the lesson- this is Mastery with support). Small steps will be clearly modeled using concrete and visual resources with the children having time to rehearse these skills through practical and written activities. Depth of learning and challenge is developed through variation in activities and representations of learning.

There is a termly plan for each year group from Year 1 to Year 6; each term is split into twelve weeks. You will see from the overviews that a significant amount of time is devoted to developing key number concepts each year. This is to build their fluency as number sense will affect their success in other areas of mathematics. Students who are successful with number

To find out more about our Mathematics Curriculum click on the relevant Year Group:

Year 1     Year 2     Year 3     Year 4     Year 5     Year 6

Times Tables

In addition to daily mathematics lessons, children from Years 2 to 6 will use the Times Tables Rock Star programme to develop their times table knowledge. Children have a login to access the online programme at home.

This Year’s Curriculum

Click here to view this year’s Curriculum Overview

This Term’s Topics

Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term.  If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mrs Sue Jezard Head of School.

Please click on the links below to view:

Foundation Stage Overview – Autumn Term 2019

Years 1 & 2 Overview – Autumn Term 2019

Years 3 & 4 Overview – Autumn Term 2019

Years 5 & 6 Overview – Autumn Term 2019