The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum is divided into Core and Foundation subjects and is taught to children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

The National Curriculum document can be found here

The Core Curriculum subjects are:

· English

· Mathematics

· Science

· Information and Communication Technology

· Religious Education

The Foundation subjects are:

· History

· Geography

· Design and Technology

· Music and Dance

· Art

· Physical Education

· Citizenship and Personal Social and Health Education

· Foreign Language

 

Each subject has a programme of study which specifies the knowledge, skills and concepts that the children will be expected to acquire as they progress through both primary and secondary school.  There will be times when these subjects are best taught discretely and systematically and other times when they will be taught in a cross-curricular way enabling the children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in a broader sense.

We are very excited to have recently introduced a cross-curricular thematic approach. Each term we introduce a theme and our teachers are asked to weave as much of the theme as they can across the wider curriculum. We believe that this makes links between subjects and allows the children to develop a broader and deeper understanding.

English

In studying English, children develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.  This enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and helps them to communicate with others effectively.  Great emphasis is placed on developing children’s spoken language, as this is crucial for learning to read, write, to be numerate and successful in all areas of learning.

Phonics And Reading Statement

At All Saints Primary School, we use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme to teach the children reading and spelling as well as practical resources and games. 

In the foundation stage and key stage 1, we use the Oxford Reading Tree as the main reading scheme. This is supplemented by a number of additional schemes.

In key stage 2, we use a variety of schemes to support the children and, in addition, have invested in creating class libraries to encourage free reading.

In both key stages the children are encouraged to read fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We ensure that all of our books reflect equality and diversity

Mathematics

In Mathematics we are following a Mastery Curriculum. We aim to teach the children fluency in calculation so that they may develop a confidence in managing numbers, but to develop a depth of understanding we attach a similar importance to being able to reason with number and use problem solving skills. We follow the National Curriculum but introduce the topics as per the WhiteRose maths scheme. 

Science

Science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them.  It links direct practical experience with ideas and therefore engages children’s interest at many levels.  Children are taught to discriminate, classify, recognise relationships and select information from a variety of sources.  They develop skills in hypothesising, testing and evaluating ideas and communicating using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.

Computing

Computer literacy is an essential skill in the modern world.  All children at All Saints School have the opportunity to work with computers and digital equipment from four to eleven.  They are taught how to use ICT tools safely to find, explore, analyse and present information responsibly and  creatively in order to advance their learning across the curriculum.

Religious Education

Religious Education enables children to acquire a knowledge and understanding of religious insights, beliefs and practices, so that they are able to continue in, or come to, their own beliefs.  They also learn to respect other people who hold different beliefs from their own.

History and Geography

History fires children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world.  In studying History, children consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions.  In Geography, children develop knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills.

The school aims to use the immediate local area, as well as the wider local areas rich historical and geographical resources, to extend children’s knowledge and experience.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is about making things.  Children are able to work on a range of designing and making activities.  They explore how familiar things work and think about what products are used for and the needs of people who use them.  They plan what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s designs.

Music and Dance

The teaching of Music develops children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music as well as giving them opportunities to sing and make music.  Children have opportunities to learn to play a range of percussion    instruments as well as guitar, piano and recorder. Our school has a thriving choir that sings at the local church and takes part in Young Voices at the O2 Arena.

In Dance, children learn to create and perform dances using a range of   movement  patterns.  They develop their awareness of different dance genre using the Cyber Coach website.

Physical Education

All children are required to take  part in Games, Gymnastics and Dance to   develop physical skills and agility, and to develop an active and healthy lifestyle.  All children need a change of clothes for P.E. consisting of black shorts, white T-shirts and plimsolls.  Long hair should be tied back for all P.E lessons and earrings must be removed.

Children in Year 3 go swimming once a week during the Autumn Term.  Throughout the school year all children have the opportunity to  take part in school swimming lessons at the local swimming pool.

Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education

Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) aims to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident and independent lives and become and informed and responsible citizens.  They also learn basic rules for keeping themselves healthy and safe and     behaving well.

French

There is a tradition of teaching French at All Saints School.  A specialist French teacher attends the school each week to lead lessons. French lessons provide an experience of another culture. Children read stories in French and use French vocabulary to express their ideas and thoughts.  Children visit France in upper Key Stage 2.