Kingsway Primary School

Kingsway Primary School

 

 

 

Curriculum Information For Parents

At Kingsway Primary School we provide all our children with a broad and balanced curriculum. You can find out further information about the National Curriculum by clicking here with specific information about the Primary Curriculum accessible from here.

The purpose of these pages is to provide an overview of the curriculum for each year group as well as more detailed information about what your child will be learning this term. If you would like help with supporting your child's learning at home, please speak with their class teacher.

English

At Kingsway Primary School phonics is taught using the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme. Children begin this programme towards the end of nursery (FS1) or in reception (FS2). We aim for the majority of children to have completed this scheme by the end of Year 1.

Whilst children are following the RWI programme they are able to choose home-reading books from a RWI related scheme. These books directly relate to their phonics level.

Children who have completed RWI then move onto the Big Cat Reading Scheme. This scheme is new to school and was rolled out during the spring of 2019. All children follow these books. Children in Year 4 and above are also introduced to the "Free Read" books: once children have read 5 books from the Big Cat scheme they can borrow a "Free Read" to take home and read at leisure. They then need to read a further 5 Big Cat books in order to borrow another "Free Read".

Tools used by teachers in the delivery of English include:

  • Guided Reading

  • Reciprocal Reading

  • Chatta

  • Talk 4 Writing

At Kingsway each year group has a series of non-negotiables which the children are aware of. These are the skills which we expect all the children to achieve in reading and writing and which should be consistently evident in their work. You may download a copy of these from here.

Maths

Maths at Kingsway is taught using the Mastery Approach following the White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning. An overview of this scheme for each year group may be downloaded from here.

At Kingsway each year group has a set of non-negotiables which the children are aware of and regularly self-assess themselves against. These are the skills which we expect all the children to achieve in maths and which should be consistently evident in their work. Click on the following links to view these:

As well as non-negotiables, you can also download the "I Can....." target sheets for each year group:

Please click on the following link to download a copy "How we do maths at Kingsway". This document explains how each of the four maths functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) are taught in each year group. Examples are also given to show how these different methods work.

Timetables Rockstars and Mathletics are two online learning portals that may be used both in class and at home.

 Theme

At Kingsway we aim to deliver a wide range of experiences that allow children to extend their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. We aim to develop the children's skills, knowledge and understanding in all areas of the curriculum to prepare them for life in the 21st century. We strongly believe that effective learning takes place when there is considerable emphasis on active involvement, opportunities to talk both imaginatively, expressively and to explain and clarify thinking. Therefore, in order to develop well-rounded, happy individuals, we deliver a project-based, thematic approach using the Cornerstones Scheme of work: this is cross-curricular and provides our pupils with a diet of rich and memorable learning experiences. 

Each learning project offers children the opportunity to:

Engage: First hand, inspiring learning experiences where children are given the opportunity to investigate and use their senses. 

Develop: Develop and research skills, knowledge and understanding. 

Innovate: Apply skills, knowledge and understanding independently and collaboratively to a creative and inspirational challenge.

Express: Perform, share, evaluate and celebrate learning. 

Please click on the following link to access our KS1 & KS2 Curriculum Overview.

You can access the long-term plans for each year group from the following links. These plans outline the theme delivered in each term as well as additional curriculum enrichment activities.

 Religious Education (RE)

Through merging Cornerstones and the Current East Riding RE syllabus we aim to provide a broad coverage of the six key religions. This balanced delivery of RE will prepare our children for the challenges of life as a modern citizen. In our ever changing world, British Values and SMSC links heavily and allows children to develop their knowledge of the world around them. Through the successful delivery of RE we are able to challenge common misconceptions.  We aim to openly discuss opinions and beliefs in a democratic way which helps children to understand mutual respect and tolerance of others.

Cornerstones enables children to present their work in numerous ways and we strongly believe that effective learning takes place when there is considerable emphasis on active involvement, opportunities to talk both imaginatively, expressively and to explain and clarify thinking. Therefore, in order to develop well-rounded, happy individuals, we deliver a project-based thematic approach and provide children with a diet of rich and memorable learning experiences.

An overview of coverage may be downloaded as a PDF file from this link.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Nursery and Reception classes follow the curriculum as outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document "Development Matters". This document defines what is taught.

The EYFS Framework includes seven areas of learning and development, all of which are important and are included in the curriculum taught. There are three prime areas, which are seen to underpin all of the basics and support the other more specific areas of the curriculum.

The Prime Areas are:

Communication and Language: listening and attention, understanding and speaking

Physical Development: moving and handling, health and self-care

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: making relationships, managing feelings and behaviour, self-confidence and self-awareness

The Specific Areas are:

Literacy: reading and writing

Mathematics: number and shape. space and measure

Understanding the World: people and communities, The World and Technology

Expressive Arts and Design: exploring and using media, materials, and being imaginative

EYFS also includes the Characteristics of Effective Learning. These are regularly assessed through observations and planned for throughout the stage.

We ensure there is a balance of adult led and child initiated activities across the day. Although much of the time is spent with children self-selecting tasks, the interaction between adult and child is essential as the adult's response to children builds understanding and therefore guides new learning. The adult's role is to continuously model, demonstrate and question what the child is doing. In some cases the adult will ask a child to come and complete a task or game with them; at other times they will participate in a child's game, extending it where possible. By the summer term, the children in reception will experience many more adult directed tasks as they prepare for their transition to year 1.

 

What we are learning this Term.

You can find information about what each year group is learning this term from the following links:

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