The Government released a New National Curriculum which was put in place from September 2014.
We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others with this developing their understanding of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
We use the national curriculum to provide pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. The curriculum gives every opportunity to develop their confidence, knowledge, self-esteem and life skills through technology, languages, spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning, physical education and the creative and performing arts.
Our subject leaders have used the New National Curriculum requirements to make a long term plan for teachers to follow which ensures all knowledge, skills, expectations and experiences are planned for and have an impact in the classroom.
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We aim to deliver a high quality English curriculum that gives children the best possible opportunities to become confident, literate, successful members of society with a deep love and understanding of English language and literature. We believe the development of literacy skills is central to improving a child's life chances. Teachers have high expectations for all children to achieve and enjoy English and to be able to use the skills they have acquired in a range of contexts. We strive to ensure all children can communicate clearly in spoken and written form and become masters of language. Rich texts are at the heart of our teaching and a love for reading is promoted throughout the school. Teachers use inspirational ideas and plan lessons to appeal to a range of learning styles in order to engage children.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children have daily discreet phonics lessons (following Letters and Sounds). Children have opportunities to develop their communication, language and literacy skills on a daily basis in both adult led and child initiated activities. When children have completed the Letters and Sounds programme they continue to develop spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. Phonic intervention takes place for children in Key stage 2 where there are gaps in learning.
Phonics is taught is Phases as detailed below:
In Phase 1 phonics, children are taught about:
In Phase 2, children begin to learn the sounds that letters make (phonemes). There are 44 sounds in all. Some are made with two letters, but in Phase 2, children focus on learning the 19 most common single letter sounds. By the end of Phase 2 children should be able to read some vowel-consonant (VC) and consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words, and to spell them out. They also learn some high frequency ‘tricky words’ like ‘the’ and ‘go.’
Phase 3 introduces children to the remaining, more difficult and/or less commonly used phonemes. These are mainly made up of two letters such as /ch/, /ar/, /ow/ and /ee/. Alongside this, children are taught to recognise more tricky words, including ‘me,’ ‘was,’ ‘my,’ ‘you’ and ‘they’. They learn the names of the letters, as well as the sounds they make.
In Phase 4 phonics, children will, among other things:
Children should now be blending confidently to work out new words. They should be starting to be able to read words straight off, rather than having to sound them out. They should also be able to write every letter, mostly correctly.
In Phase 5 phonics, children learn new graphemes (different ways of spelling each sound) and alternative pronunciations for these: for example, learning that the grapheme ‘ow’ makes a different sound in ‘snow’ and ‘cow’. They should become quicker at blending, and start to do it silently.They learn about split digraphs (the ‘magic e’) such as the a-e in ‘name.’
They’ll start to choose the right graphemes when spelling, and will learn more tricky words, including ‘people,’ ‘water’ and ‘friend’. They also learn one new phoneme: /zh/, as in ‘treasure.’
From Nursery upwards children are encouraged to listen to stories, poems and use non-fiction texts to find out information. Children are read to frequently and are provided with their own reading books from Reception onwards. ‘Bug Club’ is a finely-levelled reading scheme, which ensures that all children can find books at exactly the right level for them. The children have access to these books as e-books and there is a personalised website for each child. Teaching of early reading runs parallel with the teaching of phonics and high frequency words. Teachers and other adults listen to children read on a regular basis and pupils also take part in Guided Reading group sessions in class. The school has its own library, where children are encouraged to spend time reading and choosing books to take home.
To promote a love of reading we;
The curriculum supports as much writing as possible in English lessons and across the wider curriculum, for example in Science explanations and History/Geography reports. At Lower Farm we select rich texts and other media in order to engage and inspire the children in daily writing activities. The children are introduced to a variety of genres, which support their motivation to write, these include explanations, recounts, reports, poems, persuasive texts and instructions. The children are taught the skills to improve and edit their own writing through self assessment, sharing of work and fun, learning games.
Developing strong speaking and listening skills is fundamental to the teaching of English at Lower Farm Primary School. Teachers place a high emphasis on spoken language and plan for the discreet teaching of skills as well as incidental learning opportunities. Opportunities to develop these skills include: class assemblies, role play presentations, music concerts, sharing assemblies, Talk for Writing, talk partners, drama and performances including a whole school production at the end of the year. Children who require extra support in speaking and listening benefit from intervention groups and the expertise of Speech and Language Support which is arranged through our SENCO and Speaking and Listening groups with the school’s Care, Support and Guidance Manager.
At Lower Farm Primary our vision is to create positive, confident mathematicians. We aim to provide children with a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, give children an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Through our daily lessons and use of mathematics across the curriculum we strive to ensure that our children become fluent in the fundamentals, can reason and follow lines of enquiry and solve problems by applying their mathematics. Our curriculum follows the DFE Mathematics National Curriculum Programmes of Study.