School Curriculum

The new Primary National Curriculum has been implemented since 2014.  The implementation of this new curriculum has provided us with the opportunity to develop and improve the curriculum which we offer our children.  In addition to providing children with a curriculum which meets these statutory requirements we have developed a curriculum which we also believe meets the need of the 21st Century.

21st Century Curriculum

The world is an ever changing place.  The only certainty would appear to be that the pace of change will get quicker and not slower.  Our children will almost certainly have many jobs throughout their lives (the days of a job for life are long gone); most likely have more than one career; and those jobs and careers may well not even exist as we sit here reading this.  We believe that for children to succeed being able to read, write and solve maths problems to a high standard is not enough.  We pride ourselves on setting incredibly high academic standards for our children but we also recognise the importance of developing qualities which not only enable them to achieve academically but also become responsible thinkers who will go on to make a positive contribution towards society.  We have identified the following attributes which we are currently focusing on developing in our children.

  • Careful listeners
  • Communicators who can share their vision of the future
  • Independent learners
  • Responsible thinkers
  • Resilient learners who can solve problems, eventually!
  • Adaptable thinkers

Values Education

We also strongly believe in developing well rounded individuals who respect themselves, the individual person and society as a whole. Kingsmoor Lower School is a value based school that seeks to promote educational philosophy based on valuing ourselves and others.  We have identified our values which we believe all of us should aim to uphold in each and every day of our lives.  Our values are:

  • Happiness
  • Unity
  • Understanding
  • Respect
  • Friendship
  • Appreciation
  • Honesty
  • Courage
  • Co-operation

Our values run on a two year cycle with one value for each month.

We recognise that these values aren’t strictly 21st Century skills.  We know that careful listening has always been important, but they are skills which the national curriculum does not explicitly address and which we believe should be taught in school today.  These skills and values are therefore embedded  in all of our teaching.  Where strong links can be made they are exploited to explicitly teach these skills.

 These Values and 21st Century Skills

We strongly believe that where there are strong links between subjects which provide children with the opportunity to develop their understanding and deepen their learning then they should be exploited.  There are many ways that links can be made between subjects and we believe that the people best placed to identify these links are your children’s class teachers.   At Kingsmoor Lower School the children learn through an exciting and challenging thematic based approach to learning called the ‘creative curriculum’.  Each term children embark on a new learning journey which has been carefully planned to ensure coverage and progression of National Curriculum targets.  These topic based learning journeys provide cross curricular links with Art, History, Geography, Computing, Design and Technology, Science, Music and Dance.

Some subjects are taught discreetly.  These include Literacy, Maths, Phonics, Handwriting, RE, PE and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.

At the start of each term parents receive a Key Stage Overview ( see links below) which shows them what is being taught in each subject and where explicit links between subjects are being made.

 

 

Foundation Stage Topic Web – Autumn 2017

Key Stage 1 Topic Web – Autumn 2017

Key Stage 2 Topic Web – Autumn 2017

 

 

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Phonics

The school has adopted the Letters and Sounds document (2007) to teach phonics with some resources in the Foundation Stage from Jolly Phonics.

More information about letters and sounds can be found here.

In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 phonics is taught daily at a discrete dedicated time. Children are grouped across Reception and Key Stage 1 according to the phase they are working at.

 

Resources to support the learning of phonics:

Suggested websites

  • http://www. bugclub.co.uk – combines books and games in an online reading world. Children have been issued with individual log in details.

(Literacy > Letters and Sounds)

  • BBC – there are a number of resources available through the BBC website, for example:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/phonics/play/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/index.shtml

  • Family Learning:

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.html

  • Phonics Play –Lots of free games to play.

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

  • ICT games

http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html

  • Letters and Sounds – we use this website in school for resources and games. There are useful online games accessible via this website for example:

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-4-games.html

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check generally take place in June. Please ensure that your child is in school during this time.

The check is a list of 40 words which children will read one -to-one with their class teacher.  It will assess phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1.

It will check that your child can:

  • Sound out and blend graphemesin order to read simple words e.g. n-igh-t
  • Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.
  • Read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as ‘pseudo words’.

For the Department for Education Parents and Carers Information on the Year One phonics screening check click here.

Calculation Policy

A copy of the calculation Policy we are using at Kingsmoor

Calculation Policy 2014 (1) (1)