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At Charles Kingsley’ CE Primary school we believe in providing children with an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum which provides them with first hand experiences and builds on their prior knowledge. Through our ‘Concept Led Curriculum’ and the statutory subjects we motivate and enthuse the children through developing their abilities, interests and potential in order to prepare them for the next stage in their lives.
A “Concept Led Curriculum” is driven by big ideas rather than the subject content. By leading pupils to consider the context in which they will use their understanding, concept based learning brings real world meaning to content, knowledge and skills.
The children are at the centre of all we do and therefore we pride ourselves on personalising their learning through using a broad range of teaching strategies that take into account the ways in which children learn in order to foster engagement, motivation and creativity.
Our school bases the content of the curriculum on the National Curriculum 2014. The National Curriculum subjects will be taught in many ways; at times some subjects may be linked together within a concept and at other times separate subject teaching will be used. The School Values Model drives the planning and teaching of all subjects.
All staff prepare and plan work using detailed schemes of work that have been devised by Charles Kingsley’s staff to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum. All staff work closely together to ensure that this approach delivers continuity for all pupils.
At Charles Kingsley’s CE Primary School, we believe strongly that one of the keys to success is the building of good habits. Habits are powerful, they can lead us to be great thinkers, great leaders and to keep on learning but habits can also be destructive – when we get into bad habits we often struggle to change our mindset. For any habit to become a habit repetition is key-we must provide opportunities for learners to practise the process of good habit forming and to reflect on the habits that they are creating.
The research done by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, on The Habits of Mind, is developing our understanding of how we can embed positive habits across the curriculum for learners. These habits are designed as a set of behaviours that help learners change and form positive habits for lifelong learning and success. They cover habits such as interdependence, flexible thinking and perseverance – the type of skills we all need to be successful in life. These habits tap into the skills we also need to be successful learners, the ability to revise even though we might not want to, the need to check and change work as you go and the ability to think about your thinking and how it happens.
Charles Kingsley’s CE Primary School promotes the benefits of positive habit learning throughout lessons so that pupils and staff internalise them and are able to live and learn well in a complex world.
Humour, Motivation, Organisation, Resilience, Resourcefulness, Taking risks, Reflection
How do we encourage our children to learn?
The school caters for both infant and junior age pupils, known as:
Early Years Foundation Stage: Age 4 and 5
Key Stage One: Age 5 – 7
Key Stage Two: Age 7 – 11
A variety of teaching and learning styles are used including whole class, groups activities and individual work. This allows the individual needs of each child to be catered for by the teacher and the learning support assistants.
Reception Year (Age 4 to 5)
The Reception year, follow a curriculum based on 3 Prime Areas:
communication and language; development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
physical development; involves providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
personal, social and emotional development; involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings;
These prime areas cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundations for children’s school readiness and future progress, and which are applied and reinforced through the “Specific Areas”
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology
Once children move into Year 1 and through to end of Year 6, they work within the National Curriculum.
The English curriculum is planned to develop each pupil’s ability to communicate clearly in the written and spoken word.
We use a combination of methods to teach Reading using a variety of schemed books; Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby, Oxford Tree Tops, Sunshine, alongside a wide variety of quality fiction and nonfiction.
In EYFS and Key Stage One , we use Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics to support the synthetic approach.
The children write for a range of purposes, with formal teaching of writing skills as well as creative writing opportunities. The children are taught to plan, draft and revise their work, sometimes working on their own and sometimes with others. Children are taught handwriting using a cursive script and progress to using a handwriting pen in the Junior part of the school.
Spelling is taught using key words, phonic rules and patterns and the “Look, Cover, Write, Check” method.
Mathematics is taught in many different ways with emphasis given to practical experiences, that children are able to develop their skills and understanding in a variety of situations.
A well planned scheme of work ensure that all aspects of the National Curriculum are covered in a progressive way as your child moves through the school. Children will work in many different contexts including ability and mixed ability groups in order to focus on their individual needs at any one particular time.
In all aspects of Science children are given the opportunity to carry out investigations, to relate to science to their everyday lives and use scientific language. At times scientific elements will be developed through concept based thematic work and at other times very specific teaching will broaden their knowledge and deepen their understanding.
The School’s links with the Church and Diocese give us a firm foundation for Religious Education and Collective Worship.
As the children move through the school they explore Christian teachings and messages and develop an understanding of the Christian way of life, in a way that is appropriate to their ages, using St Mary’s Church, Eversley for festivals and special celebrations such as Founder’s Day. Although a Church of England school, we do ensure children are taught the principles of others faiths within our community.
Collective Worship forms a daily part of school life and follows various styles, celebrating children’s work, sharing stories and also presentations by children to which parents are invited.
Parents are entitled to withdraw their child from Religious Education and from Acts of Worship. Requests should be made in writing to the Headteacher.
Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.
The curriculum for computing has been developed to equip pupils with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.
Through the scheme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
Art and Design
Children are encouraged to be creative and expressive in their work. They have opportunities to learn many different techniques and use a range of different media, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
They are also introduced to work of other artists encouraging pupils to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will develop a greater understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Design and Technology
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils will design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
The curriculum will support the acquisition of a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. We will encourage pupils to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising.
Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, pupils will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
The curriculum has been designed to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. The scheme of work will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
As pupils progress though the school, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
The History curriculum at Charles Kingsley’s CE Primary will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our aim is to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of history we help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
At Charles Kingsley’s CE Primary School pupils will start to learn French from Year R.
Learning a foreign language is liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. Our aim is to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
The scheme of work has been deigned in order to enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
Music is a universal language. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Class based music is taught by class teachers. Year 1, Year 4 and Year 6 have a music specialist teacher and are part of the Hampshire Listen to Me Project. This project enables all children to learn 3 different instruments over the course of the school year.
Through a programme of gymnastics, dance, games and athletics we encourage children to develop practical skills.
In Year 4 swimming lessons are provided for the children at St Neot’s Prep Pool.
We believe that sport allows children to develop team sport, respect and fair play and we consequently provide opportunities for pupils to participate in a variety of inter-school teams and tournaments. At Charles Kingsley’s CE Primary School we are committed to using the PE and Sport’s Premium Funding to enhance the quality of teaching and increase the opportunities for children to be active. (Please see report)