At Ermine Primary Academy we will be teaching the statutory content outlined in the National Curriculum in England Key Stage 1 and 2 framework document (September 2013).
The National curriculum forms only one part of the broader whole school curriculum. Our wider school curriculum has been developed to support the needs of the children in our school, and ensure that all children experience a broad and balanced curriculum with a variety of new experiences and opportunities. This will prepare pupils at the school for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences later in life. Our school curriculum aims to develop and support the values that we hold as a school, and will promote spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and in society.
At Ermine Primary Academy we value our children as individuals and know that when a child feels safe and valued, they are able to flourish. Personal, social, health and economic education will be taught alongside other subject areas and will form standalone learning as appropriate.
NEW – PSHE Scheme of work: KS2
Our daily act of collective worship will provide opportunity for the whole school, key stages and classes to assemble together throughout the week to learn how our school values can be lived out each day and celebrate diversity. This range of different groups will provide opportunities for the whole school community to be together but also time for more in depth unpicking of the values through personal investigation. Religious Education learning will be blocked and taught as a whole school focus three times throughout the year enabling in depth and quality learning experiences for all children. This may involve visits or visitors coming into school to share their experiences.
READ – Full RE scheme of work
Throughout all aspects of the curriculum children will be actively involved in driving their own learning forward by discussing strengths and next steps with peers and teaching staff. Children will be given time to act on feedback received following discussions about their learning. This will support children to evaluate learning and be clear about how to use skills they have in a range of contexts effectively.
Mathematics learning will be based on the yearly expectations of the National Curriculum. All learning will be based on the three aims underpinning the programmes of study for each year group.
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Each Year group will build on developing skills through a wide range of learning strategies and contexts. Where appropriate, maths will be taught in a context of the wider curricular focus and there will always be opportunities to apply and use skills taught in a range of situations. Assessment will be ongoing with more formal opportunities planned to apply skills to solve an extended problem or project challenge. Throughout the year the curriculum will be adapted to meet the needs of the individual groups of children and their next steps. Children will be given opportunities to master the skills in a year group and apply these in a range of contexts providing a solid foundation before moving onto new content.
The content of the National Curriculum has been grouped to support children mastering skills in a range of contexts. The curriculum will be refined as the year goes on dependent on pupil needs.
Pupil’s spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary will be taught as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English will be taught as both a subject in its own right and a medium for teaching. It is with this in mind that Ermine Primary Academy places great importance in securing solid foundations in all four of these areas. Developing a love of language through all children being part of a language rich environment where new vocabulary is continually modelled, alongside the sharing of high quality key texts, enables pupils to apply learning to a variety of contexts. The expectations for high quality verbal and written outcomes are consistent across the curriculum.
The content set out in the National Curriculum will form the basis of learning in each year group. The way these programmes of study are taught will be developed over the year to ensure links to other curriculum areas and the mastering key skills. This will ensure that children make clear progress in all four areas. At Ermine Primary Academy we will continue to use the Read Write Inc phonic programme primarily in EYFS and KS1 to enable children to learn the skills needed to decode, read, write and spell effectively. This will be complimented by further reading and writing throughout the curriculum.
After children have mastered these basic skills they will continue to develop their language and literacy skills during specific literacy lessons and across the wider curriculum. A solid understanding of spelling, grammar and varied vocabulary choices is essential for quality language development.
Read Write Inc
Year Group Plans
Click on each year group to bring up a Year Group Overview for that year group, or the Learning Overviews below them for each term.