We have a whole school topic overview which has been carefully planned to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and has been developed using the programmes of study for each year group. For further information about learning for each class please see the class pages or contact the class teacher. Subject Overviews – History and Art & DT
Each class completes two text based units each half term. Generally, one of these is based on a fiction genre and the other a non-fiction. Where possible, we link these to our topic work. Most of these units will start with a key text that is used as a model for the genre. This text is used to support the understanding of the text type as well as lead to other writing opportunities linking to other genres.
Nursery and Reception (EYFS) and Year 1 and Year 2 (Keys Stage 1) have a daily phonics lesson. We don’t use a set scheme for phonics but follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phase progression. We use a wide variety of resources to help us teach these objectives including Jolly Phonics songs, Phonics Play website, TES website and Oxford Reading Tree decodable texts. We plan our phonics lessons to be as interactive as possible. In Key Stage 1 we use the No Nonsense phonics scheme to teach phonics. We teach phonics in small groups and in similar ability groups as necessary to ensure the best possible progress. If further support is needed for some of our pupils then they will receive additional phonics interventions.
Reading is taught throughout the curriculum but reading skills are taught to ability based groups on a daily basis during ‘Guided Reading’ sessions. Pupils who may not read regularly at home have additional individual reading sessions throughout the week. We use a variety of texts and schemes, choosing these to fit with pupil’s reading level and also to allow us to ask questions that develop higher level understanding. These texts include fiction, non-fiction, short extracts and longer novels, stories by modern famous authors and by Shakespeare. Pupils bring home a home reading book daily and are expected to read regularly at home. The main scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree but it is supplemented by a range of additional texts and genres. For further information about how we teach reading please see our Reading Policy.
Maths is not linked to topics but is generally taught as a separate subject. We base our teaching both on the National Curriculum objectives for each year group but also on each child's next steps in learning. We have a clear Calculation Progression from Year 1 to Year 6 which can be downloaded above or click here for this link.
We expect all our pupils to learn their times tables up to x12. They will be tested on these regularly. We use Times Tables Rockstars for pupils from Year 3 upwards to practise their times tables and they do a test daily in which they are challenged to beat their previous score. Children can log onto Times Tables Rockstars at home and practise.
We also place a high emphasis on children using their knowledge and understanding to solve problems.
As a Church of England VC Primary School we teach about God as The Creator of the World and God the Creator and Sustainer and Jesus as a teacher and healer to looking at Incarnation, forgiveness and trust. Other topics centre on the study of a religion. At various points as well as studying Christianity we look at Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. We study what people of these faiths believe and always enforce that we respect the beliefs of others even if we don't agree. We also discuss religious festivals in assemblies at various points in the year. We have a daily act of collective worship which is based on key school and Christian values but may include religious festivals or stories. Other topics might focus on learning behaviours, social issues and traditional key dates such as Remembrance Day. British Values such as democracy, tolerance and equality are covered in our whole school and class collective worship. Visits to different places of worship and the opportunity to ‘experience’ certain Christian festivals such as Harvest/Pentecost help to enrich the learning.
Some of our Science curriculum is taught through a topic approach and some is taught as individual lessons. Some topics are based around Science concepts such as Evolution. On other occasions, Science may be linked to topics such as investigating materials to see which material is the best for making a waterproof coat and linking this to learning about the seaside.
Where possible, we try to link the computing curriculum to our topic work. So for example, this may mean that we conduct research on the internet about Superheroes and then use PowerPoint to create a presentation for the rest of our class and excel to create Top Trumps cards. We might use Beebots (programmable robots) to give directions and instructions and tie this in with Maths work relating to position and direction. This links into the Coding element of our curriculum where pupils programme simple objects leading up to creating their own games in Year 6. We have an ICT suite which is timetabled across the school so that each class has a specific slot for Computing and then two further slots to allow work across the curriculum in English, Maths and Topic lessons. We also have a class bank of IPads which again are timetabled for use and are regularly used for teaching the Computing curriculum or to enhance teaching and learning in other areas of the curriculum.
History is the focus for at least one topic for each class in each term. This ranges from looking at ancient civilisations such as Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt to important periods in British history from 'The Iron Age and The Romans' to Britain during World War 2 and beyond.
Geography is the focus for at least one topic each term for each class. This ranges from looking at our locality, comparing it with contrasting localities, looking at other European countries and cities, such as Italy and Pisa, and studying countries outside Europe such as Brazil.
Art & Design
Our Art and Design curriculum is generally linked to our topic work. So for example we may go sketching around the local area as part of a Geography based topic. Alternatively, as part of our work on Ancient Egypt, we might attempt to create our own papyrus. At other points we might use Pop Art to inspire the Year 6 topic on Superheroes or studying pattern using the story of Elmer as a ‘hook’ in EYFS.
Our Design Technology work links to our topics. This might involve using clay to make a festival mask when studying Tocuaro or using junk modelling and lollipop sticks to make a Tudor house as part of our work on the Great Fire of London.
Modern Foreign Languages
All children in Key Stage Two are taught Spanish. This is a weekly lesson taught by a specialist teacher from the local High School. This is arranged as part of the Mossley and Carrbrook Schools' Partnership. Possible link to MCSP info.
In addition to the Music Curriculum all children in Key Stage Two receive the Wider Opportunities music lessons from Tameside LA Music Service. This includes an hour’s music lesson each week where the children learn to play a musical instrument alongside developing other key musical skills detailed in the programmes of study.
We also provide Choral tuition for one class each year and this year it is Year 5.
School pays for the Choral tuition but it is arranged through the Mossley and Carrbrook Schools' Partnership. The Wider Opportunities music lessons are paid for by school but we use some of our pupil premium funding to subsidise this cost.
All classes have two PE sessions a week. One of these is with one of two Tameside coaches we employ and has a focus on games skills or Dance/Gymnastics. One of the coaches works in all the Mossley schools so is also able to arrange inter-school competitions on a regular basis. The other lesson is taught by the class teacher and will cover a wide range of games, gymnastics and yoga throughout the year. Years 4, 5 and 6 have a term where each will go to Copley Swimming Pool for swimming lessons.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is both part of the timetable and pervades everything we do in school. Children have a regular slot in which we teach them these skills but it also links to many other aspects of our work. For example, we hold elections for school council representatives from each class and they then chair class council meetings which feed back into school council meetings. We also teach about being healthy as part of the science curriculum. We are proud of the ethos evident in our school. This ethos is centred on loving and respecting others and valuing the contributions that all make. This is constantly reinforced both in PSHCE lessons and around school.
Curriculum Subject Overviews