ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM
The whole curriculum aims to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of the pupils, and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The basic curriculum is comprised of:
• The provision of Religious Education and the Collective Act of Worship for all pupils.
• The National Curriculum incorporating the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies
At Ludworth Primary School the curriculum we offer is:
Broad A wide range of knowledge, understanding and skills being taught.
Balanced with sufficient time being allocated to each area of learning.
Relevant to the child’s own experience, to today’s world and the society in which we live.
Differentiated matching a child’s aptitudes and abilities to what is taught.
THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
THE FOUNDATION STAGE
Children entering Reception are still in the foundation stage, which covers children’s learning from the age of three to the end of the Reception year. Education in the foundation stage is centred around six inter-related areas of learning:
personal social and emotional development;
communication, language and literacy;
knowledge and understanding of the world;
Most children entering Reception classes will have already experienced some form of pre-school education. In Reception class we aim to build on these experiences by providing a well-planned and well-resourced curriculum. Purposeful play is a very important part of this curriculum and is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge. By providing a variety of learning experiences, we aim to help all children develop a positive attitude towards their learning within a caring environment. We recognise that parents are children’s first educators and we therefore seek to develop an effective partnership between home and school.
KEY STAGE ONE AND KEY STAGE TWO
Children in year one and two are at Key Stage One of the National Curriculum. Children in year three to six are at Key Stage Two of the National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum consists of ten subjects, which all children must study during Key Stage One and Two of the primary school. The subjects are English, Mathematics, Science, Information Communication Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art and Design, and Physical Education. English, Mathematics and Science are known as the 'core' subjects whilst the remaining subjects are known as foundation subjects. Religious Education is a requirement for all schools beyond the National Curriculum. For each subject of the national Curriculum there are objectives or goals setting out what each child should know and be able to do at each stage of their time at school. These objectives are called "attainment targets". So as to achieve these "attainment targets" each child will be encouraged to learn information, develop skills and attitudes.
E N G L I S H
Through studying English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
We aim to enable the children to communicate with others effectively, to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, and to become enthusiastic and critical readers.
Whilst English skills are cross-curricular, focused teaching of the subject takes place each day in the Literacy Hour. The children engage in some form of reading activity at this time. This may be individual, shared (whole class) or guided (group) tasks.
The children will also learn skills of writing. We aim to produce enthusiastic confident and independent writers and give the children opportunities to write for a variety of audiences and purposes from the earliest stages.
We use a selection of published materials in our teaching, including ‘The Oxford Reading Tree’ reading scheme.
Children are actively encouraged to take home reading materials, as we aim to work in close partnership with parents.
Our main aims in mathematics are to
encourage children to enjoy mathematics
help children to feel secure enough to ‘have a go’ at problem solving
help children see how this learning is applied to ‘real life’ situations
Children follow, throughout the school, the framework laid down by the National Numeracy Strategy.
Daily lessons are taught in three parts:
mental or oral starters where children practise mental skills as a whole class.
main activity where children are introduced to and can practise new skills. This is taught either as a whole class or in groups
plenary where activities may be discussed and misconceptions addressed.
Science is an essential part of our modern world. It is important not only as a subject in its own right but also because it allows children to be imaginative and creative. Through exploration, observation and questioning children will gain an understanding of the world.
The scientific activities the children will pursue will allow them to gain many skills such as planning, recording, evaluating, hypothesising and presenting evidence. The activities will also encompass the development of knowledge and concepts in the areas of life processes and living things; materials and their properties and physical processes.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
Developing capability in ICT helps all pupils become part of the rapidly changing world in which technology is an essential part. ICT helps pupils take greater responsibility for their own learning, plan and organise their ideas and produce and present work of a high standard.
There are 4 strands to the ICT element of the NATIONAL CURRICULUM ;
1) Finding things out.
2) Developing ideas and making things happen.
3) Exchanging and sharing information.
4) Reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses.
At Ludworth we have the facilities to deliver successfully all these strands.
Each classroom has at least one multi-media machine that is connected to the internet. The school has a fully equipped ICT Suite, which contains 17 machines and a teaching machine. All children use this facility on a regular basis, where they are taught a range of skills which they can then apply to their work across the curriculum.
The school has over the last few years invested heavily in new equipment and software, believing that this offers our children the best start in such an important subject. Other forms of technology are regularly used in each classroom including television, radio, listening centres, digital cameras etc.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Design and Technology prepares children for participation in today’s and tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. Through a range of design and make projects, children learn to think creatively. The subject calls for children to become independent and flexible problem solvers, and individuals and members of a team.
As James Dyson, chairman of Dyson Ltd., comments, “Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: is an inventive, fun activity.” It is hoped that this will be children’s experience of Design and Technology at Ludworth School.
In History pupils are encouraged to develop a curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Children consider how the past influences the present and develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They will develop research skills to collect evidence, analyse it and reach their own conclusions. Children are also encouraged to consider different points of view and form their own opinions. In History children will be taught using artefacts, pictures, reference books, computer programs and internet reference and where possible, through first hand experience on fieldtrips.
In Geography we hope children will begin to ask and find answers to questions about the world around them. Children will develop knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. Geography also provides opportunities for considering the environment and sustainable development. As pupils study Geography they encounter different societies and cultures and consider their own place in the world.
Music plays an important role in the school. We aim to develop an understanding and appreciation of a range of musical experiences. They develop skills in singing, performing, listening and composing. Peripatetic teachers provide opportunities for individual children (year 2 upwards) to learn instruments. Various groups perform regularly within school and community. These groups include choir, windband, strings ensemble and recorder groups.
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, all children explore and learn about their world through movement. They learn to develop their skills and co-ordination through experimentation and listening in a range of activities such as running, jumping, throwing, kicking and responding to music in dance.
In Key Stage 2, work within the curriculum encourages the practice of new skills across a range of activities such as dance, gymnastics, games, swimming, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities. Opportunity to learn consistency, pace, creativity, problem-solving and challenge are offered, promoting the importance of health and well being.
ART AND DESIGN
In teaching Art and Design, we aim to stimulate creativity and imagination. Children investigate and experiment with colour, form, texture – with different materials and processes – to communicate what they see, feel and think. They are also encouraged to explore ideas and meanings seen in the work of artists, crafts people and designers. Work from all age ranges is celebrated throughout the school in displays which reflect the breadth and quality of learning.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION & CITIZENSHIP
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship is a very important component in the cycle of Ludworth’s whole school curriculum planning and development. The teaching of PSHE and citizenship helps children to acquire the self-awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence to:
Stay as healthy as possible;
Keep themselves and others safe;
Have worthwhile and fulfilling relationships;
Respect the differences between people;
Develop independence and responsibility;
Play an active role as members of a democratic society;
Make the most of their own and others’ abilities.
PSHE and citizenship cannot be confined to a specific timetable. We consider a variety of forms of provision, which are used in combination at different times. This includes separately planned curriculum time with themes such as ‘myself’, circle time or playing games together. We also use a range of subjects/curriculum areas and teaching strategies, which include an emphasis on active learning, enquiry, discussion and participation. Children also develop their skills, knowledge and understanding by working in a school environment which allows them to feel safe and for which they have responsibility. For example, the children working together through school events, class councils, community/citizenship activities and environmental projects.
As part of the Health Education programme for school, sex education is taught to year 4 children as part of a project on ‘Growth and Development’. It is developed further with year 5 and 6 children as part of a project on ‘My Body’. We invite all parents to view resources used and discuss the projects prior to teaching the children. Parents who do not wish their child to participate should contact the Headteacher.
The PSHE and citizenship provision within school complements the personal and social development of children provided at home. Working with parents is therefore a vital part of the whole approach.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION and COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
Religious Education plays a central role in our school curriculum. The school follows the Stockport Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education, which includes Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. We aim to promote the values and attitudes needed for citizenship in a democratic society, by helping children understand and respect people of different beliefs, practices, races and cultures.
Every school day contains an assembly. The services are generally Christian but recognise the stories and traditions of other faiths. Parents who do not wish their children to participate should contact the Headteacher.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE.
All children in year 5 and year 6 have the opportunity of learning a modern foreign language through exciting conversational teaching provided by teachers from Marple Hall School.