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Curriculum

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Langar Curriculum

 

The school has adopted a connected curriculum framework. It is based around the organisation of the National Curriculum Objectives, a transferable Learning to Learn skills bank, real life experiences and connectors designed to make it meaningful.

 

National Curriculum objectives from across the foundation subjects have been organised into skills banks. These lead the themes form our cross curricular topics. We underpin our curriculum with a bank of skills with a core set of skills that we feel will equip our children for 21st Century life. These are:

 

Emotional Skills: Manage my Feeling, Be Self Aware, Understand Others’ Feelings

Social Skills: Be independent, Collaborate, Value and Support Others, Communicate, Listen

Motivation: Set Goals, Persevere, Managing Distractions

Problem Solving: Plan, Make Choices, Reason

Apply Knowledge: Form Opinions, Apply Knowledge

Enquire: Be Curious, Question

Creativity: Lateral Thinking, Use Imagination

Evaluation: Reflect, Revise

 

Teachers choose BRAVE (bold, relevant, aspirational, varied and engaging) topic headings for half term or termly blocks, which are led by the content of the foundation subjects. This allows areas of learning to be joined together in a meaningful way. Learning is enhanced by real life experiences; trips, visitors, use of ICT and practical activities, which are built into every unit of work.

 

Teachers only make links that are appropriate and meaningful. On occasion discreet teaching of subjects is required and in particular within Mathematics, R.E. and P.E.

The whole school curriculum is organised into three overarching themes:

 

Discover is the theme for the autumn term, and is the history focus for the year. History topics are shared out between KS2 chronologically, whilst KS1 split the four main content objectives.

 

Explore is the theme for the spring term, and is Geography focused.

The skills ladder which runs across the school demonstrates the progression of subject knowledge throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Key Stage 2 chose Continent names as topic titles whilst Key Stage 1 study local area and contrasting localities.

 

Create is the theme for the summer term, and is Arts focused. Although art, music and D.T are explored and created in other terms, this is the only term where the skills of each subject are taught. Key Stage 1 and 2 topics are stimulated by a picture and an artist.

 

The Foundation stage curriculum is based on the six areas of learning working towards achieving the Early Learning goals by the end of the Foundation Stage. The goals are expectations of achievement for most children to achieve by the end of their fifth year. The curriculum gives children the opportunity to explore experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves, thus enabling them to learn, develop and make good progress through well planned, structured play. The areas of learning are:
 

  • Personal, social and emotional development

  • Communication, language and literacy

  • Problem Solving, reasoning and numeracy

  • Knowledge and understanding of the world

  • Physical development

  • Creative development

     

    The outdoor learning environment both within the school grounds and locally is integral to delivery of the curriculum. The curriculum reacts to the needs of the children and their starting points.

     

  • Topics taught on a two yearly cycle for reception, year 1, 2 and 3, and on a three yearly cycle for years 4, 5 and 6.

 

Year A

Year B

Year C

 

Discover

Explore

Create

Discover

Explore

Create

Discover

Explore

Create

Class 1

People Who Help Us,

Dinosaurs,

Autumn,

Christmas

Winter, Cold and Hot places, Fairy Tales, Spring and Easter

Colours, Mini-beasts, Summer

People Who Help Us,

Dinosaurs,

Autumn,

Christmas

Winter, Space, Journeys, Pirates, Spring, Easter

Plants,

Animals,

Summer

 

 

 

Class 2

What was it Like for Children in WW2?

Around the World in 80 Days

Matchstick Men and Chocolate Factories

Stone Age

What A Wonderful World!

Curiouser and Curiouser!

 

 

 

Class 3

Upstairs, Downstairs

Explore - Asia

Best of British

Dig Deep

Explore - Africa

Stars in Your Eyes

Vikings

Explore - Europe

 

Class 4

Upstairs, Downstairs

Explore - Asia

Best of British

Dig Deep

Explore - Africa

Stars in Your Eyes

Vikings

Explore - Europe

 

 

KS1 Phonics and Reading

We have incorporated recommendations to use a synthetic phonics approach in English. In Foundation Stage Letters and Sounds, Phonics Play, Jolly Phonics, High Frequency words, progressive reading schemes and appropriate schemes as available are used. Letters and Sounds, along with Phonics Play, Oxford Reading Tree phonics are used on a daily basis in KS1, and children continue to gain support from progressive reading schemes and weekly individual and guided reading.

 

Our topic planning is below if you would like to find out about what your child is learning. If you want to discover more about our curriculum, see Mrs Brown the Curriculum Leader.

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Enrichment

 

Our curriculum is further enhanced through our enrichment afternoon on a Wednesday. Children benefit from staff's expertise, the tuition of a dance teacher and specialist swimming coaches to provide them with a range of instruction and activities, some of which are outside of the requirements of the National Curriculum.

 

A wide variety of activities have taken place this year including British Sign Language, French conversation, making friendship bracelets, construction kits, cooking, dance, swimming and parachute games.

 

 

Home Learning

 

The BBC Bitesize website has lots of fun, exciting and educational activities and information about the topics and subjects we cover at school. Why not explore some of them?

 

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize

 

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