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Curriculum

New Primary Curriculum 2014

The Government have released a New National Curriculum which has been implemented from September 2014. The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

At Warstones we use a theme based approach to learning to provide a relevant context to motivate and engage our children.  

Literacy

  • Early reading and writing through the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc.language and literacy programme. We want our children to ‘read to learn’ and this programme concentrates on teaching letter sounds (phonics) and structures and using them in reading and writing activities.
  • The programme actively involves all children working at their own level and is fast paced and engaging.  See Oxford Owl at www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/forparents for more information
  • More advanced literacy in dedicated daily lessons supported by short grammar, spelling and reading sessions.  Our literacy lessons link to our topics to ensure children’s work is relevant and interesting. 

 

Maths

  • All the areas of mathematics; number, calculation, shape space and measures and data handling along with using and applying the new skills and concepts learned in problem solving activities, in daily dedicated lessons.
  • Tables and their related division facts through ‘Multiplication Clubs’ where children aim to improve their level on a range of tables receiving certificates at each stage along the way.

 

Computing

  • A wide range of ICT based skills including research, simple programming, word processing, data handling, presentation skills and graphics.
  • Children to use a range of equipment to support their learning including laptops, tablets, kindles, stills and video cameras.

We use:

  • Laptops, which children have access to in every classroom
  • Interactive whiteboards, which ensure all children are able to join in learning actively
  • Our learning platform, which includes class websites and save access to the Internet
  •  A range of other hand held devices

 

Science

  • Through practical activities involving skills based investigations and experiments
  • Related report writing skills
  • Topic based research and fact finding

 

P.E.

  • Through dedicated weekly lessons covering gymnastics, games skills, dance, athletics and outdoor pursuits.
  • Through a range of extra curricula clubs and teams which provide training and opportunities in specific areas, e.g. football, netball, street dance, cheerleading.

 

Useful Links

www.bbc.co.uk/schools : lots of resources and interesting articles
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize‚Äč : supports maths, English and science
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing : keyboard skills

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies : early years activities

www.coolmaths-games.com : maths games

www.topmarks.co.uk : literacy and numeracy

www.gogoolians.com : best search engine for children

www.crickweb.co.uk : maths, literacy, history, RE, science

www.woodlandsjunior.co.uk : many curriculum areas

www.mathisfun.com : maths

www.oxfordowl.co.uk : reading and maths

www.sumdog.com : maths games

www.mathszone.co.uk : maths

www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk : science and history