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School Curriculum

In September 2014, a new curriculum was introduced in primary schools across England.  For most children, these changes will take effect from September 2014, but children in Years 2 and 6 will follow the existing programmes of study in the core subjects until 2015.

Although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content is actually slimmer than the previous curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills.

What are the main changes?

English

  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in Years 1 and 2.
  • Handwriting – is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy.
  • Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children developing, debating and presenting skills.

Maths

  • Five year olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the previous curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (previously up to 10).
  • Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (eg. 0.375 = 3/8)
  • By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12×12 (currently 10×10 by the end of primary school).
  • Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic.

Science

  • Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms.
  • Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time.
  • Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system.

Design & Technology

  • Afforded greater importance under the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future.
  • More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics.
  • In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.

ICT

  • Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating program.
  • From seven, children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet.
  • Internet Safety will be taught in primary schools.

Languages

  • A modern foreign language is now mandatory in KS2.  Red Hall has opted to teach French
  • Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language.

Computing

Computing at Red Hall Primary School covers a wide range of disciplines from basic word processing to programming  computer games. The pupils have access to a computer suite and a whole class set of netbooks as well as a class set of ipads.  There are interactive whiteboards in each classroom and visualisers in each year group.

Computing is taught discretely, with opportunities for children to integrate those skills in all subjects across the curriculum. Our resources are updated and replaced regularly and we are part of The Dudley Grid for Learning (DGFL).

History

History is planned and taught as part of our creative, cross curricular approach to learning. During their work in history, children develop, use and apply the national curriculum key skills across a range of contexts. During their time here, they will have the opportunity to learn about people, places and key events at different times in the past, from The Ancient Egyptians to The Victorians and what life was like for children during World War Two. Throughout the year, we invite parents/carers to special sharing assemblies, where we showcase the children’s work in these topics. Educational visits form a vital part of engaging children in History.

Geography

Geography is planned and taught as part of our creative, cross curricular approach to learning. During their work in geography, children develop, use and apply the National Curriculum key skills across a range of contexts. Children learn about and compare features of different localities i.e. Dudley, UK and global locations. We encourage our pupils to think as global citizens and to take responsibility for their impact on the environment through reducing waste, reusing and recycling.

Maths

At Red Hall, maths is taught daily. We teach all aspects of the curriculum and cover topics on a termly basis. We are constantly looking for opportunities to develop cross-curricular links with maths, especially in science, technology and topic as we believe application of skills is crucial to making great mathematicians. Throughout KS1 and KS2 the children participate in the ‘Red Hall Maths Celebration Clubs’.  These clubs focus on mental arithmetic from number bonds to 10, to cubing numbers and working algebraically.

Fluency in maths is a focus in lessons with children encouraged to apply skills and knowledge across the maths strands.

P.E.

PE at Red Hall Primary School covers a wide range of sport and activity ensuring that children are given the best opportunity to develop fundamental skills and adopt a healthy attitude to being active. PE lessons are planned so as to ensure maximum involvement and opportunities for success.

At Red Hall we have at least 3 after school clubs a week and lots of opportunity to represent Red Hall against other local schools in leagues and one off competitions. We try to provide not just traditional extra curricular clubs such as football but also clubs such as OAA (outdoor and adventurous activities) which allows pupils to try orienteering, den building and geocaching.

The pupils are given a voice in extra curricular PE in form of the “Sports Crew” which is a multi discipline group with jobs ranging from referees to photographers. This aims to encourage pupils of all ability and interest in sport to have a say in what goes on as well as developing leadership skills. They organise competitions and challenges through the year that award “PE points” that go towards our house competition.

Science

At Red Hall we teach Science in very hands-on way, allowing the children to explore the wonders of the world around them through investigation. We aim to foster open minded thinking and encourage the children to make links in their knowledge and understanding. This promotes discussion and allows children to express their reasoning to the rest of the class.

Wherever possible the children learn from first-hand experience and develop the ability to work scientifically,  predict  outcomes,  interpret the results, become aware of making a test “fair”,  sort, group and describe objects according to their similarities and differences. The children are given opportunities to develop their skills in measurement, data handling and to record their results systematically.

Every year group has the opportunity to visit the Environment Zone at Roberts Primary School and work with Guy and his team. The children always enjoy these days and don’t realise just how much they are learning.

We are excited that our outdoor environment is undergoing development on both sites.  We now have willow sculpture, vegetable and salad beds and an area to encourage and have mini-beasts!

This will really enhance our science curriculum. We can’t wait to get out there more often!

To meet the needs of the new Science curriculum a new science scheme has been purchased.

English

At Red Hall we recognise that language is an essential building block in child development and we aim to equip each and every pupil with the English skills they need to enjoy lifelong learning. This will allow them to enjoy reading for knowledge, as well as pleasure and enjoyment, and to write with a sense of purpose and audience. We also encourage our children to express themselves effectively orally and to listen and learn from each other.

Reading is taught in line with the new National Curriculum 2014 with word reading and comprehension.  As well as a school library in KS1, each class in school has a book corner with a wide range of books by popular children’s authors.  The school uses  Oxford Reading Tree as  its core reading scheme which is a  high quality scheme which takes children from beginning to read to being fluent, questioning independent readers. Guided reading takes place on a regular basis. For the children, these sessions include a mixture of teacher-led group work, follow up activities linked to the current group read, phonics work, independent reading and even some time to simply immerse themselves in books. Each class also enjoys a termly class reader as well as access to high quality fiction and non-fiction texts.

In Reception and Key Stage 1, parents are invited to take part in workshops to learn how we teach phonics using a letters and sounds scheme in order for them to support and help their child at home with their reading. Reading with your child every day hugely improves their reading success and this is something we actively encourage at Red Hall. This year we will be inviting KS2 parents to experience a Guided Reading session to find out how more confident and able readers are developed.

Through daily English lessons, children learn the essentials of the English language such as phonics, spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence construction; together with the skills to help shape and organise texts. However, English is not just taught as discrete lessons but as part of our creative curriculum approach. We try to make learning fun and relevant by linking activities and experiences to other areas of the curriculum such as history, geography or science. Each year group has a different topic for each term and, wherever possible, teachers are encouraged to find fiction and non-fiction work linked to their topic area. We also use paintings, objects and film clips as stimuli for storytelling, writing and performance which, again, we try to link to our termly topic.

All classes are given opportunities for drama, performance and presentation via class activities, class assemblies and year group presentations at key points throughout the school year.

At Red Hall, children are taught to listen well, speak clearly, read enthusiastically and write effectively for a wide range of purposes and audience. Children are supported and encouraged as they learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively on their way to becoming enthusiastic and independent learners.

Reading at Home Key Stage 2

Reading at Home Foundation & Key Stage 1

D.T.

Design Technology is planned and taught through our creative curriculum. In addition to this, DT focus days are planned across the whole school to address specific skills.  Children have the opportunity to develop and plan their own ideas, learn practical skills, work with tools and materials to make quality products and critically evaluate their designs.  Children will experience working in a range of contexts such as the school gardens and playgrounds and the wider environment.

With the introduction of the revised 2014 Curriculum there is a bigger emphasis on cooking and nutrition and children will have the opportunities to apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet through cooking and preparing food.-

Art

Here at Red Hall children are encouraged to be spontaneously creative, using a variety of media and techniques in art and craft work. Art focus days help children develop visual thinking and creativity.  Children are taught skills appropriate to their age and ability. They gain confidence in analysing and recording the world around them and expressing their ideas through shape and form, colour, line, pattern and texture.  Children are encouraged to value their own work and that of others. The study of a wide range of artists, craftspeople and designers complements this work.​Art is often linked to other subjects and helps skills develop across the curriculum.

Religious Education

Pupils at Red Hall Primary School will be encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices that have become part of the United Kingdom’s rich and diverse culture. Pupils will learn about the major concepts common to most religions, for example, worship, celebration, authority, belief and symbol. A greater understanding of these will be achieved through first hand experiences by visiting places of worship, handling religious objects, speaking with members of faith communities and assemblies.

Pupils will begin to focus on their own feelings and beliefs about religion and life experiences. They will be given opportunities to reflect upon, question and respond to what they are learning in Religious Education.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (S.M.S.C.)

Social,  Moral,  Spiritual and Cultural awareness enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.  We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. The children fund raise for many good causes such as ‘Children in Need, Comic relief and we support the Mooi Uitsig Township School in South Africa. Closer to home the choir performs concerts for local communities we are often involved with local business projects such as preparing the flower planters for the local village.

We teach them how society is organised and governed.  We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the School Council.  We teach them about rights and responsibilities to have a strong sense of right and wrong, an understanding of fairness and equality. An ability to reflect upon and act on the consequences of their own actions help children understand the qualities and attitudes required to build and maintain good friendships

Spirituality is rather an illusive concept we strive to nurture a sense of awe and wonder of the world around them. We aim to develop a sense of curiosity about their place in the world and their own potential. We expect children to respect and appreciate that many people’s religion and cultures believe in a Creator or Being that helps to guides them throughout their lives.

They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society. We aim to help them develop awareness, understanding and appreciation of different cultures of the world. How countries believe in their own religions, traditions, beliefs and ways of doing things e.g. Celebrations and festivals, family values, food, the arts -music/ drama/ dance and language.

We teach them how society is organised and governed.  We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the School Council.  We teach them about rights and responsibilities to have a strong sense of right and wrong, an understanding of fairness and equality. An ability to reflect upon and act on the consequences of their own actions help children understand the qualities and attitudes required to build and maintain good friendships

Spirituality is rather an illusive concept we strive to nurture a sense of awe and wonder of the world around them. We aim to develop a sense of curiosity about their place in the world and their own potential. We expect children to respect and appreciate that many people’s religion and cultures believe in a Creator or Being that helps to guides them throughout their lives.

They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society. We aim to help them develop awareness, understanding and appreciation of different cultures of the world. How countries believe in their own religions, traditions, beliefs and ways of doing things e.g. Celebrations and festivals, family values, food, the arts -music/ drama/ dance and language.

SPIRITUAL

Nurture a sense of awe and wonder of the world around them. To develop an awareness of what is ‘sacred’ what it means to individuals and cultures.

Respect and appreciate that many people’s religion and cultures believe in a Creator or Being that helps to guide your development/ growth and enable a positive personal contribution to your world.

Develop a sense of curiosity about their place in the world and their own potential.

Foster an appreciation of the intangible, inner lives and non material well being.

MORAL

Having a strong sense of right and wrong, an understanding of fairness and equality and apply this in their own lives.

An ability to reflect upon and act on the consequences of their own actions.

SOCIAL

Children understand the wider social groupings of which they are a member, they are able to relate to others and understand the qualities and attitudes required to build and maintain good friendships.

CUTURAL

An awareness, understanding and appreciation of different cultures of the world.

How countries believe in their own religions, traditions, beliefs and ways of doing things e.g. Celebrations and festivals, family values, food, the arts -music/ drama/ dance and language.

A willingness to participate in and respond to cultural opportunities inside and in the wider community.

Aspects of human life and experience such as, belonging, relationships, suffering, will encourage questions about life, death and personal values.  Interest in the natural World will enable pupils to further explore their inner self developing skills of empathy, which will aid their ability to give meaningful responses to religious and moral issues. In doing so, we help develop their sense of self worth.

 

Modern Foreign Languages

French is now taught to pupils in Years 3 to 6 as part of the curriculum.