Year Group Information

EARLY YEARS - Otters and Rabbits
 
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What do we aim to do?

Our aim is to provide a secure, safe, happy and stimulating environment where the children can enjoy high quality learning through play and playful activities and gain a lifelong enthusiasm for learning along the way.


How do we do it?
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum identifies three prime areas:-
* Communication and Language
*Physical Development
*Personal, Social and Emotional Development


and four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:
* Literacy
* Mathematics
* Understanding the world
* Expressive arts and design


These areas cannot be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and interlink with each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. In each area there are Early Learning Goals (ELG's) that define the expectations for most children to reach by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). 

Our topics in Reception are…        

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 What makes me special?

What makes a good story?

How will I defeat the dragon?

 How do we get ready for winter?

Why do we have Christmas presents?

 What do I want to be when I grow up?

 What can I find on my summer expedition?


Phonics:

The teaching of phonics takes place daily and we follow the Read Write Inc. phonics programme. Over the course of the year the children become secure with the letter names and sounds, enabling them to progress with their reading, writing and spelling. The 'Curriculum' page has details of the phonics programme we follow - 'Read Write Inc.'

Reading:

The children share books in school and at home and once they are able to blend their sounds to read they are heard read with either the class teacher or the teaching assistant.

We also believe regular reading at home helps boost children’s confidence and enables them to consolidate and develop their reading skills further. The whole school 'Reading Challenge' encourages children to read to an adult and they are rewarded for the number of times they are heard read.


We have an extensive outdoor learning area and the children really enjoy working across both classrooms and the indoor and outdoor areas taking part in a mix of child initiated and adult led activities.

We try to go on an education school visit or invite visitors into school to talk to the children once a term. These are always linked to the topic the children are studying. The children always learn a lot from these events which enriches and deepens their understanding.

Throughout the year we talk to the children about special days and celebrations including Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and Mother’s and Father's Day, as well as the main Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter. Each December we stage a production as part of our Christmas celebrations. 

As your children start school we aim to provide as much support to our parents/carers on how to help your child at home with their learning. We are always available before and after school and we will be happy to help you and your child in any way we can. If you have any concerns or questions please always come and speak to us straight away and we'll try and resolve the problem.



YEAR 1 and YEAR 2 (Key Stage One) - Squirrels, Dragonflies and Kingfishers

squirrel dragon kingfish


In Year 1 we always start the year by building on the skills the children have learnt whilst in Reception. We endeavour to make the children’s transition from the Foundation Stage into KS1 as smooth, fun and educationally stimulating as possible. The Year 2 children act as role models for the Year 1 children and as the children in Year 2 stay with their teacher for two years, they start the year where they left off at the end of Year 1 which benefits them greatly.

We teach our lessons through engaging and child friendly topics where the children develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of ways to suit all learning styles. The subjects which we teach through topics are; Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Computing. We teach the following lessons discretely as it is not always possible to link these directly to our topics: Maths, Music, Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE), Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) and Handwriting. Computing is also taught discreetly, though it is used in all areas of the curriculum.

Our English lessons link to our topics and through these lessons we develop the children’s reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through both guided and independent activities.

We have daily maths lessons, for which the children are grouped by ability within the class. Where possible we keep maths activities very practical (for instance weighing and measuring ingredients for cooking, using coins for shopping, telling the time using different types of clocks) and try to relate their maths learning to real-life situations. We also use 'Numicon' to assist and aid the children in developing their maths skills.

We operate a 2 year rolling programme of topics, but which topics they cover in each year group will depend upon where in the cycle we are: (NB - Our topics may change from those listed below)

Our topics are…

 Cycle A (2016/2017)

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Who lives here?

Animal Orchestra: music or mayhem?

What does one like about Britain?

Who lives here?

Animal Orchestra: music or mayhem?

What does one like about Britain?

 

Cycle B (2017/2018)

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Who has been famous for more than 5 minutes?

London's Burning...frightening or fantastic?

Ahoy Matey. Are you ready for an adventure?

Who has been famous for more than 5 minutes?

 London's Burning...frightening or fantastic?

Ahoy Matey. Are you ready for an adventure?


We try to go on an education school visit or invite visitors into school to talk to the children once a term. These are always linked to the topic the children are studying. The children always learn a lot from these events which enriches and deepens their understanding.

Throughout the year we talk to the children about special days and celebrations including Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and Mother’s and Father's Day, as well as the main Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter. Each December we stage a production as part of our Christmas celebrations. 


Phonics:

We also teach phonics as a discrete lesson and help children become secure with the letter names and sounds, enabling them to progress with their reading and spelling. The 'Curriculum' page has details of the phonics programme we follow - 'Read Write Inc. Phonics'

The Phonics Screening Test:

Across the country at the end of Year One, children undertake a phonics test.  This includes some nonsense words and some real words. You will be notified of the results in the end of year school report.  


Reading:

The children are heard read daily in their Read Write Inc. phonic sessions and some children will be heard read with either the class teacher or the teaching assistant.

We also believe regular reading at home helps boost children’s confidence and enables them to consolidate and develop their reading skills further. The whole school 'Reading Challenge' encourages children to read to an adult and they are rewarded for the number of times they are heard read.


Spelling and Handwriting:

Spelling and handwriting is taught discreetly in weekly sessions. We use a progressive handwriting scheme called Pen Pals and Read Write Inc. Spelling for those in Year 2 who are off the phonic programme.


Years 1 and 2 take part in 'Philosophy For Children'.


We are a very friendly team in Key Stage 1 and will be happy to help you and your child in any way we can. If you have any concerns or questions please always come and speak to us straight away and we will make sure we arrange a convenient time to meet with you.

 

 

 YEAR 3 and YEAR 4 (Lower Key Stage Two) - Frogs, Owls and Badgers

 

frog  owl  badger

 

In Year 3 we continue to build on the skills the children have learnt in Key Stage One and this is continued into Year 4.

We teach in a cross curricular way linking as many subjects as possible together. This helps the children to make meaningful links in their learning.

Maths, Science, French, RE, PSHE, PE and Computing are taught as individual subjects for most of the year but we do make links where possible. Years 3 and 4 take part in 'Philosophy For Children'. The children in Year 3 take part in the PrimarySTEPS ballet program in the autumn term. This is a six week program run by the Royal Ballet School. Children in Year 4 have a weekly music lesson, learinng to play a musical instrument (flute and clarinet) with a peripatetic music teacher as part of the Whole School Ensemble Teaching programme.


All the pupils in Lower Key Stage 2 have two PE sessions per weekThere are lots of opportunities to have outside sports coaches in to work with the children through our work with the Bury School Partnership; these have included FA football, Bury Rugby Club, Gynastics, Dance, Cricket and Hand Ball coaching.

We operate a 2 year rolling programme of topics, but which topics they cover in each year group will depend upon where in the cycle we are: (NB - Our topics may change from those listed below)

 

Our topics are…

 Cycle A (2016/2017)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Who likes chocolate?

I'd like to be in America?

 

Stone Age to the Iron Age...what changed?

Who likes chocolate?

I'd like to be in America?

What did the Romans ever do for us?  

 

 Cycle B (2017/2018)

 

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Who would like to live in Ancient Greece?

What's the point of recycling?

Anglo-Saxons...farmers or fighters?

 Who likes monsters and movies?

What's the point of recycling?

Are fairgrounds & theme parks fun?


The children have English lessons daily focusing on reading (word reading and comprehension) and writing (transcription, composition, handwriting, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation). They also are given regular opportunities to extend their writing in the class 'Big Write'. Some children will continue on the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme into Years 3 and 4 to continue to develop their phonics skills. Spelling is taught using the Read Write Inc Spelling programme and Years 3 and 4 have a word list which is statutory. These will be learnt over the course of the two years. Handwriting is taught discreetly in weekly sessions and we use a progressive handwriting scheme called, Pen Pals.

 

Maths is taught through a range of different strategies, from practical weighing and measuring to developing a range of methods for solving and recording calculations. The children work in ability groups with each class, allowing us to carefully match our teaching to each child's ability.

We also believe regular reading at home helps boost children’s confidence and enables them to consolidate and develop their reading skills further. The whole school 'Reading Challenge' encourages children to read to an adult and they are rewarded for the number of times they are heard read.

We try to go on an education school visit or invite visitors into school to talk to the children once a term. These are always linked to the topic the children are studying. The children always learn a lot from these events which enriches and deepens their understanding.

We encourage children to develop their independence skills as the year progresses. In Year 4 children are going on a residential trip to Burwell House, in Cambridgeshire. For many this will be their first time away from home without their parents and it is an opportunity for children to develop their social and independence skills in a safe environment.

Throughout the year we talk to the children about special days and celebrations including those from the major religions, these have included Diwali, Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and Mother’s and Father's Day, as well as the main Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter. Each December we stage a production as part of our Christmas celebrations and we also perform a musical in our Key Stage 2 production at the end of the Summer Term. We encourage the children to focus on their drama, dancing, singing and signing skills. Past productions include: The Sound of Music, Joseph, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Annie and a Disney Spectacular!


We hope you find the information below useful and if you have any questions about what happens in Lower Key Stage 2, feel free to pop in and ask!


YEAR 5 and Year 6 (Upper Key Stage Two) - Eagles, Kestrels and Falcons

Eaglekestrel

Years 5 and 6 continue the learning journey building on Lower Key Stage 2. We teach in a cross curricular way linking as many subjects as possible together. This helps the children to make meaningful links in their learning.

Maths, Science, French, RE, PSHE, PE and Computing are taught as individual subjects for most of the year but we do make links where possible. Years 5 and 6 take part in 'Philosophy For Children'. In Years 5 aqnd 6 children will take part in Sex Education and Relationship lessons as part of the science curriculum and PSHE. Parents/carers will be informed in wiritng before these sesssions take place.

Children in Year 5 and Year 6 have an opportunity to continue playing thier musical instrument learnt in Year 4 as part of 'Play On'. This is a partially subsidised weekly music lesson with a peripatetic music teacher. This is usually done as group tuition and the cost of lessons can be obtained from the school office.


All the pupils in Key Stage 2 have two PE sessions per week and Year 5 have a weekly swimming lesson at the local leisure centre over the course of the year. This is a vital life skill and our aim is for all children to be able to swim by the end of Year 5. There are also lots of opportunities to have outside sports coaches in to work with the children through our work with the Bury School Partnership; these have included FA football, Bury Rugby Club, Gynastics, Dance, Cricket and Hand Ball coaching.

We operate a 2 year rolling programme of topics, but which topics they cover in each year group will depend upon where in the cycle we are: (NB - Our topics may change from those listed below)


Our topics are…

 Cycle A (2017/2018)

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Can you walk like an Egyptian?

Would you like to visit the planets? 

What was life like in Tudor times?

Can you walk like an Egyptian?

What does the geography of the UK look like? 

 What was life like in Tudor times?


Cycle B (2016/2017)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 Here come the Vikings!

How extreme is the Earth?

What was life like on the Homefront during WWII?

Where would you settle?

Mountains, Rivers or the Coast?

 What was life like on the Homefront during WWII?

 

The children have English lessons daily focusing on reading (word reading and comprehension) and writing (transcription, composition, handwriting, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation). They also are given regular opportunities to extend their writing in the class 'Big Write'. Spelling is taught using the Read Write Inc Spelling programme and Years 5 and 6 have a word list which is statutory. These will be learnt over the course of the two years. Handwriting is taught discreetly in weekly sessions and we use a progressive handwriting scheme called, Pen Pals. Some children will targeted for reading intervention using Read Write Inc. Fresh Start, a phonics programme designed to help those pupils who need an extra boost with their phonics knowledge and reading skills.

Maths is taught through a range of different strategies, from practical weighing and measuring to developing a range of methods for solving and recording calculations. The children work in ability groups with each class, allowing us to carefully match our teaching to each child's ability.

We also believe regular reading at home helps boost children’s confidence and enables them to consolidate and develop their reading skills further. The whole school 'Reading Challenge' encourages children to read to an adult and they are rewarded for the number of times they are heard read.

We try to go on an education school visit or invite visitors into school to talk to the children once a term. These are always linked to the topic the children are studying. The children always learn a lot from these events which enriches and deepens their understanding.

We encourage children to develop their independence skills as the year progresses. In Year 6 children go on a residential trip. For many this will be their second time away from home without their parents (assuming they went on the Year 4 residential) and it is an opportunity for children to develop their social and independence skills in a safe environment.

Throughout the year we talk to the children about special days and celebrations including those from the major religions, these have included Diwali, Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and Mother’s and Father's Day, as well as the main Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter. Each December we stage a production as part of our Christmas celebrations and we also perform a musical in our Key Stage 2 production at the end of the Summer Term. We encourage the children to focus on their drama, dancing, singing and signing skills. Past productions include: The Sound of Music, Joseph, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Annie and a Disney Spectacular!


We hope you find the information below useful and if you have any questions about what happens in Upper Key Stage 2, feel free to pop in and ask!