Whole School Curriculum

0053We follow the National Curriculum

Burlington School Day

8am – Breakfast Club starts with toast and cereal. These sessions cost £2.50 and can be booked via Lunch Shop, the school’s meal ordering service.

8.45am – Children are supervised on the playground before school starts. Parents are welcome to drop off and chat to teachers on duty.

8.55am – The bell rings and children enter the school ready to start the day. Throughout the morning English and Maths are taught including Guided Reading and Phonics sessions.

10.15am – Collective Worship – All children ,except occasionally Nursery, join us in the hall for Worship. we have visitors leading worships at various points. Monday is Celebration, Tuesday is Bible Buddies, Wednesday is singing and reflection, Thursday is Christian Values and Friday is ‘What in the World?’ current affairs.

10.35am – Break time. Children are welcome to eat fruit (provided) or alternatively the children run their own Tuck Shop selling light snacks from 10-25p. Friday is Freezy Friday with lollies sold!

10.55am – Lessons commence (see above)

12.00pm – Lunch time – all children eat their dinners in the school hall. Year 6 pupils are allowed to eat in a separate classroom if they wish to do so. In the warmer weather children play on the small paddock area joining the playground.

1.00pm – Lesson time. Children in Class 1 and Class 2 get a short afternoon break.

3.15pm – School finishes. Our gates are unlocked at 3.05pm to enable parents to come into the playground. Children leave the school via the playground with Class 1 (Nursery, Reception and Year 1) being dismissed through the early years area at the front of the school.

Clubs and After School provision – the school runs several extra curricular clubs for children to join. We also run an After School Club until 5.30pm. This can be booked and paid for via Lunch Shop.

The School Curriculum.

Learning is meaningful, fun and inspiring. Whenever possible, this includes exciting visits to places of interest or visitors into school.

  • The curriculum is broad but with high priority on English, Maths, Computing and Science.
  • We have a combination of cross curricular and subject teaching to suit individual age groups.
  • The curriculum is taught through a mixture of teaching styles and methods to suit children’s individual learning styles.
  • Activity based learning and problem solving is integrated into the curriculum.
  • Children experience ‘personalised learning’ so that individual needs and interests are met.

The National Curriculum.

The National Curriculum sets out the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects at all 4 key stages.

All local-authority-maintained schools in England must teach these programmes of study. The majority of this national curriculum was introduced in September 2014, with English and maths coming into force for all year groups from September 2016.

For more information on the primary curriculum please click the link below:

National Curriculum in England: Primary Curriculum

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Class 1

Nursery, Reception & Year 1

Academic Year 2018-2019:

Topics

In Class One our topics follow a two year rolling programme and the foundation subjects are taught through these. This year our topics include Marvellous Me, Houses and Homes, Antarctica, All Creatures Great and Small, Out of this World and Rainforests. In science we will be learning about humans and animals, materials, seasonal change and plants.

The nature of an Early Years and Key Stage One mixed class means that topics are likely to take a different direction each time they are approached. We will also develop mini topics throughout each year that will come from observing and developing the children’s interests.

Reading

Children are immersed in reading as soon as they start school with daily stories, rhymes and activities based around books, even for the youngest of children. All children have books read to them in small groups, one to one and whole class situations.

Children will take home a book of their choice each week. This book is to share at home and discuss features of the book; characters, settings, illustrations, speech etc.

Formal teaching of ‘Letters and Sounds’ begins on the third week in Reception when children will be introduced to one letter, and the sound it makes, each day. Once children have a bank sounds they know, books containing these sounds and common high frequency words will be brought home. It is expected that every child will read their book each evening for a minimum of ten minutes and practise some words to recognise by sight as provided. Daily reading is fundamental for progression in all others subject areas. As children become more confident readers they will also take part in guided group reading activities.

Writing

Skills for writing develop from a very young age. Planned activities are available and encouraged daily for all children. These may include activities to develop gross motor skills and others to develop fine motor control and hand-eye co-ordination.

Children are taught letter formation along with introducing sounds in daily phonics sessions. We encourage all children to write their name using correct letter formation and a capital letter and would like parents to encourage this too.

To begin with writing is very much encouraged through a variety of different methods within the classroom provision. It is important that young children see the purpose of writing and therefore we will encourage them to label models, write lists of the things that they need and write notes or cards for each other.

Children are also introduced to a variety of different genres and will see various examples of letters, instructions, traditional tales and poems, for example, before writing their own. Year 1 children are expected to progress to writing at least a paragraph of quality writing frequently.

Handwriting is suited to each child’s ability and practised daily.

Spelling is also taught as part of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phonics programme. As children bring home high frequency words to practise reading by sight, we would also ask that they practise the spelling too.

Maths

The majority of early maths is taught in small groups and children work practically, using supportive resources and using mathematical language to explain and discuss their findings.

We provide different groups in maths to enable all children to work on the skills that they need to develop.  CLIC (Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing new and Calculations) and Safe (Shape, Amounts, Fractions and Explaining data) activities are carried out every two to three weeks.  The information that these activities provide enable us to teach the children the skills that they need and to aid their progress in maths.  Reception and Year 1 parents are encouraged to help their children to remember some numbers facts readily, as these sheets are sent home once completed.

Marking and feedback

Children’s work in their books is marked but they also each receive verbal feedback, further questioning and time to respond to the feedback. Any written comments are read to the children.

Independence

Whilst young children often need help with carrying their belongings to school, once in the classroom we do encourage the children to put their belongings in the correct places themselves. Coats and PE kits on pegs, water bottles in the blue tray, book bags in the blue box and purses go in the basket for tuck shop.

Forest schools

Forest schools visits take place every two weeks, unless otherwise stated. Children need to come into school in their outdoor clothing, waterproof trousers, coat and wellies, or walking boots. These sessions are invaluable in developing children’s confidence and independence, physical skills, knowledge of the world and nature, imagination, special awareness and resilience to name but a few. Please send children’s uniform and shoes to change into on our return to school.

Tapestry

We share as many moments as possible with parents via Tapestry and it also provides a valuable record of learning that takes place throughout the year.

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Class 2

Year 2 & Year 3

Academic Year 2018 – 2019

Topics 

We cover a wide variety of topics in Class 2 and they are on a two year cycle. This year we will cover a variety of topics including learning about the RNLI/Keeping Safe near the Sea,  Show me what you are made of (Human Science), Mad about Maps, Ancient Greece and Ocean Commotion.   

 Writing 

In class 2 we continue to nurture children’s enthusiasm and confidence for writing.  We use a range of texts as well as real life experiences to engage and inspire ideas.  Cursive (joined) handwriting is gradually taught once the children are seen to have correct letter formation.   Understanding of basic sentence structure is developed with the use of a range of punctuation including full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks and question marks.   

 Spellings 

Spelling rules are taught in sequences of lessons throughout the year and spellings which don’t follow particular rules or are needed frequently in writing will be clustered into small groups to be learned.  

Emphasis is put on encouraging children to ensure that they don’t just learn a list of spellings but actually apply the spellings in their writing.  We use a variety of techniques to learn spellings including games, writing and ICT.    

Spelling to be learned at home will be put into your child’s reading record as this seems to be the most successful way for parents to see them. Please do support your child in learning their spellings to ensure they come to school feeling confident and ready to write. Spellings are not always sent home as we may be concentrating on a particular spelling rule in class which requires teacher input.  

However, it would always be helpful to revisit spellings from previous weeks to ensure your child can still remember them. 

 Reading 

Children are encouraged to become bookworms in Class 2!   Children have regular opportunities to read and to be read to.  We have guided reading sessions where your child will read with a group of children of a similar ability alongside a member of staff.  These are very focused sessions which include the development of key reading skills such as scanning texts for information, making predictions and learning the meaning of new words.  

We are continuing to use the Accelerated Reader Programme to help children with their reading skills.  This ensures that each child is able to answer a range of questions about their book so that they can demonstrate their understanding.  Once a half term the children complete a test to which then gives the child a new ZPD score and the range of books that they should be reading. The ZPD range for your child is written on the inside front cover of their reading record and will be adjusted throughout the year as required.  Children also complete quizzes on the computer on the books they have read and to ensure they have understood what they have read.  

I think all school staff will agree that helping your child to learn to read and to love books is the most important thing you can do to support your child at home.    

 Maths 

We use the Big Maths approach to teaching maths throughout the school.  Children enjoy the step by step progression and the regular CLIC tests.  We will sometimes send a copy of the CLIC test home so you can support your child.  

 Feedback and marking 

Children are given feedback during the lesson to enable them to make progress and further their confidence and understanding while it is fresh in their minds.  Most feedback is verbal for children of this age but we also do make some comments in their books and obviously mark any independent work.   Children are given time to check and respond to feedback, including making corrections to any errors. 

 Independence 

As the children continue to get older and take more responsibility in their own learning and organisation it is expected that all children organise their own equipment, bags, coats and ensure that they are ready for the day’s learning.  Please support us in this and allow your child to come into school on their own and organise themselves for the day.  Children should be able to remove and replace their own earrings.

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Class 3

Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6

Academic Year 2018-2019:

Topics

We cover a wide variety of topics in Class 3 and they are on a three year cycle. This year we will be learning about Earth and Space, Forces, Sounds and Humans in Science. In history and geography we will learn about the Egyptians, Vikings and Changes in Britain.  These areas are usually the focus of all our work with English lessons linking closely to the topic. This a great way to fully immerse the children in their work and ensures depth and breadth.

Writing

Each day we work on a variety of skills in class and try to develop writing.  Children are taught a whole host of skills to create mood and atmosphere in their work, look at different text types and the features they have, a whole range of punctuation and their purpose and are given opportunities to improve their writing stamina.  In my classroom near my desk there is a display that shows some of the skills that we have been working on which you are welcome to come and see so you have an idea of some of the things that we are covering in class.

Spellings

The children will be given a new set of spellings to work on each Monday (sometimes this changes if there is something unique happening at school).  As a class the children try to spell the new words in a test.  We then work on the spelling pattern/rule and try to beat the score by the end of the week. This helps to ensure each child is trying to improve on their own work and is not focussed on what others are doing. We look at a variety of spellings patterns through the course of the year and also investigate prefixes, suffixes and homophones to name but a few.  The children also have had a look at some different ways to learn the spellings of difficult words and we complete regular work in class each day.  Please look out for your child’s small green spelling book that should come home each Monday so that you know what your child is working on.

 Reading

Guided reading takes place each day at school.  During this time the children in each group all have access to a book that is suited to their level of reading.  This is a very focussed activity and enables every child to discuss the text, answer questions, work on their reading, look at the language used and how punctuation is used.  It is important that children read a book for a minimum of 20 minutes each night with an adult and we ask that you please support in the teaching of this important skill.

Children also have an opportunity each day to read independently.  Once they have read part of their book they are expected to write about what they have read in their Reading Record book.  They should write a minimum of two comments each day.  We try to check that this is happening but if parents could ensure that they are keeping up with this it would be much appreciated.

We are continuing to use the Accelerated Reader Programme to help children with their reading skills.  This ensures that each child is able to answer a range of questions about their book so that they can demonstrate their understanding.  Once a half term the children complete a test to which then gives the child a new ZPD score and the range of books that they should be reading.

Maths

The children work together as a class in maths.  Work is differentiated on the board and the children are encouraged to choose the right level of work for them.  We provide different groups through the work to enable all children to work on the skills that they need to develop.  CLIC (Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing new and Calculations) and Safe (Shape, Amounts, Fractions and Explaining data) tests are carried out every two to three weeks.  The information that these tests provide enable us to teach the children the skills that they need and to aid their progress in maths.  Parents are encouraged to work on times table and related division facts at home in order to keep these important skills fresh in your child’s mind.

Feedback and marking

All children have an adult that is assigned to their work area.  This enables all of the children to get instant feedback on the work that they are doing.  These helps to eradicate any misconceptions and provides a powerful teaching technique in the classroom.  The children are aware of a tick system that relates to the work that we are learning about in lessons.  There are other codes and comments that are used in order to ensure that children are getting the correct feedback.

Independence

As the children continue to get older and take more responsibility in their own learning and organisation it is expected that all children organise their own equipment, bags, coats and ensure that they are ready for the day’s learning.  Please support us in this and allow your child to come into school on their own and organise themselves for the day.