Prospectus Curriculum Information


LITERACY

Every class from years 1-6 will have a daily Literacy lesson, where children will be taught skills of reading, writing, handwriting, spelling and speaking and listening. There will be whole class reading or writing activities followed up with group work then a plenary session. Children will also have a separate ‘Big Writing’ lesson each week to develop their skills further. ICT is also used to support mathematical learning. ICT is also used to support learning in literacy.

NUMERACY

Children in years 1-6 will have a daily Numeracy lesson. This begins with a some quick fire mental maths followed by whole class teaching of the main topic for the day. Children then work independently or in groups for part of the lesson. A session at the end of the lesson draws the learning together. Children are taught to use written and mental strategies explaining their methods using mathematical language. ICT is also used to support mathematical learning.

SCIENCE

Science is taught weekly in Years 1-6. Children learn to carry out investigation and conduct fair tests—making predictions and writing conclusions using scientific vocabulary. The topics they will study include: living things, materials, movement, forces, electricity, plants , habitats, light and sound, the earth sun and moon, and life cycles.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)

ICT includes the use of computers and other machines that store and retrieve information such as video and digital cameras. We have a computer suite and all classrooms have computers with Internet access to use in other lessons. We also have interactive white boards in all of our classes. Children will learn keyboard skills, how to save and retrieve their work, data—bases and spread sheets, word-processing, using CD ROMs, handling information and supervised access to the Internet. ICT is used across all subjects and a wide variety of skills will be taught.

RE

We follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus, which is designed to educate children about the world’s major religions. At school we are also required to conduct a daily act of collective worship which we do during assemblies by reading stories and having a quiet time for thought and reflection. We cover lots of different themes including: respect; learning from mistakes; co-operation; friends; and moving on. The themes change each week. Our aim is to give children the opportunity to reflect on how we can work and live together and respect each other’s faiths and beliefs.

We have a whole school and a part-school determination—which means that we offer Collective Worship and Islamic Worship at assembly times. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from both RE and Collective Worship, if they feel that as matter of conscience they have an objection to either the curriculum content or the theme of worship. Please contact the Head Teacher if you feel that you need to discuss this further. We will make suitable alternative arrangements for your child at these times.

ART

In art children learn about drawing, painting, ceramics, textiles, printing, collage and 3D work. We have exciting art focus days where children get the opportunity to work on one particular aspect of art and produce a finished piece of work. The School was awarded the Gold Arts Mark in 2006.

DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY

In D&T children learn about designing, making and evaluating a variety of products including food technology. We have D&T focus days where children get the opportunity to work on a project. Children will also be taught to use equipment carefully and safely.

GEOGRAPHY

Children learn about maps, the local environment, recycling island homes, the seaside, the weather and different place around the world. Where possible we support learning through visits to places of interest.

HISTORY

Children learn about life long ago and how life has changed through studying periods in history including: The Romans; The Greeks; The Tudors and The Victorians. We have theme days, go on visits and have visitors into school to support learning in history.

PE

Children do all sorts of different activities to develop their skills in athletics, dance, games, gym, outdoor adventure activities and swimming. We organise activity days for PE and we have strong links with King Edward VI Aston Sports College. In 2006 we received the Active Mark Award for our work in PE.

MUSIC

Children have a weekly music lesson. They are involved in making and listening to music, learning musical vocabulary and using tuned and un-tuned instruments. In September 2007 we will be working with the Voices Foundation to develop music and singing across the whole school. Some children also have instrumental tuition provided by the Birmingham Music Service.
PSHE (Personal. Social and Health Education)
Our scheme of work helps to give the children the knowledge skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. In the summer term all the children are involved in a focus ‘health week’.

CITIZENSHIP

Citizenship is designed to help children become aware of their place in the local community and in global communities. We have a school council, which enables the children to have their say in the running of the school.

SEX and RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION
SRE is part of the PSHE curriculum. We ensure that SRE is taught in a way that is sensitive to cultural and religious differences. Children will find out about and discuss: themselves; growing up; personal hygiene; the working of the human body; physical changes at puberty; making decisions.

Homework Reception to Year 6

Your child’s teacher will give your child a little booklet containing homework for the whole term. In addition your child will be given a special work book in which to complete their homework. We hope that this will encourage your child to complete work to a high standard. There is a general activity, a maths activity and a spelling activity. All children receive homework, the amount depends on the year they are in. All children have a home school reading journal, a reading book, spellings and a variety of literacy and numeracy activities.

Children are encouraged to develop good habits right from the start. Each week your child will be given a class library book to share with you; name writing activities; sounds to learn; nursery rhymes and number and counting activities. In Key Stage 2 Children all have science homework.