The new National Curriculum commenced in 2014. Subjects taught are English, Maths, Art and Design, Design Technology, History, Geography, Science, PE, Music and Computing. Modern languages are taught in KS2 and RE and Personal, Social and Health Education are taught across both Key Stages
Maths and English are taught every day. English is divided into reading (including the use of Reading Recovery and Book Bands to measure progress), phonics (through a combination of phonics schemes), writing, handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation. From Years 1 to 3, we use a programme called Talk for Writing designed by Pie Corbett. This allows us to teach through story telling and accelerates the children’s language acquisition to support their writing and communication. The story often links to many of the other subjects taught to enhance the children understanding. From Years 4 to 6, we use a programme called Power of Reading which involves the children's learning in English revolving around a single, high quality book for the whole term. This book will follow the year groups' termly project, outlined below.
Maths is taught from Reception through to Year 5 following a programme called Maths Mastery. Through this, children follow a highly structured method of going into each Maths topic in great detail and not moving on until all children have 'mastered' it. In Year 6, Maths is taught through the following topics: Number (including calcaulation and palce value), Measure, Geometry and Statistics.
Other subjects are taught from an enquiry base with children initiating a project from a key question. For example in Year 6, they have the question; Is Bristol built on tears or glory? The story is the Diary of a Slave Girl and there is both a History and Geography link to Bristol's role in the Slave Trade. The aim is to not only encourage the asking of questions but also to enable the children to use higher order thinking skills transferring their knowledge to different contexts, as well as retaining relevant knowledge in their long term memories . Each theme starts with something exciting to engage the children; this could be a trip, event or surprise activity. An example of this would be in Year 3 where they discovered a large footprint on the playing field that turned into a crime scene. Alternatively, in Y6 where the Classroom Assistant was kidnapped and the children had to rescue her using they mapping skills (Geography) to locate her and eventually designing their own burglar alarm (Science) to ensure it didn’t happen again. We also have a series of expert visitors coming in to support projects wherever possible.
If you would like to look at this further please refer to our rapidly evolving Long Term Curriculum Maps.