Curriculum

Curriculum

Key Stage 2 English Curriculum

English overview

Pupils in Year 3 to 6 have a daily English Lesson. Within this lesson they are taught the following writing genres: chronological and non-chronological reports, formal and informal letters, instructions, balanced arguments and persuasive writing, stories and poems.

Teachers introduce each genre with a book, poem or text which acts as a stimulus for their writing. The book is read to or with the class and they are also given  opportunities to read and discuss good examples of the genre being taught, the aim being for them to become confident writers in each genre.

Pupils are also given time to build up their vocabulary and are taught genre specific vocabulary. They are encouraged to use this in their own writing.

Teachers will model how to write each genre and support pupils as they develop their writing skills, through marking and verbal feedback. There is also an English Working Wall in each class, where genre specific information is displayed to support pupils in their understanding.

Pupils also have 15 minutes per day dedicated to Spelling and Grammar. Weekly spellings are given for homework and the Statutory Spelling Lists are taught in each Year Group. We follow the “No Nonsense” Spelling and Grammar Schemes. Teachers also teach Grammar that is needed for the specific writing genre being taught.

Handwriting is taught using the Continuous Cursive style, using Letter Join. Teachers model correct cursive handwriting when marking books, writing on flip charts and on displays.

Reading

We are pleased to be able to introduce “The Accelerated Reading Programme” to improve our pupils’ access to appropriate reading books to take home. Each child is assessed, assigned a book suitable for their reading ability and carefully monitored to ensure they are progressing.

Pupils also have a 20 minute reading lesson every day where they can discuss and compare stories, poems and non-fiction texts. They are also taught the decoding and comprehension skills needed to become a successful reader.

Each class has a reading area, with a variety of books and we are passionate about developing a culture of “reading for pleasure” at our school.

Phonics

At Bluecoat Meres Primary we use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending them together to read and write words and using these learnt sounds in their reading and writing. In EYFS and KS1 children will follow a daily phonic programme to create fluent, enthusiastic readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will;

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts (this begins in Nursery where the first 30 sounds are taught).
  • Learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • Write simple sentences

On the Ruth Miskin website you will be able to watch a selection of short video clips that will support your pronunciation of the ‘pure’ sounds, and provide tutorials on how to support your child in learning to read www.ruthmiskin.com

Maths at Bluecoat Meres Primary Academy

At Bluecoat Meres Primary Academy, we follow the White Rose schemes of learning which follows a mastery curriculum to ensure that all children:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Through Maths lessons, children use a range of concrete materials to help develop a conceptual understanding of different areas of the curriculum, for example Numicon and place value counters.  Once they are confident, they move onto drawing pictorial representations before progressing to abstract methods.

Times Table Rock Stars

From years 2-6 we children also use Times Table Rock Stars to help them to improve their times table knowledge. Each month, children will take part in a classroom battles to become TT Rock Star Champion for the month.

For more information please look at the document below.

Parent Guide To TT Rockstars

Computing Curriculum for KS1 and KS2

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 1 Computing Skills

Can I use a trackpad?

Can I swtich on and shutdown a computer?

Can I launch an application?

Can I save a file?

Can I drag objects?

Can I identify and practise my computer skills?

Word Processing Skills

Can I type on a keyboard?

Can I save files?

Can I edit text?

Can I use a keyboard?

Can I select and format text?

Can I format the font?

Programming with Scratch Jr.

Can I describe and use instructions to program a character?

Can I program a character to grow and shrink?

Can I use instructions to make characters move at different speeds and distance?

Can I create programs that play a recorded sound?

Can I create programs with a sequence of linked instructions?

Year 2 Using the Internet

Can I search the internet using one word?

Can I stay safe when using the internet?

Can I search the internet to find results suitable for children?

Can I follow links to another web page?

Can I create content for an online blog?

 

Computer Art

Can I create computer art?

Can I use a range of tools to reproduce a style of art?

Can I make and edit shapes to create a piece of art?

Can I change the shade of a colour for effect?

Can I retrieve a file to edit in a computer program?

Can I use a range of skills to create a piece of art?

Presentation skills

Can I use folders?

Can I use basic computer skills?

Can I organise ideas for a presentation?

Can I create a simple presentation with text?

Can I add and format an image?

Can I reorder slides and present a presentation?

Can I search and print?

Year 3 Programming Turtle Logo and Scratch Jr.

Can I create an algorithm to move and rotate the turtle?

Can I create an algorithm using the repeat command?

Can I create and debug an algorithm using pen up and pen down?

Can I create an algorithm using the repeat and say command?

Can I create an algorithm using the green flag to start?

Can I create an algorithm and use the commands to change the backdrop and add sprites?

Can I create and debug algorithms that draw shapes?

Can I create and debug algorithms to draw patterns?

Word Processing

Can I change the case of text?

Can I align text?

Can I use bullet points and numbering?

Can I use the <ctrl> key?

Can I insert and format text boxes?

Internet research and communication

Can I identify how word order affects search results?

Can I explain how searches return results?

Can I save and share webpages?

Can I identify the ways, and investigate how, we communicate online?

Can I explain how to stay safe when communicating online?

Can I explain why I need to be responsible online?

Year 4 Scratch: Quizzes and Questions

Can I compare quizzes and decompose a problem into smaller parts?

Can I write and debug a program?

Can I use sequence and selection?

Can I word with variables?

Can I write a program?

Can I design, write and debug my own program by selecting appropriate visual block commands to create a sequence?

Word Processing

Can I format images for a purpose?

Can I use formatting tools to create an effective layout?

Can I use the spellcheck tool?

Can I insert and format a table in a word processing document?

Can I change page layout for a purpose?

Can I create hyperlinks within a word document?

Programming Turtle Logo

Can I create and debug an algorithm to create a procedure?

Can I create and debug an algorithm that uses setpos to draw shapes?

Can I create and debug an algorithm with different colours?

Can I create and debug an algorithm to fill areas with colour?

Can I create and debug an algorithm to produce text?

Can I create and debug an algorithm to draw arcs?

Year 5 Scratch: Developing Games

Can I design and program a character game?

Can I design an original character or backdrop for a game?

Can I add features and effects to enhance a game?

Can I create an original animated game with a specific goal?

Can I program costume changes for a sprite?

Can I add point-scoring and levels to a game code?

Internet Research and webpage design

Can I evaluate webpages?

Can I create a webpage layout?

Can I add text to a webpage?

Can I add images to a webpage?

Can I add hyperlinks into a webpage?

Can I publish and share my webpage?

Radio Station

Can I use software to create my own sounds by recording, editing and playing?

Can I combine audio effects to create an original radio jingle?

Can I research and plan digital content for a radio podcast?

Can I use software to create and present digital content for a radio podcast?

Can I design and record a persuasive radio advert for a product or service?

Can I present and evaluate audio content?

Year 6 Spreadsheets

Can I enter data and formulae into a spreadsheet?

Can I order and present data based on calculations?

Can I add, edit and calculate data?

Can I use a spreadsheet to solve problems?

Can I plan and calculate a spending budget?

Can I design a spreadsheet for a specific purpose?

Scratch: Animated Stories

Can I create appropriate animations for a story scene?

Can I structure and control the timing of events?

Can I control when objects need to be visible?

Can I sequence events to create a story narrative?

Can I add voice sounds to enhance an animated story?

Can I add interactive user features to a scene or story?

E-safety

Can I find similarities and differences between in-person and cyber-bullying?

Can I identify good strategies to deal with cyper-bullying?

Can I identify secure websites by identifying privacy seals of approval?

Can I understand the benefits and pitfalls of online identify relationships?

Can I identify information that I should never share?

Can I identify how the media play a powerful role in shaping ideas about girls and boys?

Can I apply my e-safety knowledge to my online activities?

Can I use my knowledge of e-safety to create a multiply choice quiz?

PSHE curriculum overview

The school teaches PSHE through 6 key themes: rights and responsibilities; money; health; feelings and friendship; safety and risk; identity. The whole school yearly overview is detailed below.

PSHE CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK: WHOLE SCHOOL OVERVIEW
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1

 

How do we decide how to behave? What can we do with money? How do we keep safe? How do we feel? What makes us special?
Year 2 How can we help?

 

 

 

What is bullying?

 

 

How can we be healthy? What is the same and different about us? How do we show our feelings? How can we keep safe in different places?
Year 3 What are the rules that keep us safe?

 

What can we do about bullying?

 

 

What are we responsible for?

 

How can we describe our feelings?

 

 

How can we eat well?

 

What jobs would we like?

 

Year 4 What is diversity?

 

How can we be a good friend?

 

How do we grow and change?

 

 

How can we keep safe in our local area?

 

 

Year 5 What makes a community? What does discrimination mean? How can we manage our money?

 

 

What choices help health?

 

How can we be safe online and using social media?

 

What makes us enterprising?
Year 6 What makes a healthy and happy relationship?

 

What are human rights?

 

How can money affect us?

 

How can we stay healthy?

 

How can we manage risk?

Religious Education (RE)

Religious Education (RE) is a core subject at our school. We follow the Lincolnshire Locally Agreed Syllabus 2018-2022 and the Understanding Christianity resource created by the Church of England. As a Church of England School, Christianity forms the major theme in RE lessons and culture within the school, however, we have a duty to foster an accurate and increasing understanding of other religions in the world.

From September 2018, it has been compulsory to teach Christianity and Islam. In other units of work, teachers then choose other religions to focus on to ensure a broad and balanced understanding throughout the years. Due to this, children gain a deeper understanding of the world they are growing up in as well as appreciating the faith of others, developing their own understanding of their beliefs and practices.

Children are taught RE by their class teacher as part of the wider school curriculum. Where appropriate, RE is used in other areas of the curriculum such as stories being explored through art, drama, music and discussion. Through careful planning, activities are used to encourage participation by all children at a level that is appropriate to their ability.

For more information about our curriculum, please contact Mrs Nicola Woolerton on 01476 405200.

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Grantham
Lincolnshire
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