The School Curriculum
What are our aims?
In the Foundation Stage Unit we aim to achieve all the needs of each child by focusing on the seven areas of learning:
Communicatiion and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Art & Design
How do we achieve them?
In order to cover each learning area we participate in a range of activities each day, some together as a whole group, and some through each child’s personal choice. Some of the group activities include Phonics, Literacy, Numeracy and Outdoor Play. ‘Choosing time’ includes construction, the use of the class computer, sand, water, the role-play area, writing area, small world, painting, play-dough, model making and the book corner. Each of these activities is set up to reflect the topic we are focusing on each half term and is changed on a weekly basis.
How do we monitor your child’s progress?
To help monitor the children’s progress each child has their own Achievement Record. This profile includes photographs, staff comments, examples of the children’s work and the objectives they have met. This will be available for parents to look at, should they feel the need, at any time. Parents will also be invited to add any comments into their child’s achievement record if they have noticed any particular development in the home environment. In the Foundation Stage we view parents as ‘partners’ and any comments or observations you have will be greatly valued.
As part of our work in literacy we will write recounts in role as a child in the Victorian era, after looking at the work of Berlie Doherty and her novel Street Child based on the story of Jim, a boy who found himself in the workhouse system and was rescued by Dr Barnardo himself. We will also be writing our own continuations of the story and a review of the book. In addition to this we will be looking at newspaper reports, persuasion, discussion ,biographies and autobiographies.
The children in Y5/6 will study the Victorians this term, focusing particularly on the impact of the age on the life of a Victorian child. They will learn about the Industrial Revolution, the lives of both the rich and the poor, and look in detail at home, work and school life. The children will have the opportunity to develop their research and oral presentation skills.
We will devote whole days to History, dressing up and experiencing school life. We will also become apprentices at the mill of Samuel Gregg in Styal.
The children will develop their fine artistic skills in line drawing and pattern making. They will study the work of Victorian artist William Morris and create drawings, paintings and wall hangings, using these artists as an inspiration for their own work.
They will also apply these skills when celebrating the festive season by making gifts for friends and family in the style of William Morris. They will also look at various Victorian artists who conveyed movement in their work.
The children will engage in activities to develop their singing voices and their knowledge of rhythm. They will also explore Victorian music which will create links with our History topic and show off their talents in a class assembly.
We will be looking at the units as detailed in the Primary Framework.
Y5/6 will be using Microsoft Powerpoint, communicating with each other and children within our school on WordPress and doing research on the internet. We will also be using data handling packages in our numeracy, science and topic work.
We will be looking at micro- organisms reversible/ irreversible changes and dissolving .
As part of our practical work we will be working in groups and with partners to develop our investigation, observation and recording skills.