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Curriculum


At Jerome Primary School we have embraced the newly published national curriculum 2014. Below you can download our curriculum overview for Year 1 to 6 and the Ages and Stages document followed in our EYFS.

Curriculum Overview for Years 1-6


Ages and Stages



Maths


We engage the children in a fun, active learning environment for all aspects of Maths. We endeavour to absorb the children in a problem solving environment where all learning has a real life context, this is achieved in a number of ways. We have encompassed the innovative approaches of the Singapore bar and Singapore place value counters into our daily curriculum.

How can you support your child at home?

Useful things you can do with your child each day at home:

  • Look for numbers on street signs and number plates
  • Talk to your child about the time.
  • What time will dinner be?
  • How long have they got left until bedtime?
  • When will their favourite TV show be on?


When shopping there are lots of opportunities for Maths:

  • Let your child help you count out the money when paying for a few small items.
  • Can your child work out how much change they should receive after paying?
  • Look at the quantities of anything you buy.
 

English


Reading


At Jerome Primary School our priority is ensuring that all children can read. Children that can read can then access all areas of the curriculum and this invaluable life skill impacts on learning and achievement and so self-confidence and self-esteem.

We introduced Read Write Inc. in September and the children in Early Years and KS1 work in groups in phonics sessions that are active, fun, and pacey, ensuring that all learners are engaged and that children make good progress.

We use Oxford Reading Tree books to complement children's reading experiences of many genres. Children have opportunities to select library books linked to their interests.

The combination of Reading Scheme books and library books ensure that even our very youngest children view themselves as readers practically as soon as they start school.

This helps to ensure our children read for pleasure and also to discover more about the world around them.

All children have reading sessions daily and also have many opportunities to be read to.

Parents and Carers play a large part in ensuring that their child learns to read by hearing them once a night and writing in the home/school reading record.

We know that reading experiences and ability links directly to writing skills and achievement.

Speaking & Listening


We encourage the use of clear, well-formed sentences by everyone, all of the time. Adults model grammar and interesting vocabulary.

Children use 'Talk for writing' to retell stories and events. They have regular opportunities to act out familiar stories and to plan their own. Role play areas or prop boxes can be found in every classroom to support the use of language and imagination.

After all, if a child cannot speak in sentences, how can they be expected to write in sentences?

Writing


As soon as children start school we ensure that they have many opportunities for independent writing with an audience and a purpose in mind.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage have opportunities to make marks and develop writing emergently. The whole school follows a Creative Curriculum with close links to the core subjects, especially writing.

Children learn the importance of punctuation and sentence structure. They also learn to plan, revise and edit their own work to ensure that they are achieving their very best.

Children in Reception (when able) and children in Key Stage One learn to read and spell the high frequency words and then once phonic knowledge is secure, children move onto spelling other words and spellings as many things are taught in active learning sessions in order to meet the needs of all of our learners.


Handwriting


Presentation is an important aspect of all work and we initially teach the children to form their letters correctly. We then have a cursive handwriting programme in place so that children can develop a neat, joined legible style.

The skills that they learn in English, are transferred and used in all other areas of the curriculum and help children to communicate ideas and feelings as well as gain an understanding of the world in which we live.


Assessment


At Jerome we want children to have some ownership of their learning journey. We encourage them to review their own work and discuss how they feel it might be improved. We talk with them about their next steps for learning and the support that they feel they need to reach that goal. These Learning conversations are recorded in their books so that the children can refer to them.