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Curriculum


At Jerome Primary School we have embraced the national curriculum 2014 and continue embed this as we re-develop our curriculum in line with our over-aching Intent Statement and Subject Specific Intent Statements.


 INTENT


At Jerome our aim is to create a primary school that encourages its children to set no boundaries when it comes to their future and all they can grow to be – ‘Forever Forward’.


We want to help each child become a caring, confident and curious young person who has a passion for learning and achieving. We will do this by supporting, guiding and inspiring our children through excellent teaching practices. By working with our families we will create an aspirational school community in which everyone is valued and successes are celebrated.


Our curriculum is designed and implemented with the intent to ensure all of our pupils can be successful, that barriers are challenged and removed so that weaknesses become strengths, and strengths are celebrated.


Subject Specific Intent Statements –


English – To deliver an exciting, innovative English curriculum which enables and empowers children’s written and oral communication and creativity - whilst sharing will them the joy of language through books, films and other media. To ensure all of our children leave Jerome with a good awareness of the vast array of purposes for writing and how their skills can be applied to their life moving forward.


Maths – For every child to develop a sound understanding of Maths, equipping them with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school. To ensure that, through the application of maths in a variety of lessons, our children have a sound knowledge of the use and importance of Maths in the world, and in their own future.


EYFS – To open up the world of learning, ensuring every child ends our EYFS as a confident, independent learner who is happy and settled in their environment.


Creative Curriculum – Through our Creative Curriculum we aim to inspire our pupils’ future educational choices and job roles. Ensuring our curriculum, whilst covering the content of the National Curriculum, also opens learning up to encompass a variety of tasks and challenges that give our pupils experience and understanding of different industry, job roles and business opportunities.


Science – To develop children’s scientific knowledge and understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, for now and the future.


History and Geography – To develop children’s experiences and understanding of Geography and History, inspiring and igniting their curiosity about the wider world.


Art and DT – To ensure all children have the opportunity to explore techniques, process and concepts so that they are inspired to use their imagination to create and design.


Music – To expose all of our children to a vast array of music and musical style, ensuring they have the opportunity to sing, compose and play instruments for a range of purposes.


MFL – To use the teaching and learning of French across the school as a foundation for inspiring our children to learn other languages, opening up access to the world beyond the English language.


Computing – To develop children’s experiences and understanding of ICT, preparing them for a future of learning and jobs in an ever technological world.


RE – To develop our children’s awareness of religion so that they can be informed, knowledgeable and understanding citizens, aware of the differences and similarities that exist within their own society and the wider world – knowing that this is to be celebrated.


PSHE (JIGSAW) – To develop pupils understanding of PSHE and provide them with a foundation of life skills across all contexts (home/school/community) and time spans (primary/secondary/later life).


PE – To develop children’s experiences and enable them to achieve personal successes,  supporting them to secure the appropriate skills and confidence to partake in all sports.


IMPLEMENTATION


Our curriculum will be implemented with our intentions as the drivers behind our actions. Each term the children will complete a selection of ‘Big Challenges’ or ‘Grand Finales’ given to them through Creative Curriculum topics – aiming to develop learning and give experiences far beyond the norms of the National Curriculum; opening up ideas, opportunities and curiosity for life.


Effective Teaching - At Jerome Primary School we set high expectations for all learners, whilst encouraging all children to celebrate their individual interests, areas of expertise and overall strengths. High expectations of progress apply equally to children working above, at, or below age-related expectations, including those who have been identified as having special educational needs. There is an expectation of participation, fulfilment and success; and teaching and learning is characterised by ambitious objectives, rapid intervention to keep pupils on trajectory and rigorous assessment to check and maintain pupil progress. The teacher’s priority is to support children so that they can make good rates of progress.


Our Curriculum


EYFS Curriculum


In Nursery and Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published in March 2014 by the DfE. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum.


These areas are:


Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Physical Development


Communication and Language development


Literacy


Mathematics


Understanding the World


Expressive Arts and Design


A vital aspect in the development of essential knowledge and skills is the use of continuous provision. This means that children are using and developing certain skills throughout the year on a daily/weekly basis.


Continuous Provision practice and principles begin in Early Years Foundation Stage and support children to develop key life skills such as; independence, innovation, creativity, enquiry, analysis and problem solving.


English


Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing, and grammar and vocabulary. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely.


We use Read, Write Inc for our phonics programme. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. The children will be heard reading individually and in groups. The guided reading sessions cover both fiction and non-fiction books. Guided reading also develops the children’s comprehension skills. Parents are given clear expectations about reading at home.


We develop writing skills so that our pupils have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, self and peer editing and discussion. We use talk for writing to encourage pupils to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published and read by real audiences. We currently have a popular school newspaper!


Handwriting sessions are incorporated into the English lessons. A range of extra activities are used to promote literacy within the school including, World Book Day and author visits.


National Curriculum English Programmes of Study:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study


Mathematics


At Jerome we embrace the Mastery approach to teaching mathematics. Our teachers will ensure that mathematical skills are taught every day following national curriculum guidance with all children given the opportunity to display fluency, attempt problem solving and complete reasoning questions, on a daily basis. They also use cross curricular opportunities to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Our pupils understand the importance of mathematics and are encouraged to see the role it plays in our everyday lives, society and business.


Lesson activities cover a wide range of mathematical knowledge, often with an emphasis on practical work. In each lesson there is a short and simple mental maths session. We build on skills and understanding in a step by step and progressive way and continue to develop place value, the four number operations and the understanding of fractional parts. Our children also complete weekly ‘challenges’ to ensure their skill and knowledge become embedded and transferable to any given situation.


National Curriculum Mathematics Programmes of Study:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study.


Science


Science will be taught as part of our Creative Curriculum so that children have a greater understanding of the role it plays within out world. We will encourage our pupils to be curious about natural phenomena and to be excited by the process of understanding the world around them. Key scientific terminology will be introduced each lesson and knowledge will be built upon throughout the school. Pupils will be encouraged to work scientifically and will able to carry out simple tests and experiments using equipment, and  gathering and recording data. Whilst at Jerome, children will learn about plants, animals including humans, materials, seasonal change, habitats, rocks, light, forces, states of matter, sound, electricity, earth and space and evolution. Science ambassadors, visits from science specialists, and special science events support the further enhancement of our curriculum.


National Curriculum Science Programmes of Study:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study#key-stage-1


Art and Design


Art has a very important place in our curriculum. We see art as a vehicle for creativity and individual expression and it provides opportunities for collaborative work. It is an important form of cultural expression and, therefore, has significance and meaning for all our children. Our teaching provides an understanding of all the diverse art forms so that the children experience drawing, painting, collage, textiles, 3D designs, printmaking and digital media.


Our design and technology lessons encourage the designing and making of products to solve real and relevant problems. Our pupils learn to select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.


National Curriculum Art Programmes of Study


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-art-and-design-programmes-of-study


Drama


Drama is used as a key tool in developing oral skills, vocabulary development, building confidence and self- esteem, and as an essential tool in developing imaginative, expressive, and persuasive spoken and written language. ‘Hot seating’, and ‘response in role’ drama techniques are used in English lessons to aid the development of speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. Imaginative role play is fundamental to developing the whole child, not just in Early Years and KS1 education, but also as they develop, and our curriculum provides opportunities to perform to wider audiences through assemblies and events around key festivals. There are increasing opportunities for our pupils to perform as they progress through the school – some linked directly with topic ‘Big Challenges’ or ‘Grand Finales’.


Computing


Our approach is to integrate ICT into all lessons: the use cameras and iPads is as much part of our learning tools as pencils and pens. Subject specific software, from one-off programmes to learning platforms, support teaching and learning across all years. The children develop their skills, starting in reception with mouse control, keyboard skills, saving and printing work. They draw pictures, write and use the internet to carry out research. They then progress to more complex skills such as data analysis and coding. Pupils will use technology safely and identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns.


National Curriculum Computing Programmes of Study:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-computing-programmes-of-study


Modern Foreign Language


From Year 3 to Year 6 we teach French to all children. Our approach is to make learning a new language fun! Young pupils are very receptive to learning a new language; they like to mimic pronunciation and they can easily pick up and duplicate new sounds. They feel a real sense of accomplishment when they learn to say something new. We integrate the foreign language into the everyday routine and our Creative Curriculum topics.


National Curriculum Language Programmes of Study


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study


Music


In their music lessons pupils use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Assemblies will also provide an opportunity to practise singing. Pupils will also be taught to play a variety of instruments musically and are encouraged to play together in ensemble groups. We encourage listening to a wide range of music with concentration and understanding. Music lessons are linked to Creative Curriculum topics and music is used in a variety of lessons and activities to create, mood, atmosphere and to help thinking. Our Y4 class learn to play string instruments for the year – performing to their peers, parents and at LA events.


National Curriculum Music Programmes of Study:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-music-programmes-of-study


Physical Education (PE)


One session of PE each week is delivered by a Specialist Teacher supplied by Progressive Sports, with the other delivered by class teachers. Our PE sessions will be both indoor and outdoor for Reception and Key Stage 1. They focus on mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. Pupils are encouraged to participate in team games and to develop simple tactics for being an effective team member. Key Stage 2 pupils will also complete lessons inside and outside and may also visit other facilities including the local swimming pool. Swimming is introduced n Year 5. We ensure wider participation in the community by involvement in interschool sports and swimming tournaments, local authority and Progressive Sports based competitions.


PE Programmes of Study:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-physical-education-programmes-of-study


PSHE


PSHE, or personal, social, health and education, is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. It prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential. In our programmes we actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain. Our citizenship lessons enable our pupils to understand the British democratic process and how to effect peaceful changes in society.


All our year groups have timetabled PSHE time, using the JIGSAW scheme, but we encourage a cross-curricular approach to the development of PSHE skills and understanding. Circle time is used to listen to others and to be heard with the help of class friends. Pupils learn about similarities and differences between people and cultures.


National Curriculum PSHE programmes of Study


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-social-health-and-economic-education-pshe


Religious Education


We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (SACRE) produced by The Educational Framework for Religious Education in Staffordshire. Religious Education (RE) is taught to all children. Our teaching promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. It reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions represented in Great Britain and the wider world. Our teaching enables pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and rituals. They will also develop their own beliefs and values. We will not convert or steer pupils towards a particular religious belief. They will also be aware that some people have no attachment to religious beliefs and follow secular philosophies.


Religious Education DfE Guidance


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/religious-education-guidance-in-english-schools-non-statutory-guidance-2010


Geography and History


These subjects are taught through our Creative Curriculum which is carefully balanced and planned to be age appropriate across the years. Through topics children are given the opportunity to learn about the world within which they live – past and present – as well as how we may be affecting the future. There is a strong focus on fact and research in our History lessons with a strong focus on changes over time and a comparison to life today. Geography covers a vast range of human and physical topics – with children learning and developing skills linked to people, places, features, landscapes and much more.


Humanities Programmes of Study:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-geography-programmes-of-study


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-history-programmes-of-study


IMPACT


The impact of our curriculum will be measured in several ways.


  1. By formal, nationally governed, assessment procedures which allow us to measure outcomes against all schools nationally:

     

    EYFS % of pupils achieving a ‘Good level of development’ (GLD)

    Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1

    End of KS1 % of children working towards or at the expected standard and at Greater depth in reading, writing and maths

    End of KS2 % of children working towards or at the expected standard and at Greater depth in reading, writing, maths and SPAG

     

     

  2. Through the use of in school assessment grids to track the attainment and progress of each pupil:

     

    Maths Assessment Grids – Y1-6

    Reading Assessment Grids Y1-6

    Writing Assessment Grids Y1-6

    SPAG Assessment Grids Y1-6

    Science and Foundation Subject Progress Grids Y1-6

    EYFS Profile

     

    Assessment logged in the above grids is used to inform end of term summative judgments for Maths, Reading, SPAG and Writing. Science and Foundation Progress Grids are used throughout the year to assess the development of knowledge and skills across our Creative Curriculum Topics.

     

    The EYFS Profile is summarised 3 times a year to give a baseline, mid-review, and end of year judgment for all of our Reception and Nursery pupils.

     

    All grids are used to inform teaching and learning, to identify interventions to be actioned, and to highlight focusses for current and future school improvement plans. Grids are also routinely discussed at Pupil Progress Meetings to ensure the assessment of impact is ongoing and reflective, they are passed from teacher to teacher to ensure a smooth transition from one year to the next.

     

  3. By how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well rounded individuals who embody our values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful in the next stage of their education.

     

  4. By how it inspires our pupils to have high expectations for their future. With vast and wide spanning thoughts in relation to the jobs they can do, the role they can play in society, the lives they can live.


Below you can download our curriculum overview for Year 1 to 6 and the Ages and Stages document for our EYFS.