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Curriculum Information

From October half term, we adopted a whole school approach to learning, which focuses on central themes stemming from the National Curriculum and supports our mixed year group classes.

Our curriculum is based on a four year cycle of different themes, which means that children will generally visit each theme twice during their time at Stoke by Nayland to enable learning to be consolidated and their understanding and knowledge to be deepened further.

Each half term there is a different theme driven by a main subject area e.g History, Geography, Science, Art, DT or English.  This allows subjects to be recognised for their unique qualities and for learning to be immersive so that children gain a deep understanding of what is being taught.  Cross curricular links with other subjects are made when there is a natural, authentic link, but when this is not possible, subjects are taught discretely as part of mini topics.

In most cases, English is taught thematically through the central topic enabling the children to obtain and apply their knowledge in a range of writing contexts.

In each foundation subject area there are three or four 'big ideas' which are revisited in different contexts each time the subject is taught.  Please click on the curriculum areas to read about these further.

 

Overview

The core subjects are:

Maths and English

 

The foundation subjects are:

Science, Geography, History, PE, Music, RE, Art, Design & Technology, ICT, Foreign Language (French), PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

 

Whole school topic overview:

Please click here to see our whole school topic overview.  For the academic year 2019 - 2020, we are following Cycle 1.

 

Educational Visits

Taking children on trips adds an extra dynamic to learning in a social as well as academic sense. Trips for different age ranges includes: museum visits, the zoo, the seaside, the cathedral as well as using the village as a resource for local study.

 

Outdoor Learning

We consider opportunities to learn outside as an essential element of the curriculum. We have dedicated outdoor areas for all classes and are in the process of enhancing them further. In addition to the school areas we have an allotment and constant access to Rowley Wood, which is a 5 minute walk through the fields.  We are in the process of setting up a Forest School.

 

Supporting Learning (Please click on the heading)

If you have any questions about our curriculum, please contact your child's class teacher or our Headteacher - Mrs Sarah Smith

English

The key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening open up a world of learning in school and in the wider lives of our children. We believe children who are read to and then read them themselves develop a richer vocabulary and understanding of language which, in turn allows them to become effective writers in a range of styles.  Most importantly, we want to engender a love of and enthusiasm for language and develop the natural talents and inclinations our children have.

Our English teaching is based on a range of approaches that we adapt to suit the needs of our children. Below are examples of some of the programmes we use at different ages and stages:

 No Nonsense Spelling

 Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Phonics Play (phonics schemes & materials)

 Oxford Reading Tree (reading scheme)

 Jelly and Bean (reading scheme)

 Project X (reading scheme)

 Read Theory (computer-based reading programme)

 

 

Maths

At Stoke by Nayland we aim to develop mathematicians who have the skills to cope in the real world.  Children will be fluent in rapid recall of number facts and methods to enable them to solve real life problems, and they will be flexible in transferring these skills when required.

We aim to develop a love and curiosity of number and mathematical concepts.  We believe that all children are mathematicians and all children should have the confidence to experiment and play with number to solve problems.  The children at Stoke by Nayland are exposed to a range of methods and strategies, and are encouraged to adopt strategies that work for them.

Our maths lessons are based around the mastery approach to teaching maths, which develops 3 key elements: Fluency in number, reasoning skills and problem solving.  Our lessons are purposeful, engaging and cater for different learning styles.  We recognise the importance of verbalising our learning and we encourage our children to 'think out loud'.

To see our Mastery Strategy - please click
 here

 

Sciences

Through science we aim to engender a sense of awe and wonder about the world we are part of and our interaction with it.  We do this by learning about key aspects of biology, chemistry and physics in a thematic way and through topics that children can relate to. Wherever possible we make science a ‘hands on’ experience where children learn by investigation and questioning.  The 'big ideas' that we will be revisiting in each Science topic are 'Purpose', 'Result', 'Evidence' and 'Characteristics'. 

Geography

Our Geography curriculum aims to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, that will remain with our children for the rest of their lives.  We equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.  The 'big ideas' that we will be revisiting as part of our Geography topics are 'Location', 'Characteristics' and 'Civilisation'.

History

In History, we aim to inspire curiosity and fascination about the world's past.  Through our teaching of History, we aim for our pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.  We want to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past and to know more about the past.  Our intention is to enable children to ask perceptive questions and think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.  Through the teaching of History we endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and challenges of time.  Through our topics we develop children’s understanding of chronology and the impact of a range of events on todays society.  The 'big ideas' that we will revisit as part of our history topics are 'Chronology', 'Result', 'Evidence' and 'Civilisation'.

PE

In Physical Education we aim to develop a sense of physical confidence, health awareness and personal achievement, both individually and as part of a team.  Over the time at our school, we give opportunities to develop specific skills, teamwork, develop an understanding of strategy, welcome competition and learn how physical activity contributes to a healthy mind and body.

Through regular lessons children learn a wide range of specific skills and have the opportunity to take some of these further in extra-curricular activities and events organised in the area such as tournaments and competitions. Children are encouraged to celebrate all successes and support each other in being the ‘best they can be’ from their starting point.  The 'big ideas' revisited in PE are 'Co-operation', 'Technique' and 'Evaluation'.

Below in an overview of our PE curriculum:

Swimming - click link

Music

In music we aim to give our children a range of creative experiences that allow them to explore and appreciate music from different cultures, traditions and eras.  Through listening, singing, composing and performing we hope children will enjoy sharing the skills they develop and begin to understand the impact that music can have emotionally and spiritually.

At our school, music is a key element, both through the curriculum lessons and in the wider opportunities we offer. These can include listening to professional musicians, singing in a choir or learning an instrument, performing in school and further afield such as in local events in the village and wider community-for example the cathedral or concert hall.  The 'big ideas' revisited in music are 'Chronology', 'Technique', 'Notation' and 'Composition'.

Art

Our Art and Design curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with knowledge and skills to create and experiment with a range of media in their art work.  We feel that all our children should explore and discuss art work from different periods and cultures and in a range of styles.  The 'big ideas' revisited throughout the art and design curriculum are 'Chronology', 'Appreciation', 'Technique' and 'Expression'.

 

DT

Our Design and Technology curriculum aims to give the children the freedom to express their creativity through exploring, designing and making with a range of materials and techniques.  In doing this, the children look at the work of a variety of designers, past and present.  We will encourage them to be creative problem-solvers and to apply their skills and also become critical thinkers through evaluating their designs and products and those of others.  The 'big ideas' revisited are 'Purpose', 'Characteristics', 'Construction' and 'Evaluation'. 

 

MFL

Modern Foreign Languages and Cultural Learning is a key strength of our school.  The Governors are committed to supporting the headteacher and other staff to maintain our current Linguarmarque status and seek opportunities for our pupils to continue to develop their language skills and develop a wider and deeper understanding of a range of cultures from around the world.  We start exposing children to French from Nursery age as we believe early learning through songs and games helps to build confidence and begin to develop an ear for language.  The children follow a four year cycle of whole school themes.  These include the 'big ideas' of  'Communication' and 'Understanding'.  

This year the children will be learning the following:

 French Curriculum Overview 2018-2019

French Curriculum Overview 2017-2018

PSHE

In PSHE we aim to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for our children keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in a modern world.  We believe that a well-delivered PSHE programme has an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.  Our 'big ideas' in PSHE are 'Respect', 'Communication' and 'Understanding'.

Our PSHE curriculum includes the development of key skills and personal qualities such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking. These are set in the context of learning grouped into three core themes:

    · Health and Well-being
    · Relationships
    · Living in the Wider World (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).

We have just launched the PSHE scheme the 'Zones of Regulation', which teaches the children about their emotions and how their emotions can impact on their own behaviour and other people's behaviour.  The teaching of PSHE will be focussing on the 'zones of Regulation' this half term.   

 

 

 

Cycle 1

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Focus

Families and Friendships

Living in the Wider World

Health and Well Being

Topic

Families and Friendships

Respecting Ourselves and Others

Belonging to a Community

Money and Work

Physical Health and Mental Well Being

Keeping Safe

EYFS

My Family

All about Me

My class

People who help me

Keeping fit

Staying safe

KS1

Roles of different people; families; feeling cared for

How  behaviour affects others; being respectful and polite

What rules are; caring for others’ needs;

Strengths and interests; jobs in the community

Keeping healthy; food and exercise

How rules and restrictions help us

Keeping safe online

L KS2

What makes a family; features of family life

Recognising respectful behaviour; the importance of self respect; courtesy and being polite

The values of rules and laws

Different jobs and skills, job stereotypes; setting personal goals

Health choices and habits; what affects feelings; expressing feelings

Risks and hazards; safety in the local environment and unfamiliar places

U KS2

Managing friendships and peer influence

Responding respectfully to a wide range of people; recognising prejudice and discrimination

Compassion towards others

Identifying job interests and aspirations; what influences career choices; workplace stereotypes

Healthy sleep habits, sun safety; medicines, vaccinations, immunisations and allergies

Keeping safe in different situations including responding in emergencies

 

 

 

Cycle 2

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Focus

Relationships

Living in the Wider World

Health and Well Being

Topic

Families and Friendships

Safe Relationships

Belonging to a community

Media Literacy and digital resilience

Physical health and Mental well being

Growing and changing

EYFS

My Friends

People who help me

My school

Using a computer safely

Healthy eating

I am unique

KS1

Making friends; feeling lonely and getting help

Recognising privacy; staying safe; seeking permission

Belonging to a group; roles and responsibilities

Using the internet and digital devices safely

Why sleep is important; medicines and keeping healthy

Recognising what makes them unique and special feelings managing when things go wrong

L KS2

Positive friendships including online

Personal boundaries; safely responding to others

What makes a community

How the internet is used – Fake news

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle; oral hygiene and dental care

Personal strengths and achievements; managing and reframing set backs

U KS2

Attraction to others; romantic relationships

Physical contact and staying safe online

Compassion towards others

How information online is targeted

What affects mental health and ways to take care of it

Human reproduction and birth; increasing independence; managing transition

 

 

 

Cycle 3

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Focus

Relationships

Living in the Wider World

Health and Well Being

Topic

Respecting ourselves and others

Safe relationships

Money and work

Media Literacy and digital resilience

Keeping safe

Physical health and mental well being

EYFS

All about Me

My Family

Savings

Everyday technology

Safe zones

Hygiene

KS1

Recognising things in common and differences; playing and working cooperatively; sharing opinions

Recognising privacy; staying safe; seeking attention

What money is; needs and wants; looking after money

The internet in everyday life; online content and information

Safety in different environments risk and safety at home emergencies

Why sleep is important; medicines and keeping healthy Keeping teeth healthy

L KS2

Respecting similarities and differences; discussing difference sensitively

Personal boundaries; safely responding to others; the impact of hurtful behaviour

Making decisions about money; using and keeping money safe

How data is shared and used

Medicines and household products; drugs common to everyday life

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle

U KS2

Expressing opinions and respecting other points of view, including discussing topical issues

Physical contact and feeling safe

Influences and attitudes to money; money and financial risks

Evaluating media sources; sharing things online

Keeping personal information safe regulations and choices

What affects mental health and ways to take care of it

 

 

Cycle 4

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Focus

Relationships

Living in the Wider World

Health and Well Being

Topic

Families and Friendships

Respecting ourselves and others

Belonging to a community

Media literacy and digital resilience

Keeping safe

Growing and changing

EYFS

My Family

Keeping me safe

Where I belong

Digital devices

Sharing information

Ourselves

KS1

Families and feeling cared for

Managing secrets; resisting pressure and getting help; recognising hurtful behaviour

Looking after the environment

Communicating online

Keeping safe out and about

Growing older naming body parts moving class or year group

L KS2

Features of family life

Responding to hurtful behaviour managing confidentiality

Rights freedoms and responsibilities

How data is shared and used

FGM

First aid

 

Physical and emotional changes in puberty personal hygiene

U KS2

Civil partnerships and marriage

Recognising and managing pressure; consent in different situations

Protecting the environment

Evaluating media sources: sharing things online

Drug use

First Aid

Personal identity  individuality and different qualities mental well being transition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RE

We follow the Emmanuel project for RE. As a Church of England school, Religious Education carries a high status within our curriculum.   Our Religious Education curriculum provides opportunities for our children to explore the significant theological concepts within Christianity and different world religions, developing their thinking and their understanding of the world and their experiences within it. We develop our pupils thinking through a wide range of opportunities including visits to the Cathedral, visits to local places of worship and a wide range of opportunities including leading worship for our pupils.  The 'big ideas' that we revisit are 'Belief', 'Respect' and 'Characteristics'.

Please see below for our 4 Year Overview:

 

 

ICT

In ICT and Computing we aim to we equip children to participate in a rapidly changing world, where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.  It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information to support their learning whilst developing the knowledge and skills to be discriminating and remain safe whilst online.  The 'big ideas' that children will revisit are 'Purpose', 'Respect' and 'Communication'.

 

Our Classes

Saplings - Nursery, Reception & Year 1

Chestnut - Years 2, 3 and 4

Oak - Years 5 and 6

 

Our Curriculum

We follow the National Curriculum which we deliver through carefully selected topics to engage and inspire our children.

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Stoke by Nayland C of E Primary School

School Street

Stoke-by-Nayland

Colchester CO6 4QY

 

Headteacher – Mrs Sarah Smith

Telephone: (01206) 262418

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