We believe that children learn best through a broad curriculum underpinned by the rigorous development of basic skills.
Planning and teaching in the Foundation is based on the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Provision is carefully planned to meet the needs of children with a balance between child led play based learning and adult led and supported activities.
School follows the National Curriculum 2014 for teaching and learning in Key Stage One and Two:
We use 'Focus Challenge Curriculum' materials to support teaching and learning in all areas of the curriculum however this is adapted to meet the needs of the children and the school.
Children currently receive specialist teaching in PE and, for some year groups, music.
Key Stage One
Play based learning continues to be an important part of provision in Key Stage One. Phonics, an important part of early reading skills, is taught through the Read, Write, Inc program ensuring a secure development of these skills. Children are given opportunities through their play and through 'Big Write' which provides time for children to communicate their ideas through their writing. Grammar is taught alongside this so that children learn to apply this knowledge consistently. Maths learning continues to be primarily practical with children learning written methods increasingly. We aim to develop secure understanding of maths concepts at each stage.
Key Stage Two
We continue to apply Read, Write, Inc where appropriate for pupils along with Big Write to engage children in their writing. Grammar, spelling and punctuation is taught explicitly according to the National Curriculum and use of assessment criteria for writing ensure these skills are applied to writing. Maths teaching draws on NCTEM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths) materials to support planning and opportunties are provided for children to apply their learning to ensure depth of understanding.
Throughout school, knowledge and understanding is checked on a day to day basis and, for older children, through termly tests. These are used to ensure children are 'on track' and making good progress.
At Samuel Barlow Primary School we teach our children to fulfil the three aims of the National Curriculum for Maths:
Fluency - The children can recall number facts and methods with ease and know how and when to apply them.
Reasoning - The pupils can explain their mathematical thinking using precise vocabulary; both verbally and in writing.
Problem Solving - Children will develop the ability to solve real life problems and puzzles using their maths knowledge and skills.
We want children to be independent, confident and efficient mathematicians and will encourage them to make connections between mathematical ideas and their 'real world' application.
Literacy is an essential part of our daily curriculum. Through writing, reading, speaking and listening, our children learn to communicate and express themselves through their thoughts, ideas, opinions and emotions.
Reading as a whole school priority.
Reading and the understanding of words and what they are trying to communicate are the building blocks to success at all levels throughout the Primary Curriculum across all subjects and ultimately throughout life. Reading provides us all with knowledge – it helps us make concrete what we already know and provide building blocks to acquiring new learning and skills; it teaches us the power of sympathy and empathy; it provides models for writing through word choice and sentence structure; it inspires; it engages us on a number of emotional levels; it allows us to escape into worlds that at times we can only dream of; and provides us with opportunities to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
All the skills of language, both spoken and written, are essential to participating fully as a member of society; it is therefore vital that pupils learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently.
•To enable and empower children to speak clearly and confidently in Standard English, taking into account the audience and purpose.
•To ask relevant questions and articulate answers with reasoned responses.
•To encourage children to listen actively and attentively enabling them to independently and conscientiously access their learning.
•To promote the active participation in class discussion and debate, allowing the children to sensitively but confidently express their ideas and opinions, evaluate and build upon the viewpoints of others and at times, courteously challenge these viewpoints.
•To develop their ability to reflect on their own and others’ contributions through speculation, hypotheses and exploration of ideas.
•To be confident enough to articulate their own steps to progression.
•To develop and inspire confident, enthusiastic and reflective readers who enjoy reading a variety of texts and that they can connect with on different levels.
•To develop their ever increasing vocabulary in spoken and written forms understanding the different effects that carefully chosen words can have.
•To encourage children to enjoy writing for a range of real purposes and audiences and to recognise its value.
•To enable children to write with accuracy and meaning in both fiction and non-fiction and be able to use the rules of grammar and punctuation accurately.
•To be able to plan, draft, edit and reflect on their writing effectively.
At Samuel Barlow Primary School and Nursery we believe that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
By building on body of key knowledge and concepts, children are be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
Children should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Throughout school we follow the Nottinghamshire syllabus to ensure all children learn the required things within RE. Also this gets linked with British Values and our SEAL work within school. This syllabus allows children to not only look at the differnt religions across the world but to also discuss and share their own beliefs and thoughts on issues covered. Please see link for Sylllabus should you wish to see the particular areas covered.
All children from foundation to year 6 will participate in regular music lessons. These include a variety of skills including singing, playing an instrument , performing group pieces and experimenting with sound.
Y3- 5 - have specific musical instrument lessons and learn many of the basic skills to music, enabling them to play a variety of songs on their given instrument.
Within school all children take part in weekly singing assemblies learning a variety of songs and some of the basic skills required to sing correctly.
As it is a requirement of the National Curriculum that each child has regular physical activity we expect all children to participate in PE lessons. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities.
PE promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills, and it promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.
Children will be taught by their class teacher or a qualified coach every week. They will also access games and activities during playtime and lunch breaks.
At Samuel Barlow Primary School and Nursery we also provide a wide range of after school clubs to enhance the curriculum which change termly.