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At De Beauvoir Primary School, we ensure that pupils’ education meets the needs of the new National Curriculum. Our vision is to keep the children’s needs, interests and skills for life at the heart of everything we do. To support our vision, the offer we provide for our pupils is a rich, relevant, broad and balanced curriculum. We actively teach the skills and knowledge children need in order to prepare them for life, as well as the essential attributes of resilience, communication, endurance and enquiry
During the EYFS day, children engage in purposeful play and exploratory activities. Each day is planned to provide a range of experiences and activities that encourage independent thinking and choosing, as well as developing children’s communication and social skills when working alongside peers.
In the Foundation Stage the curriculum is made up of seven areas of learning:
The Prime areas are fundamental and work together, and move through to support development in all other areas.
- Personal, social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We aim to increase children’s understanding, encourage them to think and to improve their language competence. We allow children to be creative, to explore and investigate materials, and to be imaginative. Through these planned activities children will learn important early mathematical, linguistic and scientific concepts. They will also be acquiring social skills through their interaction with others. We actively promote learning to share, to take turns and to care for others. We offer the children a variety of outdoor spaces such as their own playgrounds, the infant playground. We use these outdoor areas as an extension of the classroom, offering children experiences, which support their learning in all of the areas.
Key Stage 1 and 2
In Key Stages 1 and 2 the curriculum is made up of core subjects:
- English: Reading and Writing
- Religious Education
- ICT and Computing
Additional curriculum areas include:
- Art and Design
- Physical Education
- Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship
For English (speaking and listening, reading and writing) and Mathematics, we follow the National Curriculum whilst adopting a unit based approach.
In Key Stage 1, we follow the Read Write Inc scheme for phonics and reading. Destination Reader is an approach to teaching reading in KS2. The approach involves daily sessions incorporating whole class modelling, prior to the children applying these skills through partner work and independent reading. Children deepen their understanding of the texts they read through the systematic use of a series of strategies and language stems.
In English, pupils spend a number of weeks immersed in a particular text type or particular novel linked to their topic learning and Destination Reader. High quality texts have been chosen to support the children’s understanding of their topic, as well as offering opportunities to use a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, and ensuring opportunities for high quality modelling and extending children’s writing. Look at some of the amazing writing we have been doing.
Year 1 – Toys – Traction Man Year 2 – Great Fire of London
Year 2 – Ancient Egypt- Flat Stanley Year 3 – Stone Age- Description of a flint knapping
Year 4 – Vikings – Description of longships Year 4 – Victorians – Frankenstein
Year 5 – Black History Month – Floella Benjamin Year 6 – The Mayans – Beans to Chocolate Bar
In Mathematics, the children follow the Singapore maths approach through the Primary Advantage Maths programme (http://www.primaryadvantage.co.uk/about-pa-maths). This approach enables children to think more deeply about mathematical concepts. Pupils begin by using concrete resources, move on to pictorial representations and gain a strong understanding of mathematical concepts before moving onto abstract/ written methods. It also allows them the opportunity to practise, consolidate and apply their learning and understanding to solving problems with confidence.
We follow our own school designed units of work for our topic curriculum, encompassing art and design, science, geography and history. See the curriculum newsletters and information on the website. All topics are designed to be engaging for our pupils, to have skills and knowledge develop through enquiry, collaboration and research. We have designed the themes across the school, looking at World and Recent History (History), Extreme Earth and Where in the World (Geography) and Brilliant Britons and Diverse De Beauvoir (PSHE/history/geography).
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is taught each week, developing the children’s skills of empathy, mindfulness, social skills and how to keep a healthy lifestyle. Class teachers teach specific skills to develop resilience, positive learning behaviours, social skills and teaching children to develop a growth mindset.
The computing curriculum is covered through cross curricular work, as well as discrete computing lessons using Rising Stars planning. Children will learn a range of different skills, as well as learning about e-safety.
We follow the agreed Hackney syllabus for the teaching of Religious Education and lessons take place weekly. Further details of the Hackney syllabus can be found here:http://multifaiths.com/pdf/RESyllabushackney.pdf
Year 3 have swimming lessons for at least three half terms within the academic year.
To enrich our school curriculum further, after school clubs provide children with experiences beyond the curriculum of the school day. Singing, football, art and multi-sports are popular choices, amongst others. Further to this, school visits are skilfully woven into the curriculum to allow our pupils to have rich, hands on learning experiences.
If you would like further information about the curriculum at De Beauvoir Primary School, your child’s class teacher, a senior leader or subject leader will be happy to provide further information or responses to any questions you may have.
To read more about the DfE National Curriculum, please click on the link below.