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English Curriculum

At Foley Park Primary Academy, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help them develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We want children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.

The English curriculum at Foley Park is delivered using the National Curriculum English Document (2014). The Early Learning Goals are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Early Years Foundation stage through to the National Curriculum.  Where appropriate, literacy units will link to creative curriculum themes to promote cross curricular learning. We teach our topics through books and ensure that each class receives personalised learning according to their specific needs.

Please read our half termly Reading |Newsletter to see the specific texts that each class are currently working on.

 

Reading

Reading is an important part of the English curriculum in our School. Reading books are organised on a levelled system ensuring the children read books appropriate to their ability (the children’s reading should be 96% accurate in these books). These books will be provided and sent home on a daily basis for parents to read with their children. We use books from a range of schemes. Once children have reached a good level of fluency, they become ‘free readers’ and can choose their own texts.

Each parent is given the opportunity to liaise with teachers through reading record books which record when the children have been listened to in school by a member of staff or a volunteer, and at home, and any issues or positives there may be.

Phonics is taught daily in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One following the framework ‘Letters and Sounds’ and incorporating some of the RWI programme. This will involve a 20 minute daily session of planned systematic phonics’ delivery, with a wide opportunity for application of skills through the environment and other lessons.

Guided Reading sessions are taught in Year 1 and Year 2 to teach the explicit reading skills in small, focus groups.

Whole Class reading skills are taught in Years 3-6 to teach VIPERS skills. (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summarising). Vocabulary skills are given extra time in the curriculum. Each class learns 25 words per half term to develop their language skills. The words are linked to their text and their topic.

 

Writing

Shared and modelled writing, takes place within English lessons. This allows the teacher to demonstrate good writing practice to the children while using their ideas. Teachers ensure that the writing demonstrated shows high expectations and covers the success criteria they would expect to see in the children’s writing.

Talk for writing is used successfully across the school to help children to gather ideas and structure their writing.

Children are expected to write frequently in a range of forms. This may be responses to a text, filling in text feature grids, short writing tasks such as writing as a character or writing a whole story or report as an extended piece of writing. At Foley Park, we don’t teach specific genres of writing; we teach purposes for writing which are: to entertain, to inform, to explain and to discuss.

 

Phonics

 

Phonics is taught daily in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One following the ‘RWI Programme’ and incorporating some jolly phonics and letters and sounds activities.

In nursery this will involve a 15 minute daily session of phonics delivery where they are immersed with a sound a week.

Reception and KS1 have a planned synthetic phonics delivery with a wide opportunity for application of skills through the environment and other lessons. Children are also given the opportunity for overlearn sessions if they are struggling to retain taught sounds.

Use the link to RWI to find out more about the teaching of phonics. Parents are welcome to join in a phonics session on our ‘Come to School Mornings.’

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-1-understaning-read-write-inc-phonics/

 

Science

 

At Foley Park Primary Academy, wherever possible, Science links to topic work or other areas of the curriculum.  Teachers have the professional flexibility to plan from a variety of resources to ensure that the 2014 NC objectives are met and to maximise the learning experience for their class.  Our overview shows the coverage of each phase of learning needs.  As Years 3&4 and also Years 5 & 6 work in partnership, we cover the units over two years. 

Our organisation of children when teaching Science depends on a wide variety of factors including the lesson objective, situation, differentiation or matching and additional adults in the room, etc.

 

All science teaching will involve plenty of "hands on" : finding out from first-hand experience and testing hypotheses, in line with "working scientifically" from the NC document.

 

Full scientific enquiry, involving the concept of fair testing, will occur in each unit of work where appropriate.  There will be many other lesson where aspects of investigations are reinforced.  As the children progress through school a greater emphasis is placed on investigative work.  Scientific ideas should be developed through practical investigation wherever possible.

 

Investigations will always be followed by thorough reinforcement of the knowledge and understanding gained from the experience.  Children will be given the opportunity to devise and implement their own investigations from Y2-Y6

 

Science Topics 

 

Year 1

Plants/Animals/Materials/Seasonal Changes

Year 2

Plants/Animals/Materials/Seasonal Changes/Living Things/Habitats

Year 3

Plants/Animals/Materials/Light/Forces(Magnets)/Rocks

Year 4

Animals/Living Things/Sound/Electricity/States of Matter

Year 5

Animals/Living Things and Habitats/Materials/Forces(Magnets)/Earth and Space

Year 6

Animals/Living Things and Habitats/Light/Electricity/Evolution

Religious Education

 

 

 

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