Since September 2014, we have been teaching the New Curriculum. To enable us to do so in an engaging, creative and rigorous way, we use the ‘Dimensions’ curriculum which links the different subjects and their skills together over a two year programme.
Subject and curriculum overviews are included on this page. These form the basis of our curriculum; changes may be made to reflect external or internal factors. For example, in order to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I, topic titles were amended for autumn 2014.
A Parents’ Guide to the New Curriculum for years 1-6, and a link to Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, is on each class page (under ‘Children’).
This is based on five main areas, speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting.
The children’s learning is carefully structured in each area to help them to progress.
Please see Parent Guides on individual class pages for coverage information.
Reading is an important area where we look for co-operation and support from parents. We use a number of schemes along-side non-scheme books throughout the school. Children will bring home their reading book to share with you.
We ask that parents and carers hear their children read at home. With the older children we hope parents and carers will still find time to discuss their books with them as well as hear them read parts of their book.
How to help with your child’s reading at home
Pupils at Longleaze are taught the skills that allow them to become confident readers. These skills are known as domains, we have provided example questions which you can use at home for each of these domains.
Drama is part of the children’s regular activities as it enables them to gain confidence in their own abilities, particularly verbal and non-verbal communication. They have the opportunity to participate in group, class and school activities through class assemblies and school productions. Parents and carers are invited to come and share these events.
The Maths Scheme of Learning at Longleaze School
Our maths scheme of learning is designed to support a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum 2014.
The scheme of learning:
- has the teaching of number at its heart. A large proportion of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency and fluency in this area
- ensures teachers teach from the curriculum appropriate to the chronological age of children in their class. It supports the ideal of depth before breadth.
- ensures children have the opportunity to stay together as they work through the schemes as a whole group
- provides plenty of time to build reasoning and problem solving elements into learning.Below is an example of how the different topics within the maths curriculum are organised throughout the year.
- At Longleaze School, we believe that all children, when introduced to a key new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency in this topic by taking this approach:
- Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract
- Concrete – students should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.
- Pictorial – students should then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems.
- Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid, students should be able to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.Further details of the content of the maths curriculum for different year groups can be found on web pages for individual year groups on our website.
We teach the skills for attainment target 1, experimental and investigative science; explicitly and then encourage children to practise them within the context of an investigation.
We want the children in our school to look at the world as a scientist. We aim to develop the skills of observation, sorting and classifying, questioning and predicting, estimation and measurement, and fair testing. Children are then taught to notice and explain trends in their results, recording findings in drawings, words, tables and charts.
Art and Design
Art is taught to develop creativity and aesthetic awareness. Children use a variety of media in practical work, and use a selection of works of art in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject.
Design Technology is taught to develop knowledge of the properties of materials and construction equipment. Children design and make practical solutions to problems met through the curriculum and everyday situations. Through evaluating, disassembling and investigating, children will have the opportunity to learn how simple products function and appreciate the contribution of technology to the quality of their lives.
Geography is taught through an enquiry approach, which enables the children to develop an awareness of the world around them, and the people who live in it. Children are taught about their locality and localities outside their immediate area. They are also taught about the influences that man has on the environment and the influences that the environment has on man. Geographical skills and fieldwork form an important part of the subject.
History is taught to enable the children to develop an awareness and knowledge of how the past influences the present, what past societies were like and how their beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, they will learn historical skills and the themes of interpretation, continuity and change. They will also develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. Visits to places of historical interest may be arranged.
Children at Longleaze benefit from laptops and IPads. They are taught to use a range of tools and information sources, such as computer software and the Internet, to support their work in other subjects. They are taught how to check the quality of and filter information, learning how to present it in a way that suits its purpose. They develop many skills including those of research and communication. Children also explore and compare the different ways is used in and out of school.
Music is taught through a programme of activities, which includes: –
• class lessons
• weekly singing practice
• links with class topic work
Instrumental tuition is available. presently lessons in piano, guitar, violin and drumming are offered but brass, woodwind and other string instruments are available if there is an interest. Mrs Hopkins in the school office should be contacted for further details.
At Longleaze we follow the ‘Real PE’ programme. The foundations of the scheme are based on the Fundamental Movement Skills – agility, balance and coordination, inclusive competition and broader holistic skills. It is believed that Fundamental Movement skills are the building blocks that underpin the ability to play and be involved in many different sports and activities and it is therefore essential that every child masters these skills. In addition the ability to move confidently and effectively can assist children to undertake everyday challenges, play, learn more effectively and participate successfully in physical education and sport.
It is fully aligned to Ofsted requirements with outstanding learning and teaching at the heart of the programme. The programme is devised to enable each child to participate in at least 2 hours of PE a week. It can also be used alongside areas of PE related to the class topic and interests. The focus of the scheme is divided into the following areas:
|Autumn 1||Personal Skills||Cognitive skills|
|Autumn 2||Social Skills||Creative Skills|
|Spring 1||Cognitive Skills||Social Skills|
|Spring 2||Creative Skills||Applying Physical Skills|
|Summer 1||Applying Physical Skills||Health & Fitness|
|Summer 2||Health & Fitness||Personal Skills|
In addition to the two hours a week of Real PE, children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) have the opportunity to learn to swim and develop basic water safety skills provided by qualified instructors at the local pool.
During the year, the children also undertake two units of PE with a qualified sports coach, who plans and delivers lessons linked to the Real PE scheme and the children’s interests and their class topic of learning (please see attached timetable).
Throughout the year all classes also get the opportunity to undertake extra fun sporting sessions run by different qualified instructors from different sporting groups from the community.
Learning a foreign language is a valuable educational, social and cultural experience, providing children with a useful skill for their future. Children are taught French from Reception to Year 6. This learning incorporates speaking, listening, reading and writing French. Children are also taught about the festivals, customs and traditions of France, to help them appreciate other cultures.
Children are taught to:
- Listen, memorise, join in and respond to the spoken language
- Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions and express opinions
- Speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary and developing correct pronunciation
- Read words, phrases and short texts and interpret meaning
- Understand and use basic correct grammar
- Use language dictionaries
- Write words and sentences in French, progressing to short paragraphs
- Learn about life in another culture
Learning a new language should be fun and enjoyable. As such, French is taught through a range of strategies, including songs, rhymes, games and books. Repetition is essential, so as well as new vocabulary being introduced there are lots of opportunities for revising and practising vocabulary already taught.
Religious Education (RE) is taught following the locally agreed syllabus and using the Discovery scheme of work. RE aims to assist children in their search for meaning and purpose in life and to develop awe and wonder. It also aims to provide children with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other World Religions, including Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.
As a non-faith school our teaching, communal worship and values reflect the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
We respect the right of parents/carers to withdraw their child from RE and parents/carers wishing to do so should contact the Head Teacher.
Personal, Social and Health Education
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) includes everything we do to promote children’s good health and wellbeing. A comprehensive, age appropriate, Scheme of Work is followed covering topics such as keeping yourself safe (including Drug Education, bullying and cyber-bullying), understanding and managing feelings, developing lasting relationships, developing healthy lifestyles and achieving goals. Visits may be arranged, eg the Life Education Centre and theatre groups, to support the children’s learning.
Relationships and Sex Education
Relationships and Sex Education is taught as part of the health education programme and also as part of science in the National Curriculum. A range of resources is used including videos, which are followed up by discussions with the class teacher and possibly the school nurse. Parents are invited to watch the videos before the children do. The Governing Body approve all resources.
We respect the right of parents/carers to withdraw their child from Relationships and Sex Education and parents/carers wishing to discuss this should contact the Head Teacher.
If you would like to find out more about the curriculum we follow, please contact us through the Office.