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FromYear 1 to Year 6

The Grange Primary School follows the 2014 National Curriculum, which aims to ensure

that children leave Key Stage Two ‘secondary ready’. The core subjects are English,

Mathematics and Science. The statutory foundation subjects are: art and design,

citizenship, computing, design and technology, geography, history, languages, music and

physical education. We also teach Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) through

the Jigsaw programme and Religious Education following the Local Authority agreed

syllabus. We enhance our curriculumwith four additional areas of focus which we use

to drive our teaching and learning in all subjects: independence, enterprise, emotional

awareness and knowledge of the world.

Through their topics, children undertake various challenges which are components of

long termprojects. These require the development and implementation of a range of

skills including problem solving and collaboration. The projects give purpose andmeaning

to learning and ensure that children are able to apply their skills in a range of contexts.

Children are encouraged to provide ‘critique’ feedback to enable vital learning processes,

editing and redrafting, to improve their work in a positive, supportive manner. We

implement Kagan teaching structures in the classroomwhich support active, collaborative

learning, peer coaching and teamwork. To further enhance learning opportunities, staff

organise visits to various places of interest, invite workshops into school, carry out video

conferencing and also use displays, resources and artefacts to stimulate children’s interest

and curiosity.

In all areas of the curriculum children are given opportunities to share and explore

ideas, become critical listeners, learn to present information to others, solve problems

and develop skills in enquiry and control. Pupil independence is central to the school

ethos and children are encouraged to work reflectively, reciprocally, be resourceful and

resilient throughout all lessons (4Rs). They learn about the wider world through the

curriculum and links developed with schools globally through the International Primary

Curriculum (IPC). The children develop their knowledge and understanding of how they

can communicate using technology. The school enables pupils to become adept in

communication via email, blog sites and video conferencing.

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) acts as a starting point for our topic planning

and is developed through pupil voice. Children participate in a practical activity to inspire

their thinking about their topic. They then analyse their existing knowledge and compose

a set of enquiry questions, which the teacher then uses to develop the teaching and

learning journey for the class, thus topics are tailored to each child. To close the topic,

children spend a day sharing their learning with others. This takes many forms, including

assemblies, open community days, celebration books and PowerPoint presentations.

Curriculum achievements are recognised and celebrated through National Awards

including Healthy Schools, Inclusion Quality Mark, Investors in Pupils, Basic Skills, Extended

Services and Artsmark.

Children receive English and Maths lessons which aim to incorporate the subject skill and

the wider curriculum subjects. The teaching timetable is flexible to ensure children make

progress in English and Maths. We refer to the Department for

Education guidelines in structuring what we teach ensuring

children have mastered a skill before broadening their experience

and deepening their understanding. We use pre-teaching and

same day intervention to ensure pupil progress in both English

and Maths.

Whenever possible we try to involve parents/carers in their

child’s/children’s development through family learning sessions,

open days and workshops. We have links through ICT with the

school website, Mathletics, Active Learn and Education City (online learning resources).

In the teaching of Maths, emphasis is placed on place value, counting, number, calculation,

using and applying and problem solving. A rigid calculation policy is in place for all staff

to follow. We follow the mastery approach to teaching Maths. We ensure that children

are masters of a mathematical concept before moving them onto the next stage of their

learning. Once children have achieved procedural understanding and fluency in a concept,

they are then challenged through solving problems and applying this

knowledge in a range of contexts, thus broadening their learning.

Children are also challenged to coach other children and

explain their methods and reasoning. We aim to

provide children with rapid feedback and

intervention, on the same day where

possible and always before the next

lesson. This ensures that children

make progress and are ready for

the next step in their learning.

In addition to this, we

have adopted the

‘Singapore Approach’

to teaching Maths

in all key stages,

which ensures

that children are

actively engaged

in lessons and

that they are

able to use


and visual


to support their


and learning of

a concept.