Curriculum intent statement
At Patrington Church of England Primary Academy the curriculum is designed to: recognise and respect every child as a unique individual, celebrating differences within our community and striving for personal excellence. Recognising their prior learning and life experiences we provide opportunities which allow children to develop resilience, perseverance and interpersonal skills and become creative, reflective and critical thinkers.
Within our school community, the ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. The ability to drive their own learning and learn collaboratively is constantly supported through opportunities provided for the children. We strongly believe that childhood should be a happy time and that through investigating and enquiring there are no limits to what our children can achieve. With the correct curriculum opportunities we are able to fulfil our children’s curiosity and thirst for new knowledge and experiences.
We use our behaviour system to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the Christian value of forgiveness and develop the skills needed to promote honesty and personal responsibility for learning and future success.
As a church school, partnerships in our community are an essential part of our curriculum. As we learn and grow together we support all stakeholders to engage in learning, celebrating Christian and local traditions and events.
The National Curriculum – what do parents need to know?
The National Curriculum in England was restructured in 2014 and is taught throughout schools in England.
The main reason for this change is to raise standards and although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content of the new one is actually slimmer than the old one. It focusses on essential subject knowledge and skills such as extended writing and computer programming.
For your information a summary of the main changes are below:
A strong emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes are taught in KS1). Handwriting is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy. Spoken English has a greater emphasis with children to be taught debating and presenting skills
Five-year-olds are expected to learn to count up to 100 ( compared to 20 under the current curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (currently up to 10). Simple fractions such as 1/4 and 1/2 are taught from KS1 and by the end of primary school, children are expected to know times tables up to 12×12 ( currently 10×10). Calculators are not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic.
Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms. Evolution is taught in primary schools for the first time. Non-core subjects like caring for animals has been replaced by topics like the human circulatory system.
Design and technology:
This has become more important in the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future. More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics. In KS2, children learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.
Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs. From the age of 5, children learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data. From 7, they are taught to understand computer networks, including the internet. Internet safety is taught in primary schools.
A modern foreign language is mandatory in KS2. We learn French. Children are expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language.
Phonics teaching at Patrington CE Primary Academy
Phonics sessions are taught daily at Patrington CE Primary Academy from the beginning of Foundation Stage to the end of Year 2, following the Letters and Sounds Scheme of work. This reflects the National Curriculum statutory requirements for English.
Bug Club is the Reading Scheme of choice across Key Stage 1.
Pupils learn about GPCs (grapheme-phoneme correspondences), consonant digraphs, vowel digraphs and trigraphs. Children develop knowledge of how to blend and segment the phonemes within words, including those with adjacent consonants. Within phase 5, pupils progress to learning about split digraphs, alternative pronunciations of the same grapheme, and alternative representations of the same phoneme. Phase 6 concentrates on developing spelling rules and enhance reading strategies. The reading and spelling of high frequency words are taught throughout the academic year, as part of phonic development, along with how to spell tricky words which may not fit conventional spelling rules.
Phonics is taught in a variety of ways, including high quality modelling of sounding out, decoding, segmenting and blending strategies. Interactive resources and games are used and children are given the opportunity to rehearse sounds verbally and record them in written work. Phonics sessions are structured to build on previous learning and introduce new phonics skills and subject knowledge. Sessions are planned to include opportunities for development of speaking and listening, reading and writing.
Each June, all children in Year 1 undertake a National Phonics Screening Check. This check consists of 40 words (20 real words and 20 pseudo words which are the names of some very interesting aliens) which all children will be asked to read. The focus of this check is to see if pupils can decode a range of words which they have not seen before. If the standard for this assessment is not reached, then pupils will be retested in year 2. Pupils who still do not achieve the appropriate level receive additional support as they move into KS2. In KS2, phonics will be taught regularly using the National Curriculum spelling work which forms part of the appendix for the English curriculum. The aim in KS2 is for pupils to be able to spell accurately whenever they write.
Many schools have found the guide below useful in helping parents who wish to find out more about phonics, how it is taught in classrooms and how they can best help their child at home: