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Curwen Primary School

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Key Stage One/Two Curriculum

English 

Maths 

What are our aims and vision for the subject? 

At North Beckton, we aspire to prepare pupils with a unique set of mathematical tools to support them understand the world and how it operates. These tools include developing pupils’ fluency in maths, their ability in logical reasoning and problem-solving skills. We acknowledge maths as a core skill within our curriculum and as an interconnected subject that can be used by pupils to work systematically and accurately within different world contexts. 

In line with the National Curriculum objectives, we have designed a sequenced maths curriculum that provides pupils with ample opportunities to be fluent in using the fundamentals of mathematics. Through the units: Number and Place Value, Measurement, Statistics and Geometry, pupils improve their ability in reasoning and problem-solving which increases their confidence and level of resilience in life. 

On a daily basis, pupils discover new mathematical topics and are supported, challenged and encouraged to extend their understanding of Maths through ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approaches to learning. We strongly believe that developing pupils’ mathematical vocabulary and increasing their confidence in using maths in varied contexts, helps them to acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject, known as maths mastery.

 

How are we teaching this subject?

At North Beckton, maths is taught daily across the school. Pupils start the academic year by focussing on Number and Place Value as fluency in this area is key to understanding other areas of maths. Lessons begin with stimulating starter activities that enable pupils to consolidate their prior learning and make connections with new mathematical concepts. 

On a weekly basis, maths skills slots are timetabled across the school to provide pupils with additional support to build upon their prior learning. Furthermore, on a termly basis, pupils benefit from revisiting topics in maths during consolidation weeks which aim to bridge the gaps in their learning and secure their understanding.  

During the course of the year, pupils learning in maths is assessed through a range of formative and summative assessments. These opportunities help to develop pupils’ confidence and resilience in solving mathematical problems independently. Teachers use the outcomes of these assessments to gauge pupils’ level of progress and determine future learning priorities. 

Depending on the progress and learning needs of individual pupils, tailored maths interventions are arranged during school hours and as after school tuition clubs. As part of recognising and rewarding high levels of attainment in maths, pupils have the opportunity to participate in a range of local and regional maths competitions. 

 

How do we know our pupils are succeeding? 

All pupils understand the importance and relevance of maths in cross-curricular subjects as well as everyday life situations. Pupils enjoy maths lessons and are able to confidently articulate their learning of maths and apply their knowledge in alternative theoretical and practical contexts. Through a range of inclusive learning opportunities, pupils are able to consistently access learning in maths tailored to their needs, abilities and motivations.

Individualised support and scaffolding strategies boost pupils’ level of confidence and attainment in maths. All pupils are open to challenge and resiliently respond to mathematical problems. Pupils’ progress in maths is frequently monitored and tracked against the national standards to ensure they are making good progress and are prepared for the next stages of their lives. 

 

 

Maths Skills Progression

Calculation Policy - Multiplication

Calculation Policy - Subtraction 

Calculation Policy - Addition

 

Ways to help your child succeed in maths:

  • Try to make maths as fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. 
  • Show your child how maths skills are used in everyday life.
  • Help your child develop their problem-solving skills by talking about the problem and trying to work out the solution together.
  • Encourage your child to practise and revise all work covered in school each week. 
  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.
  • Encourage your child to tell the time. Ask questions such as: What time is it? How long do we have left? 
  • Encourage your child to explain their thought process in maths. 
  • Ensure you child is practising their times tables on a regular basis. Try testing them on the inverse. For example: 20 ÷ 5 = ? All children have access to TTRockstars which is an independent learning platform aimed at improving children’s knowledge in times tables. 

Websites: 

There are also many websites that the children can visit to improve their maths knowledge. 

 

Science 

History 

Geography 

What are our aims and vision for the subject?

Our aims at North Beckton are to develop Geographers who are able to apply geographical skills such as map reading and interpreting data collected from fieldwork in different contexts to explore and understand the world around them.

The Geography curriculum centres around topics that reflect the pupil’s context, enabling them to relate to and make personal connections with their learning, whilst aligning itself with elements of the national curriculum supported by framework of skills that progress throughout the school.

How are we teaching this subject? 

Geography is taught within the present and future elements of our whole curriculum offer, primarily in the Spring and Summer terms often supporting cross-curricular learning links with other foundation subjects creating a theme to tie the terms learning together.

Pupil’s learning focuses on developing core skills such as place knowledge, human and physical impacts and comparing features of regions through topics that reflect their learning context and feed into our past, present and future curriculum approach.

Each year group undertakes a fieldwork study enabling them to apply their skills to their local area and embed learning.

How do we know our pupils are succeeding?

Through this tailored Geography curriculum a successful learner is able to use the content they have learnt to build a progression of transferable skills.

The children will have an awareness of a place, and they will know that there is a history behind all places and spaces that have been shaped by climate and humans.

Over time, they will be able to draw on the geographical skills that they have learnt to help them to understand and explore the world around them and be able to articulate this confidently.

 

Ways to help your child succeed in Geography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geography Skills Progression

Examples of Good Work

 

RE and Collective Worship 

Performing Arts 

Technology  

Modern Foreign Languages
 

P.E (Physical Education)
 

Time 4 Us
 

Being Healthy