At Stoke St Gregory School our first curriculum priority is the books and texts we use. The books and texts are selected for their quality, with a range of subjects, style and genre.
They are the starting point for children to:
- Learn the skills of reading and writing which will give them access to a world of information and ideas
- Learn to understand their own lives
- Learn about the world beyond their own experience
- Have their ideas challenged, their sympathies awakened and their imaginations stimulated
The English curriculum is taught through books and texts, and their use extends into all curriculum areas.
The Maths curriculum is another way of looking at the world. The school has adopted a Mastery method of teaching with three underpinning threads of:
- Problem Solving
In this school of mixed age classes we have re-ordered our timetable in order to make it possible to teach Maths by Year Group rather than by mixed age class.
Other subjects – Science, Geography, History, Art, Music, Design and Technology, Religious Education, PSHE, PE, Computing
These subjects are taught with the intention of a progression year on year, with assessment points the end of KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 which fits with NC2014 objectives and our class structure.
Where there is an obvious link between the books in use and other subjects they will be taught at the same time, but books are chosen for their merit rather than because they fit in with a particular topic. There are often opportunities for secondary links which teachers use as appropriate.
Y5/6 reading Beowulf in the same half term as learning about the Anglo-Saxons in history
Y3/4 reading Shackleton’s Journey while learning about the Arctic and Antarctic
Y2 drawing on their knowledge of different animals from Science to find unlikely combinations for their own version of The Owl and the Pussy Cat
Y3/4 applying their experience of tea-tasting carried out while reading Cloud Tea Monkeys to Science experiments on mixing substances
This sort of linking is a crucial aspect of relating new information to known information in order to support effective learning and should happen across all subjects. It is our intention to build on this as we continue to embed a new approach to the curriculum.
EYFS – currently working within the Foundation Stage Curriculum – due for review next year.
We have also identified three threads that run through all teaching from Year R to Y6. These are:
- Enquiry – the ability to ask good questions, to be curious, to investigate
- Telling the story – the ability to communicate, explain, reason and apply
- Character – being challenged by ideas, developing tenacity and good learning habits, courageous advocacy, and much more
Progression in these areas may not be linear and may vary considerably from child to child.
In order for staff to be able to put their time and energy into quality teaching and implementation of the ideas discussed above we have researched and selected some key resources to support curriculum planning. The Literacy Tree for English, Power Maths for Maths and Plan Bee for humanities. Teachers add to and adapt these resources as appropriate, using their own pedagogical skills.