The KS1 Curriculum at Ashill Primary School
Key Stage 1 offers a broad and balanced, rich and exciting curriculum.
We use the new challenges of National Curriculum 2014 as a foundation for our children's learning, adding depth through a range of exciting themes.
We use the Read Write Inc. programme for a systematic and dynamic approach to teaching phonics, reading and spelling.
The 'Talk for Writing' approach provides a basis for much of our teaching in Literacy sessions. For non-fiction and most fiction topics, children learn a carefully crafted text by heart, which enables them to become familiar with a range of new vocabulary and sentence structures upon which they can innovate and invent.
Mathematical skills are taught through a variety of methods and mediums. Children use a variety of practical resources to develop their problem solving skills and encourage verbal reasoning.
All other national curriculum subjects are taught through our themes.
Each week the children experience physical education, where a range of activities and games help build core problem-solving and co-operation skills.
The KS2 Curriculum
We follow the 2014 curriculum using a number of relevant schemes to support the pupils in their development of ‘fluency’ before progressing onto ‘problem solving’ and ‘reasoning’. This tiered approach encourages a deeper understanding of every area of the curriculum, and gives children the chance to regularly explain their answers and work in a more detailed and methodical way. Our mathematics teaching takes place in small guided groups, with regular opportunities to work independently or supported on follow up tasks.
English sessions cover a wide range of fiction and non-fiction text-types which, where appropriate, are linked to cross-curricular topics.
SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) is taught on a daily basis and applied right across the curriculum.
Handwriting is also practiced once a week to develop a joined, legible style.
Reading. There are regular small group sessions for guided reading and comprehension to enable a deeper understanding of texts. In English sessions and through the cross-curricular topics, the children also have access to a wide range of texts which challenge and develop reading skills and vocabulary. During independent reading, they are regularly supported in selecting books from the school library to extend the range of text types and authors they encounter. The children are encouraged to take these books home to share.
Writing: Lessons provide narrative, poetry and non-fiction writing opportunities. The topics provide the platform from which the range of non-fiction text types are taught and practised.
KS2 follow a 4 year rolling programme, ensuring full coverage of the science curriculum. Practical investigations form an essential part of each topic and children work collaboratively
Most time will be spent on these core subjects.
All children receive regular English and Maths homework as well as spelling practice. The class teacher advises parents at the beginning of the year when homework will be set and by which day it should be returned. Children, who find it difficult to complete homework tasks at home, are invited to Homework Club.