What we teach and ensuring progress.
The intent of our curriculum is to promote learning that serves our pupils beyond the primary school years of learning. We aim to inspire them to want to learn more and to equip them, not just with knowledge, but also the skills to be able to research, store and present learning for themselves. Relationships between pupil and teacher are a core part of successful learning at Grayrigg and whilst this is recognised as a strength, we aim to inspire children to fall in love with the learning journey and ensure that once they move on to secondary school, working with different teachers, they have the skills to think creatively, seek and store knowledge and be able to share this with others.
As you will see from exploring our website - the school has mixed age classes. When potential parents visit the school they often ask how we cater for all ages within each mixed age class. The answer to this is simple - through skills. With any curriculum subject, the skills progress from our youngest Acorns in year 1 up to the oldest and mightiest Oaks in Year 6. It doesn’t matter what the content, whether you are studying Vikings with years 3 to 6 or mini-beasts in years 1 and 2. The subject matter will be similar across the class but the skill introduced and applied will vary depending on the age and ability of each individual. Through the skills based approach we are able to use a rolling program of topics in each class to avoid repetition, but ensure every child has the opportunity to progress across the curriculum
English - the reading and writing skills are included below. We select books, novels and stimuli with the children in mind and whenever possible we involve the children in these choices. These stimuli may be linked to cross curricular learning, children’s interests or current interests. In Key stage 1 the children will tend to use a picture book over a unit. In Key stage 2 this works a little differently.
In the Autumn Term the Oaks focus on reading two full novels (a modern novel and a classic novel) completely engaging in these texts - linking our other genres to this text in the Spring term they focus on extracts, exposing children to as many different texts as possible. In the Summer term they explore picture books and poetry in more detail. Throughout this work non-fiction is woven through the English work.
Maths - is now studied in longer units enabling learning to go deeper. In the Oaks, we are fortunate to have the support of a maths consultant who comes in to team teach, enabling us to split the Oaks into two groups.
SCIENCE - is taught by the science leader across school. We’re passionate that science is an investigative subject that encourages children to focus on finding things out for themselves.
RE - is taught in line with the Dioceses. As a CE school we cover Christianity, using the understanding Christianity resources produced by the Church of England. . We also cover Islam and Hinduism. We also ensure children understand the other core faiths along with any relevant to the children e.g. when studying places of worship we make sure we understand places of worship and special places relevant to all members of the school family.
COMPUTER SCIENCE - We use the computing in school overview to plan our work. Children use scratch, Bee-bot and Lego Wedo for their programming. School uses the CEOP (child exploitation and online protection) resources to promote e-safety. From Sep 2019 we are introducing Google Education resources initially in KS2 but this will continue to be introduced, embeded and evaulated until it is accessed across the school.
CLICK HERE FOR CASPrimaryComputing.pdf
Click each of the links below to see the progression of skill, scroll through each document to see the topic coverage within mixed age classes.