Primary Curriculum Overview
English is taught using a Talk for Writing approach, implementing the stages of:
- Immersion – getting to know a text and its structure.
- Imitation – identifying the content and what makes the text good.
- Innovation – making changes to the text.
- Invention – creating our own version of a text.
Over the course of the year children are regularly exposed to a range of poetry, narrative and non-fiction.
At DSLV we incorporate reading into our curriculum as much as possible. We have a dedicated reading lesson every day in which the key reading skills and comprehension are taught using age appropriate texts.
Alongside this, we also have a structured reading scheme which develops children’s decoding and fluency in a progressive way. All children are provided with a book from this scheme which is changed weekly if it has been read competently.
Reading is encouraged through individual sessions with adults, group reading and whole class texts in other curriculum subjects. As a school we also ask that parents play an active role in the development of their child’s reading by listening to them frequently.
Children also frequently visit the academy library based in the secondary school to choose a library book.
Phonics/Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling
In Key Stage 1, children have a 30 minute Read, Write Inc. session. This is a synthetic phonic programme that provides a systematic approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling in Key Stage 1.
Grammar, punctuation and spellings (GPS) are also taught within English lessons, however, in KS2 there is further dedicated time scheduled to teach GPS skills which are then transferred into English lesson.
At DSLV we teach maths through two separate daily lessons:
1. A maths meeting which focuses on Arithmetic Proficiency. This daily lesson lasts for 3 minutes and develops an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately. It is a time to practise and consolidate addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
2. Children then also have a core maths lesson which focuses on new learning in maths. Each lesson follows a teach it, do it, twist it and solve it format enabling our pupils to learn and practise a skill, apply it in a different context and solve a related problem. Differentiation is through depth of learning and is based on assessment for learning within the current learning objective.
Throughout the primary phase we use a range of manipulatives to introduce and develop concepts. Further development is based on learning models which promote a process of stages in learning maths – practical, pictorial and finally symbolic (abstract). It is understood that any ability child in any age group may need concrete materials to bridge any gaps in their understanding.
Science is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation.
We teach Science through units of work and cross-curricular links placing a great emphasis on practical hands-on experience. Children are taught the skills of observation, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating and interpreting through a variety of scientific explorations. Throughout their time at DSLV children will regularly build on their knowledge across the four main areas of science:
1. Scientific enquiry, which is taught through contexts taken from;
2. Life processes and Living things
3. Materials and their properties
4. Physical processes
Every year group immerses itself within a topic each term. Primarily it covers the subjects of History, Geography, Art and Design Technology, however when appropriate links can be made with other subjects they will be included.
In Art pupils are encouraged to develop their creative, imaginative and practical skills through a balanced programme of activities, using a variety of techniques, tools and materials. The work of different artists and craftsmen are introduced and explored.
In DT a range of materials are encountered, including textiles and food, and the children research and develop design ideas. They learn to work accurately, using the appropriate tools and techniques, measuring and marking out, cutting, assembling and finishing.
Likewise our Geography topics develop children’s understanding of contrasting locations, climate of the world and the environment in which people live. This encompasses the immediate environment and the local area for younger pupils and extends to look beyond the familiar locality in KS2, helping children to gain some understanding of the world around them.
Our History topics seek to fire pupil’s curiosity about history and an understanding of how the past influences the present. Our aim is to give children a sense of time, order of events and knowledge of famous people and historical episodes.
Opportunities to bring the curriculum to life will be sought wherever practical. Throughout all topics, visitors and trips out are considered very important to help enthuse pupils and provide a motivating platform for learning. Examples include:
- Residential trips
- Cathedral/Church visits
- Walks to the local shops/parks
- Museum visits
We also aim to maximise our links with the secondary phase and their specialist knowledge and resources.
The topics covered by each year group can be accessed in the Primary Newsletters section of the website.
Early Years Foundation Stage- EYFS
The EYFS is made up of seven areas of Learning and Development all with a strong emphasis on learning through play. All areas are interconnected to characteristics of effective learning which are:
- Playing and Exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and thinking critically
All areas of learning within the Development Matters document are underpinned by guiding themes and their principles:
The unique child:
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and Development
Prime Areas (these work together to support development in all other areas)
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
Specific Areas (essential skills and knowledge)
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design