The Organisation and Teaching of Subjects (Y1-Y6)
Over time we have refined how subjects are connected together and taught. How this is implemented is dependent on the needs of individual subject disciplines rather than a ‘one approach fits all’.
Story Topic: Through the school we have developed a ‘Story Topic’ approach where a key text or group of texts is used for English teaching over a term. In the Autumn this is linked to a Geography theme; in the Spring History and in the Summer teachers select a text which allows them to best address the needs of their cohort addressing gaps/taking forward learning. Art, Design & Technology and Computing (where appropriate) are also linked to the theme/story.
Published Schemes: Music, PE, PSHE, D&T and Computing are taught throughout the year using the Charanga, Merton, Kapow/Jigsaw, Kapow and Purple Mash resources. Phonics is taught through the Storytime Phonics Scheme in EYFS and Y1. We use an adapted version of the Phonics for Life resource to teach pupils in Y2 upwards.
Discrete Teaching: Mathematics is taught discretely. We undertake three ‘totally science’ weeks during the year (one each term) where children are immersed as scientists. This is supplemented by pre/post teaching sessions. The first day of each half term is a PSHE with the whole school following a common theme which is then revisited during the half term, assemblies are also linked to this.
Specialist Teaching: We have a Computing specialist in school who teaches the children in our computing suite. Spanish is taught by a native speaker to children in Year 5 and Year 6.
We are currently developing our RE approach to align with the new Agreed Syllabus for Stoke-on-Trent. It is our intention to integrate this with our Philisophy4Children curriculum.
Our PSHE curriculum is also currently being revised in consultation with parents.