National Curriculum

 

The New National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014.

The new National Curriculum has been adapted to meet the specific needs of the children at the school, many of whom are high attaining children. The curriculum looks to meet the needs of the whole child in terms of staying healthy, feeling safe, enjoying their education and making a positive contribution to society. The ethos of the school promotes the education and well-being of all of the children.

At Abercrombie Primary School we aim to ensure that an outstanding environment is provided so that each child can reach their full potential. We provide a safe and secure place for the children so that they can grow in confidence and tackle new challenges as they arise.

 

 Curriculum Areas

English

Literacy promotes the important skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening. Well developed speaking and listening skills enhance pupils' understanding of language in both oral and written forms. These skills also develop the way language can be used to communicate. Literacy skills can be taught discreetly but where possible, at Abercrombie, we teach literacy through topic work. We believe it makes literacy learning more relevant to the children and gives  real purpose to their learning. Many subjects present excellent opportunities for the children to read and write in a meaningful way e.g historical stories, science topics etc.

We aim to teach our children to:

• Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding;

• Be able to use a full range of reading cues (phonic, graphic, syntactic, contextual) to monitor their reading and correct their own mistakes;

• Understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read and spell accurately;

• Have fluent and legible handwriting;

• Have an interest in words and their meanings and a growing vocabulary;

• Know, understand and be able to write in a range of  styles and genres in fiction and poetry, and understand and be familiar with some of the ways in which narratives are structured through basic literary ideas of setting, character and plot.

• Understand, use and be able to write a range of non-fiction texts;

• Plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing;

• Have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading and writing;

• Be interested in books, read with enjoyment and evaluate and justify their preferences;

• Develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness through reading and writing.

Reading

At Abercrombie we have a very structured approach to the teaching of Reading.Reading books are colour coded or banded depending on their level of difficulty. The teacher will ensure that each child has access to a wide range of books at a colour band appropriate to their reading stage. Every colour band has a plentiful selection of fiction and non fiction and includes books from a number of published reading schemes. Therefore, there is something to interest and motivate all children. Children will move through the colours as they gain understanding, knowledge and skills. Sometimes the teacher will decide that a child needs to access supplementary material because they are not ready to move to the next colour band. However, teachers may also accelerate children on to the next colour band if the child is making rapid progress. The class teacher uses the previous year's assessment data to determine your child's book band in September.

Every day your child will take part in many different reading activities. The activities could involve the whole class, a group or be on an individual basis. Every teacher provides weekly high quality group reading activities. These are differentiated and specifically aimed at teaching the key knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become a successful reader. As well as this, guided group reading enables the teacher to develop and check the children's understanding of what they have read and assess their learning. We also listen to children read individually on a regular basis and children will regularly have the opportunity to change their reading books . All children have a home-school reading diary which is part of their on-going record of reading development. At Abercrombie we very much believe that by keeping parents informed and part of the learning process the children will become confident, independent readers. We strongly encourage children and parents/carers to log any reading at home in their child's reading diary.

At Abercrombie we  want all children to love reading so we ensure we have a wide range of quality books covering a huge variety of interests and genres. We give the children many opportunities to read for pleasure and to use their reading skills for research. We have a wonderful school library, smaller classroom library areas, regular assess to computers and a class set of i-Pads.All of these resources are used effectively to give the children many purposeful reading experiences. We also hold many special "reading" events such as our annual Book Week.

Phonics

In EYFS and KS1 children will be taught phonics every day. Children will also be taught phonic skills in the early stages of KS2. We aim to make the  phonic sessions as fun and interactive as possible. Every letter has a a letter name and a sound.Phonics teaching and learning is all about the sound letters make either on their own or when they are put with other letters e.g. ee, ir ,ou. We follow a developmental teaching programme called Letters and Sounds but supplement this scheme with lots of other fun materials and approaches.

Mathematics

At Abercrombie Primary School, we aim to teach mathematics to develop pupils’ mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding according.  Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.  We strive to ensure that your child will leave Abercrombie Primary School with a firm grasp of mathematical concepts and a platform to build on in Secondary education. 

The 2014 Primary National Curriculum stipulates that all children should be:

  •  fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so they can recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • able to reason mathematically by applying what they have learned, look at patterns, prove their answer is correct by using mathematic knowledge.
  • able to solve problems by breaking them down into smaller steps and deciding which calculations should be followed.

The programmes of Study for Mathematics are:

  • Number – Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions (including decimals and Percentages) Ratio and Proportion, Algebra.
  • Measurement
  • Geometry – Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction.
  • Statistics

In order to teach Mathematics effectively, we believe that it is vital for children to use concrete apparatus, moving onto pictorial representations and finally the abstract (just the numbers themselves).  As much as possible, we will teach maths in context and link to real life situations. We will also use the most appropriate written and mental calculations when carrying out calculations involving money, weight, length and capacity.

1)  using objects

2)   using pictures

3)   using a number line

4)   using a mental method

5)   using a written method 

Science

We believe that children learn best when they are actively and imaginatively involved in their own learning and this is reflected in our approach to the teaching of science. Great emphasis is on experimental and investigative work. Children talk about and record their findings in appropriate ways. Each year the children cover all the relevant attainment targets with opportunity to revisit them in the context of themes and cross-curricular links.

Information Communication Technology/Computing

The school has a modern ICT Suite with 32 computers and an interactive whiteboard. Each classroom is also equipped with  computers and an interactive whiteboard which is used by the children to support their work in ICT and Computing. We also have a class set of I-pads which the children use regularly. The work covered is of a cross-curricular nature and includes word processing, graphics and design, data handling/interrogation, control and simulations.

In addition children learn specific ICT skills. Staff and children are currently focusing on developing skills in electronic communication techniques and the ability to use the internet to access relevant information to enhance their learning. We encourage the responsible use of the internet and ICT.

Design and Technology

Design Technology is a practical subject that allows children to be designers. Our children are encouraged to explore and investigate, to identify a need, develop their own ideas and evaluate the effectiveness of their designs in order to improve a situation. The subject is taught through exciting cross-curricular activities where the children are able to work independently or in groups.

R.E.

Since 1944, all schools have been required to teach R.E. to all pupils on roll and as such is part of the core curriculum for all pupils. (With the exception that parents have the right to withdraw their children from the subject.)

Abercrombie follows the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus 2013-2019. We learn about aspects of the six major world faiths. The children use this knowledge to reflect upon their own thoughts and feelings and to help them consider their own actions or behaviour.

Click here to see the R.E. overview for KS1 and KS2.

Geography

Our approach is theme based. It has been modified to encompass the new National Curriculum guidelines.

Our main aims in both areas are to teach the skills of observation, recording, questioning and researching. Much of the work starts from what the children know and moves out from that point. Other work is on a regional, national and international scale.

History

Our work in History is based on the new National Curriculum. Children study a variety of periods from British and World History. Themes covered in history include a sense of chronology, how peoples' lives have changed, understanding different sources of information and recognising that the world today reflects events from the past

Music

This is an integral part of primary school education and one, which we are pleased to encourage at Abercrombie Primary School. In music lessons children compose and play their own music. They also sing songs and listen to a variety of styles of music from a range of different cultures. As a school we are part of Derbyshire's 'Wider Opportunity Programme'.

Art

Using themes drawn from cross-curricular topics, children explore different techniques using a wide variety of materials. In the course of their activities, children are encouraged to become aware of "basic elements" such as "line", "design", "mood" and "style". Emphasis is placed on developing originality, individual powers of observation and description, and a positive self-analysis of their work. This process is cyclical and is developed throughout the four years.

Physical Education

Through our PE curriculum we seek to encourage children to manage and control their bodies with increasing skill and confidence. Children will be encouraged to use their imagination and initiative to solve problems. They will be able to cooperate with, interrelate with and challenge each other to increasingly difficult tasks and satisfy their need for adventure, fun and success. They will refine their skills to become more responsible for their actions, become more independent and to be resourceful.

School provides carefully planned activities in gymnastics, games, dance, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming for all children.

We have strong links with Brookfield Secondary School and benefit in good links with School Sports Partnership.

 Visits: During the year the children are taken on visits to places of interest linked to topics they are covering in class. In year 5 and year 6 the children undertake a residential adventurous activity trip.