The Primary Curriculum changed in 2014
The curriculum aims to promote high standards of language and literacy, by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love for literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Read easily, fluently and with understanding.
- Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions of reading, writing and spoken language.
- Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
- Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
- Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Buckden and the New Curriculum
All children receive quality first English teaching on a daily basis and activities are differentiated accordingly. This time will be allocated as English lessons including grammar, punctuation, reading, spelling and handwriting sessions. In addition, it is expected that cross-curricular links will contribute to pupils learning in speaking and listening, reading and writing.
Pupils have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts drawn from a number of different schemes. A wide range of reading material is available at each child’s personal reading level.
We provide plenty of reading opportunities for children. These include:
- Shared reading
- Guided reading
- Regular independent reading
- Home/school reading
- Hearing books read aloud on a regular basis
- Selecting own choice of texts including ICT texts
- Reading whole texts
- Reading in other subjects including ICT texts
Additional time is provided on a regular basis for reading, supported by the Accelerated Reading (AR) scheme; most children access this at the start of Key Stage 2. There is time set aside for independent reading, using the library, listening to whole class stories and research linked to other subjects.
The school has well-stocked libraries that contain fiction and non-fiction texts. The Key Stage 1 library is a banded library which contains the Big Cat, Jolly Phonics and Oxford reading schemes. Alongside this there is a well-stocked range of non-fiction and fiction texts, some of which are linked to the AR reading scheme. The Key Stage 2 library contains fiction texts which are linked to the AR reading scheme and non-fiction texts; which uses the Cambridge Dewey System
Pupils have access to a wide range of writing opportunities that include:
- ‘Talk for writing’ as an integral part of the process.
- Shared writing
- Guided writing
- Independent writing
- Writing different text types and narrative styles
- Writing in different curriculum areas
- Handwriting practice
- Collaborative writing
- Writing related to own experiences and enjoyment
- Writing from a variety of stimuli
- Planning, drafting, editing and presenting
- Using ICT
Our aim is to develop children into confident mathematicians who are able to use mathematics as a tool in a wide range of activities both in and out of school. Throughout the school the children are involved in mathematical activities which cover the 5 key areas identified within the National Numeracy Strategy: Number and the Number System; Calculations; Solving Problems; Measure, Shape and Space and Handling Data.
A high priority is given to teaching children mental strategies and written methods to support their ability to calculate independently and use both basic and more advanced numeracy skills as they move through school. The use of calculators and computers is vital to the children’s learning, therefore all children have opportunities to explore and use these teaching resources to enhance their mathematical knowledge and understanding.
It is our intention to help children develop skills and knowledge that will equip them with the skills and attitudes to prepare them for life in our ever-changing scientific world. We aim to build on children’s enthusiasm and natural sense of wonder about the world through practical skills.
This quote underpins the ever evolving nature of Science and the teaching of Science within our school. Science is a core subject alongside English and Mathematics. Each child takes part in 2 hours of science each week which develops their scientific enquiry skills and also their knowledge and understanding of a range of science topics through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. These are experienced through practical enquiry, development of scientific vocabulary and fun activities. The children are given many opportunities to apply their skills through their science lessons. Regular assessment informs both child and teacher and then empowers the children to become independent, inquisitive scientists.
Pupils are also encouraged to combine interest and curiosity with a responsible attitude towards health and safety, as well as respect for living things and the physical environment.
The school has a number of habitats to act as a resource for some aspects of science teaching. These include an environmental area with a pond, vegetable boxes, flower beds and wild flower areas.