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Curriculum at Barton Clough

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CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

 

At Barton Clough we have a curriculum that is relevant, engaging and exciting. We are currently making changes to bring it in line with the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. 

As part of our review and audit we are;

  • making sure our children are at the centre of all that we do. We believe strongly that the children should have a broad and balanced curriculum. Children at Barton are given additional opportunities to succeed in Music and Sport. Learning outdoors is also integral to our curriculum.
  • ensuring there are opportunities for for children to research, solve problems and work practically and co-operatively. 
  • emphasising the core skills of speaking and listening, reading, writing, mathematics and science and how they can be applied across the curriculum.
  • exploring the characteristics of effective learners across the school. Are children resilient, motivated and engaged in learning? 

 

ENGLISH

 

English is integral to all aspects of school life, in addition to the timetabled English lessons. As our language, it is fundamental to communicate both orally and through the written word. It is therefore our aim to develop all children to their full potential, giving equal opportunities to every child.

 

We believe that successful teaching of English is essential if children are to achieve in all areas of the curriculum. We aim to develop our pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of speaking & listening, reading & writing. Pupils are given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught English skills.

 

We believe that pupils ‘understanding of English is enhanced through an active, direct and challenging approach to engaging stimuli, using opportunities to deepen pupil understanding of word, sentence and whole text development. Teaching staff aim to integrate English skills during lessons, whilst encouraging pupils to apply their understanding in different contexts to further deepen their knowledge of the subject.

 

Reading

We instil a love of reading in pupils through lessons, author visits, allocated reading time and a well-stocked library! Pupil’s reading skills are developed through engaging with a wide range of reading material and media, with a focus on the use of questioning; to challenge thinking at all levels.

 

Writing

At Barton Clough we recognise that quality writing is a product of following a process of planning, crafting a range of engaging sentences, using success criteria, drafting and editing. From Nursery upwards pupils are immersed in rich opportunities for writing and take great pride in improving their vocabulary and developing their individual writing style.

Teaching spelling, punctuation and grammar skills is an integral part of our English lessons and pupils’ proficiency is developed through imaginative, stimulating and interactive activities.

 

Speaking and Listening

We aim to develop our pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of speaking & listening, reading & writing. Pupils are given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.

 

 

 

 

English - Age Related Expectations

MATHS

 

This is a very exciting time for Mathematics in Primary schools due to the New National Curriculum, which is now statutory in all year groups from 1 to 6. With the onset of the new curriculum, the bar has been raised therefore expectations are higher, providing even more opportunities for challenge and the development of higher mathematical thinking and reasoning. Irrespective of year group or ability, the children are now more than ever, being encouraged to reason mathematically and to verbalise their understanding, their questions, their methods and thought processes.

 

At Barton Clough, we aim to produce thoughtful mathematicians who can use mathematical vocabulary to explain their thinking and who have the confidence to do this within a classroom environment. Gone are the days of passive textbook learning. Lessons now are completely interactive with the children’s voices and opinions being an integral part of the learning process.

 

We aim to make Maths fun for all by injecting each lesson with excitement, variety, enjoyment and enthusiasm. A positive and passionate approach from the teaching staff, ensures our children are constantly learning and developing their skills in so many ways so that they will be mathematically equipped for their lives in the future when they eventually leave us.

Maths - Age Related Expectations

SCIENCE

 

Science teaches an understanding of the world in which we live. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level.

 

Science in our school 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, as well as using and applying process skills.

 

Our aims in teaching science include:

* preparing our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.

* fostering concern about, and active care for, our environment.

* helping our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas.

* helping develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.

* providing our children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and may be motivated to study science further.

 

FOUNDATION SUBJECTS

 

Please find, via the link below, an overview of the curriculum taught at Barton Clough Primary School over a two year cycle.  Should you have any further questions or queries regarding the curriculum taught to your child in school, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant class teacher who will be happy to explain the learning taking place within school in more detail.

 

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