Curriculum at Crosslee
The staff at Crosslee aim to make their teaching of the curriculum stimulating and relevant to the children and to provide as many practical first hand experiences as possible. All children are different in terms of ability, maturity and personality and have different learning needs. It is important that we offer our pupils a broad and balanced curriculum which gives all children a chance to succeed. All children are supported by a range of teaching and learning strategies which give them the opportunity to take full advantage of school provision. Our curriculum aims to prepare our children with the skills and knowledge needed for success in their future lives.
In the EYFS children are given the opportunity to work towards achieving early learning goals. There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programmes in the early years at Crosslee. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
• communication and language;
• physical development;
• personal, social and emotional development.
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
• understanding the world;
• expressive arts and design.
Educational programmes must involve activities and experiences for children, as follows.
• Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
• Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
• Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
• Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
• Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
• Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
• Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
All other primary children must study all National Curriculum subjects.
We also teach Personal, Social and Health Education; this is a subject in its own right but opportunities for teaching run through many aspects of the curriculum and school life.
English is the link to all other subjects. Children are taught to communicate accurately and effectively through speech and writing to respond imaginatively to what they read, hear and experience and to become independent and skilled readers.
A major part of English is taught through the daily Literacy Hour which is structured for teaching reading and writing skills and some aspects of English are taught through lessons in other curriculum subjects. Children are taught in ability groups and there are a range of Literacy support programmes available for children in particular year groups.
Children experience a range of texts and have opportunities to develop their reading and writing for a range of audiences and purposes.
Encouragement to read and write at home helps children make more rapid progress and parents are asked to support their children as much as possible.
At Crosslee our aim is to establish a positive attitude towards Maths as an interesting and enjoyable subject through which children can experience success, pleasure and joy of the discovery. We want children to achieve the ability and confidence to calculate accurately and
to develop a lively interest and awareness of its application and creative use in the everyday world.
Maths is taught following the National Numeracy Strategy. The daily lesson has a mental maths session, a main skills focus and then children work individually, in groups or pairs to apply skills learned at an appropriate level.
The Numeracy Strategy ensures that children are taught the necessary basic skills in a logical progression. There are Numeracy support programmes available for children in particular year groups.
Science plays an important role in developing children’s understanding of the world. In providing experiences of a scientific nature we are helping children to explore their immediate environment and observe things around them. We help children to learn to solve problems by questioning, comparing and testing out their ideas. The children learn how to plan, hypothesise, predict, design and carry out investigations. They should be able to interpret results and findings, draw inferences and be able to communicate simple tasks and experiments.
Children are introduced to computers and Information Technology in the Nursery and continue to develop their knowledge and expertise throughout the school. Skills in coding,word processing, data handling, logo, graphic design and problem solving are taught in Computing lessons and consolidated and applied through the use of Technology in other curriculum areas. Pupils use Computing skills and tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information.
The school is constantly developing computer and technology provision and presently has a computer suite, Ipads computers and interactive whiteboards in every classroom.
Through Art, children gain new and unique experiences as well as a great deal of pleasure and enjoyment. We encourage children to become creative, visually literate and to explore and express their own ideas, emotions, imagination, culture, identity and the world around them. They are taught to use a variety of different media and develop skills in a wide range of techniques.
Music forms an integral part of the curriculum and children are provided with wide musical experience and experiences.
Children are encouraged to listen to a wide variety of music from different times and places, to respond, perform and compose. All children have access to a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments.
Physical activity plays a vital part in ensuring the healthy development of every child. At Crosslee we have a timetable which ensures that approximately two hours of physical activity is devoted to sports activities each week. These activities include games, dance and gymnastics lessons and Year 4 also go swimming at a local pool.
Additional games such as football, hockey and tag rugby are provided in after school and lunchtime clubs and matches are arranged with other schools. The school uses every available opportunity created through local and national initiatives to increase the range of sports activities it can offer.
History allows children to develop a sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world. Through learning about famous people, societies and events in the past, pupils consider how the past influences the present. They develop an understanding of the past, discuss why things happened or changed and the results. They carry out historical enquiries using a variety of sources of information and look at why the past can be interpreted in different ways, so developing an awareness of their own place in history and of clues to our history that can be found in our own environment.
Through Geography teaching children are able to develop knowledge, skills and understanding relating to their own environment and the people who live there and an awareness of the wider world.
Children study their own and other localities, regions and countries, looking at how landscapes are formed and the effects of human activity on them. Themes such as settlement, weather and care of the environment are included together with skills such as map-making.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is concerned with the generation of ideas, making and doing. DT teaches pupils to innovate, make decisions and to solve real problems. They investigate how familiar products and objects work, then design and make their own using skills such as cutting, joining, fixing and connecting. Finally they evaluate their work. Children use commercial construction kits and a range of materials and simple tools.
Religious Education plays an important role to develop children’s understanding of the world around them and promotes respect towards different faiths and beliefs. We employ a variety of teaching methods including art, music, P4C, discussion, the development of thinking skills, drama, the use of artefacts, pictures and stories. Where possible, we want our pupils to have opportunities to encounter local faith communities through visits to local places of worship or visits from members of local faith communities.
Relationships and Sex Education
All schools are required to provide Sex Education. This enables children to gain accurate knowledge about human reproduction and understand the physical and emotional changes which occur as they grow up. It stresses the value of family life in caring and nurturing and encourages children to have respect and consideration in all their relationships with other people.
Sex Education is taught through parts of the Science and Health curriculum. In Years 5 and 6 the school nurse talks to children about growing up and emotional and physical changes. Children are given guidance and have their questions answered in a way which is appropriate to their age and understanding.
Parents have the right to withdraw children from Sex Education, although not from those elements which are statutory parts of the Science and Health curriculum. Any parent who wishes to discuss this further should contact the Headteacher.
Phillosophy for Children
Philosophy for Children (P4C) teaches children to: learn to think before they speak and give reasons for what they say; value their views and the views of others; learn respect and negotiation and learn not to be fearful. We incorporate P4C lessons into as many of our curriculum areas as possible.
Crosslee Primary School
Manchester, M9 6TG
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