Usworth Colliery Primary School Curriculum
During this academic year (2017 – 2018) all year groups will be taught the programmes of study set out in the National Curriculum (2014) for Mathematics, English, Science and Foundation Subjects.
Each year group are also taught the non-National Curriculum subject of Religious Education and we follow our Local Authority’s agreed syllabus.
Here is the presentation we gave to parents last year on the new National Curriculum.
Our Approach to the National Curriculum.
At Usworth Colliery Primary School we believe that children learn best when they are actively engaged in their own learning and this is the main principle as to why we have adopted ‘The Learning Challenge Curriculum’. This applies a cross curricular approach and the concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking, and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point.
A prime learning challenge is communicated as a question and is used as a starting point for designing the curriculum. Subsidiary challenges are then planned and again expressed as a question. Each Learning Challenge needs to make sense to our children and is something which is within their immediate understanding and interest.
Key skills for each subject in the National Curriculum are broken down into year group expectations. They ensure our children develop the essential skills to succeed in their education.
Reflection is central to the whole process of ‘The Learning Challenge Curriculum’. Our children present their learning to the rest of the class through both oracy and ICT. A question may be presented to the children in order to help them reflect upon their learning.
Phonics and Reading in Key Stage 1
Throughout Reception and Years 1 and 2, children participate in daily Batty Phonic sessions. Batty Phonics teaches children the 26 letter sounds through stories, actions and dance. This is then extended to introduce the remaining letter sounds, including vowel digraphs (‘ai’, ‘ee’, etc), consonant digraphs (‘th’, ‘st’, etc) and split digraphs (‘o-e’ as in bone). It helps children to hear the sound, recognise the letter and write the letter correctly, as well as write and read words/sentences. More detailed information on our approach can be found HERE
Outdoor Learning at Usworth Colliery Primary School.
Through Outdoor Learning children learn through what they do, through what they encounter and through what they discover. Participants learn about the outdoors, themselves and each other, while also learning outdoor skills. Active learning readily develops the learning skills of enquiry, experiment, feedback, reflection, review and cooperative learning. It is also essential for accelerated learning and development.
PSHE Coverage at Usworth Colliery Primary School.
- Parent Booklets
- Long Term Planning
- Autumn Medium Term Planning 2017-2018
- Spring Medium Term Planning 2017-2018
- Summer Medium Term Planning 2017-2018
Year 2 are taking part in Forest School during Autumn 2, which has replaced their science topic for this half term.