Curriculum

Curriculum

To view the curriculum for individual year groups, please click on the links below:

For more information about our curriculum, please contact Mrs Natalie Smyth on 01476 405200.

English Curriculum Overview

In years 1 and 2 pupils have a daily English lesson, their curriculum novel is looked at in detail with a range of writing genres being taught. Pupils in Year 3 to 6 have a daily English Lesson. Within this lesson they are taught the following writing genres: chronological and non-chronological reports, formal and informal letters, instructions, balanced arguments and persuasive writing, stories and poems.

Teachers introduce each genre with a book, poem or text which acts as a stimulus for their writing. The book is read to or with the class and they are also given  opportunities to read and discuss good examples of the genre being taught, the aim being for them to become confident writers in each genre.

Pupils are also given time to build up their vocabulary and are taught genre specific vocabulary. They are encouraged to use this in their own writing.

Teachers will model how to write each genre and support pupils as they develop their writing skills, through marking and verbal feedback. There is also an English Working Wall in each class, where genre specific information is displayed to support pupils in their understanding. Toolkits are available for children to access in order to promote their independence skills.

Pupils also have 15 minutes per day dedicated to spelling and grammar. Weekly spellings are given for homework and the Statutory Spelling Lists are taught in each year group. We follow the “No Nonsense” Spelling and Grammar Schemes. Teachers also teach grammar that is needed for the specific writing genre being taught.

Handwriting is taught using the Continuous Cursive style, using Letter Join. Teachers model correct cursive handwriting when marking books, writing on flip charts and on displays. There is a dedicated time within class timetables to teach handwriting to ensure that there is a whole school focus on the importance of high quality presentation.

Maths Curriculum Overview

At The West Grantham Church of England Primary Academy, we follow the White Rose schemes of learning which follows a mastery curriculum to ensure that all children:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Through Maths lessons, children use a range of concrete materials to help develop a conceptual understanding of different areas of the curriculum, for example Numicon and place value counters.  Once they are confident, they move onto drawing pictorial representations before progressing to abstract methods.

From years 2-6 we children also use Times Table Rock Stars to help pupils to improve their times table knowledge. Each month, children will take part in a classroom battles to become TT Rock Star Champion for the month.

Reading Curriculum Overview

Every child in school has their own reading book and reading diary. Each child is assessed, assigned a book suitable for their reading ability and carefully monitored to ensure they are making expected progress. Books are matched to their phonic ability in EYFS and Key Stage 1, reinforcing sounds that are taught within their Read Write Inc. phonic lessons, in addition to supporting the text that they are currently reading in school as part of their phonics lessons.

Pupils have a 30 minute reading lesson every day in Key Stage 2, where they can discuss and compare stories, poems and non-fiction texts. They are also taught the decoding and comprehension skills needed to become fluent and successful readers.

We are passionate about developing a culture of “reading for pleasure” at our school. Daily stories are shared with each class, in EYFS and Key Stage 1 children vote for the story that they would like to listen to. Each class has an inviting reading area, with a variety of books. Our school library offers a wealth of books and children are invited to take home a book of their own choosing.

Phonics Curriculum Overview

At The West Grantham Church of England Primary Academy we use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending them together to read and write words and using these learnt sounds in their reading and writing. In EYFS and KS1 children will follow a daily phonic programme to create fluent, enthusiastic readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will;

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts (this begins in Nursery where the first 30 sounds are taught).
  • Learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • Write simple sentences

On the Ruth Miskin website you will be able to watch a selection of short video clips that will support your pronunciation of the ‘pure’ sounds, and provide tutorials on how to support your child in learning to read www.ruthmiskin.com

PSHE Curriculum Overview

PSHE Curriculum Overview

Contact Us

The West Grantham Church of England Primary Academy
Trent Road
Grantham
Lincolnshire
NG31 7XQ

E-mail: office@wgpa.snmat.org.uk
Tel: 01476 563963 (lower) 01476 562091 (upper)

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