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Curriculum

Curriculum

What we teach

 

At Brampton Primary Academy we follow the National Curriculum.  

All children from Year 1 to Year 6 are taught: English, Maths, Science, ICT, PE, Music, Art & Design, Design and Technology (DT), History and Geography. 

 

We follow the Bexley Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (RE) and have reflection time every week to develop children's Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship (PSHCE) skills and understanding. 

 

We aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced curriculum, that is taught in an interesting and stimulating way.  All the subjects above are taught as either part of the core curriculum (English, maths, science and computing), or as part of a project based curriculum through our use of the scheme Cornerstones.

 

Cornerstones is a broad and balanced, knowledge and skills based curriculum with a creative edge. Comprising of over 80 themed projects and 1000s of lesson ideas mapped to the national curriculum.

All aspects of our curriculum are supported by a programme of educational visits/school trips and extra-curricular events (a mixture of events held at school, in London and across the country).  Parents are advised of the arrangements for these events in advance.  Further details are available in the calendar on the website, which is updated on a termly basis.

 

 

The learning environment

Walking around our school, visitors notice it is a calm and focused learning environment. We firmly believe that children benefit from a purposeful and tranquil setting in which to learn.

We all have high expectations of our pupils. High standards of presentation and individual commitment are paramount at Brampton. We believe that the classroom should reflect and celebrate the learning and teaching through large, bright and visually stimulating displays.

 

An overview of our curriculum

An overview of our curriculum by subject is provided as three documents to download on this page.

 

Additional details re our teaching of English and maths are provided below.  

 

English curriculum and teaching (including phonics) – summary information

The teaching of the National Curriculum for English at Brampton consists of the following:

  • The teaching of phonics and the scheme we use: we use the Letters and Sounds scheme.  Children from Reception to Year 2 have daily phonics teaching sessions. They are regularly assessed and data is analysed to ensure that effective support is provided to ensure that all children make good progress in their phonetic development. 
  • Writing: each week, the children undertake a ‘weekly learning journey’, based around the study of a carefully chosen text.  A large variety of texts are chosen, to ensure that there is something of interest for all children.  Spelling, grammar and punctuation teaching, as well as comprehension, is linked to the text being studied.
  • Reading: Alongside the teaching of phonics, we have guided reading. We use a variety of reading schema such as Oxford Reading Tree. Having a range of graded books enables teachers to closely match texts to reading development as well as providing children with a richer diet of reading material. All classes are also stocked with a class library of ‘real books’.  Teachers listen to their children read through daily Whole Class Reading sessions.  During guided reading lessons, teachers are able to provide pupils with a varied selection of texts, including phonically decodable books for each phase, from a range of genres. This enables children, even at an early stage of their phonics learning, to see themselves as successful and confident readers, which in turn builds their confidence and thus enjoyment of reading.  Reading books for all year groups are handed out weekly, so that children can read at home every day.  To further promote reading, we subscribe to Bug Club.  Parents are encouraged to look at the website, and to speak to teachers re any further information they might need.
  • Speaking and listening: Children at Brampton have opportunities to carry out speaking and listening activities built into daily class practices and whole school events that run throughout the year, in addition to extra-curricular enrichment activities. 
  • Handwriting: We start to teach letter formation in Reception, with children refining their writing as they progress through key stage 2.  Neatly presented work is a continual focus at school. We use the Nelson Handwriting scheme.

 

Maths curriculum and teaching – summary information

The teaching of National Curriculum maths at Brampton is designed to: 

  • develop children’s confidence, understanding and enjoyment through encouraging and supporting a positive attitude to mathematics;
  • develop understanding of and efficient use of mathematics in meaningful contexts and to promote its importance in everyday life;
  • integrate and apply mathematical skills and knowledge within the framework of the wider curriculum where appropriate; and
  • to ensure that every child can develop to their full potential in their knowledge and understanding of maths.

Teaching methods and approaches

Children learn about measures, number and how to apply their numeracy skills. This is in addition to focussed teaching time that is set aside to reinforce the learning of times tables and mental arithmetic. 

In lessons, children engage in:

  • The development of mental strategies
  • Written methods
  • Practical work
  • Investigational work
  • Problem solving
  • Mathematical explanation and reasoning
  • Consolidation of basic skills and routines

Throughout school, we have incorporated the Maths Rose programme to support and supplement the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Key areas covered by the end of key stage 2

Areas covered in the new primary curriculum  are:

  • number and place value - reading and writing numbers, counting forwards and backwards from any number, place value and solving number problems.
  • number (addition and subtraction) -  solving problems, number bonds and understanding mental and written methods and understanding the inverse operation.
  • number (multiplication and division) -  recalling multiplication and division facts and solving problems to do with multiplication and division.
  • fractions -  recognising, naming and writing fractions.
  • measurement -  choosing and using appropriate units of measurement, converting between units (e.g. cm and mm), time and money.
  • geometry - properties of shape: identifying and understanding the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
  • geometry - position and direction: ordering and arranging objects in patterns and sequences. Describing position, direction and movement.
  • statistics -  interpreting and constructing tally charts, bar charts and tables etc. and answering questions on interpreting the data.
  • ratio and proportion (year 6) - solving problems involving relative sizes, calculation of percentages and problems to do with scale.
  • algebra (year 6) - use simple formulae, express missing numbers algebraically and finding solutions to simple equations.

BRAMPTON PRIMARY ACADEMY APPROACH TO READING

 

English

 

English as a core subject and as such is fully integrated into all areas of our curriculum at Brampton Primary Academy. We also plan for daily specific English, Handwriting and SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) lessons, in line with national expectations and requirements.

 

Reading

 

We want our children to become enthusiastic, engaged readers and to develop a life-long love of books. We introduce children to a range of good quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry books through our whole-class, core-text approach to teaching reading, and during their weekly guided reading session. Children’s interest in reading is also encouraged through sharing books with parents at home and with teachers and other children in school.

 

Children from Reception through to Year 6, take home books regularly each week to read at home. Developing readers will bring home colour levelled books (according to their stage of reading development) each week. Independent readers will bring home a self-selected book from their class reading area. As well as fostering a love of reading, this gives the school and parents a regular way of communicating about each child’s progress. Comments between home and school are shared via Reading Record Books in Reception and Year 1, and Homework Diaries in Year 2.

 

We use a variety of approaches in the initial stage of learning to read and write. Predominantly we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document produced by the DFES, combined with online interactive resources such as Phonics Play. We teach whole word recognition to build sight vocabulary. We use several reading schemes, carefully colour banded, and teachers monitor children’s reading through focused Guided Reading sessions to both develop their reading skills and further develop their love of reading.

 

We hold regular events to raise the profile of reading in school, such as Scholastic Book Fairs, Readathon, World Book Day, dressing up days and other special events as they arise. We also hold workshops for parents throughout the year to develop our partnership with parents and to help parents support their child’s learning at home.

 

Writing

 

In both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, children are taught skills which will enable them to become confident and independent writers. We plan for and provide children with opportunities to write in different styles and for different purposes, using their imagination and general knowledge.  A high standard of spelling, punctuation and grammar is developed through carefully planned lessons which allow for reinforcement and progression. All children are encouraged to develop accurate and correct letter formation before going on to develop their ability to use a joined handwriting style.  We actively encourage and expect all children to take pride in the presentation of their work.

 

Spelling

 

We want all children at Brampton Primary Academy to become confident spellers and to apply their spellings in their written work. At the beginning of each half-term we send out a list of spellings which we expect the children to learn. Children are tested on a random 10 spellings from this list each week. Teachers will choose the spellings they test, they may revisit spellings which children are struggling with and also add additional spellings as the children become more confident applying the spelling patterns in their initial list. Spelling, especially in Key Stage 1 is taught through a phonetic approach, and explicit teaching of spellings continues in Key Stage 2. Adidtional support is offered to children who struggle to learn and retain spellings.

 

Phonics

 

At Brampton Primary Academy Phonics teaching begins in Reception. We follow the detailed and systemic programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ supported by a wide range of other teaching resources.

Phonics teaching is divided into six phases:

 

Phase One – (Reception) supports the importance of speaking and listening skills and through a range of exciting and “hands on” activities we introduce the sounds and the letter shapes, encouraging awareness of them in our everyday familiar environment.

 

Phase Two and Phase Three – (Reception – daily phonics sessions). The letters and sounds are introduced one at a time. Children will learn to pronounce sounds in response to letters and will be encouraged to use these sounds to blend, segment and read simple words and captions. Phase Three includes learning sounds represented by more than one letter and learning letter names, as well as how to read and spell some tricky words. The children are taught how to form each letter for handwriting.

 

Phase Four – (Reception/ Year One – daily phonics sessions). The main aim of this phase is to consolidate the children’s knowledge and put the skills into practice in both reading and writing. The children are taught more tricky words and high frequency words, and how to read longer words with adjacent consonants. They should be able to form letters independently when writing.

 

Phase Five – (Year One – daily phonics sessions). The children will broaden their knowledge of sounds for use in reading and writing and will learn more complex phonic patterns.

 

Phase Six – (Year Two and beyond). This phase encourages children to become fluent readers and increasingly more accurate spellers. The children will be able to read many familiar words automatically and use their skills to decode unfamiliar words. There will be a shift from learning to read to reading to learn. We aim for all our children to develop a love of reading,  and to be able to read fluently for information and pleasure.

 

In both Year 1 and Year 2 the children are put into phonics sets to allow teaching to be directed at specific phase levels, offering support and revision for the struggling learner and challenge for the more able.

 

HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS

 

At Brampton Primary Academy we recognise the important role that parents/carers play in their child’s education. We value the impact that this support can have on a child’s attainment and progress and are working to ensure that homework is both beneficial and a positive experience.

 

At Brampton Primary Academy, we believe that homework should complement and consolidate what your child has been learning in the classroom. Therefore, the work set is based on what your child has been learning in class and will be explained to your child prior to it being sent home. If you or your child has any further questions, the class teacher will be happy to answer any questions or offer support BEFORE the deadline.

 

In Key Stage 1 & 2 we will be setting the following homework tasks:

 

Subject Examples of Possible Activities
Spellings/ Phonics/ Handwriting Spelling Words
Sentences
Dictionary Definitions
Reading & Writing Tasks
Handwriting
 Maths  In addition, children can practise the following:
Times tables
Learning number bonds
Consolidating work taught in class
Explaining various methods
Learning division facts related to times tables
Daily reading Hearing your child read aloud.
Asking questions about the text
Modelling good reading to your child.
Reading books with your child in their home language/s

 

Parents/carers and pupils will ensure:

 

  • Homework is completed weekly; including the online Abacus maths activities.
  • Spellings are practised for a few minutes each day.
  • The teacher is informed in advance if their child is unable to complete the online activities.
  • Children should take pride in their homework and complete it to the best of their ability.
  • Year 6 will be given SPAG and or Literacy Homework each week relating to the work that they have been covering throughout their lessons.

 

Teachers will ensure:

 

  • Homework is sent home every Friday and Abacus maths activities are available online.
  • All children know their username and password for Abacus maths online.
  • Children are praised when they have completed tasks to the best of their abilities.
  • We subscribe to Bug Club, a fantastic website with lots of eBooks for you to read. Don’t forget to log in using your personal usernames and passwords. Your teacher will update your books regularly and can check how many you have read. Don’t forget to have a go at answering the quiz questions as you read by clicking on the bugs!
  • Multiplication Tables in Years 2 to 6 children will complete a timed test on their Multiplication Tables weekly. Multiplication homework will be brought home so parents can see the facts the children have a good recall of and those they need to work on. 

At Brampton most learning takes place in cross-curricular creative lessons based on a theme. Each half term every class studies a different theme, some are science based, some are historical and others have a geographical bias. Over the course of a year pupils will experience some of each. The themes are exciting and pupils have the opportunity to help to plan them.
In addition to the class themes, the Brampton curriculum includes themed weeks and days which are a focus for the whole school. These special themes reflect the context of the school and our local community.

 

PE


Pupils take part in 2 hours of PE each week and this includes gymnastics, dance, outdoor games and swimming. There are also plenty of opportunities for pupils to take part in sport at lunchtime and during after school clubs.

 

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)


From Reception to Y6 we have ‘Language of the Month’ where pupils learn a variety of greeting to answer the register. From Year 3, we learn French. Within the creative curriculum, some classes study an area and these may include singing, dancing, cooking and food tasting. Brampton also offers clubs where they may learn another language during a lunchtime; Spanish and Italian, for example.

 

Music

Every child at Brampton has access to a rich Music curriculum. We teach the Charanga Musical School Scheme of Work which supports all the requirements of the new National Curriculum.

In line with the new curriculum for Music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. The interrelated dimensions of music thread through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through:

  • Listening and appraising

  • Differing musical activities (including games, singing, playing, improvising and composing)

  • Performing

We want children to enjoy Music as well as the educational benefits that learning music offers such as; spatial development, listening skills, creative thinking, team work, language and reasoning skills.

We are partnered with Bird College who provide our instrumental tuition. All children in Year 2 have an hour of recorder a week and all children in Year 4 have an hour of Djembe (African Drumming) a week with specialist teachers. Children in Years 3 to 6 have the opportunity to learn the Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet or Violin with instrumental teachers. We also have a School Choir which runs every Friday lunchtime.

 

 

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)


Learning to be at ease with yourself and get along well with other people is central to the SEAL lessons and crucial for a happy fulfilling life. Every class takes part in SEAL sessions and they also feature regularly in whole school assemblies. Family SEAL is also important within our school, so often parents are invited in to attend a course of sessions with their child.

 

Residential Trips


Each year the pupils in Year 6 have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip with their class. During these visits the children develop their independence and social skills and have the opportunity to deepen their learning both socially and physically. These visits are hugely popular with pupils and are based on Adventure-type activities.

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