Our Curriculum

Introduction

Triangle Primary School aims to serve its pupils and community by providing education of the highest quality. We provide a variety of enriching and stimulating learning experiences, underpinned by Christian values. We believe that the School Curriculum should be broad and balanced, offering children the opportunity to achieve success in many different areas.

Although our curriculum is based on the The National Curriculum 2014which taught by class teachers and detailing the programmes of study and expectations for each year group National Curriculum, there are other planned opportunities that make up the wider curriculum. Teaching and Learning is matched to pupils preferred learning styles, is differentiated to match ability and makes the most of our developing provision in ICT and computing to support this.

We believe passionately in giving the children ownership of their learning. We support our children in becoming ‘aspirational’ – aiming high – in order to make the most of their learning opportunities. Triangle Primary School believes in an active partnership between school, pupil and home. We take every opportunity to enrich the curriculum with outside providers, local resources, the church, trips and visits, enrichment days, whole school themed weeks and extra–curricular opportunities.

 

EYFS

The Early Years curriculum covers our Reception Class. It is split into seven areas of learning, three prime areas and four specific areas

Prime:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Communication and Language (CL)

Specific:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

The curriculum is underpinned by a play-based approach where children have access to all areas of learning within the classroom and in the outside learning area. Children will at times be directly taught a new skill and at other times discover for themselves through carefully planned play opportunities. Topics are planned in great detail to take account of children’s interests and skilfully link all the areas of learning.

The children are continually observed and assessed by teachers and teaching assistants so that they progress rapidly towards achieving the ‘early learning goals’.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 we follow a creative curriculum where we link our work through half termly topics. All children are taught Literacy skills (reading and writing) and numeracy skills daily (usually in the morning). All children have regular phonics sessions, which are based on the national Letters and Sounds programme and incorporates a variety of Phonics resources. Through our topics, we also teach science, history, geography, art and design, PE, music and Computing. In addition children are taught RE and PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship education). The topics are planned to take into account children’s interests but also to provide a broad knowledge base and ensure key skills are taught and learnt.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 we follow a creative curriculum where we link our work through half termly topics. All children are taught literacy and numeracy daily, most often in the morning and written work is regularly linked to the topic. In the afternoon, children follow a topic led, creative curriculum based on a curriculum focus, which may be geography, history or RE. Science is taught as a separate topic in the juniors. Children are also taught art and design, music, PE and Computing. We teach both French and German as modern foreign languages as these are the two languages taught at the secondary school the majority of our pupils move to. In addition PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) is taught.

 

SUBJECTS

English and Literacy

We are committed to developing literacy skills through uniting the important skills of reading and writing. We teach children to read initially by a synthetic phonics approach, using the Letters and Sounds scheme supplemented by a variety of other materials as children’s skills develop. Our school uses Oxford Reading Tree as the core reading scheme, but this is supplemented by material from several other published schemes.  The children have the opportunity to select from a wide range of good quality reading books, from a well-stocked library in both Key Stages as well as book collections in the classroom. We subscribe to the Library Service, which allows teachers to borrow large collections of books to supplement the reading material, especially themed around the class topics. A variety of reading schemes, are used flexibly to support reading development, from early decoding skills to complex and sophisticated reading comprehension. In class, children are taught these skills directly through guided reading sessions and reinforced across the wider curriculum. At all stages children have an individual reading book, which is brought home to read and spellings to learn.

Children’s progress in reading and writing is carefully monitored throughout the school. A variety of opportunities are provided across the curriculum for children to develop their writing skills. For example, writing reports, stories, poems, notes, plays, lists and diaries. To help children progress in their learning and understand what they need to do to improve, they have individual targets which are reviewed on a regular basis.

Children are provided with regular opportunities to develop the essential skills of speaking and listening. This is done through discussion, drama and specific listening activities in pairs, groups and as a class. Good oral work enhances pupils’ understanding of language in both oral and written forms.

From Foundation Stage, children are taught letter formation following our handwriting scheme, which enables children to develop an independent, mature style of writing. Good presentation is expected at all times and displaying children’s work is an integral part of this process. Ultimately we want each child to develop a fluent, legible and attractive style of handwriting.

Mathematics and Numeracy

Our aim is to develop children into confident mathematicians who are able to use mathematics as a tool in a wide range of activities both in and out of school. Throughout the school the children are involved in mathematical activities based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and their own needs and interests. A high priority is given to teaching children mental strategies to calculate independently. They partake in problem solving activities and use both basic and more advanced numeracy skills as they move through the school. The use of calculators and computers is vital to the children’s learning in some areas of mathematics, therefore children have opportunities to explore and use these teaching resources. The children are given many opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical experiences in the classroom.

We use a number of tools to support maths in school, including published material from different providers. We also access online and computer based resources that teachers use as appropriate.

Religious Education and Collective Worship

RE follows the agreed syllabus and taught through topic work. The aim of religious education is to enable children to develop an understanding of the nature of religion, its beliefs and practices. Children acquiring knowledge of religion, exploring and reflecting on human experience, as well as developing sensitive attitudes will achieve this. Children will be encouraged to use our 3 core Christian values of Friendship, Forgiveness, and Trust to develop social and emotional skills.

Parents retain the right to withdraw their children from religious education. In such cases, this is done after prior arrangement with the Head teacher, and alternative arrangements are made.

There is a daily act of collective worship for each child, usually as a whole school. This is a very important feature of school life and a positive focus underpinning its ethos, supported by our core Christian values. Parents also retain the right to withdraw their children from collective worship by prior arrangement with the Head teacher.

Science

Science teaching follows the National Curriculum guidelines through a topic approach, providing a broad, relevant science curriculum for all the children. We teach the children a balance between knowledge and investigational skills. Active engagement in learning is encouraged and children often work co-operatively, communicating scientific ideas to each other. Basic scientific concepts are developed with the aim of helping children understand their world and encouraging them to develop a sense of responsibility towards it. Pupils are encouraged to combine interest and curiosity with a responsible attitude towards health and safety, as well as respect for living things and the physical environment. Scientific ideas are applied to real life problems including those that require aspects of design and technology to solve them.

Geography

We teach geography through our topic-based curriculum. The children are taught to use maps, atlases and globes. We endeavour to extend children’s interest, knowledge and understanding of people and places both near and far. The children are involved in local investigations such as shopping surveys or looking at local buildings using maps. Carefully planned visits are arranged for children to study places outside the local area. Children are encouraged to think deeply about the environment in which they live and the scarce resources that the Earth provides and upon which all life depends.

History

We teach history through our topic based curriculum. We encourage our children to find out about the past by looking at evidence and by using original sources. We aim to bring history to life and to instil a desire to find out about our predecessors and for children to learn from history. Staff are encouraged to organise visits to sites of interest and have a wide range of historical artefacts that we use with the children, including some borrowed from the library service. We help our children to understand that history means everything that has happened in the past, and also the actual record of what has happened.

Technology

We teach technology through our topic-based curriculum. Design and Technology encourages the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in a practically based subject. Pupils are taught to develop, plan and communicate ideas. They work with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products. Upon completion of their task, they evaluate the processes and products.

Computing and ICT

We teach computing and ICT throughout school, with skills, knowledge and understanding that the children need if they are to continue life-long learning and living in our fast changing world. We employ a wide selection of software including word processing; data handling, graphics and simulation packages, which help children acquire these necessary skills.

ICT is an important tool for teaching and learning across all other subject areas. We endeavour to help pupils see ICT as a natural tool for research, analysis and presentation. The school is well equipped with computers and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. We use sets of lap tops in classrooms via a wireless network. We also have group sets of tablet computers which are being used increasingly in both the infants and the juniors.

Modern Foreign Languages

The MFLs we teach are French and German. These are the subjects that are taught at the secondary school that the majority of our children attend when they leave. MFL is introduced in an informal way in the infants, with timetabled weekly lessons in the juniors. We hope that our approach fosters a love of languages in our children.

Music

There are three main strands to music – singing, listening and playing. Children are taught a wide repertory of songs appropriate to their age group. These include hymns, traditional songs from other lands and cultures and songs from former times as well as modern songs. Children are encouraged to develop an awareness of the different effects of instruments used in music, as well as to give a thoughtful and sensitive response to recorded music. Children are taught how to use pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. They are taught to recognise and discriminate between the various elements of music such as pitch and rhythm.

Art & Design

We teach art through the creative curriculum. Art for most children is a natural form of expression and a source of great pleasure. We aim to increase confidence and competence in the use of different media, such as pencil, charcoal, paint, collage, inks, textiles and clay. We promote the necessary skills for our children to develop their natural ability to be expressive and creative and we aim to instil pride by achieving finished work that is of a high standard.

Physical Education

Our sporting aims are to provide children with a balanced range of activities and the opportunity to develop these in more specialist clubs. Each week our children work on at least one area of the physical curriculum.

Gymnastics and dance both take place in the hall and involve all the children following various themes. Through dance and movement, they learn how to express themselves whilst being able to work at their own level. Whereas gymnastics, involves learning how to use equipment safely and acquire, develop and gain new skills. Games, outdoors and adventurous activities take place outside and children learn a variety of skills that are developed into small games and team building situations.

Children in year 3 onwards have a period of time each year when they learn swimming, which takes place at the local swimming pool.

 

Above and Beyond

In addition to our Curriculum, we also provide extra opportunities for children to pursue their interests and talents.

School House System

Every child belongs to one of the 4 House Teams we have. One aspect of this is healthy competition, both in sporting and non-sporting events. Events are held throughout the year and include: art, performance poetry, singing, design, football, cross country, uni-hoc, swimming and of course sports days.

Productions and Performances

Periodically our children have the opportunity to be part of school productions and performances. We hold three major productions in a year (infants, lower juniors and upper juniors) as well as class assemblies and ‘one off’ performances, perhaps at the end of a unit of work in dance, drama or topic.

Inter School Events

We pride ourselves in giving children the chance to work with and compete against other local schools. This often takes the form of sporting competitions such as football, netball, athletics, swimming, cross country, rounders etc.

Additional Small Group Music Tuition

The Music Service provides individual and group sessions of instrument tuition, for a reasonable charge to parents. Also offered at reasonable charge is the opportunity to work with a local music specialist who provides small group tuition in keyboard and ukulele to pupils.

Extra Curricular Clubs:

We are constantly looking to expand these after school activities that are both sporting and non-sporting. Through the year these include; drama, dance, gymnastics, board games, art, chess, gardening, football, netball, rounders, film studies, hand bells, choir and computing.

International and Wider school Links

The school has developed national and international links with other schools in Europe and in Sri Lanka. These projects have often included successful applications for funding that has enable staff from the partner schools to visit each other.