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Curriculum Overview

Intent

Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of the children at Dallam Primary School and is designed to develop both skills and knowledge. It encourages independence, curiosity, creativity and resilience. Through a variety of experiences, we strive to support pupils to be inquisitive about and understand the world they live in - and to believe that they can make a difference within it. It prepares children to be confident to take the next steps in their education.

Central to the curriculum are core skills that underpin everything we do:

Active Learning:

  • To seek out and enjoy challenges
  • To collaborate with others
  • To show commitment and perseverance
  • Assess themselves and others

Basic Skills:

  • To speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using appropriate vocabulary
  • To read and communicate ideas in writing efficiently and effectively.
  • To calculate efficiently and apply skills to solve problems
  • To use new technologies confidently and purposefully

Creative Thinking:

  • To ask questions to extend their thinking
  • To generate ideas and explore possibilities
  • To overcome barriers by trying out alternatives or new solutions
  • To connect ideas and experiences in inventive ways

IMPLEMENTATION

Core Subjects

English

Throughout all key stages, we follow the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach for teaching English.  High quality texts are chosen to inspire and motivate our children, exciting and inspiring ‘hooks’ into the text are created by our teachers and clear and purposeful writing outcomes are planned for each unit. Our Talk for Writing approach supports the oral rehearsal of known stories and the innovation of new ones. The teaching of phonics is delivered using our Read Write Inc; in reception and Year 1 children have a daily phonics lessons and they begin to segment and blend words. 

For further information please see the English page of our school website which can be found by clicking here.

Science

At Dallam Primary, children acquire the key skills, knowledge and vocabulary outlined in the National Curriculum 2014 and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which enable them to think and communicate scientifically and ask scientific questions. We are committed to providing as many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom as possible, to expose our children to a wide range of scientific experiences.

Through our science curriculum, children develop as collaborative, independent and reflective learners. At each stage, children build upon prior learning so that they are well prepared for the next step in their education and ultimately, to make a true difference to the world they live in. Employment opportunities in Warrington have a strong STEM focus and we prepare our children for the jobs they may take in the future.

For further information please see the Science page of our school website which can be found by clicking here.

 

Maths

Throughout school, the teaching of maths is based upon the CPA approach (concrete, pictorial, abstract) which builds on children’s existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a concrete and tangible way. This involves moving from concrete materials, to pictorial representations, to abstract symbols and problems.

In our EYFS, we follow the NCETM Number Blocks program, with a strong focus on using correct mathematical language. Opportunities are also provided each day for children to engage in meaningful activity and explore mathematical concepts by extending the mathematics into wider continuous provision.

In key stage 1 and 2 we use a mastery approach and follow Maths No Problem from Y1 to Y5, and then White Rose Hub in Y6 which allows more flexibility to match the needs of individual cohorts and transition through into secondary school. Each class takes part in 4-a-day maths session every day to allow the children opportunity to practice 4 operations or other basic skills and Numbots and TT Rockstars are used in school and at home to improve fluency in number bonds and times tables.

For further information please see the Maths page of our school website which can be found by clicking here.

Long Term Plans

Other Curriculum Subjects

We use a project based learning model, with essential questions generated as drivers for the termly projects. Opportunities are planned to immerse children in creative projects which enable them to develop their vocabulary whilst deepening their knowledge and understanding. The curriculum for our non-core subjects is organised into three areas, ‘Discover’, ‘Explore’ and ‘Create.’ In the autumn term, the main theme is History; in the spring term, its geography and STEM, and in the summer term, we focus on art and music with a history or geography driver.  Other subjects are woven into each project wherever connections and links can be made; however some subjects are also taught discretely each term.

 

Details of project questions for our nursery and reception classes can be found by clicking here. 

Designated Provision classes adapt the Year Group Curriculum documents on a rolling programme to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum.

Key vocabulary and facts for each project are identified in Key Knowledge Organisers; these are revisited regularly to deepen understanding and support the children to commit concepts to their long term memory. Throughout our curriculum we encourage children to work collaboratively, flexibly and with independence. Opportunities are provided for the children to present their learning to a range of audiences at various points throughout each year, including to parents and carers through assemblies and visits to classrooms.

PSHE

At Dallam Primary we follow Jigsaw, a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including coverage of the statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive curriculum. We aim to give our children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Aspects of SMSC are also mapped across each year group to ensure a balanced coverage.

Please click here to find more details on our school website.

PE

At Dallam Primary, we use Real PE to deliver our curriculum. This is a unique, child-centred approach, which engages and challenges every child.

It focuses on the fundamental movement skills of a child's physical development:

* Agility

* Balance

* Coordination

Real PE develops the whole child, each term there is a multi-ability focus:

* Personal

* Social

* Cognitive

* Creative

* Physical

* Health and Fitness

Alongside the Real PE sessions, all children from Reception to Year 6 have a weekly PE session taught by our specialist sports coach.

Please click here to find out more information about the PE curriculum.

 

Trips and Visits

We have put in a place a well-planned programme of visits and visitors which is designed to enhance our children’s cultural development and provide experiences that it could be expected that they would have had outside school. Alongside this, Year 6 are given the opportunity to attend a 3 day residential, where they participate in various adventure activities such as canoeing, a high ropes course and archery. We also work alongside a local charity to provide Key Stage 2 classes with the opportunity to take part in Adventure Days throughout the year. This is a chance for children to take part in quality outdoor learning activities, led by qualified instructors that develops their team work, leadership and communication skills.

Computing

We aim to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding that will allow them to access the forever changing world of technology and keep up with technological advances confidently and with increasing independence.  We ensure that our children are well prepared for each next stage in their education and ultimately for future employment.

Central to our curriculum is the importance of staying safe online both at school and at home whilst contributing to a positive online environment where everyone feels safe and able to participate. We aim to ensure that our pupils are responsible digital citizens, who are able to use technology in appropriate and responsible ways. The core skills of computer science teach children to create, problem solve and persevere when developing and exploring programmes. Our curriculum also ensures that deep links are built between computing and other subjects whilst ensuring that statutory requirements are met.

All of our classes have access to iPads, Chromebooks or laptops each day so they can be used as tools for learning across other curriculum subjects.

RE

The Lancashire RE curriculum that is followed throughout school provides a structured and well sequenced approach to learning about different faiths; children have regular opportunities to reflect on their own and others’ beliefs. This is further enhanced by assemblies, visits and visitors to explore different faiths and beliefs.

 

We employ specialist teachers for PE, Spanish across KS2 and aspects of the music curriculum. We also make good use of expertise in local secondary schools with upper KS2 given the opportunity at different points in the year to have sessions using specialist teachers and resources to enhance learning in areas such as Science and Geography.

 

 

If you have any questions please call school on 01925 633927 or send us an email  we are happy to help.

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