When your child first begins school in the Foundation unit, they will follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum to include:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
When children move into Year 1 and until they leave at the end of Year 6, they follow the National Curriculum. The key subjects covered are:
- Religious Education
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
- Personal, Social and Health Education
- French and Spanish
- Sex Education (age appropriate)
More information on the National Curriculum can be found on the DFE web site www.dfe.gov.uk.
The curriculum is planned according to the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our aim is that all pupils will be able to:
- Read and write with confidence, fluency, enjoyment and understanding.
- Use knowledge of phonics and spelling to read and write accurately.
- Apply a range of reading skills to decode text.
- Have an interest in words and meanings and develop a growing vocabulary.
- Understand and write in a range of genres both fiction and non-fiction.
- Plan, draft and revise their own writing.
- Use suitable vocabulary to critically discuss and evaluate their reading and writing.
All of the children have access to our very well stocked school library and may take books out to share at home. We actively encourage children to take their school reading book home on a daily basis to share with their parents or carers. All children have a diary to keep note of reading at home. School book bags may be purchased from the school office.
Key Stage 1 – Phonics and reading schemes:
In Key Stage 1, we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme and we use Jolly Phonics actions to support this. We primarily use Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star as our reading schemes.
We aim to provide a broad and balanced maths curriculum using a combination of practical activities and opportunities to apply knowledge and understanding in real life situations with more formal approaches and paper and pencil recordings. The curriculum is planned according to the requirements of the National Curriculum. In their daily numeracy lessons, children are grouped according to ability within their classes in Years R to 2 and in Years 3 to 6 children are grouped according to ability across the year group. We aim for all our children to:
- Have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits in the number system.
- Know by heart useful facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves.
- Apply their knowledge to mental calculations.
- Know when it is appropriate to use a calculator and do so effectively.
- Make sense of and solve number problems.
- Know if their answers to calculations are reasonable and have strategies to check them.
- Estimate measures and suggest suitable units of measure.
- Construct and interpret graphs and charts.
- Apply their knowledge and understanding to real life situations.
- Explain workings and understanding using correct mathematical terms.
Science is broken down into four areas of learning: Knowledge, skills and understanding; Life processes and living things; Materials and their properties; and Physical processes. In science, we aim to give children a wide range of practical experiences as well as developing thinking and recording skills. We encourage children to understand how their bodies and the world around them work. We encourage them to question and investigate things they do not understand, making their own predictions and drawing their own conclusions. Whole school Science Days allow children to share their learning across the school.
At Kingsleigh Primary School, our ICT facilities are excellent and we are constantly updating our facilities to ensure our children have access to new technology. We have a well resourced ICT suite as well as PCs, laptops and netbooks for use in the classrooms. We have Interactive whiteboards in all classrooms. All of these systems are linked to the school intranet as well as providing internet access. We have a school website and blog which we update regularly. Children are taught specific ICT skills as well as using ICT across the curriculum.
Religious Education is taught according to the Local Education Authority Agreed Syllabus. The curriculum aims to develop personal, moral, spiritual and social values and an understanding of the Christian religion and its festivals. Additionally, the children explore the culture and beliefs of Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. We aim to promote respect, sensitivity and open-mindedness.
There is a daily act of worship in assembly either as a large group or within classes and year groups. These assemblies are based on Christian values but are non-denominational in content. Parents have a right to withdraw their children from Religious Education on religious grounds. This can be arranged by writing a letter to the Headteacher.
In our art curriculum, we encourage children to develop creativity and imagination. We aim for children to experience and become confident in the use of a range of materials, tools and techniques. We develop children’s critical awareness of artists and their work and encourage them to communicate what they see, feel and think. The children experience a wide range of art activities in our annual Arts and Activities week.
In history lessons, children learn about significant events, people and places and the impact they have had on their own lives and the lives of others. A wide range of sources are used to find out about the past and good use is made of the local environment with visits to local museums and sites of interest.
Not only do the children become familiar with their local environment and the people who live there, they also explore the wider world. The curriculum encourages children to understand the impact they, and others, have on their environment and how they can help to protect and sustain it.
Design and Technology
Children are given opportunities in design and technology to design, make and evaluate a range of products. They are encouraged to be creative and innovative and to develop a critical awareness of both their own and others’ designs as well as those in the world around them.
There are opportunities for children to participate in musical activities both as part of the school curriculum and as extra curricular options. In music lessons, children experience singing, composing and performing using a range of musical instruments which are all taught by a music specialist and they will begin to learn about and use musical notation and scores. In Key Stage 2, children have the option to learn to play a musical instrument through lessons provided by peripatetic teachers. There are also opportunities for Year 6 to perform with the school choir throughout the year. All children in year 4 learn a musical instrument.
At Kingsleigh Primary School, we believe that physical education is one of the most important areas of the curriculum. All children have at least two PE lessons each week; these will be a combination of games, dance, gymnastics or athletics. In addition, children in Years 3 and 5 go swimming for half of the year. Through PE we aim to teach children the importance and enjoyment of physical exercise for a healthy life, as well as knowledge of how their body works and the ability to appreciate and evaluate performance. We also offer a wide range of after school sporting clubs including football, rugby, cross country, athletics, rounders and netball.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
Education at Kingsleigh Primary School does not end with the National Curriculum. Through PSHCE and Circle Time, we encourage children to understand and know themselves as individuals. We aim to develop high self esteem and good interpersonal skills through opportunities to talk, discuss and reflect on issues relevant to the world we live in. We use the Jigsaw resource which can be found by clicking on this link
Modern Foreign Languages
We are proud to be the only primary school in Bournemouth that offers modern foreign languages across the school. All children in years 1 to Year 6 have a weekly lesson with a specialist Modern Foreign Languages Teacher. French is taught throughout the school and French and Spanish are taught in years 4, 5 and 6. The children learn songs, counting, the weather, the days and the months. They also learn to hold conversations exchanging personal information. They also learn about animals, brothers and sisters, facilities in towns and schools, directions and clothing, amongst many other things.
Sex education begins with our very youngest children through a programme closely linked with health, science and religious education. In these early stages we aim for children to develop a positive attitude towards their bodies, an understanding of their feelings and knowledge of how their body works. As the children grow up, we discuss issues relating to growth and change and sensitively address facts surrounding sexual development, behaviour and attitude. Children are given opportunities to discuss questions they may have in mixed and single sex groups. We also invite the school nurse to talk to the children. We offer parents the opportunity to watch the videos that we show to the children and invite them to discuss any concerns they may have with their child’s class teacher.