"The curriculum is broad, balanced and enriched with interesting topics and projects for pupils to enjoy and learn." Ofsted 2015
(Please see our class pages for what we are specifically learning each half-term)
At Ladypool Primary School we believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced and promote learning as well as personal growth and development. This includes not only the formal requirements of The National Curriculum, but also the numerous extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich children’s skills, capability, confidence and experience.
The curriculum at Ladypool is enriched by our strong ethos based on respect, equality and diversity. We are committed to developing the whole child. At Ladypool we encourage our children to be creative, physically active and academically challenged.
The Foundation Stage
In our Nursery and Reception classes, we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of each individual child. We aim to provide the right foundation for pupils to make good future progress through school and life. The activities and experiences we provide allow development in the seven areas of learning and development (communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy, maths, understanding the world and expressive arts and design). Each area of learning is developed through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult led and child initiated activity.
We begin teaching phonics in Nursery and continue in Reception where children have many opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge in guided reading sessions, adult led writing activities or independent reading and writing. We regularly assess the classroom environments to ensure that they are enabling and we ensure that learning can take place both indoors and outdoors every day.
At Ladypool, we develop children’s spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as an integral aspect of the teaching across all subjects. We believe that fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects. It is central to social and emotional development and is the main instrument of learning across the curriculum. Many of our children are bilingual and we believe this to be educationally enriching. We want our children to bring their experiences of language from home into school so that their developing of English and other languages support each other.
At our school, we aim to develop children’s ability to read, write and communicate for a wide range of purposes, for the following reasons:
Enable children to speak clearly and audibly in ways which take account of their listeners
Enable children to adapt their speech to a wide range of audiences
Encourage children to use language to express and communicate ideas, views and feeling
To use both formal and informal voices appropriately
Teach children to read through the use of phonics and enable them to use this knowledge in their reading
Encourage children to read for enjoyment as every class has an attractive book area which offers a wide range of quality books to suit the needs of the children in that class
Use school library which is well organised and resourced with books clearly labelled and easily accessible. Each class is scheduled to use the library at least once a week
Encourage children to become enthusiastic and critical readers of a range of genres
Encourage children to become immersed in high quality texts including reading whole books
Teach children to read through the use of phonics and enable them to use this knowledge in their writing
Teach children the correct use of spelling, punctuation and grammar
Encourage children to write with accuracy, meaning and for purpose, in both fiction and non-fiction in a range of genre
Increase children’s ability to use the writing process (planning, drafting, redrafting and editing) to improve the quality of their writing
At Ladypool, we believe that mathematics is an important part of everyday life and it helps children to make sense of the world around them, through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind; we ensure that children develop a healthy ad enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics.
Our mathematics curriculum encourages children to be creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. We provide a stimulating environment along with high quality resources so that each child can develop their mathematical skills and ability to their full potential.
Mathematics is taught every day for about an hour followed by 10 minutes of mental maths at key stage 1 and 2. We recognise the importance of developing a secure foundation in mental calculation and recall of number facts before standard written methods are introduced. The main published scheme used by the teachers at Ladypool is Collins.
Whenever possible, mathematical skills are applied and developed in other cross curricular subjects. The teaching of mathematics provides opportunities for: group work, paired work, individual work as well as whole class teaching. Children are constantly challenged, motivated and encouraged to discuss with peers that they have been doing and what they have learned.
We ensure our children have a range of learning experiences that challenge, stimulate and promote thinking and learning through our creative curriculum which is based on first-hand experience. This encompasses all foundation subjects including science and enables us to provide a high standard of teaching and inspirational learning opportunities.
At Ladypool, we teach the creative/wider curriculum through a creative educational learning resource called ‘Cornerstone’. We believe Cornerstones excites children’s imagination, inspires them to learn, extend their horizons, deepens their understanding and meets their intellectual and personal needs.
Every term children are involved in a range of inspirational yet rigorous learning projects (based on themes and content from The National Curriculum). These projects integrate all the subjects and the four stages of teaching and learning philosophy of Cornerstones: Engage – Develop – Innovate – Express. Each project combines different strands of learning so that children learn more holistically and start to challenge themselves and learn problem solving skills. This provides hours of rich cross curricular and creative learning experiences.
The religious education curriculum is taken from Birmingham City Councils ‘Agreed Syllabus’, which has been discussed, agreed and ratified by Birmingham City Council, local teachers, and representatives of all major faiths and denominations.
At Ladypool, RE is taught, by starting from children’s own life experiences and relating these to similar or different experiences of other people in the local community and in the wider national and international community. We realise that RE is an important part of the school curriculum and is taught relevant at the child’s stage of development and experience. We seek to provide a clearer idea of what religion is about, the importance that it plays in many people’s lives and how faith is expressed in their daily lives and routines.
PSHE and Citizenship
This area of learning is integrated into all aspects of the school day and is essential in ensuring that children reach their potential in other areas of the curriculum. Weekly lessons explore feelings, social situations and aspirations through circle time, drama, practical and group activities. Our whole school planned curriculum includes, progressive and age appropriate learning about drugs, smoking, finance, enterprise, anti-bullying, e-safety and relationship education. Every session is conducted in a sensitive and positive way and children are fully encouraged to participate so they have a wider understanding of personal, moral and social development.
Ladypool has its own extensive programme of extra-curricular clubs. These clubs offer further opportunities to expand and enhance skills and abilities in a range of activities such as; sports, board games, homework, arts and craft, creative writing. In addition, the school has a thriving orchestra and singing who regularly perform musical concerts to the rest of the school. During lunch time children have the opportunity to involve in one of the lunchtime clubs such as: art, music, dance, ICT, maths, board games, sewing, and handwriting.
We believe homework to be a crucial element of school and home partnership. We encourage parents to support their child’s homework as much as possible which helps to reinforce and consolidate their learning. Parents who do support their children with homework tasks provide a powerful reinforcement of the importance of school and their education. Children are set homework on a weekly basis for mathematics, reading, writing and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar).
Authors of the month
|January||Michael Rosen||Michael Rosen|
|February||David McKee||David Walliams|
|March||Eric Carle||Anthony Browne|
|April||Mo Willems||Enid Blyton|
|May||Colin McNaughton||Phillip Pullman|
|June||Jill Murphy||Jamila Gavin|
|July||D. King Smith||D. King Smith|