Curriculum at Lawley
Planting the seeds, growing the future!
Our school curriculum vision is based on the two key principles of:
Encouraging better learners, with the help of their teachers, children are able to achieve more and reach higher standards;
Developing lifelong learners who have the knowledge, skills and learning attributes that enable them to be resilient and adaptable learners. This will enable them to be equipped to deal with whatever challenges our rapidly changing world may hold for them.
Everyone has a responsibility at Lawley as either TEACHER or LEARNER and we believe that “Discovery Unites Us!”
Our curriculum vision has the development of English, Maths, Science and Computing at its CORE, alongside developing the attributes for children to be good learners, as these are the essential life skills for every child to be able to access future learning. Our children learn best through practical 'hands on' learning opportunities. We allow them to build their knowledge and understanding through topics that will capture their interest and stimulate their imagination. Core subjects are such as English and Maths are taught discretely but then applied and practised across the whole curriculum.
Our BROADER curriculum is skills based and FOUNDATION SUBJECTS, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Languages, Music and Physical Education and PSHE are taught thorough topics and themes of study. We value a rigorous cross-curricular approach to learning and the curriculum is planned systematically through curriculum maps for each year group thereby ensuring the whole range of the New National Curriculum 2014 is delivered appropriately. The maps in both Key Stage 1 and 2 are designed to make sure that curriculum content is based on children’s interests and enhancing cross curricular links.
Curriculum design and organisation leads to highly motivating outcomes for our children. High quality Learning Walls and Cross Curricular displays show that pupils are engaged in their learning. Lawley is fully inclusive for all learners.
Religious Education - is provided in accordance with current legislation and the recommendations of the Local Authority. We encourage children to develop a caring and tolerant attitude towards people with beliefs different from their own. We introduce the children to all world religions, with a secure understanding of Christianity. Assemblies, in accordance with current requirements, contain a broadly Christian act of worship. We believe it important to support parents in developing the spiritual and moral values of their child and we respect the beliefs and faith of all families. If parents wish to withdraw their children from worship or R.E., we ask that they visit the school to discuss our policy. They will be given opportunities to be involved in appropriate alternative activities.
Relationships and Sex Education Governors have agreed that children will be taught relationships and sex education from Reception to Year 6 based on the Living and Growing programmes. Your child will be taught age appropriate content to ensure that your child has a realistic understanding of their developing and changing bodies. Should you wish to withdraw your child from the school’s Sex Education Programme we ask you to come into school to discuss our policy.
We offer an ENRICHMENT curriculum which delivers opportunities for pupils to develop a progression of skills outside the broader curriculum e.g. cooking, outdoor learning, forest schools and gardening. Educational Visits happen for all year groups and the children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 all have the opportunities to take part in a residential visit. These trips provide memorable experiences alongside rich opportunities for high quality learning in a situation other than a classroom and allow forwider personal development and well-being. The trips all involve outdoor adventurous activities most of which utilise the wonderful resources available across the beautiful local Shropshire countryside. These trips are carefully costed out to allow access to all our pupils.
It is our judgement that the curriculum at Lawley provides our pupils with a coherent and relevant curriculum, which allows them to be fully engaged and to learn in a way that excited them and meets their needs.
And taught throughout all of these learning experiences are the Lawley Primary School Values. The aim of our values is to support Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development they are used across learning as ideals, standards or life stances that act as general guides to behaviour or as reference points in all teaching and leaning and decision making.
Our Values are vital to how discover unites us in school through our CORE, BROAD and ENRICHED curriculum, our families, and the wider communities. They are also reflected in a respectful attitude to our physical environment and the other living creatures on our planet. We are clear about the values that we wish to emphasise in our school. These have been adopted as a result of a consultation, which included a very wide range of stakeholders including pupils. The whole process produced very similar lists of values showing they are not dependent on race, culture, class or religion.
The chosen five are happiness, respect, courage, friendship and responsibility.
Teachers use formative assesment (AFL) to plan collaboratively (within year group teams) to ensure that the topic is meeting the needs of the children, challenging the children and remains motivating and engaging for the children. Pupil work is scrutinised to check that teachers plan to ensure that learning is built upon prior knowledge and is focused on ensuring that pupils make progress in lessons.
Narrowing the Gap As a school we implement key interventions which fit the specific needs of our children Teacher’s timetables incorporate these interventions to ensure that identified children have the opportunity to read every afternoon with a dedicated member of staff or trained parent. The timetable is organized in such a way that children involved in these interventions, do not consistently miss the same part of the lesson.
Reception - In their first year of school, your child will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This is the same curriculum as your child followed at nursery. This allows for continuity during their first year of school. There are seven areas of learning and your child’s class teacher will plan learning opportunities to fulfil all these areas of learning by the time they leave Reception.
Teaching Early Reading and Writing - Your child will be taught Letters and Sounds, which is a high quality phonics programme which will teach your child how the alphabet works for reading and spelling by fostering their speaking and listening skills and developing their knowledge of how to apply the sounds they learn to their writing and to decode words for their reading. There are 6 phases of Letters and Sounds which your child is expected to achieve by the end of Year 2.
How Children Are Assessed - Children are assessed on their work as part of their daily activity in the classroom. This includes responding to the teacher’s marking and opportunities to be involved in peer and self-assessment. Teachers are always in a position to describe the progress that the children in the class are making. In addition to this kind of continuous teacher assessment there is also a more formal assessment that schools are required to carry out as part of the National Curriculum. This comes at the end of Year 1, with the Phonics’ Screening test, at the end of Key Stage One (when your child is seven, in Year Two) and Key Stage Two (when your child is eleven, in Year Six). At these times, assessments will be made on your child's progress in Reading, Writing and Maths through assessments made by the teacher and by Standard Tests and Assessment Tasks taken by your child in the summer term. The results of these assessments are shared with you.
Lawley Primary School follows the requirements of the Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum.
Within the Foundation Stage Curriculum there are six areas of learning:
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
• Communication, Language and Literacy
• Mathematical Development;
• Knowledge and Understanding of the World;
• Creative Development and
• Physical Development.
The National Curriculum comprises the subjects:
• Information Technology;
• Design and Technology;
• Art and
• Physical Education.
In addition, Religious Education is offered to all pupils in line with the syllabus agreed for all Telford & Wrekin schools, and a daily act of worship takes place. Parents have the right to withdraw children from RE and daily assembly. Alternative provision can be made.
We use the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning, (SEAL), materials to deliver many aspects of the PSHE and Citizenship which taught from Foundation Stage to Year 6. Although it remains a non-statutory element of the National Curriculum, Lawley School considers it to be necessary in terms of developing the child through a broad and balanced curriculum and ensuring emotional well being for each child. We are committed, as a school, to meet the five outcomes of the Every Child Matters, Change for Children agenda. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/every-child-matters
The teaching and learning in these areas of the curriculum is enhanced by the extensive use of ICT in each classroom. We promote independent learning and teachers use a variety of learning styles ensuring all children have equal access to the curriculum.
A full, carefully planned and balanced programme of learning is offered at all levels for each child. Whilst well-tested, proven methods will always form our teaching basis, we continually monitor modern approaches and make every effort to ensure that we remain up to date. The curriculum is under general review at all times and our resource needs are similarly appraised. As children move through the school the activities planned for them are planned to be progressively more demanding within a framework that promotes continuity.
Tests and assessments
Year 1 phonics screening check
The check will take place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child doesn’t do well enough in the check they’ll have to do it again in Year 2.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 tasks and tests cover:
speaking and listening
The tasks and tests are taken during May.
Your child’s teacher will use the child’s work (including spoken work and homework to work out what level your child is at in each area).
You can ask for the results but they’re only used to help the teacher assess your child’s work.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 tests cover:
English grammar, punctuation and spelling
Maths (including mental arithmetic)
The tests are taken in mid-May and last under 5.5 hours in total. You’ll get the results in July. If your child is demonstrating higher achievement then the headteacher may put them in for extra tests.
When your child reaches the end of Key Stage 2 the teacher will also give reports on your child’s progress in English, maths and science.