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Curriculum

At Stanley Grove we are very pleased to offer a rich and varied curriculum throughout each key stage, both in and out of the classroom. To support each child’s individual learning style and needs, we actively encourage the children to look for links between subjects, to help them to practise the skills they have learned. This associative learning model enables children to learn with a purpose, as we do in everyday life. To develop our pupils’ communication and collaboration skills, lessons encourage interaction and project based learning. This social learning model supports our belief that children learn best when doing so with others. It also ensures there are daily opportunities for children to develop skills of  listening, leadership and reflection. As a Unicef Rights Respecting School, we promote children’s rights and the British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of others. All topics are led by high quality children’s book, such as ‘The Gingerbread Man’ in Nursery, ‘Lost and Found’ in Year 1, ‘The Iron Man’ in Year 4 and ‘The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas’ in Year 6. As a Bright Futures Primary Academy, our curriculum is designed to flow through the following steps:

Ignition

Inspiring the child’s interests and developing a passion.

The children ‘Know Why’… they are doing this.

Immersion

The subject knowledge that will be explored, developing an understanding.

 ‘Know That’ … specific pieces of information. 

Inquiry

Engaging the child in the subject, asking; ‘what do they want to know more about?’ Developing an ownership.

Know What … they will be doing.

Innovation

Taken from the inquiry, this aspect looks at what aspects of the topic the children will explore. Developing specific skills.

Know How … to use real world skills. 

Illumination

Exploring deeper and further aspects of subject knowledge and skills, led by children and facilitated by the teacher.

We are also proud of our close relationships with City in the Community, Lancashire Cricket Club and The Youth Sports Trust. Together we provide our pupils with a rich choice of sporting enrichment activities. Ours teams have been successfully competing in city wide finals and have brought home many trophies!   Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) In Nursery and Reception each topic has a theme, such as ‘Animals’ in Nursery and ‘Healthy Us’ in Reception. Throughout EYFS the children engage in focus activities led by an adult that is linked to the theme. The children are also given additional learning opportunities through activities build into continuous provision. In Nursery, all children are engaged in a daily ‘Stories for Talking’ session, where the topic linked book is used as a teaching tool to introduce new vocabulary and language structures to support and develop spoken language. This is delivered using a highly structured and systematic approach. In Reception, ‘Stories for Talking’ continues for those children who continue to need support with their spoken language.

 

English Each half term Ks1 and Ks2 focus on one ‘Purpose for Writing’.  There area four ‘Purposes for Writing’, which are:

  • Writing to Entertain
  • Writing to Inform
  • Writing to Persuade
  • Writing to Discuss

Each ‘Purpose for Writing’ includes a range of writing outcomes. Examples of these are:

  • a character description
  • a letter
  • poetry
  • a recount

Each English Unit teaches for one writing outcome. It follows a teaching sequence that follows over three phases. Phase 1- immerses the children in reading and also provides opportunities to explore a range of texts, identify language features and collect writer hints and vocabulary. Phase 2- gives opportunities for children to gather their ideas, orally rehearse and plan their writing. Phase 3- gives opportunities for shared writing, modelling, guided and independent writing and also for drafting, revising and editing.

English Units 2017/18

Mathematics
At Stanley Grove Primary Academy, we believe every child can develop an understanding and enjoyment of Mathematics. We also accept that different children learn in different ways. After some research, we have adopted the Concrete, Pictorial ,  Abstract  approach through Maths No Problem Series which is based on the Singapore approach to Mathematics.
Maths No Problem series is a highly effective approach to teaching Mathematics based on research and evidence. This approach build students mathematical fluency, reasoning skills and problem solving without the need for rote learning. These books are the only Mathematics books that meet the Department of Education’s criteria for Teaching for Mastery. Children in the same classroom may learn the concepts at different paces, but ultimately they all learn them and develop their own solid foundation for further math learning.

 

Paws.b Mindfulness Curriculum In Years 4, 5 and 6 pupils are taught mindfulness as part of our Physical Development, Health and Wellbeing curriculum. Mindfulness is all about learning to direct our attention to our experience as  it unfolds, moment by moment, with open‐minded curiosity and  acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened  or might happen, it trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening  right now,  be that good or bad. Mindfulness practice alters the structure and function of the brain in ways that appear to be linked to improved concentration, mood regulation and the ability to choose appropriate responses to situations.

Key staff have been trained to deliver the Paws.b curriculum through the Mindfulness in Schools Project (http://mindfulnessinschools.org/). A weekly mindfulness drop-in for pupils is held at lunchtime for those who want to develop and practice their skills.Staff are also given the opportunity to learn about mindfulness and have the opportunity of attending morning drop-ins.
Phonics
In Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught daily. We use a variety of resources including Jolly Phonics and the Letters and Sound curriculum. Phonics Tracker is used in KS1 to closely monitor children’s progress and make sure that help is given to children that need it.
Please see our general Curriculum Documents for 2017-2018 detailed below:
 Philosophy for Children Approach (P4C)

Philosophy is a method of thinking, reasoning and making sense of arguments and counter arguments. We want to know about our existence, our relationships and our place within society and the wider world. The Philosophy for Children (p4c) movement started in the 60’s with Matthew Lipman, a university professor from Columbia University. The aims of introducing P4C to very young children is to create a climate where independent thinking becomes the norm. We want our parents to be asking not just what did you do at school today but what did you hear? What did you talk about? What did you think about?

At Stanley Grove primary Academy, we use the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach, to help our pupils to develop into effective, critical and creative thinkers and to take responsibility for their own learning in a caring and collaborative environment. We do this by providing practical ways of developing good thinking, questioning and communications skills. During philosophy time, children and their teacher share some reading or listening, they then take thinking time to devise their own questions and to discuss them. The group meets regularly and the questions get deeper and more thoughtful. The pupils’ discussions become more disciplined and focused yet, at the same time, more imaginative. They care more about what others say but don’t accept easy answers, developing the ability to recognise differences and explore these constructively. Our aim is to help our pupils to develop the basic skills and dispositions that will enable them to contribute as responsible citizens of the future. Throughout school, we create caring classroom situations where children learn to listen to and respect each other. We make links between matters of personal concern such as love, growing up, friendship, bullying and fairness and more general philosophical issues such as change, personal identity, free will, space, time and truth. We are keen to create the conditions where a child’s questioning can flourish, developing children’s abilities to ask their own thoughtful questions, P4C helps to enhance the quality of learning and raise standards of attainment and achievement. P4C P4C Explanation

Example Timetables: Year 6 Timetable Year 5 Timetable Year 4 Timetable Year 3 Timetable Year 2 Timetable Year 1 Timetable

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