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The curriculum at Old Cleeve

At Old Cleeve we follow the 2014 National Curriculum (please see the parent's guide above for a more detailed explanation) . Our staff have been inspired to plan a curriculum that engages and inspires pupils to learn new skills and acquire plenty of knowledge. We want our children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others.  Most of all, we want our children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face life in modern Britain.

 

Children are also encouraged to involve themselves in one of the many extra curricular activities on offer.

 

Curriculum Content

Each term we provide parents with a curriculum overview of the topics to be covered in their child's class.  Many subjects are taught through cross-curricular links which focus on a particular theme to bring a contextualized learning experience for the children. Parents may then wish to talk about these topics at home with their child, or perhaps arrange a family outing to increase awareness and understanding of a subject. 

 

In Reception class the teaching follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum based upon the children’s interests. Because of this it will vary from year to year.  Yearly Overviews are available by clicking on the links below. If you have any further questions about what your child is learning then please feel free to speak to your child’s class teacher.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage

 

When our children first start school they enter into our reception class. Our aim is to provide a stimulating, exciting, environment where children can enjoy learning and where the needs of the whole child can be met in a variety of ways. There is a balance between whole class teaching, small group work and free-flow structured and independent play. During free-flow play there is always an adult supporting and extending learning, as well as making assessments of children’s independent learning. In Station class there is a flowing environment to the outdoors where children are able to manage their own play and are able to confidently access their learning environment.

 

All children will follow a curriculum consisting of the ‘development matters’ stages of the Early Years Foundation Stage. In time, the early learning goals are introduced and our goal is to support children in meeting these by the time they leave the Foundation Stage and enter Key Stage One. Careful planning enables the children to make maximum progress in the seven areas of learning:

 

Prime Areas

~ Personal, Social and Emotional Development

~ Physical Development

~ Communication, Language and Literacy

 

Specific Areas

  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art & Design

 

The children’s skills are constantly being assessed in each area of learning. By doing this the teacher can provide opportunities to extend learning in areas needed and to plan for the interests of the children. Our reception children join in with the rest of the school and enjoy becoming a part of our exciting community.

 

We have very good links with the on-site nursery, Teddy Bears. Transition from nursery into reception begins in the spring term where children visit the classroom and we enjoy shared play dates and organised activities. This transition has proved successful as it helps children settle into school quickly as they are familiar with the teacher and supporting adults. Children transferring from different nurseries into reception are visited by the class teacher in the summer term preceding their entry to school. When children start school they will attend part-time initially for around three weeks in September, as we believe this helps all the children to settle happily and confidently into their new school, classroom and routines.

 

 

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

 

Literacy

Our school places a great emphasis on creative and imaginative work in Literacy involving drama, story-telling and the use of authors and performers which will enrich children’s lives. 

                                                                                                                                                                

We are currently taking part in a writing project with Pie Corbett, educationalist and author and well-known for his books on teaching creative writing.  The Talk for Writing project is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn to write.  It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version.

 

'All texts are woven from the tissues of other texts, whether their authors know it or not.'

David Lodge-The Art of Fiction

 

Learning and remembering texts helps children say the text and know the general idea of the text before they start to write.  When they sit down to write they can focus upon the best way to express what they want to say.

Learning and remembering a text is a multi-sensory method of teaching children stories so that they know them off by heart.  This results in both structure and language patterns becoming embedded or internalised.  The writer can then readily draw upon them to create new texts.

The multi-sensory approach includes hand actions to help support the memory for parts of the text and a visual text map to support retelling.

 

 In Reception and Key Sage One children follow letter and sounds in phonics. To develop reading children have access to various schemes that include Oxford Reading Tree, Story World and Floppy Phonics. In Reception and Year 1 the children also have access to ‘Bug Club’ and from Year 1 onwards children use ‘Accelerated Reader’ to develop and improve key reading skills.  

 

Numeracy

We aim to give children a range of ways to solve mathematical problems and most of all, to make it fun. We approach maths through the concrete, pictorial and abstract model which helps children to develop their knowledge and understanding of pattern, number, shape and measure. For our calculation progressions please see the separate tab under in the parent section.

 

In maths there are also opportunities for daily practice of key mental arithmetic skills outside of the daily numeracy lessons.

 

Science

Science stimulates children’s natural curiosity. They are encouraged to ask questions, predict outcomes, observe and explore. They participate in a range of practical activities and so gain an understanding of the world around them, find out about themselves and other living creatures. At Old Cleeve we do hold themed, focused Science weeks, (last years was Healthy Eating) where we invite visitors to the school.

 

Religious Education

The school follows the Local Authority agreed syllabus for Religious Education “Awareness, Mystery and Value”, which gives children knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith and other beliefs, festivals and religious practices.  In R.E. we encourage children to express a sense of awe and wonder.

 

Historical, geographical and social understanding

Historical, geographical and social understanding fires children's curiosity and imagination about who we are, where we come from, where we live and where we might be going next. It connects Britain's past with the present and the future, helps children make sense of our place in the world and is central to their development as informed, active and responsible citizens.

 

Art

Children explore the potential of various styles and use media such as clay, charcoal, watercolours and ink. We believe that every child has the ability to develop artistic flare. To encourage this, staff model a range of techniques and support the children when they work independently.

 

Design Technology

Learning through making works! Projects in D.T. are covered in a block of time in a term. This allows children to be very focused in their designing, develop their skills with tools, experiment with a range of materials and then produce a finished product they are proud of.

 

Music

Children enjoy singing and listening to a wide variety of music from different traditions. They learn to play basic percussion instruments, xylophones, recorders, clarinets and keyboards. They also develop a good basic understanding of musical notation and compose using their voices and instruments. We have Music Days and workshops which involve visiting musicians, this year we are working with a Javanese Gamelan Orchestra. Older pupils have access to an online tuition resource, where they can follow instrumental lessons on a choice of 18 instruments in the comfort of their own home. Where possible we can also accommodate instrumental tuition from visiting musicians on a regular basis.

 

French

At Old Cleeve and St Peter's we believe that learning a foreign language can be a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. In years 3 and 4, pupils have the opportunity to study French, where they learn about both the language and the rich French culture. The change to studying French instead of Spanish is in line with the other First and Middle schools of North Somerset where French is currently taught. With the aid of traditional games, stories and songs, we aim to stimulate and encourage the children's interest in languages and lay the foundation for future language learning.

 

P.E.

At Old Cleeve teaching of PE is supported by experienced specialist PE teachers who deliver a variety of sports and activities. These activities include multi skills, gymnastics, dance, athletics and team games. Lesson activities are designed to be fun, but challenging in order to ensure pupils make good progress physically, mentally and socially.

 

 

 

YEAR 1 - MILL CLASS

YEAR 1 - MILL CLASS 1

                    Old Cleeve Church of England First School

                                        Curriculum Overview

                                                     Year 1

 

Autumn A

Autumn B

Spring A

Spring B

Summer A

Summer B

 

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS                       WE ARE BRITAIN!               

WEATHER EXPERTS

WE ARE BRITAIN!                Changes within living memory 

Topic

History

Children explore life of Charles Darwin and his discovery of new animals.

Link in local carnivals.

Learn about history of Olympics

n/a

Children contrast their own lives with that of their grandparents.

Children develop a chronology of domestic life, clothes, transport, communication methods, toys and books, food and music.

Link in with local farming communities.

 

Geog

Develop understanding of the wider world and look at different geographical features of the world

 

Make a UK weather chart, creating and filming own weather forecasts.

Learn about the countries and capital cities of the UK, the points of the compass and weather symbols.

Develop understanding of hot and cold places in the World and begin to understand climate change.

Begin to explore and understand what it means to be British

Art

Create a textile picture in the style of Eric Carle.

Make detailed drawings of animals.

Use paint and digital media to create art based on the seasons through studying famous artworks

Collage around old and new toys

D&T

Design, make and evaluate a textile exotic bird

Explore and use mechanisms to create a moving weather picture

Enjoy making food from the past and design a futuristic dish!

Literacy

Please see separate literacy overview

RE

Why are some places special?

Harvest

Christmas

Why is our world special?

&

 Focus on Easter

Why are some stories special?

Science

Animals (including Humans)

Materials

Plants

Seasonal Changes to be taught throughout the year

Computing

Programming using Beebots

Using multimedia to produce, save and retrieve images and sounds

E-Safety

Programming using J2E software

Stop-motion animation

Creative technologies and technologies at home

PSHE

New beginnings

Getting on and falling out

Going for goals!

Good to be me

Relationships

Changes

Say no to bullying

PE

Fundamentals

Fundamentals

Dance

Gymnastics

Tennis

Athletics

Music

Look at ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ by Saint-Saens

Music from hot climate such as South Africa.

Sing in unison and parts, instrumental percussion ensemble playing. Take part in Traditional Tale Music Performance

Numeracy

Children will look at the place value of numbers to 100 and beyond. They will secure their understanding of addition and subtraction, recall some simple number facts and use mental calculation strategies to work problems out. They will use money and solve ‘real life’ problems. They will estimate, measure and weigh objects, and explore shape and space. They will also be practising and developing knowledge of x2, x5 and x10 multiplication facts.

                 

 

 

YEAR 2 - RIVER CLASS

YEAR 2 - RIVER CLASS 1

                       Old Cleeve Church of England First School

                                                               Curriculum Overview

                                                        Year 2

 

Autumn A

Autumn B

Spring A

Spring B

Summer A

Summer B

 

 

THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON

JOURNEYS AND EXPLORERS

OCEANS AND SEAS  

 

Topic

History

Learn about the Great Fire of London as a significant national event beyond living memory

Find out about Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

Learn about and contrast lives of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong.

Link into local legends of Sir Walter Raleigh.

Look at historical development of boats and ships – link in Watchet harbour and mineral line.

 

Geog

n/a

Compare and contrast our local area to the Caribbean/moon using basic geographical language to look at key features.

Pupils use aerial photographs and devise a simple map which includes symbols.

Children develop their knowledge of oceans and continents of the world.

Children begin to understand the different environments these represent and how they affect life on land as well as at sea.

 

Art

Use of print to develop artistic ideas inspired by Paul Klee’s work and St Paul’s Cathedral

Look at Aboriginal ‘Dream time’ art work

Create a 3D sculpture based around work on the Great Barrier Reef

 

D&T

Using different materials the children consider the design of different buildings and make their own Tudor building

n/a

Focusing on construction the children design their own boats

 

Literacy

Please see separate literacy overview

 

RE

Unit 4 - Where do we belong? & Harvest & Christmas

Unit 2 - How do we celebrate our Journey through life? & Easter

Unit 6 - How should we live our lives?

 

Science

Uses of everyday materials

Plants

Animals (including humans) AND living things and their habitats

 

Computing

Programming using Beebots

Using multimedia to produce, save and retrieve images and sounds

E-Safety

Programming using J2E software

Stop-motion animation

Creative technologies and technologies at home

 

PSHE

New beginnings

Getting on and falling out

Going for goals!

Good to be me

Relationships

Changes

 

Say no to bullying

 

PE

Fundamentals

Multi-skills

Dance

Gymnastics

Invasion / striking and fielding Games

Athletics

 

Dance

Dance

Music

Learn historical songs and chants connected to the Great Fire of London. Children will develop musically by exploring dynamics, pitch and tempo. They will use all they have learned to create a simple 4-part music and movement composition, inspired by the Great Fire.

Children are inspired by the famous composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; learn about their lives and musical contributions. They will feel suspense and excitement in the session mood music; where they will work together to create a class presentation!

Learn sea-shanties? Listen to music inspired by the sea. Traditional Tale Music Performance

 

Numeracy

Children will continue to look at the place value of numbers to 100 and beyond. They will secure their understanding of addition and subtraction, recall some simple number facts and use mental calculation strategies to work problems out. They will use money and solve ‘real life’ problems. The children will estimate, measure and weigh objects, and explore shape and space. They will also be practising and developing knowledge of x2, x3, x4, x5 and x10 multiplication facts.

 

YEAR 3 - TORRE CLASS

YEAR 3 - TORRE CLASS 1

                                 Old Cleeve Church of England First School

                                                    Curriculum Overview

                                                                   Year 3

 

Autumn A

Autumn B

Spring A

Spring B

Summer A

Summer B

 

 

DINOSAURS AND FOSSILS/LOCAL HISTORY

RAINFORESTS

SETTLERS AND INVADERS

The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

 

Topic

History

Children carry out a studylinked to the locality. They trace several aspects of national history reflected in the locality taking account of places such as Dunster Castle, Cleeve Abbey and Combe Sydenham

Investigate animals and humans from the past

n/a

Children learn about the Anglo-Saxon  settlement of Britain.

They also investigate the Viking raids and invasion and the resistance by Alfred the Great

 

Geog

Link in with unique geographical features of Kilve beach

Children learn about the location, climates and main features of the rainforests of the world.

Children find out about the tribal families who live in the rainforest and also about the plants and creatures that live there.

Children learn about the threats posed by the destruction of the rainforest.

Explore Anglo-Saxon and Viking settlements including place names and village life.

 

Art

Pencil and charcoal drawing of fossils

Design and create own tribal sculpture

Explore Anglo Saxon Art and culture

 

D&T

Examine and break down own ‘fossil block’

Make own clay mould or amber resin fossil

Using a range of textile approaches children design and make own masks and headdresses

Design, make and evaluate a Viking shield and some Anglo-Saxon

jewellery

 

Literacy

Please see separate literacy overview

 

RE

Unit 1 - What's important to me?

Harvest and Christmas

Unit 2 - What can we learn from the life and teachings of Jesus?

Easter

Unit 9 - How should we live and who can inspire us ?

 

Science

Light

Rocks Forces and Magnets

Animals (incl humans)

Forces and Magnets

Plants

 

Computing

Programming using Probots

E-Safety

Stop-animation

Programming using Lego Wedo

 

PSHE

New beginnings

Getting on and falling out

Going for goals!

Good to be me

Relationships

Changes

 

Say no to bullying

 

PE

Invasion Games

Tribal Dance

Gymnastics

Striking and Fielding Games

Athletics

 

Dance

Dance

Numeracy

We will continue to work on the New curriculum, practising and developing oral and mental skills on a daily basis and there will be a continued emphasis on knowledge of the times tables and corresponding division facts. The four number operations will all be covered throughout the year and we will also be looking at shape, position and Geometry.

 

Music

Compose a soundtrack for life ready to play to guests in a darkened, atmospheric space.

Listen to and discuss the sounds of rainforest creatures and rain. Childrenrecreate a rainstorm using hands and body parts; make rain-sticks, pan-pipes and xylophones. Finally children compose a musical composition, inspired by the sounds of the rainforest, entitled ‘A Day of Rain’ and perform it to an audience.

Troubadours, Chants, Folk music and marching music

 

YEAR 4 - ABBEY CLASS

YEAR 4 - ABBEY CLASS 1

                       Old Cleeve Church of England First School

                                           Curriculum Overview

                                                          Year 4

 

Autumn A

Autumn B

Spring A

Spring B

Summer A

Summer B

 

 

WW2 AND MODERN BRITAIN

MOUNTAINS, RIVERS AND COASTS

EGYPTIANS

 

Topic

History

Learn about key events of WW2 as a significant turning point in British history

Children learn about being an evacuee and the local significance of this.

Explore how modern Britain has evolved since the end of the war

n/a

Learn about the acheivements of an early civilization.

Find out about work of Egyptologist  Howard Carter

Focus on Pharaohs and Pyramids

 

Geog

Mapwork - Children familiarise themselves with map of UK

Learn about physical features of mountains, rivers and coasts

Learn about the climates, human interactions, and lifestyles shaped by the mountains, rivers and coasts of the world.

Compare climate and terrain of Egypt and Britain.

Look at problems caused today by visiting tourists

 

Art

College depicting modern Britain

Create’ impressionist’ style painting based on Monet’s famous River Thames series

Observational drawing of Egyptian artefacts

Paintings of AE style figures

 

D&T

Prepare and cook wartime recepies linked in with rationing from time

Focusing on construction the children design  and make their own waterwheel

Make and decorate own 3D model of an Ancient Egyptian decorated rock-cut tomb.

 

Literacy

Please see separate literacy overview

 

RE

Unit 12 - What does it mean to belong to a religion ?

Harvest and Christmas

Unit 7 - How do people express their beliefs, identity and experience (Hinduism)?

Easter

Unit 5 - Why are some journeys and places special?

 

Science

States of Matter

Animals (including humans) AND living things and their habitats

Sound

 

Electricity

 

Computing

Programming using Probots

Transition Unit

Programming using Lego Wedo

E-Safety

Topic based work using a range of multimedia

 

PE

Invasion Games

Dance

Gymnastics

Tennis

Striking and Fielding games/ Athletics

 

PSHE

New beginnings

Getting on and falling out

Going for goals!

Good to be me

Relationships

Changes

 

Say no to bullying

 

 

 

Music

 

 

The Ancient Egyptians class assembly - performance

 

Numeracy

We will continue to practise and develop oral and mental skills on a daily basis, with an emphasis on knowledge of times tables. We will be developing our understanding of place value within 4 digits, addition and subtraction with up to 4 digits using expanded and compact methods, operations with decimals and comparing fractions and decimals. We will also be working on multiplication, linking division and using written division methods.

 

                     

Further Information

 

To read the full programmes of study for individual year groups published by the Department of Education, for the National Curriculum (2014), please click on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum


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