Each half term classes complete topic based units of work. The topic will include related literacy units, science and other subjects as well as those which stand alone and do not link in (such as PE). These are mapped across the year to ensure an even balance of foundation subjects, such as Geography and History, as well as taking into account the children’s interests and questions they may have.
See individual class topic webs for more information on your child’s current topic.
See also Parents Complete Guide to the New Curriculum, “The new national curriculum in English Primary schools: A guide for parents”.
Writing – The school follows a ‘Talk for Writing’ Approach which is also known as ‘Story Telling’. This is an approach developed by Pie Corbett, an English Educational writer, and is based on the principles of how children learn. It is powerful because 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. Children follow three phases known as Imitation/Immersion, Innovation and Invention. See the Talk for Writing Parents Session slides from our parents information evening for more detail on each of these. Learning journeys are used throughout to enable the children to move in appropriate steps towards their learning goal and age related expectation. There is a Yearly Overview for Literacy, although this is subject to change depending on the needs of the class.
Within their Literacy units children also focus on the key skills of writing such as; sentence structure, text organisation and grammar. Children in Years 2-6 also have dedicated time which focuses purely on grammar and the associated language.
Reading and Spelling – In EYFS, KS1 and lower KS2 children follow a phonics based program called ‘Letters and Sounds’. This is split into 6 phases which take varying amounts of time to work through. Children are grouped across classes so that they work at the level most appropriate for them. Some upper KS2 children may follow this in order to fill in any gaps they may have. Phase 6 is a bridging unit into more formalised spelling teaching, which the children move onto upon completion of Letters and Sounds. Whilst Letters and Sounds focuses on the sounds make by single and multiple letters, spelling teaching will focus on spelling patterns and rules.
Children receive spellings and spelling tests weekly.
The school uses coloured book bands for children moving through EYFS/KS1 and lower KS2 reading. As children work through these book bands they may be moved onto ‘Free reading’ where they can choose their own books to read. Generally children should be reading at a level where they can read 90-95% of the words correctly in their book. Books are changed as required for those on coloured book bands.
We are also lucky to have a selection of Barrington Stoke reading books which are designed for children who may need further support with their reading.
Mathematics – Mathematics is again taught within classes using stepped learning journeys. The focus is on the age related expectation (A.R.E) for each year group. Children work to this A.R.E and once they have learnt and practised the skill required they will then work on applying it in different situations. The national curriculum now encourages application and problem solving within the A.R.E rather than moving onto new content for older year groups. Kempsford is working on a Mastery approach which develops the children ability to spot patterns, problem solve and reason at whatever point they are working.
Each term will begin with a focus on place value and number before moving onto calculation and then measure/geometry or statistics. Coverage is mapped for the year to ensure children meet all parts of the Mathematics curriculum. There is a Yearly Overview for Maths, although this is subject to change depending on the needs of the class.
Children in Years 2-6 also have dedicated time which focuses purely on arithmetic and calculation methods.
Factual knowledge is taught through the units and also included in homework.
- Class 1 – Homework runs Monday to Monday
- Class 2 and 3 – Homework runs Monday to Friday
Your child will receive homework each week. This homework is closely linked to the national curriculum requirements.
On the homework there will be:
- Spellings to learn (these may be pattern related or high frequency words)
- Maths Facts (usually related to the learning journey but sometimes may be stand alone if the unit does not lend itself to this)
- A poem to learn.
- A reminder to read for 15 minutes every day.
This homework will be monitored by testing of the spellings/maths facts/poem within the class and children can move up the behaviour chart and/or receive house points for this. Children who have not completed homework tasks may be asked to stay in and complete these, where appropriate.
Electronic copies of homework are distributed to you each week via email and are also available on the school website.
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