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Our curriculum

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English

English skills are essential to participating fully as a member of society, we expect that every child will leave Anderton Park with life-long learning and communication skills.
In English, children at Anderton Park work hard to progress in Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Handwriting. We follow The National Curriculum Framework for English and we ensure that we provide a literate environment in school and give all of our children opportunities to develop their literacy skills through a cross curricular approach.

Reading
Reading is a priority. To support the children’s development in reading we are committed to providing every class with a daily 'Comprehending Comprehension' sessions and we expect parents to dedicate a small amount of time each day to listen to their child read to help nurture a love of reading. Home reading books are changed whenever the children finished their book.

The School Library offers books for all children in the school and develops children’s reading for both pleasure and information. Letters and Sounds is used for the teaching of phonics and Support for Spelling is used to continue this progression when children’s phonics knowledge is secure. Pupils who are still struggling to decode continue with 'Direct Phonics' until their phonics knowledge is secure.

Writing
Children are encouraged to mark make in Nursery and progress onto writing soon after. We write from experiences such as trips, visiting theatre productions and workshops; using discussion in order to learn. We build on the expertise of these Theatre companies and a range of other agencies to ensure that all children are able to communicate their ideas and emotions to others through writing and through reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Children in EYFS begin with 'Write Dance' and learn cursive handwriting. 

Glossary of Terms

SPELLING

Spelling Word List Year 3 & 4

accident(ally)

continue group natural question recent
actual(ly) famous guard naughty regular reign
address favourite guide notice remember
answer February heard occasion(ally) sentence
appear arrive forward(s) heart often separate special
believe fruit height opposite straight
bicycle breath grammar history ordinary strange
breathe build decide imagine particular strength
busy/business describe increase peculiar suppose
calendar different important perhaps surprise
caught centre difficult interest popular therefore
century disappear island position though/although
certain circle early earth knowledge possess(ion) thought through
complete eight/eighth learn possible various weight
consider enough length potatoes woman/women
exercise library pressure
experience material probably
experiment medicine promise
extreme mention purpose
minute quarter

 

Spelling Word List Year 3 & 4

accommodate competition existence muscle rhyme
accompany conscience* explanation necessary rhythm
according conscious familiar neighbour sacrifice
achieve controversy foreign forty nuisance secretary
aggressive convenience frequently occupy occur shoulder
amateur correspond government opportunity signature
ancient criticise guarantee parliament sincere(ly)
apparent (criticise) harass persuade soldier
appreciate curiosity hindrance physical stomach
attached definite identity prejudice sufficient
available desperate immediate(ly) privilege suggest
average determined individual profession symbol
awkward develop interfere programme system
bargain dictionary interrupt pronunciation temperature
bruise disastrous language queue thorough
category embarrass leisure recognise twelfth
cemetery environment lightning recommend variety
committee equip (-ped,-ment) marvellous relevant vegetable
communicate especially mischievous restaurant vehicle yacht
community exaggerate
excellent

 

Mathematics

We base our Mathematics teaching on the 2014 National Curriculum, which covers work in using and applying Maths, counting and understanding number, knowing and using number facts, calculating, understanding shape, measuring and handling data. There is an emphasis in developing number sense through using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods and developing fluency in calculations. We encourage children to talk about their work; explaining their thinking and developing their reasoning so that they become articulate mathematicians. Children have opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge they have learnt through a variety of contexts and problem solving activities.

 

Computing
OUR ICT & COMPUTING VISION
The role ICT plays is vital in achieving our school vision for everyone; children, staff, families, governors and community. Our ICT skills and understanding are constantly evolving, and will rise to the challenge to embrace this constant change.

 ICT
Skills in Information Communication Technology are becoming increasingly important in people’s lives. At Anderton Park we are aware of this and have invested in the provision of computer technology to meet the needs of pupils.

SCIENCE
Science makes an increasing contribution to all aspects of life. As children are naturally curious about the world, science is an excellent vehicle for harnessing this curiosity, allowing them to explore and investigate, whilst establishing within them an appreciation and respect for life and scientific phenomena.

Science is important because:

 - It is a body of knowledge essential to our understanding of the world around us.
 - It has a built-in methodology for thinking which forms the basis of most enquiries.
 - The skills and knowledge of science are widely applicable in everyday life.
 - The Foundation Stage incorporates science into their work on “Knowledge and Understanding.”
 - The children will explore science through practical activities, learning to use observation to help make sense of the world around them.
Most work is based on practical experience which is developed in a scientific manner. Children are encouraged to ask questions that can be explored. ICT also plays an important role in science and ICT equipment is used to collect and present information.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
PE (which includes swimming and dancing) is a requirement of the National Curriculum and is really important for your child’s health and fitness. Pumps, shorts and a T-Shirt must be provided for PE and games. Tracksuits are also very useful particularly during the colder months. The Governors have reviewed our PE policy and have agreed that the following head coverings are acceptable for girls in PE:

 - Bandana type cap – no strings or loose ends
 - Stretchy/lycra cap – no strings or loose ends
Short hijab with Velcro fastening (not buttons of any type). It must have a fastening so that it would give if caught on equipment to reduce the risk of strangulation. One piece hijabs with no fastening or just elastic are not deemed safe.

D & T
Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skill, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. At Anderton Park we feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.

Design and Technology takes on many forms from the skills learnt through Junk Modelling in nursery, creating sculptures of animals in year 3, all the way through to designing model theme parks in year 6. Children develop an understanding of design and how it ties into providing a service or a product for the user. The children enjoy being allowed to have the freedom to create prototypes, thus learning through experience.

If you would like to find out more, please speak to your child's phase leader or ask to make an appointment at the Office. 

Curriculum by Year Group

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Nursery Who am I? Light and dark Patterns are everywhere! Fantastic fairy tales Life on the farm Am I Reception ready?
Reception Who helps us in the community? How do people celebrate? Birmingham and beyond The circle of life Why do things grow? Once upon a time...
Year 1 What is special about me? Amazing Animals  Why do things change? Kings, Queens and Leaders Hot and Cold How does your garden grow?
Year 2 Smokey Century Why are there canals in Birmingham? What's under the canopy? Fabulous fairy tales and other stories Artspirations Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!
Year 3 Do Robots have feelings? All animals have skeletons, true or false? From bean to bar.  How was life different in the Stone Age? The land of Pharoahs Volcanic Versuvius
Year 4 Terrific Tudors Food Glorious Food! A Journey into the East Farming: A way of life  Powering our planet Hail! Caesar! 
Year 5 Mr Shakespeare his life and works. What can we learn about communities in the ancient settlements? It’s all Greek to me! Why is it important to look after our world? What can we learn from the arts? Survival of the fittest
Year 6 It’s electrifying! How can we be healthy? Why do humans walk on two legs? It’s good to be British. Where on earth are we? What’s next for us?