Curriculum

The School Curriculum

The curriculum is what is actually taught in school.  It is carefully planned to meet the needs of individual children and the National Curriculum requirements.  The subjects covered are Mathematics, English, Science, Design and Technology, Information Communication Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education, International Primary Curriculum, Modern Foreign Language and Religious Education.

Although the subjects are defined separately, they are sometimes taught by using a topic or a cross-curricular approach.

Foundation Stage  Curriculum (Nursery and Reception classes).

The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. At Longview we value the importance of the unique interests of each and every child. Activities are planned carefully to incorporate these interests, giving children a greater enthusiasm for learning.

The seven areas of learning that make up the Foundation Stage curriculum are split into Prime and Specific Areas:

PRIME

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

SPECIFIC

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The outdoor environment is also an integral part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. It has its own specially equipped outdoor area which is planned for and in constant use. The teaching to achieve the Early Learning Goals will be through first hand experience and structured play, led by children’s unique interests. The teacher and teaching assistant will keep records on children’s experiences and attainments. Assessments of development and learning needs will be ongoing throughout the school year. During the first half of the autumn term the teacher will carry out a holistic observation for every child. This will establish where they are in aspects of their learning and development and help future planning. The results of these early observations will be shared with parents at a Stay and Play session in the autumn term. By the end of the year the teacher will have built up an accurate profile of each child’s development.

English/Literacy

All children from Year 1 to Year 6 will be taught a daily literacy lesson.  Through this, the children will be taught all the elements of the National Literacy Framework.  The framework concentrates on improving all children’s reading and writing skills and for this to be done successfully speaking and listening skills are an essential part of it.

Reading

During the literacy lesson and at other times, the children are given the opportunity to read a variety of texts.  The children will also bring home a reading scheme book, a fiction book or a book from the school library.  We would appreciate it if you heard your child read, read to them, and ask them questions about the book they are reading.  We find where parents do this, the reading improves tremendously

Spelling

The children are regularly given key words to learn at home and are then tested on them in school.

Mathematics

AtLongview, the children have daily numeracy lessons, which include a lot of oral and mental work.  In Key Stage 1, the children are encouraged to use practical equipment to enable them to have a better understanding of numbers.  As they move up through the school, the children are taught how to apply the number skills they have learnt to solve problems.  The work usually relates to the mathematics they would use in everyday life.

Science

Through Science, children learn to make observations and comparisons on which they can build a more general understanding of the world around them.  Children are provided with a wealth of first-hand experiences to explore and investigate.  Through these experiences, children are encouraged to predict, test and question. The children communicate their findings in many ways: by talking to others, or in graph, chart and written forms.

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

The School is wireless and has an I.C.T. suite with thirty networked computers.  All classrooms have a computer and most classrooms have an interactive whiteboard.

AtLongview, we are committed to giving children the opportunity to use computers to gain the necessary skills to prepare them for the technological age we are now in.

International Primary Curriculum

We teach the International Primary Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and 2. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an international curriculum providing a cross-curricular, thematic, approach which engages children of all abilities in today’s world. It is a skills based curriculum and encourages children to be able to use skills taught across all subject areas. Many areas of the curriculum are covered by this approach.

Art

Many of the art and craft activities undertaken by the children give a broad range of experiences, which provide opportunities to explore, create and design.

These experiences include painting, drawing, printing, collage and working with textiles.  We recognise that it is important to achieve a balance in the teaching of various aspects of art and craft and we aim to develop children’s awareness of colour, pattern, shape and texture.  Children’s artistic experience and knowledge are developed through the introduction of the work of artists, craft workers and designers from a variety of periods and cultures.

 Design and Technology

Technology in our school is found in many other areas of the curriculum, such as Mathematics, structured play, Science and art.  Our children work together in a

practical experienced-based way to meet needs and to solve problems, which they may have identified.  By evaluating their results, children will learn to consider their work and identify how they can improve their design.

History and Geography

Children will be given the opportunity to explore History and Geography through topics.  Within history, children are provided with opportunities to learn about the past and compare this with the present.

Pupils will look at history from a range of sources including documents, artefacts, pictures, photographs and buildings.

Within Geography, children will study a variety of places and draw comparisons with the environment they live in.

Religious Education

Religious Education is a statutory requirement for all children in Community and Voluntary schools and must be taught in accordance with a locally agreed syllabus.  Religious Education helps children learn about religions and from religions.  The curriculum is planned to encourage an awareness of the other major religions as well as Christianity.

Parents do have the right to withdraw children from Religious Education lessons.  If you decide to withdraw your child, alternative work will be set for the child to do.

Physical Education

Throughout your child’s Primary Education, they are taught knowledge, skills and understanding involved in athletic activities, dance, games, gymnastics activities and swimming.

It is hoped that by the time your child has leftLongview, they will have developed water confidence and will be able to swim 25 metres in good style.

Whilst taking part in these activities, your child should develop motor skills, body awareness, self-discipline, co-operation skills, fitness, safety skills and a sense of achievement.

Please ensure your child has the correct kit for these activities.

MFL

The children have been studying French in school, but this will soon change to Spanish very soon.

Music

With Music in the curriculum, we hope to increase the children’s sensitivity to, and their enjoyment of, organised sound.  This will involve listening, performing and composing activities.  The children should develop physical, vocal and aural skills and above all, gain great pleasure from the activities.

Some children are given the opportunity to learn to play an instrument in Key Stage 2

Personal, Social and Health Education

The P.S.H.E. curriculum provides learning opportunities and experiences that enable pupils to develop knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for personal and social responsibility.  Curriculum content should enhance pupils, self esteem and their confidence to learn and make informed decisions.

 Collective Worship

A daily act of collective worship will be provided in school.  You may withdraw your child from this act of worship if you wish.  Most acts of worship in any term will be broadly Christian, but not distinctive of any particular denomination.  The acts of worship will be planned with reference to children in school.

 Special Needs

We try to treat children as individuals and design the curriculum so that each child can reach their full potential.  The Special Needs Co-ordinator works with the class teacher to devise programmes of work for children who are finding difficulty.  The school will also work closely with parents to help children overcome their difficulties.  Some children are withdrawn to work in small groups with a teacher from Knowsley Central Support.  In some cases, the school will ask the parents’ permission to involve outside experts such as the Educational Psychologist.

N.B.  Obviously, these are only outlines of each curriculum area.