At Poverest we follow the National Curriculum through teaching some subjects discretely and some through topics linked to the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). We create as many cross curricular links as possible whilst ensuring that we meet the statutory requirements in a creative and engaging way. We adapt the curriculum where possible to the children’s interests and what is going on in the world. To motivate, inspire and broaden children’s life experiences every half term, every child has a range of trips and visits, as well as exciting themed/experience days supporting their learning.
Further details can be found below for each subject and the year group curriculum maps for each term are found on the link to the left. We hold celebration of learning afternoons every half term, have a parents introduction meeting at the beginning of each school year and share examples of our curriculum each week on our school newsletter. We also hold parent workshops throughout the year about different aspects of our school curriculum. In 2017/2018 we hosted workshops on eSafety, spelling and mathematics. Parents can request workshops via the parent representatives who attend the parent forum.
In reading, we use a variety of reading schemes including Accelerated Reader, Project X, The Power of Reading and Assertive Mentoring to ensure that all children have access to a range of reading material and want to read for pleasure. We use Assertive Mentoring to assess our guided reading along with termly comprehension assessments using PM benchmarks and PIRI. KS2 use Accelerated Reader to answer comprehension quizzes after each book that they have read.
In writing, we introduce pre-cursive handwriting in the Foundation Stage which leads onto the children starting to join up their handwriting in KS1 which ensures that they have a neat handwriting style by the time they enter KS2. We ensure that all genres of writing are covered throughout the year and carry out weekly spelling tests and grammar hammers using Assertive Mentoring.
In phonics, we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme and use the Jolly Phonics actions and songs to reinforce the phonemes. Every Friday 9:00-9:20am parents, grandparents etc. with children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are encouraged to come into school to watch how we teach phonics and to learn the sounds and games that we have been teaching each week.
At Poverest we follow the EduKent scheme of work for Science. Teachers use the long term plan and objectives from the scheme and select tasks relevant to that objective which are suitable for the children in each class. Lesson activities can be sourced from a variety of published schemes including EduKent and Hamilton Trust.
During our Science lessons, we mainly focus on the 5 key skills that are required to conduct successful enquiries and experiments. These skills are embedded throughout both KS1 and KS2. We learn to observe and record changes over a period of time; to find patterns when collecting and organising data; research information by using secondary resources like the internet and books; to group and classify objects and lastly, conducting fair experiments.
In mathematics, we edit the Hamilton online scheme based on the national objectives for mathematics. We pride ourselves on our daily chanting of timestables or number bonds and children strive to move up our school T-Team. We aim to make mathematics fun and purposeful and learning takes place around the school and across subjects. We use fun online resources to support our understanding of mathematics both at home and school. These mainly include Mathletics, TT-Rock Stars and Interactive Resources.