The New National Curriculum September 2014 Onwards
From September 2014 primary schools in England had to introduce a different national curriculum. Here you will find an overview of our curriculum organisation from then.
Early Years and Key Stage 1
At Burbage Primary School, subjects are taught through themes for most subjects. The knowledge and skills have now been allocated to themes over a two year rolling programme for each phase: Key Stage1; years 3 and 4; and years 5 and 6. Early Years Foundation Stage (known as EYFS or Reception) do not follow the National Curriculum but do use the Key Stage 1 themes as a focus for their planning.
The children also contribute to deciding what they will learn from the theme – we want learning to be relevant and fun. Also we often use teachers’ specialisms and strengths to teach in different classes and in different parts of the school.
Some English and Mathematics is taught across the curriculum whenever applicable and practical; however much is taught discretely using the national curriculum criteria. This ensures continuity and progress for the children as they move through school. The link to the national curriculum is below.
For children to be effective learners they need to enjoy coming to school and to find their school work enjoyable and fulfilling. They also need to feel safe and relaxed in their lessons and in the playground. We ensure that all children receive their entitlement of a broad, balanced curriculum, which is rich in experiences that develop the whole child. The establishment of a good ethos in classrooms and generally around school is fundamental to all we do. Central to this good ethos is the quality of relationships established between staff and children and amongst the children themselves.
All teachers at Burbage Primary School use a variety of teaching methods to maximise understanding amongst the children. These methods range from traditional instruction to children exploring and investigating their own ideas. Children often work collaboratively, in groups, and will very often learn through the experience of working through real problems and opportunities. We ensure that we meet the needs of individual pupils by preparing tasks to match the abilities and interests of the children.
Early Years Foundation Stage
When children enter the Reception classes their first whole or part year’s learning involves a heavy bias on play and experiential activities, both indoors and out. Teachers plan carefully using the prescribed Early Learning Goals so that children can learn through topics which are often based on the children’s own interests and abilities. It is during this time that the foundation blocks of reading, including phonics, mathematics, socialising and understanding the world around them are formed.
The National Curriculum (from years 1 to 6) includes:
- Literacy – this includes speaking and listening, reading, writing and drama and is based on the National Literacy Strategy.
- Mathematics – this includes number facts and calculating, measuring, shape and handling data. Learning will include applying this maths to problem-solving and in investigations.
- Science – this is taught through three main knowledge-based areas: Life processes and living things, Materials and their properties, Physical properties, with scientific enquiry and investigative skills running through the knowledge contexts.
- ICT(Information and communication technology) – using a wide range of ICT tools and information sources, including computers, to support their work in other subjects.
- Design and Technology – pupils work on their own or as part of a team on a range of designing and making activities. These may include structures, electrical circuits, mechanisms, food and textiles technology.
- History – children learn about significant people, events and places from the recent and more distant past. They learn about change in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world. They use different sources to investigate History and learn that it can be interpreted in different ways.
- Geography – this includes investigating people, places and environments at different scales in the United Kingdom and abroad, and start to make links between different places in the world. They can use a range of geographical skills and resources.
- Art and design – children develop their creativity and imagination, build on their skills and improve their control of materials, tools and techniques. They improve their critical awareness of a range of art.
- Music – pupils sing and play instruments with increasing confidence, skill and expression, improvising and composing to a response to a variety of stimuli.
- Physical Education – children are encouraged to be active through gymnastics, dance, games, athletics, swimming and other outdoor activities. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
- Modern Foreign Languages – Our chosen modern foreign language at Burbage is French. As well as themed days and French speaking visitors for the whole school, the Junior children participate in time-tabled French lessons
- Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship – Pupils learn aspects of these areas across the curriculum and during specific lessons. Children will learn to develop their confidence and responsibility, prepare to play an active role as a citizen, develop a healthy, safe lifestyle and develop good relationships, whilst respecting the differences between people.
At Burbage Primary School we teach English skills and knowledge, taken from the National Curriculum, in discrete English Lessons and through other subjects – across the curriculum. The three main areas of English are:
Speaking and Listening. This includes children being taught to speak clearly and fluently to different audiences; participating effectively in groups; telling stories; listening and responding; reciting and a range of drama skills. In addition, when the children reach Key Stage 2, they will be taught the more sophisticated aspects of language including standard and dialect forms; the difference between spoken and written forms; debating; presentations and recordings, for example.
Reading. For more detail on the teaching of reading at Burbage Primary School, please follow this link:
For information on the process of learning to read please click on this link:
Writing. The teaching of writing encompasses a range of knowledge, skills and understanding. The following areas are planned to be progressive and age/ability appropriate as the child moves through the school:
- Planning and Redrafting
- Handwriting and Presentation
To see an example of the handwriting used throughout the school please follow this link:
- The structure of language
- Standard English
Each of the three main areas are assessed separately and reported formally at the end of the Key Stage (at age 7 and age 11). However at various points during your child’s school life they might be combined to show an overall English level.
Throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1 Phonics is taught daily in differentiated groups across each year group. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme of study details of which can be found in the link below.
For information on what phonics is and how it is taught in school, please click here:
All children will be assessed throughout the year and will partake in the formal phonics screening assessment at the end of Year 1. Some children will have the opportunity to retake this at the end of Year 2.
If you would like to know more about the Phonics Screening Check please click here:
Year 3/4 Spellings lists can be found in the Spellings panel below in this page.
Useful links for Educational Games and Resources
Click on the button below to see some useful links to online learning resources listed in the pupils section of the school’s website:
Project X Code – Reading Intervention Program
Introduction video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSyuPryftnw
Read Write Inc. Literacy Program
Year 3/4 Spelling Lists
In 2011 a school calculation policy was agreed and shared with parents alongside a workshop that took place in school. The policy, which is in the form of a handbook, gives parents details about how we teach both formal and informal methods of calculating with the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We created this is response to requests from parents who were often confused by the methods that are now used in school and wanted to be able to help their children with their learning
Click below to download a copy of this handbook.
Each year we enter our strongest year 5 and 6 mathematicians into a national primary maths challenge. Clink on the link below to have a go at the online maths quiz or to look at some past papers.
The Burbage Parents Association have funded a subscription to the Interactive Resources Website which gives our children free access at home to all the games and activities we use in school to help with learning number bonds and mathematical skills. Click on the link below, select Pupil login and enter the required user name and password. (Please ask at school if you need a new copy of the user name and password)
The National Primary Strategy
The National Numeracy strategy has the following objectives for children in the first four years of the primary curriculum.
Derive and recall all pairs of numbers with a total of 10 and addition facts for totals to at least 5; work out the corresponding subtraction facts. Count on or back in ones, twos, fives and tens and use this knowledge to derive the multiples of 2, 5 and 10 to the tenth multiple.
Derive and recall all addition and subtraction facts for each number to at least 10, all pairs with totals to 20 and all pairs of multiples of 10 with totals up to 100. Derive and recall multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times-tables and the related division facts; recognise multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
Derive and recall all addition and subtraction facts for each number to 20, sums and differences of multiples of 10 and number pairs that total 100. Derive and recall multiplication facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 times-tables and the corresponding division facts; recognise multiples of 2, 5 or 10 up to 1000.
Derive and recall multiplication facts up to 10 x 10, the corresponding division facts and multiples of numbers to 10 up to the tenth multiple.
Number bonds are the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts that underpin successful mathematics in the primary curriculum. Children need to know facts like 6+7=13, 20-14=6, 7×8=56 and 54/9=6. At the early stages of learning mathematics children will sometimes use counters or fingers to work out an answer but must progress to simple recall.Once you have learnt a number bond the answer will come instantly and with this knowledge children can attempt much harder calculations such as 234+166, 173-48 and 3×67.
At Burbage Primary we work on number bonds from Year One upwards with the expectation that children should be able to complete a timed test for each of the four calculations. For each test a time of 3 minutes or less demonstrates good recall and most number bonds have been learnt successfully. A time of 5 minutes or less is acceptable, particularly for the younger children, but will involve a certain amount of working out on fingers rather than true recall.
Click on these links for a pdf version of the tests and practice sheets we use in school
ADDITION BONDS TO 20
ADDITION BONDS TO 10
SUBTRACTION BONDS TO 20
SUBTRACTION BONDS TO 10
MULTIPLICATION BONDS UP TO 10 X 10
MULTIPLICATION BONDS 2, 5, 10
DIVISION BONDS UP TO 100 / 10
At Burbage Primary School, we support the view that learning a modern foreign language is an entitlement for all pupils during their time at the school. Starting in the infants the children are shown a variety of different languages in the form of simple words and songs,
From Year 3 the children are taught weekly lessons of French.
We are committed to the principle that learning another language (French) is appropriate for all children and we believe that many children really enjoy learning to speak another language and learn about the country. We also consider that the early acquisition of a foreign language facilitates the learning of other foreign languages later in life.
Dear parents, carers & children,
Please find attached the latest letter from Mrs Shaw regarding music lessons at Burbage School:
Mrs S. Shaw
We are an EcoSchool and try to reduce our environmental footprint in a variety of ways.
- We try to reduce the amount of paper we use by using both sides.
- All scrap paper is recycled using our big blue bin in the car park.
- We also have bins for recycling plastic bottles and cardboard.
- Our fruit waste is composted and used in our vegetable garden.
- We have tried to reduce our electricity use by fitting motion sensors to our lights.
Throughout school, we teach the children about the environment and how they can play a part in looking after our world and encourage them to take action in school and at home.
BEES – Burbage Environmental Education Society
BEES is Burbage Environmental Education Society, run by Mrs Hawkins. This is an after school club for KS2 children which runs during the Spring and Summer. BEES have an opportunity to do a range of practical activities in the school grounds. In the past we have laid bark on the paths, studied life in the pond, made bird feeders, built habitat piles, recycled paper, collected rubbish and much more! The children in BEES are usually very good at spreading the environmental message throughout school.