Key Stage 1 & 2

KEY STAGE 1 AND 2

 

The Primary years are divided into two phases:

 

KS1, years 1 & 2 age 5-7 & KS2, years 3-6 age 7-11

 

Programmes of work and arrangements for assessment are followed by both phases as prescribed in the National Curriculum.

 

The curriculum

 

At our Roman Catholic school Religious Education is a core subject.

 

Core Subjects

Foundation Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • RE
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Modern Foreign Languages – Spanish
  • Information Technology

 

 

Our curriculum is attributes led and aims to support the development of the whole child. We focus on the Corpus Christi 6 C's;

                    Compassionate, Co-operative, Courageous, 

                    Conscientious, Curious & Creative

with the ultimate aim to always 'Just be Kind'.

 

A programme of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHE) supports us in this aim.

 

Our curriculum is delivered through a variety of topics or themes across year groups. This helps children to make connections between areas of learning, promotes enjoyment and encourages the development and application of skills.

English

 

We aim to develop children who are skilled in the use of English in each of the following areas:

 

Speaking and listening. Children are encouraged to develop the confidence to

express themselves fluently in small groups and to a wide audience through a range of activities, including role play, drama and presentational tasks.

 

Reading. Children are taught to read using Read Write Inc. Phonics, a comprehensive literacy programme for children learning to read in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. This programme starts with the systematic teaching of phonics. Storybooks are matched to sounds they know so that children develop accuracy, speed and confidence.

 

In order to ensure the vital transition for children between learning to read and choosing to read for pleasure, the children move on to 'The Power of Reading' programme once they have mastered decoding skills. 'The Power of Reading' is an English scheme of work run by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) which aims to improve children's engagement with reading and the English curriculum through their immersion in high-quality age-appropriate literature. This immersion includes lessons in reading, writing and other subjects across the curriculum and is linked to the theme each year group are learning. 

 

Our core reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree and this is supported by other high-quality age-appropriate literature to provide a broad reading scheme for children.

 

We expect all children to read regularly at home and a reading diary between home & school is used to record children’s achievements.

 

Writing. 

In EYFS and Key Stage 1, writing is taught as part of the Read Write Inc literacy programme.

 

Children are taught to write in years 2-6 using Literacy and Language, a scheme which leads on from Read Write Inc. This programme focuses on the skills of reading comprehension, writing composition along with development of grammar and vocabulary skills.

 

Please have a look at the writing section of the website below to see what texts and vocabulary your children will be learning to use over the next term. 

 

Maths

 

Children are taught the Maths curriculum using the White Rose Maths Hub scheme of learning. The approach focuses on a 'mastery' approach to ensure that children have the opportunity to explore a deeper level of understanding for each concept. The scheme focuses on developing fluency with arithmetic skills with the expectation that the children apply these skills to reasoning and problem solving tasks.

 

The learning of multiplication facts is supported by the online resource 'TTRockstars'. All children have their own login details which gives them an opportunity to increase their speed and accuracy of recall. By the end of Year 4, children are expected to know all of the multiplication facts (and associated division facts) at a speed of less than six seconds per question. 

 

Art

 

Art Education enables children to use, understand and enjoy visual forms of communication.

 

We encourage children to develop their skills of observation and develop an appreciation of line, form, shape, pattern, tone and colour in the environment.

Children are encouraged to enjoy their work and to develop their creativity and critical awareness through constructive consideration of their own and other artists’ work.

 

We visit Art Galleries and Museums and take advantage of the specialist educational facilities they offer.

Music

 

Children in year 3 have drumming lessons taught by a music specialist from Kingston Music Service. Children from years 2-6 can choose to have a lesson in a wide range of instruments again led by specialist teachers.

 

Our Choir sing at whole school and Parish celebrations and perform at John Lewis, The Rose Theatre in Kingston, Westminster Cathedral and even Wembley!

Modern Foreign Languages

 

We currently teach Spanish to all children from Reception—Year 6. Our specialist teacher works with older pupils throughout the school.

 

Teaching is based on encouraging as much oral communication as possible and developing good pronunciation.

Design & Technology

 

Technology is about the development of problem-solving skills which are relevant across the whole curriculum. In their Technology activities we encourage children to apply their knowledge and previous experience, and to develop their individual expertise/flair and imagination as well as questioning their skills and strategies in order to perfect them.

 

 

Personal, Social, Health, Emotional & Citizenship Education

 

As a Catholic School we place great emphasis on the personal development of each child. We aim to integrate a pupil’s intellectual, spiritual, moral, emotional, psychological and physical development leading towards Christian maturity and equipping the child with a set of values for life.

 

Education in Personal Relationships is part of our PSHE programme designed to meet the needs and maturity of children. The Governors have agreed a policy for personal relationship education and it is available from the school office. This programme entitled ‘Journey in Love’ explores relationships in all its different aspects.

 

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the non-statutory parts of personal relationship education.

The Wider Curriculum

 

We believe it is essential to allow children to enrich and extend their learning beyond the formal curriculum and regularly provide opportunities for children to take part in lunchtime and after school activities. We provide an extensive programme of ‘clubs’ including Chess, French, Spanish, Football, Multi-sports, Netball, Lego, Karate, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Street Jazz, Cheerleading and Forest School.

 

Contact details for all of our clubs are available from the school office.

 

How to Find out More

 

More information about the curriculum we study here can be found:

  • By attending our annual open evening for parents and carers
  • By looking at your specific year group under the curriculum tab of the website to see the termly topic webs
  • Termly parents evenings
  • By asking your class teacher or emailing the school office for more information: office@corpuschristi.rrbksch.org