Key Stage One Curriculum
At Barnes Infant Academy in Year One and Year Two we teach the National Curriculum. This consists of the subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. We also follow the agreed Sunderland syllabus for Religious Education.
More information on the National Curriculum can be found here.
English within school covers the development of children’s spoken language, reading, writing and phonics and spelling skills. The school uses the Letters and Sounds document to structure all phonics sessions across the school.
The children’s learning is planned using the National Curriculum and interests of the children as a hook to learning. Children complete a ‘cold’ writing task at the beginning of each block of work. This unsupported piece of work allows staff to assess each individual child’s level of understanding and identify individual targets. A ‘hot’ writing task at the end of each block of work then illustrates progress made.
Barnes Infant Academy have recently introduced Inspire maths across Key Stage 1. This primary maths programme provides everything we need to support an approach to teaching and learning mathematics which is greater in depth and meets the higher expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum.
Inspire Maths is a transformational, whole-school approach, to raising pupils’ achievement in maths. The programme of resources is built upon the internationally acclaimed approach to teaching mathematics in Singapore.
Inspire Maths has also been selected by the Department for Education and National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics for a Year 1 textbook project running in 34 maths hubs nationwide. A great endorsement for the programme!
As Inspire Maths aims to teach children to a greater depth and meet the higher expectations of the National Curriculum we are excited by our new approach to ensuring all children can access the new higher pitch and expectations.
It is an exciting time here at Barnes Infant Academy and we look forward to developing our use of Inspire Maths and seeing the impact on children’s learning.
Oxford Owl Maths – Helping your child with mathematics
The materials below are from Oxford Owl Maths and are free for parents to access online. These resources are designed to support you with your children’s maths throughout their primary years. You'll find a whole host of activities, simple ideas, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home.
There are lots of ways to help to build your child's confidence in maths. There are many fun games and activites you can do with your child that practise maths skills. Most children love playing games and it's an easy way to support their learning.
On Oxford Owl Maths, you'll also find advice from educational experts on what your child is learning at school and how to make maths fun at home.
Oxford Owl guidance for parents with Maths in school
Barnes Infant Academy endorses the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework through the teaching and learning of Science will deliver the aims, objectives and content therein.
Science will be incorporated into the curriculum in a variety of ways, both as a separate subject and as part of other subjects linked to the development of scientific skills, knowledge and understanding. Each year group considers the science entitlement before planning the teaching and learning of the relevant programmes of study.
Science in the early stages of a child’s life arises from active exploration of the environment. Science is an essentially practical subject. Work should be child centred and lead to active, practical investigation. This will result in a self-motivation curiosity and desire to ask questions in the context of individual and co-operative group work.
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If you would like any further information regarding the curriculum taught within Key Stage One, please click on the links within this text. Any further information can be obtained from Miss Young, the acting Assistant Head Teacher.