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.
In mathematics we follow a mastery approach to teaching and learning. ‘Mastering maths’ means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. To underpin this approach the children use a wide range of resources, draw diagrams and record using numbers when exploring each area of mathematics (such as addition). This is known as the CPA approach.
Fluency, problem solving and reasoning are at the heart of our curriculum and children are frequently given the opportunity to solve a wide and varied range of problems. Lessons are structured so that children have daily opportunities to discuss their learning, acknowledging that children of all ages can use appropriate but precise mathematical vocabulary.
To help support the delivery of the 2014 National Curriculum for Mathematics teachers refer to schemes of work such as the White Rose Hub and Inspire Maths to tailor teaching to the specific needs of the class, groups and individuals.
Inspire Maths is a Singapore approach to teaching maths which is based upon the mastery approach. It aims to teach children to a greater depth and meet the high expectations of the National Curriculum.
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Oxford Owl Maths – Helping your child with mathematics
The materials below are from Oxford Owl Maths and are free for parents to access online. 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 activities 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.
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 Assistant Head Teacher.