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Miles Coverdale Primary School

Mathematics
At Miles Coverdale School, we believe that mathematics is a creative and inter-connected subject that is essential for everyday life.  

The Programme of Study for mathematics was adopted from September 2014.  Years 2 and 6 will continue to work from the previous curriculum until September 2015, when they will adopt the Programme of Study for mathematics, as per the guidelines from the Department for Education.  The programmes of study for mathematics have been set out in a year-by-year format for Key Stages 1 and 2.  However, the document also explicitly states that "decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils' understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage."  Therefore, it is up to classroom staff to make professional, diagnostic judgements about which pupils need additional enrichment, acceleration or consolidation before moving on.  Schools have the flexibility to introduce content earlier than set out in the programme of study, as long as the relevant programme of study is taught by the end of the key stage.

The aspects covered in each year's programme are as follows:

EYFS:  Development Matters
Year 1:  Number (Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions), Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction).
Year 2:  Number (Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions), Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction), Statistics.
Year 3:  Number (Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions), Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction), Statistics.
Year 4:  Number (Number and Place Value, Additon and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions including Decimals), Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction), Statistics.
Year 5:  Number (Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions including Decimals and Percentages), Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction), Statistics.
Year 6:  Number (Number and Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions including Decimals and Percentages), Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry (Properties of Shapes, Position and Direction), Statistics.


The KS1 Reading and Phonics scheme

Reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics and the school is following the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme and the ReadWriteInc scheme. These schemes are introduced in the Foundation Classes and then continue to be used throughout Key Stage 1. Children are streamed by ability from Year 1 and assessed at regular intervals to ensure that they are placed in the correct groupings. The children also have weekly guided reading sessions where the children are given the opportunity to apply the phonics skills they have been taught. The children are following the Oxford Reading Scheme banding and reading books are sent home for children and parents to enjoy 

KS1 English

All staff at Miles Coverdale Primary School are committed to developing English skills through uniting the important skills of reading and writing. We teach children to read initially by a synthetic phonics approach supplemented by a variety of means as children’s skills develop. The children have the opportunity to select from a wide range of good quality reading books their own class libraries.  

The development of early reading and writing skills is an important focus for the school and children’s progress in reading and writing is carefully monitored. A variety of opportunities are provided across the curriculum for children to develop their writing skills. For example, writing stories, poems, notes, lists and diaries. 

To help children progress in their learning and understand what they need to do to improve, the teachers set challenging individual and whole class writing targets for all pupils.

Children are provided with regular opportunities to develop the essential skills of speaking and listening. This is done through discussion, drama and specific listening activities in pairs, groups and as a class. Good oral work enhances pupils’ understanding of language in both oral and written forms.


KS2 English

The teaching and support staff at Miles Coverdale Primary School have been working hard to ensure that they are fully prepared to implement and teach the statutory programmes of study for the new curriculum in effect from September 2014.

Miles Coverdale has always provided high standards of language and literacy and will continue to provide a high-quality of education in English. Besides the teaching of the curriculum, the school is committed in planning for all learning and other broader experiences for the inclusion of all pupils.

The content of the National Curriculum programmes of study for English is divided into specific areas of development for consolidating pupils’ spoken language; reading; writing; grammar, spelling and vocabulary. At Miles Coverdale, these areas of development for the pupils are not unfamiliar in the teaching of English and have always been part of good classroom practice.

The school will continue to set above high expectations for all pupils with challenging and motivating activities. Children’s progress will be assessed rigorously and frequently against ambitious targets. Every child will be given every opportunity and experience to achieve.

Art
Art for most children is a natural form of expression and a source of great pleasure that can enhance lives and cultural awareness. We aim to increase confidence and competence in the use of different media, such as pencil, charcoal, paint, collage, inks, textiles and clay. Art teaching is embedded in other subjects, as well as taught discreetly to ensure progression. Discussions of art by other artists are a regular practice within other subjects, to enhance pupil understanding and promote diversity. The enjoyment of making, creating, building and adapting starts at a young age and continues to be built upon year on year, inclusive of all genders, ethnicities and beliefs. We promote the necessary skills for our children to develop their natural ability to be expressive and creative and we aim to instill pride by achieving finished work that is of a high standard. Above all, art at Miles Coverdale is fun, engaging and enlightening as well as informative, structured and progressive.

History
In terms of purposes and aims, the new programme of study is very similar to the old programme of study. Enquiring is still included; questioning, interrogating, organising and communicating are still considered important historical skills; and knowledge and understanding are still at the centre of the new curriculum.
The new curriculum stresses the importance of chronological understanding, coherent knowledge and placing the pupils' growing historical understanding into different contexts.
The historical aims are to: 1. Inspire pupils' curiosity to know about the past. 2. To equip pupils' to ask perceptive questions, critically think, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. 3. To help pupils to understand the complexity of peoples lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups.

ICT/Computing

We recognise the important of ICT and Computing as a lifelong learning tool at Miles Coverdale and recognition of the value of ICT in all learning is key to our approach. ICT/Computing is taught in a variety of ways; where necessary, specific ICT skills are taught in discrete ICT lessons, however, ICT teaching also takes place using a cross-curricular approach. This allows children to transfer ICT skills and use technology for a real purpose.
 

PSHE

At Miles Coverdale, the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum is covered over seven themes and is re-visited by each Year Group (from Year 1 to Year 6). 
The themes covered are:
-Me and My Healthy Lifestyle
-Me and Growing and Changing
-Me and My Healthy Lifestyle
-Me and keeping Safe
-Me and Making a positive Contribution
-Me and My medicine and Drugs
-Me and My feelings / Me and My relationships (two combined themes).
Nursery and Reception class follow the EYFS outcomes (statutory framework).

This PSHE programme helps give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. The pupil’s take part in a range of activities enabling them to work with others and recognise their own worth. They reflect on experiences and tackle many moral and social issues we see in school life. The pupil’s learn to understand and respect diversity and differences enabling them to form effective relationships with others. 

RE

At Miles Coverdale Primary School, children are taught Religious Education following the recently published, locally agreed syllabus ‘Living Difference’, set by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The purpose of RE is to support pupils in their own coherent patterns of values and principles, and to support their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The new Programme of Study is structured into four main areas for each key stage; Enquiry and Skills, Knowledge and Understanding, Concept Development and Breadth of Study.
RE lessons at Miles Coverdale teach children about different world beliefs and encourage them to apply their own thinking to the new things that they learn. Children are also taught how to discuss debate and disagree in a respectful way. They explore some of the big questions about life, as well as exploring religious artefacts, festivals and rituals. The teaching of RE is enhanced by visits to religious buildings, visits from different community members and the celebration of different faiths in assemblies and parties.

 

If parents wish to clarify any of the educational objectives and/or the content of the RE syllabus, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s RE subject leader. In this way, parents can make an informed decision about their child’s participation in the lessons. Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and assemblies, but all withdrawal requests must be put in writing to the head teacher.


PE

At Miles Coverdale, children are encouraged to lead healthy and active lives and to participate in a broad range of physical activities. Although we aim to engage children in competitive sports and activities as much as we can, the focus is primarily on teamwork and the fun aspect of being physically active for sustained periods of time.

In KS1, we encourage children to master basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. KS1 children are also given opportunities to participate in team games and to apply basic movements in a range of activities both indoors and outdoors. We allow children to develop balance, agility and coordination and to perform dances using simple movement patterns.     

In KS2, children are taught to use running, jumping, throwing and catching to play competitive games and to apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Children continue to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance through activities such as athletics and gymnastics. They perform dances using a range of movement patterns and compare their performances with previous ones to demonstrate improvement.  In KS2, children have opportunities to learn how to swim competently and, in upper KS2, they can take part in outdoor and adventurous activities. 

MFL

This academic year the study of a modern foreign language has become a statutory part of the new national curriculum at KS2. At Miles Coverdale Spanish has been taught consistently at KS2 since 2009. Consequently we have developed an excellent provision that meets the new Programme of Study requirements and, in some aspects, exceeds it.

Salient aspects of the MFL provision:

  • Year 3, 5 and 6 have a weekly session of 50 minutes.
  • Year 4 have a weekly CLIL session of 90 minutes.
  • Although MFL is not statutory at FS and KS1, we are implementing short sessions in which children learn through songs and games. During these sessions children acquire basic vocabulary and language learning skills that will set the foundation in which children can build further language learning at KS2.
  • Native speaker teacher specialized in primary MFL teaching.
  • Miles Coverdale is pioneering in the use of CLIL methodology in primary schools in England. Content Language Integrated Language methodology consists of teaching a subject (Art in this case) using a modern foreign language as the medium of transition. At the moment, there is a CLIL project running in Year 4.
  • Miles Coverdale is leading the way in the teaching of modern foreign languages supporting other schools in the tri-borough.
  • In our last OFSTED report Spanish was positively mentioned as being embedded in the curriculum at KS2.

DT

In Design and Technology, children are encouraged to explore and try out different materials, tools and processes of making. They are encouraged to ask questions, predict results and reflect on their learning. The new national curriculum is followed at Miles Coverdale and DT is embedded in a topic-based approach where relevant objectives and skills are taught. Children have access to a range of resources and we ensure health and safety procedures are strictly adhered to. All children have the opportunity to cook and explore food which is supported through healthy eating principles in PSHE.


Geography

Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments – our pupils love to find out about the world around them. Children have the opportunity to explore the local area using fieldwork and compass skills; they will consider how their lives compare with that in other regions of the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. Key geographical knowledge will be developed, with a focus on learning the continents, five oceans and capital cities. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world around them; it enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.


For more information about any of the subjects, please contact the subject coordinator as per the 'Our Staff' list in 'About the School'.