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Kettering Park Junior Academy - Curriculum

To view the Department of Education document 'The national curriculum in England, Key stages 1 and 2 framework document' click here.

 To download and read the 'A guide for parents - the new national curriculum in primary schools' by Rising Stars, click here.  

 

 

Kettering Park Junior Academy - Curriculum Maps

Click on the Year Group link to view the curriculum maps for 2017 - 2018

Year 3 Year 4
Year 5 Year 6

 

English

The children receive five English lessons a week covering all National Curriculum requirements for their age group.  Lessons are planned using Pearsons 'Wordsmith' and Jane Considine 'Sentence stacking' as well as other approaches such as Drama for writing and Talk for writing as required. Where applicable units will be substituted using other programmes to link with the Creative Curriculum being delivered.  In addition, each class timetable contains sessions for the teaching of spellings, grammar, reading and handwriting, as well as regular opportunities for extended pieces of writing.

For those children requiring additional support, be it to address gaps in learning or extend skills, class teachers work closely with the Special Needs and Wellbeing team  and support staff to deliver appropriate intervention to address the needs of individuals.

All children earn the privilege of using a pen and are expected to write using a cursive script; handwriting sessions are dedicated to the teaching of letter formation and joining in the school style.

We consider parental support to be vital and encourage parents to take an active role in their child's learning journey.  Homework is set on a weekly basis and it is also expected that children will read regurlarly at home as well as learn spelling patterns.  At Park, we promote independence and therefore the completion of tasks and returning of homework is the child's responsibility.

Mathmatics

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems

• reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

• can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Five hours of Mathematics Lessons are delivered each week in class groups. We teach Mathematics to Mastery level which ensures children have the opportunity to apply the skills they have been taught through reasoning and problem solving. Throughout the week the children will have times tables sessions to develop this vital knowledge. Your child will have a piece of Mathematics homework to complete based on their learning that week, as well as regular times-tables practice.

Multiples Marathon Workshop resources 1.12.16

Times Tables Workshop (powerpoint)

Times Tables Ideas

Computing

The children receive one hour of dedicated Computing lessons per fortnight using the Rising Stars scheme of work. The children receive an e-safety lesson at the beginning of each big term. In addition to this, the children have the opportunity to use i-pads and laptops in class and also have the opportunity to visit the computer suite at other times in the week to apply their computing skills in the other curriculum subjects.

Topic and Science

At Kettering Park Junior Academy we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.  The Cornerstones Curriculum is a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.  We have adapted some of the content to make the most of opportunities provided within our local community and also to allow to lead from the curiosity of our pupils.  These units are cross-curricular and throughout the year cover the National Curriculum requirements for Geography, History, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and PSHE as well as enhancing learning of English, Mathematics, Computing, Science, RE and PE. 

Each class has a weekly Science lesson covering all National Curriculum requirements throughout the year.  Our approach to Science is to make it as cross-curricular, real-life and practical as possible.   Some aspects of the Science Curriculum are taught through the Cornerstones Curriculum. 

PE

Each class has two PE lessons each week. Teachers are supported in these lessons  by a PE specialist and also receive one term per year of coaching from an external provider. Year 4 and 5 children receive swimming lessons in a 5 week block during the academic year.

PSHE and SMSC

At Kettering Park Junior Academy the Jigsaw scheme of work is followed for the delivery of PSHE.  Jigsaw PHSE brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development.  We also aim to provide a curriculum to promote pupil's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare them for the opportunities and responsibilities or life.

RE

RE is taught each week and follows the County’s Agreed Syllabus using the Discovery RE scheme of work.

Mindfulness

At Kettering Park Junior Academy we have 4 members of staff who are trained to deliver the Paws.b Mindfulness curriculum to pupils.  Each year group receives the 6-12 week block of mindfulness lessons at varying points in the year. Mindfulness involves training our attention to experience the present moment with greater curiosity and kindness.  This helps us to not only appreciate what is going well but to respond more skillfully to life's inevitable challenges.

 

Modern Foreign Languages

The Primary National Curriculum states that all Key Stage 2 pupils must learn a Modern Foreign Language.  At our school this is Spanish which is taught fortnightly by class teachers.

Each week, the children have a whole school, singing, lower/upper school and celebration assembly. Assemblies are varied in topic and promote British Values, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. There are strong links with the local churches and church/ religious leaders are regular contributors to our assemblies and community events. National events are also celebrated and the children raise money to support different charities. The children are encouraged to hold positions of responsibility in class and some children are elected to hold school positions, such as being a member of the school council.

Teachers hold regular circle time sessions to address any issues that are specific to the class or year group.

Each week, the children have a whole school, singing, lower/upper school and celebration assembly. Assemblies are varied in topic and promote British Values, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. There are strong links with the local churches and church/ religious leaders are regular contributors to our assemblies and community events. National events are also celebrated and the children raise money to support different charities. The children are encouraged to hold positions of responsibility in class and some children are elected to hold school positions, such as being a member of the school council.

Teachers hold regular circle time sessions to address any issues that are specific to the class or year group.