Queenswood Primary School has an exciting curriculum based on cross curricular themes. Whilst literacy and maths are taught in discrete lessons (although linked to the class' current topic), the other National Curriculum subjects are taught in blocks of time rather than in separate weekly lessons. This includes our RE curriculum which provides children with a sound knowledge and understanding of the religions practices throughout the UK.
Most of our classes are mixed aged groups but curriculum planning takes account of the expectations for each year group.
We use Jigsaw as the foundation of our PHSE/British Values curriculum.
The following documents shows the coverage of the National Curriculum across the age groups.
As we have mixed aged classes, the objectives from both the year groups will be planned on a two yearly cycle.
This year's planning is below. These are working documents and will be updated and completed through the year.
Nursery and Reception
We use Read, Write Inc by Ruth Miskin as our primary phonics programme. This provides us with a structured, pacey programme for our Early Years Foundation Stage and year 1 children. We also use the programme to provide intervention support for those children identified as needing it. We also use the Read, Write Inc. Spelling programme from Y2 to Y6, which addresses the National Curriculum spelling programme expectations through a daily spelling lesson. You can find more information at the link below.
In order to provide our children with a structured way of thinking and talking about reading, we have adopted 'Reading Vipers' . Reading lessons take place daily, for 30 mins, talking about reading and responding to our reading in a variety of ways.
We use White Rose as the basis for our maths planning. Our aim is to provide a maths curriculum that is based on good understanding, underpinned with use of visual models and patterns, strong reasoning skills and secure mental calculation. In the academic year 2019/2020, Queenswood are taking part in the Teaching for Mastery workgroup led by the Salop and Herefordshire Maths Hub. This will further develop our approach to the teaching of maths across the school, to encourage reasoning and problem solving skills to be used to ensure a depth of understanding of mathematical concepts.