At Kewstoke Primary School we encourage our children to develop their English skills in creative and imaginative lessons which employ high quality texts supported by the Power of Reading Programme. Effective teaching starts with the spoken word, and reading and writing are reciprocal. Children are encouraged to identify the next steps in their learning, ensuring they are learning without limits.
As the National Curriculum states “A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.”
Our mathematics curriculum focusses on fluency, reasoning and problem solving across all the mathematical strands. Children are encouraged to select equipment and use concrete apparatus to support their learning. Our aim is to develop confidence and enjoyment in all aspects of mathematics enabling our pupils to apply their skills in all areas of the curriculum and real life contexts. We believe that children need to develop quick recall of number facts as a building block for their learning, and high quality first teaching enables this. Children across the school are given opportunities to choose their level of challenge for the next step in their learning and given targeted support in differentiated groups.
The National Curriculum states that “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 for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”
Our science curriculum has been designed and supported by innovative and inspirational CPD which is based on a ‘hands on’ approach to investigative science. Through practical tasks and using a range of apparatus, children are provided with opportunities to ask questions, gather evidence and present their data, explaining their findings using scientific vocabulary.
The National Curriculum states “A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.”
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