CURRICULUM Reading / Writing / Phonics Mathematics Computing Science Foreign Languages Music Art & Design History & Geography Reading / Writing / Phonics Key Stage 1 Reading Children are taught to read from when they first enter White House Academy; they have an hour of Literacy teaching every day. In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children follow the ‘Read, Write Inc. (RWI)’ phonic programme and are set for phonics. The Read, Write Inc programme is an integrated synthetic phonics programme that teaches decoding and blending of words. Progress is assessed every half term. During daily guided reading teaching sessions, children are taught to apply their phonic knowledge to books as well as learn the skills of inference and deduction. Learning to read is the combination of phonic knowledge, word recognition and understanding of sentence structure. These are all strategies taught in guided reading. In addition, we are very fortunate to have a fabulous library at White House Academy. Children are encouraged to borrow a book and to take it home to share with their parents/carers. We promote the use of a reading record for parents/carers to communicate with class teachers about the reading their child does at home. Phonics Teaching Phonics is a method used across many primary schools in the UK which teaches children to read quickly and skillfully. It teaches children the 44 sounds used in the English language. Children are taught to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes and identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make and then blend the sounds together from left to right to make a word. White House Academy follows the ‘Read, Write Inc’ programme of teaching phonics. This programme sets out a detailed and systematic approach to the teaching of phonic skills for children, starting in the early year’s foundation stage, with the aim of becoming fluent readers by the age of seven. Spelling Once children have progressed through the phonics programme, they then concentrate on spelling. Children are taught using the, ‘Support for Spelling’ programme and learn different spelling rules and patterns. They are then encouraged to apply these rules in a range of spelling activities where they have to use the words they have been investigating in context. Children are taught a range of strategies and techniques for remembering spellings and spelling rules, which continues throughout Key Stage 2. Key Stage 2 Pupils will develop their skills in reading, writing, grammar and spelling through a structured programme (scheme of work). The programme will provide opportunities for pupils to develop their word reading as well as comprehension and higher order skills such as inference and bias. They will have opportunities to discuss the structure of texts and identify the actions and motives of characters within their reading. In writing, pupils will be taught the transcription skills (handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar) and composition skills. They will have opportunities for writing each day and produce an extended piece of writing at least once each week. This extended piece of writing might relate to a book they are reading or be drawn from topics in their other subjects (such as History, Geography and Science). This scheme of work will enable our pupils to: read easily and fluently a range of texts (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) and with good understanding; develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information; acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language; appreciate a rich and varied literary heritage that will help them develop their own appreciation and style; write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences; be able to plan their writing through discussion and use of planning tools; use discussion in pairs, groups and whole class in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas; be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others, participating in debate and undertaking roles in drama. Mathematics Maths is taught for 45 minutes every day in Key Stage 1 and for one hour in Key Stage 2. All lessons start with a mental starter which focuses on counting and number facts. The recall of all number facts is key to making children strong mathematicians. Pupils will develop their skills in mental and written calculation, shape and space and measures (including time). These skills will be taught and developed through the use of investigative real life contexts and problem solving activities wherever possible. Pupils will be expected to learn common numbers facts and their times tables to 12 times. Our approach to teaching maths will enable our pupils to: become fluent in mental mathematics, so that they can recall number facts rapidly and accurately; apply the mathematical operations using whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages through varied and frequent practice; use their mental and calculations knowledge to apply these to increasingly complex problems; develop conceptual understanding and apply this to all branches of mathematics including algebra; reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, identifying and exploring relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language; 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. Computing The new national curriculum states the importance of children in the UK being ‘computer literate’ and at White House Academy all our classrooms have interactive whiteboards. Our pupils also have access to class based computers and laptops. We aim to equip our young people with the skill-set and knowledge of computing that they will need for the rest of their life’s to enable them to participate in a digital world. Our pupils will be expected to develop knowledge, skill and understanding in: design, writing and debugging programs; the use of sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; working with variables and various forms of input and output; using logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs; computer networks including the internet, how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration; the effective use of search technologies, appreciating how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content; selecting, using and combining a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information; using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognising acceptable /unacceptable behaviour; identifying a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. Science We aim to develop an awareness and understanding of the importance of science in everyday life with our pupils, by stimulating their curiosity and sparking their imaginations. Our science curriculum provides a fun and interactive learning platform that instils a clear understanding of what science is and how it affects their world. Pupils will develop their skills in scientific enquiry by: asking questions and planning scientific enquiries; observing and recording their observations; performing tests and understanding the need for a ‘fair test’; identifying and classifying plants, animals and materials; identify similarities and differences; gather and record data, draw conclusions; use evidence to suggest answers to questions. Foreign Languages In an increasing globalised world, learning a modern foreign language equips our children with the skills to make connections with different people and cultures. Knowledge of a modern foreign language develops a confidence in pupils which equips them with the communication skills needed in Europe and a global marketplace. Pupils will be taught to: listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding; explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words; engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help; speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures; develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases; present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences; read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing; appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language; broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary; write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly; describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing. Music Our music curriculum aims to inspire our pupils to develop a love of music and increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Pupils will be taught to: play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression; improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music; listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory; develop their appraising skills when reviewing music; use and understand staff and other musical notations; appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians; develop an understanding of the history of music. Art & Design Pupils, through practical activities often linked to other subjects, will have opportunities to design, make and evaluate products and learn a range of technical skills In cooking and nutrition they will learn about the: principles of a healthy and varied diet; preparation and cooking a range of dishes (mostly savoury); seasonality of food and how ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed. History & Geography History At White House Academy, our pupils travel through time to discover and learn what life was like for our ancestors in the UK and also in more far reaching destinations. Pupils will develop skills in sequencing time evaluating historical evidence. Pupils will develop skills such as: understanding chronology; gaining an appreciation of the range and depth of historical knowledge; historical interpretation; historical enquiry; organising and communicating their knowledge and understanding. Geography The study of Geography helps children to make sense of the world around them. The study of the earth, its landforms, features, climatic conditions and inhabitant’s show our pupils how nature influences life and how cultures have taken shape. Pupils will gain skills such as: ability to use points of the compass; explore and read maps, atlases and globes; use plans and aerial photographs to identify landmarks; use ordnance survey maps; create simple plans and maps using symbols and a key; use sketch maps, more detailed plans and graphs. 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