Curriculum

At Clayton Village Primary School the National Curriculum is used as a framework for teaching and learning. We have adopted Chris Quigley’s Essential Curriculum to ensure that we provide breadth and depth through a creative curriculum which has a real sense of purpose, value and ignites imagination within our children.

Our school aims: Aim High, Be Respectful and Create Happy Memories, underpin our School Curriculum. We place a great importance on delivering a rich and exciting curriculum which not only meets the demands of the new National Curriculum but caters for the needs and interests of all our children. Our CVPS Super Learners are key drivers ensuring that we have a high commitment to both the academic and personal development of all our children. At CVPS we aim to develop a love of learning, thirst for knowledge and prepare our children to play a part on the world stage.

We recognise the importance of creativity in learning and promote creative thinking across all areas of school life. We strive to give all our children unique learning experiences and create happy memories. We place a high importance on school trips, visits, theme days, celebrations and run an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities.

Click here to find out more about our Super Learners

Mathematics                     

Mathematics is important in everyday life and equips children with the tools needed to understand the world around them. The mathematics teaching in our school is geared towards enabling children to develop positive and enthusiastic approaches to mathematics as well as enabling each child to develop within their capabilities. 

We teach a range of mental strategies as well as formal and informal written calculations.  We also promote cooperative learning, problem solving and investigative work so children can use and apply what they have learnt in real life contexts.

Please click here to find out more about how we teach maths.

Timestables

Within Clayton Village Primary School we are keen to encourage all of our children to learn and be confident with their times tables as this helps them with many aspects of Maths.

Every morning, each year group from Year 2 to 6 will have times table practise. Within this time children practise their target time’s tables along with developing their speed and fluency of answering times table questions.

Each week the children will take part in a Times Table Challenge in class. The children are baselined at the start of the year and this identifies their time table targets. The children are then weekly assessed on their times table knowledge of their target times table. Initially children are to complete the Bronze stage, then progress onto the Silver stage where they have a set amount of time to complete a given sheet and complete a range of calculations linked to their times table in a mixed order.

Below are some useful webpages to help your child at home:

Give your Brain a Workout:

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Balloon Invaders:

https://www.mathplayground.com/balloon_invaders.html

Hit the Button:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Times Table Practise:

http://www.teachingtables.co.uk/

Maths Magician:

http://coolsciencelab.com/math_magician_addition.html

Loop Cards:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=loopcardsv6

 

Helpful revision sites:

http://mathisfun.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/

Reading

At Clayton Village Primary, we teach reading through a whole class reading approach. We encourage children to dive in and pick the text apart. We predict, ask questions, discuss vocabulary and summarise what has been read. By providing the children with a lot of time to understand the text, it allows them to be able to complete tasks related to the task with more detail. 

As well as learning to read, developing a love of reading is vital. We encourage the children to explore new books and authors through peer recommendation and teacher recommendation. Each class also has a class novel which they get to enjoy being read to. 

To help develop this love of reading, parents play an important role. The easiest way to help your child with reading is to read with them each day. Children should be encouraged to read aloud and read on their own, but being read to is really important too, so don’t overlook the bedtime story! Encourage your child to use their strategies learnt in school to decode any unknown words, but also discuss what new and interesting words mean that they discover whilst reading. 

You can find extra ways on help your child by visiting: http://www.fortheteachers.org/Printables/Parent_Help_Early_Reading_.pdf 

 

Teaching of Phonics

Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. It’s an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words.

Our daily phonics sessions in Reception are fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play.  Daily Phonics lessons continue in Year 1 and Year 2.

Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught. These include the words ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’ and ‘the’ – you can’t really break the sounds down for such words so it’s better to just ‘recognise’ them.

Please click here for our teaching phonics document.

High Frequency Words

Reception and Key Stage 1 children have to learn to read, write and spell a considerable number of High Frequency Words. The teaching of the high frequency words is linked to the teaching of phonics.  We would greatly appreciate parental support with the learning of these words.

Writing

At Clayton Village Primary, we strive to develop our children into creative, confident and accurate authors. We have developed our own approach to the teaching and learning of writing that progressively builds confidence, knowledge and creativity. In every year group, a writing unit of work is focused around a high quality text that is usually linked to the class topic and the children’s interests. Through a range of techniques, such as talk for writing, drama and vocabulary lessons, the children become very familiar with the text and genre. They then move onto learning the rules of writing such as grammar and spelling specific to the genre they are learning. We also challenge the children to deepen their understanding of the structure of writing through reasoning and explaining tasks, such as creating tutorials for other children (and some adults!) and open ended questioning. Finally, the children move on to planning, redrafting, rehearsing, composing and editing!

The use of ICT to enhance children’s understanding and give purpose to their writing is important at CVPS. Children regularly use apps such as Chatterkids, Book Creator and Green Screen to empathise with characters and to publish and perform their work. Please see below for some examples.

Handwriting and good gross and motor skills are important as they enable children to become fluent, legible writers. We use 2 handwriting schemes, ‘Flying with Phonics’ and ‘Letterjoin’. Cursive handwriting is taught daily in EYFS, KS1 and lower KS2 and as an intervention in years 5 and 6.

Vocabulary

At Clayton Village Primary we teach vocabulary to children using the 7 step approach (developed by Beck, McKeown, Kucan [2002]). The importance of children’s understanding of vocabulary is crucial to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. When teaching vocabulary it is essential that it is taught actively, building on pupils’ current knowledge. Links should be made between words children already know and the new vocabulary they are learning. This leads to children using a wider range of vocabulary choices when speaking and writing. A good understanding of vocabulary also aids children’s reading comprehension and they will have a deeper understanding of what they have read. When choosing the vocabulary we teach, words are chosen from a variety of different places: a book being read in class, a guided reading text, the text being used in English or from somewhere the children will hear the words often and be able to use them in context.  

It is also important introduce children to subject specific vocabulary such as during maths or science sessions, but this is in addition to the vocabulary words chosen to teach. 

Using the 7 step approach, we teach 5 new words a week to each class from reception to year 6. This will ensure children learn around 190 new words per year. These words are chosen from a variety of different places: your current class reader, a guided reading text currently being used, a WAGOLL you have written, class text being used in English or from somewhere else where children will see and hear the word.

Spelling

We believe that spelling has a direct effect upon progress in all other areas of the curriculum and is crucial to developing a child’s confidence, motivation and self-esteem.  We provide children with a range of spelling strategies throughout school which cater for different learning styles.  Early spelling is taught through phonic work in the Early Years Foundation and Key Stage 1.  As children move from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2, the emphasis shifts from the teaching of phonics to more focussed teaching of spelling strategies, conventions and rules to build upon the children’s established phonic knowledge.

Science

At Clayton Village Primary School we believe science is the key to developing childrens curiosity and want our children to work as scientists to develop their understanding of the world around them. This starts in our Early Years classroom where our children learn about science first hand; through carefully planned play based activities both inside and utilising our garden space outside. We seek to keep children naturally inquisitive and excited about the world around them. Our science curriculum in key stages 1 and 2 builds upon these principles and aims to promote the skills needed for scientific enquiry. Through practical lessons children are encouraged to think about their own understanding of the world, to ask questions and to explore ways in which these questions can be answered through investigations. Children are taught how to make predictions, plan investigations, keep tests fair, use equipment safely, measure and record their results, draw conclusions and present their results.  

Computing

At Clayton Village Primary we want our children to be competent digital learners. We keep up to date with the most recent technologies and use these cross-curricular across school. 

In school, children have access to an ICT suite and a set of iPads per key stage. The children understand how digital media is used to enhance their learning and to present it in different ways. Children are also taught about computer science, this is where children learn how the internet works and how to code using simple programs. In key stage 2 this is taught by an external company Junior Jam.

A major part of computing, at Clayton Village Primary, is to ensure children know how to be digitally literate and how to stay safe online. They are taught about reliable sites, and how to check information is correct, and how to ensure they do not break copyright whilst online. They understand the impact of their behavior online and know how to report any inappropriate activity they see.

 

Art

Our exciting Art curriculum offers our children the opportunity to develop their visual awareness and to work creatively and imaginatively using a variety of skills, techniques and materials.  We ensure that the children are able to explore works of art from a variety of periods and cultures, and that artists from the past and present are explored making references to contemporary craftspeople.

The national curriculum for art aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences;
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques;
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design; and
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 

We are dedicated to giving the children creative opportunities to be responsible for their own learning, not only through discrete teaching of art, but through the wider curriculum.   Lessons are planned around an overall theme and are taught in conjunction with other subject areas, giving the children a wider understanding of the historical and social context of their art studies. 

During the Spring term we completed a whole school art project with the theme – ‘Unique Me’. Each year group were given one of the 7 elements of art (line, form, colour, space, texture, shape and value). This linked to Children’s Mental Health Week where each child produced a self-portrait. 

Each half-term a different year group takes part in an Art Week. With a little help from our resident artist Mrs Waterman, each year group produces a large scale piece of art, based on their current topic. Parents are invited into school to help with the creative process.

We also offer an after-school art club to help encourage our mini artists.

Our whole school Art LTP can be viewed here.

Music

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. Music is highly valued at Clayton Village Primary and has many benefits including increased self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to a wide variety of different styles of music.

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

The music curriculum at Clayton Village Primary is based on the National Curriculum and supported by Charanga, an online scheme of work which provides resources to support teachers in delivering high quality and engaging music lessons. These lessons ensure that children develop the skills to perform, listen to, review, create and compose a variety of music. Children will also understand musical terms such as pitch and tempo and understand some musical notation. Every child from Reception to Year 6 receives a weekly music lesson from either their class teacher or specialist music teacher.

In the early Years, music is incorporated consistently into daily routines and is used to enhance teaching of the core curriculum in addition to being taught as a stand-alone subject. 

All children take part in a major performance each year: Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at Christmas, Years 3 and 4 in the spring term, Year 5 and Year 6 in the summer term. Pupils are encouraged to sing, act, play instruments, dance, create and perform their own music. The children have lots of different opportunities to sing and play at school assemblies, class assemblies and perform at special events.

We have specialist music teachers’ teaching children throughout KS2 samba drumming (Year 4) on Monday afternoons and All Stars which is part of the Youth Music Bradford Moving Up project (Year 6).

Physical Education

At Clayton Village Primary, physical education is not limited to the sporting domain. A conscious effort is made, not only in the area of sporting endeavour, but in everyday classroom activities.  We aim to give every child opportunity to develop manual dexterity, co-ordination skills, games skills and a sense of “team spirit”. We regularly take part in community sporting events. e.g. “Football in the community” - cycling proficiency, Rugby..  All these activities are open to every child in the appropriate age group.

We regularly take part in sporting competitions which gives our children a sense of pride and teamwork. Healthy competition gives us a direct link to our super learners of Clayton Village Primary School who relate to persistence, risk taking, responsibility, independence, curiosity and collaboration.

In recent years we have been part of ‘’School Games’’ who organise many sporting events throughout the school year. We have progressed from achieving our first bronze grading in 2013/14 to currently holding a Gold grade in recognition of our sporting involvement.

Alongside the ‘’School Games’’ we now work closely with local schools and always strive to offer additional sporting events in order to increase participation in physical activity.

Organised activities are in place for break/dinner time which offers a broad and inclusive chance for our children to engage in physical activity. Children have the opportunity to suggest new activities through the school council who helped raise funds to purchase such equipment.

Religious Education

At Clayton Village Primary Religious Education contributes dynamically to the children’s education by posing challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE pupils learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response and to agree or disagree respectfully.

RE enables our pupils to understand and explain the human values which are shared between religious and other worldviews. We promote a wide range of knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs. We encourage our children to ask significant and reflective questions about religion and demonstrate a strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together.

If you would like to find out more about the teaching of R.E. please do not hesitate to contact the Head teacher who will be pleased to discuss the matter with you. Parents may withdraw their children from Religious Education or worship as laid down by law. If you wish to do so please fill in the form at the back of this booklet, and return it to school.

Worship is a focal point for meeting together as a school family and reflects the broad traditions of Christian belief. We also celebrate other faiths, traditions and cultures to help develop an understanding of faiths other than Christianity.

PHSE

Our PSHE programme helps pupils to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives now and in the future, as individuals, parents/carers, workers and members of society. It is embedded within the wider learning offered by the school to ensure that pupils experience positive relationships with adults and with each other and feel valued, and that those who are most vulnerable are identified and supported. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and community. Our PSHE programme has a positive influence on the ethos, learning and relationships throughout the school. It is central to our values and to achieving our school’s stated aims and objectives and it is implicitly threaded through the learning challenges and is central to the school day eg. through the work of the School Council, Prefects, Digital Leaders, Monitoring Team, School Council of Food, Play Leaders and the Paece Pals.

Our whole school PHSE LTP can be viewed here.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

At Clayton Village Primary School, we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays an important part in their ability to learn and achieve.

Within these four aspects, children will be encouraged to;

  • Explore beliefs, respect faiths and show consideration for other’s feelings and values.
  • Enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world.
  • Show imagination and creativity along with the ability to reflect upon this. 

We strive to provide an education that enables our children opportunities to explore and develop. Children at Clayton Village Primary school are encouraged to; develop their own beliefs, spiritual awareness, display high standards of personal behaviour and take ownership of this, demonstrate a positive and caring attitude towards others, show an understanding of their cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

Clayton Village Primary School works hard to ensure this is embedded throughout all aspects of school life for all children.

Personal Development

Personal Development is taught through our CVPS Super Learners as we believe these are the essential characteristics our children need for excellent personal development. Bronze, Silver and Gold are used to describe attainment in personal development. This is because, even as adults, these traits need to be constantly practised and kept in balance and they are therefore not age-related expectations. Please see the attached document for further information about our Personal Development curriculum.

 Humanities

At Clayton Village Primary, we deliver a creative curriculum which is driven by a topic.  These are chosen to capture the interests of our children and include subjects like; The Vikings, Evolution, Under the Sea, Castles, The Rainforest and many more exciting themes. These topics are often introduced by an exciting hook to really engage the children’s attention and build their excitement for the subject matter. We understand the great value of the foundation subjects; they allow for children to delve into certain interests and expand their knowledge range. It also enables children to consolidate basic skills that have been learnt in the core subjects. History and Geography are delivered in an integrated way. Teachers make use of any natural links between subjects and ideas which makes the learning more real and meaningful for the children; allowing them to have a greater understanding of the skills being taught.