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Curriculum & Learning

The school caters for a wide range of needs, abilities and ‘Learning Styles’. Children generally make very good progress due to the stimulating and meaningful contexts and outcomes in their work, a strong emphasis on the visual and practical, careful differentiation and support at all levels.

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Staff have a very clear picture of the needs of different children and of each cohort. Planning takes these needs into account. There are high levels of experience and expertise amongst the staff, who work very hard to nurture individuals – recognising and building on the strengths and positive aspects of all.

National Curriculum

As part of the National Curriculum, every maintained school has to provide a curriculum which consists of:

Core Subjects: English, Mathematics and Science
Foundation Subjects: Design Technology, Computing,
History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical
Education, Personal and Social Education, and
French.

Religious Education is taught through the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus.

The Education Act divides children’s learning into Key Stages – the Primary School taking a responsibility for the first three.

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is for reception children (age 4-5)
  • Key Stage 1 is for children in Year 1 (age 5-6) and Year 2 (age 6-7)
  • Key Stage 2 is for children in Year 3 (age 7-8), Year 4 (age 8-9), Year 5 (age 9-10) and Year 6 (age 10-11)

Assessment

Children are assessed at the end of the reception year in all areas of development. At the end of Year 1 they have a phonics check.

Assessment of children’s progress, in all areas of the curriculum, is carried out by the class teacher throughout their time in school, with formal assessment and reporting at the end of each key stage. At Key Stages 1 and 2, formal assessment includes both Assessment Tests and Teacher Assessments.

Our Curriculum

The life skills of independence, teamwork, responsibility, respect, confidence and communication underpin all the work we do at Longnor School. These skills are embedded in thematic work and in the way children behave on a daily basis. We strive to develop confident, independent children who have the skills to lead a successful life.

To see how our themes are put together click on the Long Term Plans below.

English

Our English curriculum consists of reading, writing, speaking, listening and drama. Children are taught English every day, based on the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Reading is initially taught through the use of synthetic phonics, using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. Books are colour banded in Key Stage 1 to enable the children to progress seamlessly through the stages. Each child will receive a guided reading session each week where they share the reading of a book with a group of children. This is followed by activities and discussions lead by the teacher. We stress the importance of reading and children are expected to read at home every night, whether it is homework based on their guided reading book or a suitable book of their choice. Reading for enjoyment is always encouraged.

The writing part of the curriculum links, wherever possible, to the thematic work we are covering at the time. There are sometimes discrete grammar lessons. We cover a wide variety of writing styles and use exciting contexts to stimulate ideas for writing, whether they are other texts, trips out of school, visiting speakers or creative experiences.

Spelling is taught using the Look, Cover, Say, Write, check method. Weekly spelling lists are sent home following a lesson focusing on a certain rule.

Children are always encouraged to listen to the ideas of others. They are given many opportunities to express their own opinions and share in discussions. Drama is often incorporated into our themed work and each class performs a play to parents once a year.

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Mathematics

Mathematics lessons are taught each day and, where possible, the work is linked to the overall theme. Enjoyment of mathematics is central to the work we do and we aim to link it to real life situations.

Each lesson incorporates the requirements of the National Curriculum and is taught on many levels, so that the activities are suitable for each child in the class. The work is based around the areas of: number, geometry, statistics, fractions, measurement, ratio and proportion and algebra, often taught through problem solving. Mental calculations are part of each lesson. Times tables are central to many aspects of mathematics, so the children are encouraged to learn them on a regular basis.

Calculations Policy

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Science

Science lessons are often linked to the class themes or mathematics. Children are encouraged to solve problems using their prior knowledge and to set up experiments to answer questions they often pose themselves. We use the outdoors as much as possible when teaching science, often teaching it through Forest School sessions. Throughout the year each child will be taught to plan a variety of experiment types, make predictions, carry them out in a fair way and evaluate them.

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Computing

Computing is integrated into each theme. The children all have access to computers and the Internet and are given regular opportunities to use them appropriately. We teach them how to research a project, present information, handle data, write a program and control mechanisms. Each class has a bank of computers for the class use, in addition to this there are a number of laptops that can be taken into each class.

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Design and Technology

Design and Technology often links with the overall class theme. Children are taught to use a wide range of tools and equipment to make models of their plans. Food and cooking is taught wherever possible, in addition to our planned blocks. Tasks usually involve evaluating products then planning a solution to the problem set, making a model and reviewing how well their model meets the requirements.

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History and geography

History and geography are always taught through our themed work. We have organised the ideas in the National Curriculum into meaningful themes which form the basis of our projects. Visits and visitors into school link to the themes, often being the inspiration for work. We use the local area as much as possible and encourage the children to contribute to conservation both locally and internationally. Work in geography often encompasses looking at people from other communities and cultures. The children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources to inform their learning, this may include books, atlases, maps, the internet, artefacts and videos.

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Creative Arts

Art, music and drama feature strongly in each of our themes. Children are given the opportunity to express themselves through these subjects on a regular basis. Imaginative themes often lead to the use of the outdoors to incorporate the creative arts, with good links to Forest School. We value the imaginative ideas the children have and provide exciting contexts for them to explore them.

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P.E.

We teach the children a wide range of sports to encourage participation and enjoyment. Outdoor sports include football, rugby, basketball, hockey, athletics, tennis, golf, orienteering and multi-sport. Indoor sports include gymnastics, dance and multisport. During the spring term Key Stage Two have swimming lessons at Concord College. There are regular P.E. lessons in the week, both outside and inside as we have a large hall, playground and field. One PE lesson in the week is delivered by a sports coach, who also runs an after school club.

PE Long Term Plan

We take part in a number of inter-school tournaments such as: cross country, multi-sport, dodge ball, hockey, orienteering, rounders, basketball, tag rugby, high fives netball, cricket and swimming. In addition to working with children from other schools, it gives the children experience of competitive sport.

Longnor School has run competitive football teams for both boys and girls for many years. The teams take part in the Shropshire Schools and Colleges Football Association competitions and have been very successful on a number of occasions.

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PSHE

The life skills of independence, teamwork, responsibility, respect, confidence and communication underpin all the work we do at Longnor School. These skills are embedded in thematic work and in the way children behave on a daily basis. We strive to develop confident, independent children who have the skills to lead a successful life.

PSHE is often taught through other subjects, such as healthy eating in science. Specific PSHE teaching is carried out in all classes, based on the Shropshire Healthy Schools scheme. Cultural awareness is developed through visitors, trips, literature and topic work.

We are delivering the Shropshire Respect Yourself: Eat Better, Move More, Relationship and Sex Education programme. For more detail of what is taught in each year group  click on the link below.

RSE Lesson Overview

Children’s questions are dealt with appropriately as they arise throughout their time at our school.

Drug awareness is taught to the older children using the STAR (stop, think, act, reflect) program. The children in Year 5 and 6 get the opportunity to attend the Crucial Crew days in the summer term.

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Forest School / Outdoor Learning

One session of Forest School or outdoor learning is taught in every class each week. These sessions link to the overall class topic and can involve creative activities, science, Design Technology, literacy and P.E. Some of the favourite activities include den building, cooking on an open fire and creating models using willow from our willow maze. Sessions are sometimes taught in designated Forest School areas off-site; however we do have our own Forest School area with a fire-pit, stage, willow hut and climbing area. Forest School / outdoor learning sessions happen throughout the year, so it is important that children bring appropriate clothing for the time of year.

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