Curriculum - Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Our school curriculum comprises of the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum; the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and other aspects that we consider to be important in preparing our children for the future and the wider world.
In Foundation Stage, children are provided with a range of opportunities to achieve the Early Learning Goals. See the Foundation Stage class page for further details of the curriculum approaches in Foundation Stage.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we deliver discrete English, Maths and Science lessons to ensure coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum.We are continually developing our curriculum to meet the needs of our children. We are currently developing our global citizenship in particular, which includes growing links to our buddy Chinese school as we continue our research project, 'East Meets West'.
We also ensure that British Values are embedded throughout the curriculum, with links made across many subjects and throughout the year, in every year group. Our own school values are also intrinsically woven into lessons and often turned into discussion points in Philosophy 4 Children or Circle Time sessions.
English lessons follow a reading through to writing approach; children analyse a text type and identify key features of the text type before developing the skills to be able to write in the style.
In order to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum for English children also have a weekly GAPS lesson (Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling).
In every class there is a daily reading session. During this session children are grouped according to reading ability and will undertake a range of reading activities during the week. These activities may include: A focused guided reading session with a teacher / other adult; spelling activity; reading comprehension; opportunity to read a text of their own choice; reading materials related to their class topic / theme; reading School News and listening to recordings of stories / poetry on CD.
Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have a daily phonics lesson to develop skills to support their reading and writing. To support us in planning and delivering phonics lessons we use resources from Phonics Play, Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics.
Phonics related links are provided below to help with your child's learning.
Our main aim is to achieve a positive attitude to maths. We want the children to love maths! So at William Levick we strive to deliver maths lessons that are both fun and enjoyable. We feel if a child enjoys maths then s/he is more likely to want to learn.
Another important aim is to differentiate lessons effectively to enable all types of learners, at all different stages, to make progress. We carry out regular assessments; observations and analysis of the children’s work in order to gain important knowledge of what your child already knows, what s/he is learning quickly and what they need to work on to make progress. It is hoped that if a child can see that they are making progress then their confidence will improve also. Confidence is another key ingredient for success, we operate a ‘can do’ approach.
At William Levick we believe that a child’s understanding and confidence in maths can be improved with the use of apparatus, models and images. We aim to make maths ‘less abstract’ and provide children with apparatus, models and images that make concepts easier to understand.
Numicon is one particular resource that William Levick has invested in. Numicon is a multi-sensory approach that gives children a tangible representation of number. It enables children to see and explore the relationships and patterns in number. We also make good use of Dienes and Cuisinaire rods and not to forget the free resource we all have – fingers!
Please see the attached PDF outlining further information
Other National Curriculum Subjects
Other areas of the National Curriculum are taught through our 'phase themes / topics'. See the class pages for details of the themes being taught this year.
The school follows the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for its Religious Education programme. This provides children with the knowledge and understanding of the World's major religions. It is hoped that through our RE curriculum children will develop a tolerance and acceptance of people from all cultures and backgrounds.
Our Life Skills programme comprises of a range of opportunities for children to explore social, emotional and moral aspects. We provide opportunity for children to explore the school values and learn a range of skills to equip them to deal with life situations that they may encounter. We explore aspects of citizenship and develop children's understanding of the wider world and help them develop the skills to be outstanding, well-rounded citizens.
To find out more, please follow the links below or telephone the school office and ask to speak with the Headteacher.
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