At North Somercotes CE Primary School we believe our curriculum should inspire, excite, motivate and challenge our children to develop a love of learning, both within and outside the classroom. We encourage children to learn new skills whilst giving them the opportunity to build upon, develop and apply what they already know in a range of different contexts.
We are passionate about ensuring our approach allows children to engage with their learning at a deep level; giving them plenty of opportunity to think about their learning, whilst monitoring and evaluating their own development.
International Primary Curriculum
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic and creative curriculum for 3-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. This supports the children in developing international mindedness and a strong sense of their personal learning journey.
The non-core subjects are broken down by age group and are taught through the International Primary Curriculum in segments called ‘Mileposts’ and ‘Units of Work’. Within this approach, subjects are blocked in order to facilitate better quality learning. This is achieved by providing a sustained and concentrated approach, leading to a deeper learning experience.
We have chosen the IPC at North Somercotes CE Primary as it ensures broad learning experiences, meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and allows teachers to make learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. When learning through the IPC, the children also concentrate on an international and global element. This helps children to connect their learning to where they live as well as looking at the learning perspectives of people around the world.
We aim to provide opportunities so that our curriculum is supported and enhanced by a range of experiences, visits and activities; all designed to heighten and enrich learning.
Our delivery of the IPC ensures that the National Curriculum is delivered in all ‘topic’ subjects in KS1 and KS2. Our curriculum map provides an overview for each year and subsequent topic overviews provide the learning goals for each topic.
English and Maths
Our Reading and Spelling starts with a systematic phonics programme (Letters and Sounds), which starts in Reception Class and leads to Phonics Screening at the end of Year 1. We then follow the Spelling Appendix of the National Curriculum in KS1 and KS2. This involves teaching spelling strategies sourced from a combination of Support for Spelling and Spelling Bank materials.
Additionally, children learn individual spellings and spelling & grammar rules that have been highlighted to them in their independent work. From Year 1 onwards we use Guided Reading sessions to embed and develop reading skills.
At North Somercotes, we implement The Power of Reading created by CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education). The Power of Reading enables all the teaching and learning, in English, to be centred around one text either per term or per half term. This allows the children to enjoy reading and be fully immersed into a text. This enables the children to have a deeper understanding of the variety of texts, author’s language, the impact of illustrations and opens the discussion of life experiences.
The Power of Reading allows us to emphasise the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers, with all the benefits this brings.
We aim to provide a high quality maths education – teaching children the essential skills and knowledge to develop an understanding of the world and to create a natural curiosity and love for maths as a subject.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
At North Somercotes we want all children to be able to see mathematics as an interconnected subject and be able to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We want our children to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
The expectation in the National Curriculum is that the majority of children will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of children’s’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Children who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including, through additional practice, before moving on.
The main core of our maths curriculum are the schemes of learning published by White Rose Maths. These enable class teachers to plan effectively, producing lessons incorporating fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
At North Somercotes we have introduced a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.
Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.
There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from September to July), allowing for whole school themes and the end of Puzzle product to be celebrated by the whole school.
The different puzzle pieces are:
Relationships & Sex Education
An important part of the Jigsaw PSHE programme is delivered through the 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me' puzzle pieces which are covered in the summer term.
There are four main aims of teaching RSE:
• To enable children to understand and respect their bodies
• To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and development
• To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image
• To empower them to be safe and safeguarded.
Our planning for RE is based on the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus for Teaching Religious Education (2018).
In addition to this, we have specialist coaches from Grimsby Town Football Club that deliver excellent Physical Education sessions for all year groups.