Maths is going through some exciting changes in our school as we move towards the Mastery approach to teaching Maths. EYFS and KS1 classrooms have all been using Numicon resources which staff and children love, it is making Maths very visual and hands on. Children work with practical resources in almost every session and do a lot of partner talk to reinforce their learning. Across KS2 we have introduced some new ideas to ensure that children are using their reasoning and problem solving skills in every session. We are using the White Rose Maths plans which include lots of practical and visual activities to aid discussions. Children are encouraged to use resources as much as possible to secure learning before moving onto the more formal written methods of calculation. Staff continually model the vocabulary needed by the children in their explanations of how they approached or solved a problem. There is a real buzz around Maths at the minute which is great to see!
Within our school, we aim to deliver a science curriculum that will help our pupils to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the 3 areas of chemistry, biology and physics.
Within each year group, the pupils have the opportunities to take part in and carry out their own exciting experiments, as well as develop their scientific knowledge and enquiry skills.
In addition to this, our school has links with the Ogden trust. Working with the Trust, our school has participated in competitions and science fairs.
Here are some of last year’s science fair entries.
In Religious Education we use the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus for our planning and, from September 2017, we will be using the new Agreed Syllabus along with units of work from Understanding Christianity. The children are taught one hour of RE per week, with some RE themed days. Across school, two thirds of the curriculum explores Christianity. We also study Islam in Key Stage 1 and Hinduism and Judaism in Key Stage 2. The children learn about festivals and celebrations, as well as visiting local places of worship. We explore what religion and its values and morals means to us and how it influences our daily lives, whether we have a faith or not.
At MHCofEA the teaching of English is an integral part of our entire curriculum. Explicit English lessons are taught in the mornings and comprise of the following key ingredients:
Lesson objectives – so the children know exactly what their focus for the lesson is.
Success Criteria – so the children know what they need to do to be successful.
Talk Partners – children share ideas and talk these through to generate ideas, critique work, question further etc…
Modelling Work – Staff in the lesson will model/show the children what to do in real time to serve as a concrete example of what is expected.
Stimulus for lessons – Short films, written texts, pictures, picture books, drama etc…
Grammar and punctuation – taught as a part of every lesson to give it meaning and context or in discrete lessons where there is a need
Spellings: Taught through Ruth Miskin’s ‘Read Write Inc’ program where children learn sound blends and spelling rules to help them with their own written spelling and reading.
Reading: This is taught through guided reading sessions, 1 to 1 adult-child reading, comprehension sessions where the children analyse texts and answer questions based on what they’ve read, and the ‘Read Write Inc’ program which is linked to spelling (above)
Writing and reading are skills that filter into every aspect of our work at CofE and provide the foundations for our learning.
Throughout the year, all classes are working at age appropriate levels on Programming, Handling Data, Multimedia and Technology in our Lives, gradually building on their skills.
E-safety is of paramount importance and is the first unit of work we begin with each academic year. It is then continually revisited as an ongoing priority with regard to child protection.
We send all families a booklet called ‘Internet Safety Tips for Parents and Carers’. If you require an extra copy, please ask Mrs Guiver.