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Curriculum

We follow the English National Curriculum which aims to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum allowing access to all pupils at their appropriate level. Every effort is made to make learning enjoyable, worthwhile and ensure the school provides stimulating experiences that employ a variety of teaching strategies. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that children achieve their full potential academically and personally. We aim to develop good global citizens in a modern and world class system – children that are prepared for success in life. The school aims to ignite children’s love of learning through opportunities to excite, enrich and explore! Please find our coverage here:

Our approach to teaching Maths: 

The Maths curriculum at our school focuses on encouraging children to question, reason, investigate and solve problems. We use a variety of strategies to allow this, including ‘Graffiti Maths’ which gives children the opportunity to explore their thinking and ideas. Wherever possible practical ‘real’ activities are used to introduce concepts, transfer skills learnt and reinforce learning objectives, ensuring the children are engaged through enjoyable, stimulating activities.

The main areas taught are:

  • Number and place value,
  • Addition, subtraction,
  •  Multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry: Properties of shape, position and direction
  • Statistics
  • Algebra, ratio and proportion at year 6.

Our approach to mathematics teaching is based on Singapore Maths. The principles are based on a concrete – pictorial – abstract – cycle of learning. There are many reasons that this approach develops understanding so well, but one key factor is that it is step-by-step and can be used at home or in the classroom.

The Singapore method begins by allowing children to start learning about Maths by playing with real objects, blocks or cut-out pictures. They build confidence with the basic ideas of adding and taking away. There is then a second stage of drawing pictures representing the objects. And only later do they gradually start to add numbers to their drawings.

Here are some links to further explain this approach:

http://www.mathsnoproblem.co.uk/parent-videos

http://www.mathsnoproblem.co.uk/singapore-maths

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/0/24925787

 

Features of Singapore Maths:
-Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing students to relate what

they learn and to connect knowledge

-Careful scaffolding of core competencies of : visualisation as a platform for comprehension, mental strategies to develop decision making abilities,  pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise

​       -Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so students

learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.

Our approach to teaching Reading & Writing:

At SS John Fisher and Thomas More Catholic Primary School we have recently introduced a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending them together to read and write words and using these learnt sounds in their reading and writing. In EYFS and KS1 children will follow a daily phonic programme to create fluent, enthusiastic readers, confident speakers and willing writers. In KS2, children follow a daily literacy and language programme that equips them with the skills to read and understand texts confidently, write fluently, think critically and articulate thoughts and ideas clearly. Highly acclaimed texts are chosen to suit the year that your child is in and many of these come from the Power of Reading Scheme.

Children who need further support with phonics in KS2 will be identified and they will continue to receive Read Write Inc speedy sounds. Those in Years 5 and 6 who need more additional support will receive the Fresh Start intervention Programme.

Read Write Inc 
Parent FAQ reading

 We have updated our curriculum to ensure a creative and innovative approach with reading at the centre.