Keelby Primary Academy Curriculum
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum which can be found by clicking the link below. We have developed our curriculum over the past year to ensure we not only meet but exceed the requirements of the national curriculum in providing our pupils with a knowledge-rich education to ensure their success as they move into KS3. The National Curriculum document shows the statutory objectives for the knowledge, skills and understanding that we teach at Keelby Primary Academy from Year 1 to Year 6.
At Keelby Primary Academy we offer a broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum for all our learners. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS framework with an emphasis on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding through direct teaching and structured continuous provision.
Our curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and understanding of the world. The curriculum promotes long-term learning and we believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more. We have developed a curriculum built on current research regarding how memory works to ensure that children not only have access to 'the best that has been thought and said' but are taught this in a way that ensures children can remember the curriculum content in future years. We make use of knowledge organisers (which are sent home regularly) to ensure children know exactly which information is expected to be learned over the course of their study in a particular subject. One of the central aims of the curriculum is to ensure that our pupils are both "interesting and interested". We want them to be 'interesting' to talk to, because they know a great deal about the world and 'interested' in finding out more. We understand that knowledge is 'sticky', in other words, the more pupils know the easier it is for them to know more. This is why we place particular emphasis on children knowing by heart and building rich webs of knowledge as they progress through the curriculum. Parents can support this work through quizzing children on the knowledge organisers according to the revision schedule provided on the back.
In English we teach a broad curriculum covering reading, writing, grammar and oracy. We follow an approach to the teaching of writing called 'Purposes for Writing'. This was implemented throughout school in 2018-9 and lead to a significant increase in the quality of writing. We also use ‘Power of Reading’ and have a curriculum of high quality texts which are used throughout school that builds children's knowledge of literature and their reading ability in a structured way. We study a range of modern and classic fiction. Children are given a reading book to take home each week and it is helpful if parents can support children to make a brief comment in their reading record to let us know how they are getting on with their reading at home. We expect children to read at least five times per week during term time and bring their reading books into school everyday. Developing confident early readers is one of our school priorities and we greatly appreciate parental support in this area.
We follow the Letters and Sounds programme to ensure children develop their phonic skills in a coherent and systematic way. There is direct small group teaching of phonics using this programme from Foundation Stage upwards. Children in KS2 receive additional small group phonics teaching if they have not made the expected standard by the end of KS1. Children who are still developing their phonic knowledge take home a phonically decodable book matched closely to their phonic phase every night. It is one of our school priorities to ensure that all children develop confidence in phonics to enable them to become confident early readers. We greatly appreciate parental support in this area and encourage parents to read the phonically decodable books with their child regularly.
We use the ‘Mastery Maths’ approach and the White Rose Maths Hub plans across school to ensure that there is appropriate breadth and depth in our maths curriculum. Pupils have lots of opportunities to practise the basic skills and memorise key number facts such as number bonds and times tables to help them develop greater fluency and reasoning in their mathematical development. There are also many opportunities for children to develop their mathematical reasoning and problem solving.
At Keelby Primary Academy we follow the ‘Discovery’ RE Scheme. The aim is to develop an understanding of different religions and promote tolerance of others. Our teaching often focuses on the key stories from different religions. If parents have any questions about our RE teaching please ring the school to make an appointment with our RE leader.
Art and Design
In art, pupils will learn about some of the most famous pieces of art that have been created and the artists that created them. They will also learn how to produce their own pieces of art in a range of different forms. We place great emphasis on teaching pupils to draw with a structured drawing programme that builds up children's skills over time. We ensure pupils have lots of chance to practice the basics so that they are able to use their knowledge to create their own pieces of art at the end of a unit of study.
Our Design Technology curriculum is based on the planning provided by the Design and Technology Association. Pupils take part in designing, making and evaluating a range of different projects. These include projects involving mechanisms such as levers and food technology where pupils learn to bake bread and scones.
Our Computing curriculum and scheme of work which ensures pupils gain a solid grasp of the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to move onto further study at KS3.
History, Geography and Science
We have developed a bespoke knowledge-rich curriculum which gives children access to broad knowledge in subjects such as History, Geography and Science. We have a well sequenced programme that builds knowledge and vocabulary in a well thought out way and ensures that learning is remembered for the long term. We ensure content meets and exceeds the national curriculum. Content is planned so that more difficult abstract concepts are covered in different contexts over time. For example in History children develop an understanding of Monarchy by learning about different Kings and Queens throughout KS1 and 2 to understand hereditary monarchy and a study of the Mayan civilisation which provides a contrasting view of an absolute monarchy. Pupils use their studies in these subjects to develop their writing and many units of work will contain essays for the children to write based on what they have learned.
We have high expectations for what children will know and remember in each subject. See the overviews below for further information.
We currently use the well respected Charanga scheme of learning for our music teaching throughout school. This is a well structured programme of learning that builds pupils knowledge, skills and understanding in music giving them time to study important pieces of music and also to learn how to create music.
Our PE curriculum is based around the ‘Primary Steps in PE’ Scheme of work covering Athletics, Games, Dance and Gymnastics. We are supported by NE Lincolnshire Sports Partnership to provide high quality PE for all year groups. Pupils in Y5 undertake an intensive block of swimming instruction and a bike ability course.
We teach the ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE curriculum. Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is delivered by Big Talk Education who deliver Growing Up Safe a whole school approach. This takes place during the Summer term, prior to this we provide clear communication to parents about what is taught in RSE lessons. Before the work is completed we invite parents in to discuss the content of the lessons and share any resources that will be used with them. Parents are then given the opportunity to withdraw their children from these lessons if needed.
Our curriculum promotes diversity through the study and celebration of a wide range of famous people. Here are some of the curriculum elements that help to promote diversity at Keelby primary Academy...
In Early Years children learn about different types of families.
In Year 1 children study the life and achievements of the famous female pilot Amelia Earhart.
In Year 2 children study the life and achievements of Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong.
In Year 3 children study the Egyptian King Tutankhamun and Howard Carter famous Egyptologist.
In Year 4 children study Rome and the Roman Empire its influence on Britain.
In Year 5 children study Monarchy in Britain past and present, Mayan Civilisation
In Year 6 children study the role of women in World War 2 and investigate the life of Anne Frank and her impact on the world. They also study the work of famous scientists such as Marie Curie.
Preparing for SAT tests
Children in Year 2 and Year 6 take SAT tests in the Summer term to check how they are progressing with their learning. SATs include tests of reading, grammar and mathematics. At Keelby Primary Academy we want all our children to achieve good results in these tests as they are good indicators of their general ability in maths and English. While we value the tests, we believe that a broad curriculum helps children to succeed rather than narrowing teaching to focus on English and Maths. We pride ourselves on ensuring that Year 6 children have access to the full range of subjects in the lead up to the tests in May. As our curriculum is rigorous and built on high expectations we do not run additional booster classes outside of the school day or during holidays and weekends.
If you are interested in find out out more about the SATs please speak to your child's class teacher. For more information and examples of exam papers you can visit ‘www.sats-papers.co.uk
Trips and Visits
Each year group has at least one trip or visit to enrich their curriculum. We also often invite people in to school to work with children to enrich learning further.
Our Curriculum Yearly Overviews
Please see the downloadable PDF documents, under the curriculum documents tab, for a broad overview of our curriculum in each year group for each subject.
For further information on our curriculum please contact school to make an appointment to speak to our curriculum leader (S Claybourn).
At Keelby primary we use Knowledge Organisers (KOs) in class and as homework to help children to learn the essential knowledge they need for each topic they study. A Knowledge Organiser sets out in detail what we want children to know by heart by the end of the topic. We expect the majority of children to be able to recall all of the information on the KO by the end of the unit of work. To help parents with this we send home a revision schedule so that you know which sections of the knowledge organiser must be learned each week. The children will be quizzed on these in class each week to help them remember what they are learning. It is also useful for children to go back to previous KOs and revise these so that the information from previous learning is not forgotten. Please go to our Curriculum documents tab to download the current Knowledge Organiser for your child's class.
At Keelby Primary, we think that it is important for children to practise what they have learned in class at home to help them to be the best that they can be.
Here are the expectations for homework in KS1 and 2 -
We expect all pupils to read at home (or be read to) at least five times per week. A record of this is then kept in the child’s reading record book.
We expect all pupils to practise recalling their number facts (including number bonds and times tables) for a few minutes each day. One useful resource for parents of KS2 children is the Times Tables Rock Stars website that your child can log in to. There may also be short maths tasks sent home to support learning in class.
We expect pupils to learn the information on the Knowledge Organiser sheet which is sent home each half term. A schedule will be provided to show which sections should be learned in each week. Pupils will be quizzed on this in school and we expect them to know this core information off by heart.
At Keelby, we believe it is very important for children to know important information off by heart so that it makes learning further information much easier. This is best done in short bursts each day rather than spending time on long pieces of homework once a week. If you have any further questions about homework please speak to your child’s class teacher.
If your child has special educational needs we will adapt homework to suit them if this is needed. Also, if your child ever receives any homework which you feel is too difficult or it is not clear what to do then please speak to the class teacher. While we do expect children to complete all homework, we do not want this to be a source of anxiety for you or your children.
If you would like to do more with your child to support their education then we would suggest providing them with a range of rich experiences that will give them increased knowledge of the world. This knowledge is invaluable in developing reading comprehension ability and gives children a wealth of information to draw on when writing in school. Suggestions of places to visit include museums, art galleries, nature reserves, theaters to see plays, libraries and restaurants.