Four Dwellings Primary Curriculum
Key Stage 1 & 2
Four Dwellings Primary Curriculum Overview
At Four Dwellings Primary Academy, we are committed to delivering a complete and cohesive curriculum which allows for opportunities to use and apply various skills and a variety of contexts thereby deepening and evolving pupil’s understanding over time. We believe that a primary curriculum should be broad and balanced, and should allow the pupils to experience a wide range of activities.
We have achieved this by creating a thorough Curriculum document which promotes links between subjects and has trips and experiences built into it. Curriculum content is taken from the new National Curriculum in England 2014 document. English and Maths are taught with a focussed approach in discrete lessons and then these key skills are then applied within other contexts when teaching the Foundation Curriculum. Our Religious Education Curriculum is taken from the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for RE.
Where possible, the Foundation Curriculum links subjects through a skills and knowledge based cross-curricular approach. The document below details the skills which are to be taught by each class teacher throughout the year. These skills have been taken directly from the new National Curriculum in England 2015 document and subject co-ordinators have ensured that there is progression within their throughout the school. Medium term plans (for Foundation subjects) or weekly plans (for English and Maths) are written from these half term overviews which detail the lessons themselves.
Closing the Gap
In order to ensure that pupils basic skills are embedded, it is necessary (at times) for the pupils to complete interventions during curriculum time, in order to provide small group focussed learning which will tackle a specific barrier to learning (which may be either an academic or pastoral barrier). These interventions are designed by the class teacher, phase leader, SENDco or pastoral manager to address a specific issue and are intended to be designed as a short term removal from the Standard Curriculum.
English and Maths are assessed by the teacher through the use of Formative assessment techniques which enable the teacher to continually adapt the teaching to suit the needs of the pupils. These subjects are then assessed summatively through the use of ‘Age Related’ tests (Yrs 3 - 5), National assessments (SAT’s - Yr 2 & Yr6, Phonics - Yr 1) and other assessment materials (e.g. Pm Benchmarks, Target Tracker statements etc).
Assessment Tasks are built into the Foundation Curriculum, which enable the teacher to assess the pupils achievements against a particular skill in a subject, are built into the medium term planning. All children are targeted to meet age-related expectations (at least) by the end of the academic year.
Wider Curriculum 2018-19
We are in the process of developing an exciting project based approach to the wider curriculum. Each project is carefully planned to ensure that all areas of the national curriculum are covered across the year.
Each project has a specific focus but other subject areas are also covered. Autumn term projects are very heavily science based but Art, DT, ICT, PSHE are also taught as part of these. Science is taught throughout the year as well through investigations linked to each project. RE, PE and French are taught as discrete subjects. For RE we follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus.
Trips are planned to enrich the curriculum. In addition to the trips below, we also make use of Woodgate Valley Park, which is right on our doorstep.
A detailed topic overview is included in the section Topic Overviews, which children bring home at the start of each half term.
Each project briefly comprises as follows: