Science at Severn View Primary Academy should encourage children to think for themselves, use their imagination and creativity, and work collaboratively to solve real problems which encourage independent learning.
The teaching of Science throughout the school is carried out through a two year rolling subject programme. This is planned to ensure subject coverage in line with the new National Curriculum Framework document. Curriculum content is subject to regular review.
The teaching focus across both Key Stages is to develop pupils’ scientific enquiry skills across whilst exploring each strand of science (biology, chemistry and physics). Pupils are encouraged to question, pursue their own lines of enquiry and develop their own theories and concepts. Teachers progressively extend their thinking and understanding by assisting them to test their ideas by conducting experiments, collecting evidence, reporting results and drawing conclusions from their investigations. Pupils will be helped to increasingly critically engage with their own methods and evidence as they progress.
Severn View Academy aims to produce children who are fluent with the fundamentals of Mathematics. We aim to deliver the key strands of Mathematics through a balanced and creative curriculum to allow each child to see for themselves where Mathematics fits in to everyday life.
At Key Stage one, children gain confidence and are encouraged to develop their mental fluency, knowledge of counting and place value, measures, data handling and geometry through exciting, exploratory methods. In addition, they begin to build their Mathematical vocabulary as well as their knowledge of Mathematical signs and symbols.
At Key Stage two, children extend their understanding and confidence with key concepts such as place value, measures and the four operations. They continue to build upon their mental proficiency and become competent with a range of written strategies, including long multiplication and division. Children begin to develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, are introduced to algebra and are encouraged to investigate independently. Additionally, children are taught to use and apply the skills they have learned to real life situations and problems to allow them to see how these skills can be used in later life.
We believe Literacy is a vital life skill. Reading and writing fluently, alongside the ability to listen and speak well, are essential competencies that will enable our children to access all areas of the curriculum as they progress through their school careers. Academic success and the ability to make life and career choices as an adult are dependent on achieving competency in Literacy. At Severn View Primary Academy we teach the National Curriculum for English through following a structured Literacy Curriculum Plan. This ensures that there is clear progression of learning across the year groups, as well as planned coverage of the range of text types with which the children need to be familiar. For example, when studying poetry, Year One will learn to read and write simple List Poems, whilst Year 6 will be studying poetry in the more challenging form of Quatrains and Free Verse.
Our Curriculum Plan also ensures that Literacy is taught and embedded across the curriculum, for example, learning to write questionnaires in Science, or writing biographies in History. The skills of speaking and listening are central to our Literacy curriculum. Children use discussion as a vehicle for learning, participate in debates and make presentations to others. We value the development of a broad and rich vocabulary, and aim to develop this through exciting learning experiences, exposure to a wide range of genres and daily Story Time within class. A good command language is the foundation for becoming an interesting and engaging writer.
We aim to inspire children’s motivation to write through delivering a range of ‘ways into writing’ and publishing outcomes. These include real experiences, for example, trips out and the use of artefacts, drama, reading and making their own books. At Severn View Primary Academy we aim to teach children to read fluently, widely and as much for pleasure as for information. The children participate in Guided Reading with a teacher each week, which involves discussing a text, making predictions about it, practising reading strategies, independent reading and follow up activities. The children are also encouraged to read at home to an adult every day. Our reading books are marked with coloured ‘book bands’ which show progression from the beginning pink level (reading age below 5 and working towards EYFS Early Learning Goal) up to Sapphire Level ( reading age 11.5 to 12.0 and National Curriculum Level 4+) .
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Each year builds on the skills that have been taught and learnt from the previous year. These skills include observational drawings, imaginative drawings, painting with different paints (watercolours, poster, powder, acrylic) and sculpture. Art is focused on exploring with different colours to achieve an end result using various techniques that have been taught. Each year focusses on the work of an Artist.
By the end of Key Stage One children focus on observational drawings, sculpture using recyclable materials and painting from their imaginations. They learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment. By the end of Key Stage Two, children focus on their control of materials, tools and techniques. They increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures. They become more confident in using visual and tactile elements and materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. We participate in a range of activities including clay work and sculpture. Children can make sculptures out of clay during Fantastic Friday with the potter, Bridget. Mrs Taylor also runs printing using polystyrene and water based printing ink on a Friday afternoon for Key Stage Two children.
Design & Technology
The academy follows the new National curriculum for Design and Technology.
In Key stage one, pupils explore and develop purposeful, practical skills in design and technology, They learn about the basic principles of balanced eating and where food comes from, and we encourage them to develop an interest in cooking. Pupils work in different areas of Design and Technology; textiles, gardening, simple electricals and mechanics.
In Key Stage two, pupils develop their skills and the safe use of tools and equipment by undertaking a range of practical tasks, such as making products, maintenance or cooking. They increase their experience in different areas of design and technology, including through learning about local crafts or industries. Our pupils are taught to actively seek and respond to constructive feedback to improve what they design and make. They are also taught about key historical developments in design and technology including local inventions. During the key stage our pupils learn about the major components of a balanced diet and how ingredients can be combined to prepare healthy meals. They are taught basic cooking techniques and how to cook a variety of savoury dishes. Pupils build on the areas they have learnt about in Key stage 1 continuing to work with textiles, gardening , simple electricals and mechanics.
Where appropriate, Design Technology is not taught in isolation and links are made between the subject and other areas of the curriculum.
At Severn View, we encourage and inspire our pupils to participate enthusiastically and excel in sport and physical activity. We provide opportunities for the children to become more confident in a number of physical activities so they will be more likely to lead a healthy active lifestyle.
In Key Stage one, children learn independently and with others to develop confidence in a number of areas such as, running, jumping, throwing and catching. They are also given the opportunity to develop agility, balance and co-ordination and encouraged to apply what they have learned to physical activities. Children are taught the basics of attacking and defending in team based sports, as well as how to create
basic movement patterns through activities such as dance and gymnastics.
In Key Stage two, children are encouraged to further develop the skills they have learned during Key Stage one and apply them to competitive sports such as football, netball, rounders and cricket. They learn how to participate as part of a team as well as how to deal with winning and losing in a positive way. Opportunities are provided for them to further develop their strength, technique and control in key areas including dance and gymnastics.