Our School Curriculum
“The curriculum is effective in supporting pupils’ personal development, as well as their academic achievement. Displays around the school highlight the wide range of experiences provided for pupils to enrich their learning and improve their progress.”
At Kelvin Grove we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all our children including the most able and those with special educational needs. We strive to make learning opportunities real and relevant to engage our children through exciting enquiry-based topics.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Children in our Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The curriculum is designed to create learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each child. The overarching principle is to recognise that every child is a unique child who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Working in partnership with children and their families we aim to develop independence and the ability to forge positive relationships. Our learning environments are both stimulating and challenging. They provide unlimited possibilities for children to develop explore, have fun, play, express themselves and develop into happy, confident individuals.
Communication and Language
We provide a rich and stimulating environment which encourages children to develop their skills and confidence to express themselves: and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Role play, retelling of stories and play are essential in acquiring these skills.
We provide endless opportunities for our children to be active, developing their coordination, control and movement skills.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We support children in developing their social skills and how to manage their feelings. Children learn to share, take turns and respect others. All children are seen as unique individuals with special qualities that make them who they are.
Through our literacy program children learn to links sounds and letters in order to read and write. Our core phonics program in Reception is Read Write Inc Phonics.
Through a range of highly practical activities children develop early mathematical skills including counting, number recognition, ordering numbers and describing shapes. Our core Mathematics program throughout early Years is Numicon.
Understanding the World
Children are encouraged to talk about their own lives both past and present and to identify/observe similarities and differences between living things, places and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children are encouraged to experience and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques. They are positively encouraged to express themselves through art, music, dance and role-play.
Key Stages 1 & 2
This curriculum is based on the National Curriculum (2014) and covers the following subjects;
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- French (KS1 & KS2)
All classes from Year 1 are taught these subjects. The work the children undertake has been planned by the class teachers and HLTAs (Higher Level Teaching Assistants) and is based upon schemes of work prepared by the subject co-ordinators. The class teachers plan the work with their year group colleague to ensure continuity across the year group/phase.
At the start of every term you will be sent written details of the curriculum your child will be studying and any trips or visits planned for the class. If you have any relevant skills or knowledge and can help with any class work the class teacher would always be pleased to hear from you.
At Kelvin Grove we plan our curriculum around half term themes at Key Stage 1 and term themes at Key Stage 2, as outlined in our Long Term Curriculum Plan below.
English is taught in blocks with a focus on a specific genre/ text type, e.g. newspaper accounts, narrative writing and non-chronological reports. Every term each class also undertakes a book study with “Take One Book”.
At Kelvin Grove we use a synthetic phonics programme called Read Write Inc to teach our children to read. Synthetic phonics is the ability to convert letters or groups of letters into a sound and blend the sounds to make words. Please follow the link below for further information.
Mathematics is also planned in units of work and teachers follow a progression grid designed by education Gateshead to fulfil the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and ensure continuity and progression throughout school.
In Science we deliver the statutory curriculum through half term units of work.
Key scientific skills and concepts are taught through a variety of topics.
At Kelvin Grove, we have developed a bespoke Computing curriculum, to compliment our topic based approach to learning and ensure specific knowledge and skills are taught, to equip our pupils for the rapidly changing technological world in which we live.
A few examples of our vibrant displays around school