Curriculum

2017 – 2018 Lever House Learning Experience

All school have to teach the National Curriculum subjects and skills. These can be viewed by clicking here 

The pupils in Reception Class are referred to as EYFS pupils (Early Years and Foundation Stage). An EYFS overview is available by clicking here and the long term plan is available to download at the bottom of the page.

At Lever House, in addition to these skills which we have to teach, as a school family, we decided that there were some skills which were not covered but we felt pupils should have access to – such as survival skills and cooking etc.

So we then added these additional skills into our curriculum and divided the skills up into year groups. 

 

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We work together in four groups – EYFS,       Yr 1 + Yr 2,        Yr 3 + Yr 4         Yr 5 + Yr 6. 

We try to make the learning as ‘real’ as possible, therefore we try to present our learning to the children in “Projects” – these allow pupils to work together under a time limit to create a project (learning new skills) and putting them into a real outcome. 

This is a list of the Topics posed as a series of questions, that the classes will be covering this year.

 Year Group  Autumn Term  Spring Term  Summer Term

EYFS
 
What do you want to be when you grow up?
 
What are you celebrating today?
 
Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

What were dinosaurs like?
 
What makes the World amazing?
 
Would you like to walk the plank?

Yr 1 / Yr 2
 
What is it like to be an explorer?
 
What happens to our rubbish?
 
 
How is living in Australia different to living in the UK?
What was the Great Fire of London?
 
What is an Animal?
 
What should I eat and do to be Healthy?

Yr 3 / Yr 4
Caves, fire and tools?

Illuminate!

What did the Romans do for us?

Pitch Perfect

Where does a bat hang out?

How can you get salt out of water?


Yr 5 / Yr 6
 

Who is Kensuke and where does he live?

 

Why did man land on the moon?

 

The Great outdoors


Please go to each of the class blogs for detailed information about current Topics and learning and how you can get involved with them – see http://leverhouse.net 

We will also be covering the following areas throughout the year:

Anti-Bullying; E-safety; British Values;  Debating; Enterprise; Health and Well Being; Philosophy

We follow a rolling programme and this year’s content is available to download from the bottom of this page.

Curriculum Subjects

English – follows the requirements of the National Curriculum, through planning based on the ‘National Literacy Strategy’ and through cross curricular work in other subjects (Topic Work) during the week.

All classes focus on reading, writing and speaking and listening. The school follows a phonic approach to reading based on ‘Letters and Sounds’ which in turn is grounded in the recommendations of ‘The Rose Report’. A home reading scheme exists throughout the school and this is coupled to the extension readers in each of the class bases.

Mathematics – follows the requirements of the National Curriculum, through planning based on the ‘National Numeracy Strategy’ and is delivered through daily lessons and cross curricular work.

In order to support our teaching of mathematics teachers have access to several schemes which run through the seven years within school. Teachers use these schemes to provide appropriate challenging work and develop mathematical knowledge and skills so that children can then use and apply this mathematical knowledge.

A great emphasis is placed on mental and practical mathematics, using equipment to reinforce various concepts being covered.  We are a school that teaches multiplication tables through a variety of approaches as a tool for further learning.

Maths home learning games are given out to all children and parents are asked to play these with their children on a fortnightly basis.

Science – Science covers work every year in the four main areas of the curriculum:  Scientific Enquiry, Life Processes and Living Things, Materials and their Properties and Physical Processes.

Alongside these three areas (which we call ‘Core’ subjects), we teach further ‘Foundation’ subjects.

These are History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art, Computing, PSHCE and Design Technology.  We teach these subjects as ‘Topics’ which are based around the skills involved in each area.

The Modern Foreign Language we have chosen to follow is Mandarin.

School also teaches Religious Education where children learn about a variety of faiths and beliefs. We are required to present a broadly Christian Act of Worship each day.  Those children for whom this is not appropriate can easily be  accommodated and this can be discussed with the Headteacher.

We are an officially recognised Forest School. We have an outdoor classroom in the school grounds and are growing our own forest on site. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences: http://www.forestschools.com/

Lever House is committed to helping all our pupils achieve their best in all areas of their lives; be that academic, physical, moral, social etc.

We have a drive for high standards and have high expectations of every child and we work in close partnership with parents, carers and families to ensure the best for our pupils.

We are determined to provide our children with fun and exciting lessons. We try to provide a  creative curriculum. We believe in high expectations. We feel our children are happy because they learn well, are challenged and motivated and have opportunities to work independently, in groups and in a variety of ways.

We understand that the world our children will live in and work in will be substantially different from what it is today. Therefore we want to provide for them the skills and tools necessary to become successful in the 21st century workplace.

We have a major focus on ICT and use ICT to enhance all aspects of the curriculum. We believe communication skills are of immense importance and focus on each child’s ability to communicate through a variety of media.

Music

Many musical opportunities are presented to the children during their time at Lever House.  These can range from music lessons, visiting teachers and theatre group presentations.

We provide subsidised music tuition for after school tuition in keyboard, drums and guitar.

Sex Education

Sex education is taught, as with all matters, with sensitivity and understanding, as it arises in the normal course of everyday work.  Individual questions are always dealt with in a truthful and factual manner.

Elements of reproduction will be included as part of the children’s course work.  For children in Year 6 there is a more formal approach to the teaching of Sex Education but parents are informed well in advance if this is to take place.

Religious Education

The normal curriculum of the school includes Religious Education.  The children are involved with an Assembly each day with the school meeting together as a whole on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  On Tuesday and Thursday, separate Infant and Junior Assemblies are held.  Children themselves will often contribute to these Assemblies.  Should parents wish that their child should not take part (these are broadly Christian in nature) they should notify the Headteacher in writing.

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