Curriculum Overview

From September 2014, all classes follow the requirements of the new National Curriculum.

In English there is a renewed focus on developing Spoken Language, as well as teaching Reading and Writing. Reading is broken down into word reading and comprehension, while Writing has three components – transcription, composition and vocabulary, grammar & punctuation.

The children learn how to write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts including different types of stories, myths & legends, biographies and autobiographies, non-chronological reports, instructions and arguments. They also continue with phonics lower down the school before moving on to learning spelling rules which they can apply to unknown words. Following the introduction of the Year 6 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test in 2012/2013, there is now also a focus on applying grammar rules in a range of situations.

There are three main aims to the new Mathematics curriculum: to become fluent in its fundamentals; to be able to reason mathematically; and to be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics.

In Maths children will learn the key elements of number, including fractions, decimals and percentages, measurement, geometry and statistics. Each year group has a programme of study to follow as set out in the National Curriculum. School also follows Big Maths to aid the development of the children’s mental abilities and knowledge of the 4 rules of number.

Science and the foundation subjects are split into different year groups as shown below. Our curriculum aims to teach these subjects within “Topics” so that links can be made between the different subjects, and both English and Maths can be taught across the curriculum, not just as discrete areas. Geography, Music, Art and Design, Design Technology and Computing will be linked in too so that the relevant skills are taught.

RE and PSHE are taught as discrete subjects, following the Stockport RE scheme and the SEAL programmes of study for PSHE. If links can be made within topics then they will be.

Year 6 Topic Questions

What’s your name and where do you come from?
Would you give your today with their tomorrow?
Oh, what class.
Should I stay or should I go?
South America – where?
I’m in Year 6, can you get me out of here?

Year 5 Topic Questions

Is there anybody out there?
Why is our school called Nevill Road?
What’s so special about the USA?
How do we know the Maya discovered Chocolate?
Would you rather be an Anglo-Saxon or Viking Invader?

Year 4 Topic Questions

Why were the Ancient Greeks heroes?
What did the Romans ever do for us?
A little ‘Pizza’ Europe

Year 3 Topic Questions

Let’s go BCE, but where?
Why did the Ancient Egyptians love their mummies?
Was everything made of stone?
Where is the best forest in the world?
Why is the UK such a great place to live?

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