Curriculum

 

During this academic year, we are reviewing our curriculum.

We want children to become independent, determined and effective learners. We do everything possible to ensure that our children become life-long learners and to continue their learning outside of school.

 

Our curriculum uses the national curriculum to ensure that every child develops the learning steps defined within that documentation, but we have developed a more expansive approach to its delivery that ensures our children receive a wide range of experiences and opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and attributes in ways that will guarantee learning is relevant and poignant. We ensure that learning at Queniborough broadens the aspirations, values and opportunities for every child as they grow and develop.

 

Using a planned theme-based curriculum which is broad and balanced, we help pupils to experience a well-rounded education but equally we see Literacy, Maths, Science and Computing skills as the means to success that will enable all children to access the wider curriculum. We aim to maximise the potential within foundation subjects (e.g. History, geography, Art, Music & PE) using carefully selected themes. We focus on key learning skills which reflect the needs of children in our 21st century society. We are currently phasing in a new Mathematics Mastery curriculum.

 

The needs and abilities of all pupils are addressed within lessons ensuring that the level of challenge, questioning and differentiation allow all pupils to achieve and make progress. Some children may require extra support which may be within the classroom or through small group interventions.

 

Parents' Guide to the New Curriculum

 

 

 

Curriculum Expectations for each year group

Click on the year group to view the end of year expectations leaflet for your child.

 

Foundation Stage

Year 1        Year 2                

Year 3 

Year 4 Year 5
Year 6

 

Reading and Phonics                                                                                           

 

At Queniborough we strive to encourage a lifelong love of books and reading. Children learn to read through the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme which builds phonic knowledge leading to blending of sounds and developing early reading skills. These skills are the starting point to becoming fluent readers.  We want all children to enjoy sharing books with parents, staff and other children as well as  reading independently. Although we don't follow a set reading scheme, we have a wide range of texts that are organised progressively into colour bands allowing children to read books at an appropriate level.  We encourage children to visit their local library and participate in events like 'World Book Day'.

 

Mathematics Mastery

 

We are in our fourth year of being a Mathematics Mastery Partner School. The ‘mastery approach’ to teaching maths is the underlying principle of Mathematics Mastery. Instead of learning mathematical procedures by rote, we want pupils to build a deep conceptual understanding of concepts which will enable them to apply their learning in different situations.

The Mathematics Mastery curriculum is cumulative - each school year begins with a focus on the concepts and skills that have the most connections, and this concept is then applied and connected throughout the school year to consolidate learning. This gives pupils the opportunity to ‘master maths’; by using previous learning throughout the school year, they are able to develop mathematical fluency and conceptual understanding. 

Mathematics Mastery lessons follow a 6 part structure. This keeps the lesson pacey, gives flow and allows more opportunities to teach creatively, give feedback and assess learning.

 

What are we learning about?

Click on the links below to see what each year group is studying this year. Adjustments and adpatations may be made through the course of the year to accommodate other learning opportunities and the needs and interests of the children. Please see individual class pages for current curriculum information.