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The National Curriculum - A Guide for Parents:

http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/parents_complete_guide.pdf

The National Curriculum

We provide a wide, varied and exciting curriculum for the children following a topic approach across the school.   Literacy and Numeracy continue to be taught as discrete subjects with links made to the topic where possible.  If you would like further information about our curriculum, please contact your child's class teacher.  Further information about the National Curriculum and the Early Years Curriculum can be found by following the link on the "Useful Links" page.

English  

The main aim of the English Curriculum is to help all children to develop their ability to use and understand English. This is achieved by developing their abilities in speaking, listening, reading, writing and spelling. We follow the requirements of the new National Curriculum.

We use “The Oxford Reading Tree” scheme as our base, but into this we have added many extra books. All of our reading books are colour coded so that children can easily identify the section of books from which they are to choose a reading book. The extra books which we have added mean that children have a wide choice of books within the level which they have reached. We encourage parents to read at home with their children, and also to listen to them read from their school book. We also like parents to write a comment in the child’s reading record book.  As well as individual reading, the children read in groups which provides opportunities for them to read and discuss a wider selection of literature, including poetry and plays.

We use "Phonic Bug" to support our teaching of phonics.  In EYFS, "Jolly Phonics" is used to teach phonics in a fun, enjoyable way.  "Letters and Sounds" is used to teach phonics in a structured, systematic way.  This is followed by "Support for Spelling" as the children progress through the school.  To help with the enunciation of the different phonemes, visit www.mrthorne.com.

We encourage the children to write for a range of purposes and audiences. In creative writing we try to encourage the children to express freely their ideas and feelings using a wide range of descriptive and imaginative vocabulary. We also include more formal work involving the formation of writing, and training in the style of writing which we use throughout the school. We include comprehension work and spelling, and writing for a variety of purposes.

Mathematics  

We use a variety of resources to teach Numeracy, including the use of ICT and Interactive Whiteboards.  Children are involved in practical work including handling water, money, weighing materials and experimenting with shape. We encourage children to investigate, and try to present them with open-ended problems so that they can find their own way of reaching a solution. 

Science

Links to our child friendly "I Can" statements can be found below.  These link to all areas of learning that the children will be covering in the coming year.

Year 1

Working Scientifically: http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/scienceyear1workingscientifically.pdf

Animals including Humans: http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year1animalsincludinghumans.pdf

Plants:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year1plants.pdf

Seasonal Changes: http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year1seasonalchanges.pdf

Uses of Everyday Materials: http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year1usesofeverydaymaterials.pdf

Year 2

Working Scientifically: http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/scienceyear2workingscientifically.pdf

Animals including Humans: http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year2animalsincludinghumans.pdf

Living Things and Their Habitats: http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year2livingthingsandtheirhabitats.pdf

Plants: http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year2plants.pdf

Uses of Everyday Materials: http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year2usesofeverydaymaterials.pdf

Year 3

Working Scientifically:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/scienceyear3and4workingscientifically.pdf

Animals:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year3animals.pdf

Forces and Magnets:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year3forcesandmagnets.pdf

Light:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year3light.pdf

Plants:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year3plants.pdf

Rocks:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year3rocks.pdf

Year 4

Working Scientifically:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/scienceyear3and4workingscientifically.pdf

Animals including Humans:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year4animalsincludinghumans.pdf

Electricity:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/websitey/web/year4electricity.pdf

Living Things and Their Habitats: http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/websitey/web/year4livingthingsandtheirhabitats.pdf

Sound:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year4sound.pdf

States of Matter: http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year4stateofmatter.pdf

Year 5

Working Scientifically:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/scienceyear5and6workingscientifically.pdf

Animals including Humans:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year5animalsincludinghumans.pdf

Earth and Space:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year5earthandspace.pdf

Forces:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year5forces.pdf

Living Things and Their Habitats:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year5livingthingsandtheirhabitats.pdf

Properties and Changes of Materials:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year5propertiesandchangesofmaterials.pdf

Year 6

Working Scientifically:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/scienceyear5and6workingscientifically.pdf

Animals including Humans:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year6animalsincludinghumans.pdf

Electricity:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year6electricity.pdf

Evolution and Inheritance:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year6evolutionandinheritance.pdf

Light:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year6light.pdf

Living Things and Their Habitats:  http://walsham.suffolk.dbprimary.com/suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/year6livingthingsandtheirhabitats.pdf

 

Primary Languages

French is taught through a topic based approach in Key Stage 2.  The strands covered are speaking, listening, reading and writing.  We use "Rigolo" to support the curriculum as well as using many games and songs.  In addition, the children learn about what it would be like to live in France and look at traditions and cultural similarities and differences.  Children in Year 6 have an opportunity to spend Monday to Friday in France where they are able to use the French skills they have learnt. We have a link with a school in France which is developed particularly with children in years 5 and 6.

Children in EY and Key Stage 1 are taught basic greetings, classroom commands and some numbers (songs and games play a big part).

Year 5/6

 

AUTUMN A

AUTUMN B

SPRING A

SPRING B

SUMMER A

SUMMER B

YEAR A

Rigolo 2

Unit 1: Salut Gustave!

 

 

Early Start 1

14. Brothers and Sisters

Rigolo 2

Unit 2: A l’ecole

 

 

Early Start 2

  1. School
  2. Class objects

     14. School subjects

Rigolo 2

Unit 6: Chez Moi

 

 

Early Start 2

  1. Where I live

Rigolo 2

Unit 8: Les Vetements

 

 

Early Start 2

15. Clothes

Rigolo 2

Unit 10: Les Transports

 

 

No Early Start link

Rigolo 2

Unit 12: On Va Faire la Fete

 

 

Early Start 2

  1. Places in town revision

15. Clothes revision

YEAR B

Rigolo 2

Unit 5: En Vacances

 

 

Early Start 2

9. Euro

7. Weather

Rigolo 2

Unit 7: Le Weekend

 

 

Early Start 2

13. Pastimes

Rigolo 2

Unit 3: La Nourriture

 

 

Early Start 2

11. Bon apetit!

12. Ice-cream

Rigolo 2

Unit 4: En Ville

 

 

 

Early Start 2

  1. Directions
  1. Places in town

6. Time

 

Rigolo 2

Unit 11: Le Sport

 

 

No Early Start link

 

Rigolo 2

Unit 9: Ma Journee

 

 

No Early Start link

Year 3/4

 

AUTUMN A

AUTUMN B

SPRING A

SPRING B

SUMMER A

SUMMER B

YEAR A

Rigolo

Unit 1: Bonjour

 

 

 

Early Start 1

  1. Greetings
  2. Goodbye
  3. Ca va?

6. Numbers 1-12

Rigolo

Unit 4: Les Animaux

 

 

Early Start 1

13. Pets

9. Numbers 13-31

4. Giving someone’s name

Rigolo

Unit 8: Quelle heure est-il?

 

 

No Early Start link

Rigolo

Unit 5: Ma Famille

 

 

Early Start 1

4a Alphabet

Rigolo

Unit 9: Les Fetes

 

 

No Early Start link

Rigolo

Unit 11: On Mange!

 

 

Early Start 1

10. Food likes

YEAR B

Rigolo

Unit 2: En Classe

 

 

Early Start 1

  1. Colours
  2. 7. Ages

Rigolo

Unit 3: Mon Corps

 

 

Early Start 1

11. Days of the week

Rigolo

Unit 6: Bon Anniversaire!

 

 

Early Start 1

8. Months

10. Birthdays

12. Today’s date

Rigolo

Unit 7: Encore!

 

 

 

No Early Start link

Rigolo

Unit 10: Ou vas-tu?

 

 

Early Start

 7. Weather

Rigolo

Unit 12: Le Cirque

 

 

No Early Start link

Personal, Social and Health Education including Sex and Drug Education and Citizenship

PSHE aims to promote a balance between physical, mental and social well-being by developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes which contribute to the child’s well-being.

Relationships and Sex Education is formally taught in Years 5 and 6, but staff try to answer any simple questions which may arise in a natural, truthful and sympathetic manner, bearing in mind that it is a subject which should be dealt with sensitively. We will include in our teaching sessions help for children to realise that they are able to make choices for themselves about things they do, and things that are done to them. We aim to help children to feel safe and responsible for themselves. We will also deal with matters of behaviour, relationships and friendships through teaching, role play and discussion.

A PSHE theme day will be held each half term, with all children studying the same theme, but the theme being tailored to meet the needs of the children.

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer  1

Summer 2

Theme: Feelings

Caterpillars-Sometimes I feel

Ladybirds-How do I feel?

Dragonflies-Difficult feelings

Grasshoppers-Difficult feelings/I have feelings 

Crickets-Dealing with Feelings

 

Theme: Health 

Caterpillars-Healthy foods and medicines to help us

Ladybirds-‘Illness and accidents’ and ‘Diet’

Dragonflies and Grasshoppers-Medicines and other substances

Crickets-Alcohol, tobacco and solvents

Theme: Media 

Caterpillars-‘Television and me’

Ladybirds- ‘Television and me’

Dragonflies-‘Media influence and me’

Grasshoppers-‘Communication and technology’

Crickets- ‘My computer and me’/’Media influence’

 

 

Theme: Careers and work 

Caterpillars- Jobs and what people do

Ladybirds-‘People who help us’

Dragonflies- ‘The local community’

Grasshoppers- ‘The local community’

Crickets-‘Learning and employment’ (World of work)

Theme: Financial capability 

Caterpillars-Shops

Ladybirds- ‘Learning about money’

Dragonflies- ‘Learning about money’

Grasshoppers- ‘Learning about money’

Crickets-‘Learning about money’

Link to enterprise week (DT)

 

Year 5 SRE to be taught while Yr 6 away in France.

Year 6 SRE to be taught separately.

Ladybird Curriculum Information Year A (2016 – 2017)

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Science

 

(Seasonal Change is taught throughout the year)

Animals

Uses of materials

Plants

Eco-Schools

Living Things and their Habitats

History

Who was the better nurse: Florence Nightingale or Mary Seacole?

 

 

 

 

Geography

 

 

Why don't penguins need to fly?

What is the geography of where I live?

 

Ladybird Curriculum Information Year B

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Science

 

(Seasonal Change is taught throughout the year)

Animals

Uses of materials

Plants

Eco-Schools

Living Things and their Habitats

History

Which Queen was a better ruler: Queen Elizabeth 1 or Queen Victoria?

 

 

Whose invention is more important: William Caxton or Tim Berners-Lee?

Geography

 

 

Are the Lion King animals happy living in the Savannah?

 

 

Computing, DT and Art are cross-curricular and linked to topic work.

Dragonfly Curriculum Information 2016 - 2017

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Science

 

 

Forces and Magnets

Electricity

Eco Schools

Light

Living things and their Habitats

Animals including Humans

History

 

 

Stone Age to Iron Age

Britain since 1066: Tudors

Geography

If you won a one-way ticket, where in Europe would you live?

 

 

 

 

 

Grasshopper Curriculum Information 2016 - 2017

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Science

 

 

Forces

Electricity

Eco Schools

Animals including Humans

Light

 

Living things and their Habitats

 

History

The Victorian Era

 

 

 

Anglo Saxon Britain

Geography

 

 

A Passport to Europe

 

 

 

Computing, DT and Art are cross-curricular and linked to topic work.  Computing covers basic programming in Key Stage 2.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

At Walsham le Willows CEVC Primary School we appreciate that the curriculum provided in the Early Years Foundation Stage underpins all future learning.  We aim to provide a rich and stimulating environment and to build on what the children already know and can do.  Through structured play and exploration, we aim to develop children’s personal, social and emotional needs, their physical abilities and their communication and language skills.  The specific areas that are covered are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

During the first part of the Autumn Term, the children are thinking about their summer holidays and developing their speaking and listening skills.  After that, they will  be "Getting to Know You."  

The progress of the children is assessed using the nationally required Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.

Homework   

Homework in Years 1 to 6 takes the form of reading activities, learning spellings and maths challenges and particularly in Key Stage 2, work linked to the current topic.  In the Foundation Stage, homework might take the form of learning initial sounds and blends and word games.  Occasionally, practical maths challenges may also be sent home.

We encourage parents to read as widely as possible at home with their children, bearing in mind that reading should be a pleasure and not a chore. Please bear in mind that it is just as important for parents to read to their children and play games with them as it is for the child to read to their parents.  We firmly believe that reading should be seen as a pleasurable activity enjoyed by all.

Older children may also be given a task to do at home to aid their learning or to check that they have understood the work being studied in class. This will not amount to a great deal of work, and adequate time will be given for its completion.

If children in the upper part of the school consistently fail to complete tasks given during the school day, then we shall send the work home to be done under parental supervision.

We also believe that it is good for the children’s development to be involved in activities out of school, such as Church groups, Cubs and Brownies as well as the activities offered as part of our after school sessions. All children benefit from spending time learning skills from parents, and doing things with the family group.

Our Homework Policy is available for parents to see upon request.