CURRICULUM

INTRODUCTION

The curriculum is being developed to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum. We are constantly monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the impact and coverage. 

To view the primary National Curriculum visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/

As there are only two classes in the school, the curriculum has to be adapted. The staff are experienced in doing this.

In addition to the statutory curriculum we are working toward the ECO schools Bronze award and the Rights Respecting Schools Award. Each term our cultural weeks provide opportunities for enrichment and for the children to work together as a whole school.

 

KEY STAGE TWO

English

We follow the National Curriculum objectives for Y3/4 and Y5/6. Wherever possible, we make links to the current topic or provide real opportunities for children to practise their writing skills.

In reading, we continue to use Oxford Reading Tree supplemented by an extensive class library to ensure children read a variety of genres.

The grammar punctuation and spelling scheme follows the National Curriculum for lower and upper KS2.

It should be noted, that the current Y6 are following the previous National Curriculum objectives.

 

Mathematics

To meet the needs of the National Curriculum, we use the Abacus maths scheme mixed-age planning for Y3/4 (and when available and applicable) for Y5/6 but adapted to the needs of our class.

We look for opportunities to practise Maths skills across the curriculum so the children realise the practical nature of maths.

It should be noted, that the current Y6 are following the previous National Curriculum objectives.

 

Science

This is taught as topics on a two year rolling programme.Thus, all children cover each topic in both lower and upper KS2, building on their previous learning.

Opportunities are provided to link to other subject areas notably DT and mathematics. In each topic, there is a strong emphasis on children working scientifically.

Year 1: Living Things and their Habitats; Light (RE link); Forces and Magnets; Animals including Humans; Rocks (Y3/4), Evolution and Inheritance (Y5/6); Electricity.

Year 2: States of Matter; Properties/Materials; Sound; Plants (Y3/4), Life-cycles (5/6); Animals including Humans; Earth and Space.

 

Computing

There are opportunities to use IT across the curriculum, in addition to the National Curriculum for Computing being taught discreetly.

 

Religious Education

RE is taught both as a discreet subject and as part of our programme of cultural weeks and follows the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2014 - 2019.

The Principal aim of RE in Derbyshire schools is to enable pupils to participate in an on-going search for wisdom, through exploring questions raised by human experience and answers offered by the religions and beliefs of the people of Derbyshire and the wider community, so as to promote their personal development.

It is a legal requirement that R.E. is taught but parents have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons after discussion with the Headteacher.

 

Physical Education

We offer the children a range of physical opportunities to enable them to: develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, be physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities, lead healthy and active lives.

We have our own playing field and hard play surface for games and school sports and we employ Derby County Football in the Community coaches to support our sessions.

We take part in organised events held with other schools involving swimming, football, netball, basketball, hockey and athletics.

The village hall is used for gymnastics and dance during the winter months.

Each year we offer Outdoor Adventure Activities to Year 6 children in our Small School Cluster at the White Hall Centre, near Buxton.

 

Languages

French is taught in KS2. We use a variety of resources over a two-year cycle.

 

Music

All children learn to play the recorder. Wherever possible other aspects of the music curriculum are linked to topics or specifically for concerts. We also offer extra-curricular violin lessons.

 

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

We provide a range experiences in PSHE through discreet lessons, cross-curricular opportunities, and collective worship. This includes e-safety and sex education at an appropriate level to the developing child and as approved by the school governors.

 

All other subjects are taught as Cross Curricular topics but with an emphasis in one subject area. For example, a topic on Anglo-Saxons has a History base but provides opportunities in Art and Design as well as writing, IT, Design Technology and knowledge of the UK.

We follow a four-year cycle in KS2 to avoid repetition. History cannot be taught chronologically. However each topic is placed within a time-line to ensure children develop a chronological view of British History.

The topic cycle is as follows:

Year 1: World War One (in later years this will be a topic which covers a major change in Biggin)

            Europe

            Ancient Egypt

            How Faith is expressed through the Arts

 

Year 2: Stone Age to Iron Age

            Rivers

            Rainforests

            Ancient Greece

 

Year 3: Romans

            Climate

            Mountains

            Local History

 

Year 4: Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

           Our Country

           Benin

           Natural Resources

These topics may be adapted and modified as the cycle progresses and as work already covered is reviewed. They currently provide coverage of the National Curriculum. Detail is added as each topic is taught. When the parent's section of the website becomes available, detailed planning of the current topic will be made available with advice on how you may support your child's learning.

 

KEY STAGE ONE

English

We follow the National Curriculum objectives for Y1 and Y2.

Writing is usually linked to the current topic in order to make it meaningful for the children and also to ensure they are given opportunities to write about well resourced and research subject matter.

Reading is linked to the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and also, later on, to the Ginn Reading scheme. The children have a daily opportunity to read our library of picture books which we ensure is regularly updated with new titles.

Daily phonics lessons are based on the Letters and Sounds scheme using resources from Phonics Bug (a mainly online scheme of work for phonics) and Fun Phonics.Grammar and spelling follows the National Curriculum and is often linked with phonics.

Y2 will be completing their SAT tests based on the previous National Curriculum in this current school year.

 

Mathematics

We follow the National Curriculum 2014 objectives for Mathematics in Y1 and Y2.

To resource our mathematics teaching we use both the Abacus maths scheme and New Heinemann maths adapted to meet the needs of our class.

We look for opportunities for cross curricular activities involving mathematics wherever possible.

Y2 will be completing their SAT tests based on the previous curriculum in this current school year.

 

FOUNDATION STAGE (FS)

The Foundation Stage children are working towards the Early Learning Goals in the Foundation Stage Curriculum 2013.

 

English

The FS children are working towards the Early Learning Goals in Literacy and Communication and Language.

 The Early Learning Goal in Literacy is split into the two aspects of Reading and Writing,

The Early Learning Goal in Communication and Language is split into the three aspects of Listening and Attending, Understanding, and Speaking.

The children are encouraged to write in self-initiated activities and also in directed activities. They a re given the opportunity to develop their emergent writing and also to apply their growing phonic knowledge in a variety of ways each day. Writing is usually linked to the current KS1/FS topic.

In reading we start the FS children on the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

In our daily phonics lesson we use Letters and Sounds supplemented with resources from Phonics Bug (an online phonics scheme) and Fun Phonics.

The children have multiple daily opportunities to develop their skills in speaking, listening and understanding.

 

Mathematics

The Early Learning Goals in Mathematics are split into the two aspects of Number and Shape,Space and Measure. The children work on practically based activities to learn the mathematical goals. We supplement the EYFS curriculum with resources from New Heinemann maths.

 

Physical Education/Physical Development

The Foundation Stage children are working toward the Early Learning Goals for Physical Development, This includes physical education, control and co-ordination, handling equipment and tools safely and with growing dexterity. As part of their Physical Development education they will also learn about ways to keep safe and healthy.

In KS1, PE is planned on a long term yearly cycle, which ensures the breadth of the areas of the National Curriculum 2014 are covered. We use specialist teachers such as Derby County Football in the Community Trust coaches to enhance the children's learning experiences.

 

Religious Education

RE is taught both as a discreet subject and as part of our programme of cultural weeks and follows the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2014 - 2019.

The Principal aim of RE in Derbyshire schools is to enable pupils to participate in an on-going search for wisdom, through exploring questions raised by human experience and answers offered by the religions and beliefs of the people of Derbyshire and the wider community, so as to promote their personal development.

It is a legal requirement that R.E. is taught but parents have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons after discussion with the Headteacher.

 

Science

This is taught as part of a 2 year topic cycle which covers the objectives from the National Curriculum 2014 for Y1 and Y2. The Early Learning Goals in Understanding the World, Expressive Art and Design and Personal,Social and Emotional Development are also incorporated into the same topic cycle in order to ensure that all aspects of the EYFS curriculum arebtaught.

There are cross-curricular links made to other subject areas such as Art, English, Mathematics and Design Technology.

The History and Geography objectives from the National Curriculum 2014 are included in the 2 year topic cycle.

 

The topic cycle is as follows:

Year 1: Hiding in the Hedgerow; Ourselves; The Great Fire of London and Feeding the Birds in Winter; Homes; Mexico; Trail and Wood

Year 2: Now I am Big; Same but Different; Fantastical Creatures; Traditional Tales; Growing Things; The Sea

Most topics are biased towards Science. However, some are biased towards History or Geography.

 

Educational Visits

Educational visits are organised to enhance our topic and curriculum work. Obviously we have to travel, sometimes quite considerable distances to visit educational establishments, for example sculptures at Chatsworth, the Open Centre in Derby and other places as our topics lead us.

Fortunately we are able to appreciate our local environment through simply walking out of the school gate, and take opportunities to do so throughout the year.

Social visits are recognised as a very important community link. We attend a short service in St Thomas’ Church once per month and provide a display at the annual Flower Festival. We also attend the Christmas Pantomime at Buxton Opera House travelling by coach, this is subsidised financially by the Friends of Biggin School.