There is always something in the curriculum to challenge everybody
The teaching of English covers three main areas: speaking and listening, reading, and writing.In speaking and listening our aim is to develop your child’s ability to understand and use language appropriately and effectively. During P4C sessions the children direct class discussions; learning to put forward reasoned arguments, respond and empathise with other’s views.
The main focus for the direct teaching of English is the Literacy Hour during which the skills of spelling, reading, letter formation, text type, format, grammar and punctuation are taught at the appropriate level of development. Aspects of writing are developed in all subject areas. We place a strong emphasis on Literacy Skills. Our aim is to enable children to become fluent readers, to communicate effectively in speech and writing and to have the ability to use their skills in all areas of the curriculum. We want pupils to develop the ability to write clearly, fluently and quickly as well as having the ability to read, understand and respond to all types of writing.
End of Year Expectations (Reading) Y1-Y6
End of Year Expectations (Writing) Y1-Y6
“A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”
(National Curriculum 2014)
In 2014 a new mathematics curriculum was introduced which become statutory for all pupils from September 2015.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
All children, at Pickhurst Academy, study maths 4 times a week. Teachers use the ‘Busy Ants Maths‘ scheme (Collins) in order to ensure every learning objective from the National Curriculum is taught.
Children will receive weekly maths homework from their set teacher. This will usually consist of a piece of written homework, to consolidate the children’s learning from that week, and sometimes a MyMaths activity.
Learning times tables is an essential part of your child’s mathematical education. Children who have mastered their tables gain a solid foundation in mathematics that will help them throughout their progression within the subject. Many children are able to recite in order, their timetables, but to truly know the answer to any times table question independently is a skill that takes a lot of hard work. The national expectation for times tables by year group are as follows:
Years 1 & 2 – recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables
Year 3 – recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
Year 4 – recall multiplication facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12
Year 5 & 6 – Consolidating and applying (Mastery)
End of Year Expections (Maths) Y1-Y6
Counting, partitioning and calculating – Using and applying mathematics, Counting and understanding number, Calculating
Securing number facts, understanding shape – Using and applying mathematics, Knowing and using number facts, Understanding shape
Handling data and measures – Using and applying mathematics, Measuring, Handling data
Calculating, measuring and understanding shape – Using and applying mathematics, Calculating, Measuring, Understanding shape
Securing number facts, calculation and relationships – Using and applying mathematics, Counting and understanding number, Knowing and using number facts, Calculating
Science is a key part of our curriculum. It aims to be awe-inspiring and develop children’s understanding of the world around them.
At Pickhurst Academy we follow the QCA scheme of work which means children get a balanced coverage of topics. Science lessons are mainly taught through practical work whereby children plan, carry out and evaluate a focussed investigation. Science lessons are creative, ‘hands on’ and use a range of resources.
Closely linked to science education is the teaching of environmental awareness. Educating future generations about climate change is the first step in making a positive change. Schools are on the front line and we take environmental education very seriously at Pickhurst Academy.
Last year we held a ‘carbon neutral’ day during which the children playing old fashioned games, used natural resources to create artwork and took part in a oral storytelling workshop.
At Pickhurst Academy we use ICT in most subjects and allow the children the opportunity to develop their skills in a variety of different ways.
We have a suite of computers that all the children visit each week where they can access a wide variety of programs that cover all areas of the curriculum.
We encourage the children to use experience ICT through a variety of different topics and allow them the opportunity to share and develop their understanding.
In all year groups we aim to develop ICT skills, building upon previous experiences and developing them further. We also aim to introduce new experiences to help further their enjoyment of ICT, such as using animation and photography.
IPC and ICT and closely linked allowing children the opportunity to develop their research and presentation skills as well as using other ICT programs.
At Pickhurst Academy we really value the need for physical education and try to get all children involved in sport. It is important to us that children do at least 2 hours of physical education a week, which includes 1 hour of indoor PE with the class teacher and 1 hour of games with our specialist sport teacher.
We also try to encourage all children to join as many extra-curricular sports activities as they can. Outdoor games are taught on the field or the playground depending on weather conditions.
‘Sport is for life and is also a great deal of fun, and in this fast changing world that we live in, it is important that children are given the opportunity to enjoy sporting activities which we hope will continue into adulthood.’
At Pickhurst Academy we compliment our creative curriculum with the International Primary Curriculum.
The International Primary Curriculum is a curriculum that is being used in 600 schools in 51 countries around the world. It was launched in 2000 having taken three years to create by a group of leading experts in education from around the world.
The goal of the International Primary Curriculum is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. We want children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for nationalities and cultures of others. Most of all, we want children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face the world of tomorrow.
“I like that I can do a mindmap about anything all on my own now. We always do mindmaps with the IPC. They help you think.” – Year 4 child at Pickhurst Academy.
We introduced Philosophy for Children (P4C) in 2008 and it has had a huge impact on the children’s learning.
“In P4C children respond readily with comments and probing question. The emphasis is placed on pupils thinking and speaking for themselves at all times, but particularly through P4C sessions, enables them to make good progress in speaking and listening!”
P4C aims to encourage children to think critically, caringly, creatively and collaboratively. The children build a “community of enquiry” where the children create and enquire into their own questions. The questions raised come from a stimulus that is shared with the children. The stimulus can take the form of objects, artefacts, pictures, photographs and videos. The children can even bring in their own stimulus to share with the class.
P4C has become incredibly popular and the children enjoy their weekly P4C enquiry.
“P4C is good because there is no right or wrong”
“It is time to learn how to be independent”
“There are no boundaries, you can have unlimited answers”
“When deciding on what questions to enquire you have to work as a team”
“You learn about other people’s opinions”
The children will tell you that P4C develops the following skills:
At Pickhurst Academy we provide teaching of Religious Education for all pupils, in accordance with the Bromley syllabus. Children learn about the six major faiths of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism.
We encourage children to discuss their views and often incorporate Philosophy for Children into our teaching approach.
We also hold collective worship on a daily basis. Assemblies are broadly Christian, exploring themes such as friendship, perseverance and tolerance. We learn about famous people and traditions from around the world. In our assemblies we celebrate the achievements of those within our own and our wider community. It is your right to withdraw your child from Religious Education lesson or collective worship. If you wish to do so, you should speak to the Principal of the Academy, in confidence, who will make the necessary arrangements.
Design and Technology (D&T) involves designing, making and evaluating items for a specific purpose.
Cooking, including all aspects of health and safety, is now a focal point and as such, both subjects are taught in conjunction with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). This allows pupils to benefit from topic based learning and to ensure a balanced coverage across the school.
Staff and children from all year groups are able to access the wide ranging D&T resources to enhance learning and promote creativity.
D&T is also becoming more and more prominent in our ‘Libertas’ and ‘Maths Challenge’ days where the emphasis is on working systematically and creatively. During these sessions, children are encouraged to solve design problems and produce an outcome based on thinking, discussion, planning and, above all, trial and improvement!
At Pickhurst Academy all children have the opportunity to learn French at Key Stage 2. Most lessons are taught by French speaking teachers who have excellent subject knowledge and are passionate about the French language and aspects of French culture. Children receive one session of French a week, which is delivered using interactive resources and programmes. Pupils then complete engaging follow-up activities to reinforce what they have learnt that week in their French lesson. We are currently establishing links with a Primary school in Paris so that each class will eventually have pen-pals to correspond with.
In the summer term we hope to host a French day and invite parents to join in with the cheese tasting! Remember to check the website for photos in the summer term.
We are also extremely lucky to have an after school Spanish Club led by Mrs Townley.
Au revoir et a bientot!
Here are a few suggested websites:
Mamalisa – poetry, songs and links from around the world
BBC – Primary French
Primary Resources – French: numbers, colours, animals, time, weather, food & drink, the body, clothing, friends & family, hobbies & sport, school, around town, seasonal
Momes.net – a fabulous French site, always up to the minute news, good for inter-cultural development
At Pickhurst Academy, Geography is taught through the International Primary Curriculum. We encourage children to develop their knowledge of people and places by looking at the local areas and issues as well as those in the wider world. Maps, atlases, photos and the Internet are common sights in geography-based lessons. They use them to find out about cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers seas and oceans. Children use their skills that they have developed in ICT, literacy and numeracy to present their findings. First hand experiences of geography are also encouraged. This year children have visited High Elms and the River Darent.
In the summer term children will be experiencing ‘International Day’ where they will be researching and ‘travelling’ to (via the airport in the school hall!) a chosen destination. Children must know what they expect to see in their chosen country in case they are questioned by ‘immigration’ and of course they will look the part – the plan is for children to look the part. Keep checking the website for photos and information about this day!
At Pickhurst Academy, History is taught through the International Primary Curriculum. We encourage children to develop their knowledge of the past by exploring a wide range of sources such as artefacts, photographs, books and the internet. Through history, children learn to compare and contrast, find out why things have changed as well as research historical characters and places.
History will also feature heavily throughout our ‘International Day’ Keep checking the website for photos and information about this day!
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) are separate areas of the curriculum; however they have many overlapping areas and are therefore managed by one person at Pickhurst Academy.
Children need support in developing emotionally and socially so that they are able to use their thoughts and feelings to guide their behaviour positively and develop personal awareness, emotional resilience and social skills. This is developed through their PSHE/SEAL lessons and assemblies.
The main aspects of PSHE are taught through the Life Education Mobile Classroom and a comprehensive sex education programme. Other areas are covered through the science curriculum and SEAL work, examples of topics are ‘Going for Goals’ and ‘Getting On and Falling Out’ in weekly assemblies and lessons.
Children at Pickhurst Academy are also encouraged to develop their social awareness through a variety of charity days throughout the year. These occur at least once every half term and vary from local/school charities to international help and are always well supported.
At Pickhurst we are lucky to have good Forest School sites within our grounds.
The aim of Forest School is to provide children with opportunities to learn through exploring the environment in a way that is both fun and meaningful.
Through a range of activities children are encouraged to take risks in a safe environment and to develop skills in the following areas:
• Social skills
• Problem solving
• Awareness of the natural world
Over a series of Forest School sessions a number of activities are introduced. Children lead their own learning. They can choose which activities to do and who they work with. The activities offered include:
• Investigating plants and animals
• Painting with mud
• Making sculptures from natural materials
• Using string for knots and lashing sticks together
• Building dens
• Toasting marshmallows on a bonfire
Children often use their imagination and creativity to make up their own activities.