Aims of the Curriculum
At Spring Bank Primary School we offer an exciting curriculum which engages our pupils and encourages lifelong learning. Our School Mission Statement is
In our School effort and achievement are equally valued.
Staff in school work hard to create a warm and caring atmosphere in which children feel secure and are encouraged to learn from their mistakes in order to achieve success. This approach enables children to fulfil our school motto:
We Grow Together.
When our children move onto High School, we aim for them to leave us as confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives; successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve their full potential and who make a positive contribution to society.
Organisation of the curriculum
At Spring Bank Primary School we organise our curriculum into topics. The topics we choose are based on the content of the National Curriculum for each of the subjects and reflect the cultural backgrounds of our pupils. The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content children need to learn. At Spring Bank Primary we ensure children require additional skills, knowledge and understanding through:
- A wide range of after school clubs
- A residential in Year 6 to Inglebrough
- A whole class orchestra in Year 6
- Celebrating current Local/National Events
- Themed Weeks
Not all subjects ‘fit’ naturally within a topic so are taught separately eg. Religious Education and French in Key Stage 2. Within each topic there is always the opportunity to go on a trip or for a visitor to come to school to enhance the learning. If you want to find out more about the trips and experiences our school offers, please take a look at the class pages.
Spring Bank Primary School Long Term Plan 2016-2017
|Year 1||Doctor Doctor!||Let’s Play!||Into the Freezer||Once upon a time…||Animal Mayhem||Wonderful Wool!|
|Year 2||Wheels, Wings and Wonderful Things||Fire Fire!||Heroes and Superheroes!||Down on the Farm||Let’s go Down Under!||Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside.|
|Year 3||Our Healthy Bodies||Rock and Roll||Wild Weather||Boom!||Invasion!||How does your garden grow?
|Year 4||Groovy Greeks||Lighting it up||Viva Brazil!||Wild at Heart||The Struggle for England||Get on your bike!|
|Year 5||Moving People||Out of this world!||Golden Age of Islam||Food for thought||Awesome Egyptians||Go with the flow!|
|Year 6||Welcome to the 60s||Poppies and Peace||The Spirit of Carnival||Disaster Strikes!||Up hill and down dale||Individual Projects|
We are very fortunate in that our school is situated in beautiful grounds in the heart of Headingley, enabling children to access outdoor learning first hand. We have a school allotment which Year 4 lovingly nourish throughout the Summer Term, enabling us to enjoy the abundant produce in the Autumn! We offer themed weeks such as Health and Sports Week and Science and Nature week.
One of the strengths of our school is its diverse community. All children visit the places of worship of the major religions during their time at Spring Bank and we actively encourage members of the community to share their culture with us throughout the year and in themed weeks such as Harmony Week. The school is situated in close proximity to two major universities and frequently welcomes students into school to deliver learning in languages, music, drama, geology and science. In turn, our children visit Leeds university each year to attend Science workshops as part of the Leeds University Festival of Science. Below is more information about each area of the curriculum.
At Spring Bank Primary our aim for English in the curriculum is to promote high standards of literacy by ensuring that our children are able to speak, read and write confidently and competently.
Reading at School
There are two aspects to the reading programme at Spring Bank Primary – word reading and comprehension (both listening and reading.)
During Reception and beyond, our children learn to read using the Phonics Scheme ‘Floppy’s Phonics’ supplemented by books from other schemes such as Rigby Star Phonics and Project X Phonics. All of our books are fully decodable.
As they travel on their journey to becoming independent and enthusiastic readers the children have access to a full range of exciting books.
All children are encouraged to take home a reading book to share with parents or to read on their own – for our fully independent readers these books may not adhere to a particular scheme and may be a book borrowed from our library.Younger children have a home/school diary and older children also have Guided Reading homework and a Reading Journal.
Writing at School
Writing at school is made up of two dimensions – transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing.) In addition there is a strong focus on spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation throughout the school. Writing is taught through a focus on different text types in each year with frequent opportunities to apply their learning across the curriculum.
Please click on the link below to view the English curriculum year by year.
At Spring Bank Primary our aim for all our pupils is to ensure that they become fluent in Mathematics, through frequent practice and opportunities to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly. They need to be able to reason mathematically and solve problems through breaking them down into simpler steps and persevering in finding solutions. Pupils are given many opportunities to apply their learning across the curriculum. The school uses the Abacus Maths scheme to support the teaching of Mathematics across the school.
Please click on the links below to view the Maths curriculum year by year in each of the following subject areas.
At Spring Bank we are using the attached visual calculation policy to support our teaching and learning in Maths throughout school. This has been tailored to the needs of the children in school to allow for clear understanding and progression through calculation.
The policy is designed to take learners through each operation from the beginning, where practical methods support understanding, right up to where standard written methods are used. These posters will be clearly displayed within each classroom for children and teachers to refer to.
At Spring Bank Primary we aim for all our pupils to develop scientific knowledge and understanding of age appropriate content through the three traditional areas of Science – biology, chemistry and physics. Throughout school children learn about Science through science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. There are five types of scientific enquiry taught in school: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; fair testing and researching using secondary sources.
The school is fortunate in having close links with Leeds University. Children visit the University to take part in Science workshops and students visit school to teach science. For a number of years the school has offered a focus ‘Science and Nature Week’ in the Summer Term. In 2015 and 2016 the children put on a very successful Science Fair supported by parents.
At Spring Bank Primary pupils enjoy learning about people’s lives and lifestyles in the recent and more distant past.
Key Stage One
Pupils enjoy learning about how children’s toys and homes have changed over time. They learn about seaside holidays in the past and significant events such as the Fire of London. They enjoy listening to stories, using CD Roms and learn how to ask questions using historical sources.
Key Stage Two
People enjoy learning about changes in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world. They enjoy studying aspects of British History such as the Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Picts and Celts, our local History and changes in Society since 1930. They also study the civilisations of Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt and learn about early Islam. They learn how to use dates and vocabulary to describe the passing of time and use a range of sources of information including ICT to find out about the past, communicating their findings in different ways.
In Geography at Spring Bank Primary School children enjoy asking questions and finding out about different places in the world.
In Key Stage One children learn about their local area, study a rural community and find out about the country of Australia. They begin to use resources such as maps, photographs and ICT to research different places.
In Key Stage Two pupils investigate different places in the world through studying the topics of weather, Brazil, rivers and mountain environments and learn about natural disasters. They learn about physical features eg. the different parts of a river and human features eg. how settlements change. They also learn how people affect their environment in different ways eg. by reducing water usage. Children find the answers to the questions they pose through using resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT and present their information in different ways.
Art and Design
The arts play an important role in the education of all our children and all of them have access to the arts. At Spring Bank the arts foster imagination and creativity, promote intellectual and aesthetic development, develop practical and perceptual skills, encourage the explorations of values and promote excellence and enjoyment.
The arts encompass art and design, music, dance, drama, literature (poetry and script writing) also media studies.
Through the teaching of arts we aim:
* to promote personal, social, physical and cognitive development
* to develop confidence and self esteem
* to ensure that all children have access to the arts curriculum
* promote an awareness of our diverse cultural heritage
* provide enjoyable learning experiences which value first hand experiences
* maximise the expertise of specialist teachers and visiting artists.
All children experience using materials, techniques, skills and media, expressing feelings, ideas, developing thoughts and evaluating and appreciating. Learning experiences are in many cases cross curricular promoting excellence and enjoyment. The arts provides all children with the opportunities to learn skills and knowledge, explore/express their feelings and evaluate and appreciate their own and others work.
Our approaches are many and varied. These may include whole class, individual or small group work, teacher directed activities, sketchbook work, outdoor work, visits to galleries, trips and contact with artists. We have a cross curricular approach to the curriculum and the arts is used as a tool to explore other curriculum areas.
In addition, time is allocated over the school year to specific events like Harmony Week, Black History Month, Health & Sports Week, class assemblies and school productions when pupils experience a wealth of timetabled arts experiences.
Children are given opportunities to initiate, plan, develop, present and evaluate their own work, work on collaborative activities, including whole school initiatives so encouraging unity and partnership. Children are also given opportunities to take part in artist led activities. Children of all abilities are encouraged to present aspects of their work and achievements in arts through participating in workshops, competitions and assemblies. Through arts we aim to establish links with the local community. Those children identified as talented in the arts are encouraged to participate in arts opportunities especially those related to a particular talent.
Within art there is access to a wide range of resources. These include ICT, specialist materials and equipment for class use. We have lovely school grounds which we use for art. Last year we worked with Hyde Park Source, a local community group to build a permanent mural on the walls outside Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Music plays an important part in life at Spring Bank. All classes have a weekly music lesson. Years 4, 5 and 6 receive specialist tuition provided by Artforms. All children in Years 4 and 5 learn the ukulele in weekly lessons which also incorporate the other elements of the music curriculum. Year 6 have a weekly session using steel pans, djembes, tuned percussion and other instruments to develop their skills in performing as part of an ensemble. Music lessons in other year groups are provided by the class teacher or music co-ordinator.
In addition to this, music is experienced across the school in many ways.
A wide variety of songs are sung enthusiastically in a whole school singing assembly every week, with some songs including actions, Makaton signs and percussion instruments. Singing can also be heard in many classes supporting every area of the curriculum from Science to History.
Children are exposed to a wide variety of musical styles through carefully selected assembly music which is played on the way into and out of assembly every day. This music is changed weekly and introduced by the Head teacher in Monday morning’s assembly. A display in the hall shows where and when the music is from.
A variety of free after-school clubs are available at different times throughout the year. These have included:
Year 3 and 4 – glockenspiel, djembe and boomwhackers
Reception and Key Stage 1 – musical games and composing music for a story
Year 5 and 6 – lunchtime ICT music club using Groovy City
Years 2 – 6 – Christmas choir
Musicians in school
Year 6 are working with Artforms every week on a project involving steel pans, tuned percussion and drums. This is sounding fantastic and the children are really benefitting from the specialist tuition and enthusiastic approach!
From Year 3 or 4 children have the opportunity to learn instruments in small groups. At the moment we are able to offer guitar, trumpet, flute and clarinet lessons. These are provided by peripatetic teachers from Artforms and subsidised by the school although there is still a charge for lessons.
Some children from Years 5 and 6 take part in a Schools’ concert at Leeds Town Hall at Christmas this year as part of a choir.
Children learning instruments in school have the opportunity to perform with children from other schools at Development days organised by ArtForms.
Our Christmas choir has sung carols in Sainsbury’s in Headingley to raise money for Shelter, and also at an older person’s Christmas dinner event at HEART .
Children are involved in Design and Technology activities throughout their time at Spring Bank. They acquire and develop their design technology skills and apply these to situations where they need to design, make and evaluate their own products. Areas covered include:
- Food technology
- Electronical control
Where possible these projects are linked to other curriculum areas such as Science, Literacy, Art or Music.
Children are encouraged to explore a variety of tools and materials (both specialist products and found objects) and to make decisions about how these are used. Through careful evaluation of their work they consider any changes that were made to their original plans and how effective their product is. The school also has links with ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers) and we are able to offer a range of exciting workshops throughout the year for our pupils such as a disaster shelter building workshop in Year 6.
Modern Foreign Language (MFL)
Children begin to learn French when they move into KS2. The language is taught through songs, action rhymes, games, role-play, stories, ICT and art. Children are also introduced to the written word by learning simple language structures and changing key vocabulary. Children look at some of the countries where French is spoken and compare everyday life, festivals and traditions with those in England.
In KS1 children’s awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity is heightened by activities such as taking the register in other languages and participating in whole school concerts with songs and stories from around the world.
We have been lucky in the past few years to have been able to run lunch time language clubs – French, Spanish and, at one point, Mandarin – facilitated by language students from the University.
Each class in school has two hours of curriculum time P.E. as follows:
Reception, Years1 & 2 will experience a variety of Gymnastics, Dance & Games sessions.
Year 3 – Invasive Games, Fielding & Striking Games also Gymnastics & Dance.
Year 4 – Swim each week at Kirkstall Sports Centre and enjoy Dance & Gymnastics.
Year 5 – Cricket at the Headingley Cricket School also multi- sports at Lawnswood High School. Dance & Gymnastics.
Year 6 – Cricket at the Headingley Cricket School, Invasive Games, Gymnastics.
In addition there are lots of after school clubs in PE throughout the year. To see the clubs taking place this half term, please click here.
At Spring Bank Primary we follow the new Leeds Agreed Syllabus (2015) for RE. All classes study Christianity and Islam with the addition of Hinduism in Years 3 and 4 and Judaism in Years 5 and 6. Within each year group children study topics linked to the following headings: Beliefs and Authority, Worship and Spirituality, The Nature of Religion and belief, Ultimate Questions, Moral Decisions and Identity and Diversity.