Curriculum

National Curriculum 2014

‘The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’

 

To find out about the curriculum in each class, click on the class name:

Foundation Stage

Butterflies
Robins
Owls

Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

 

If you would like further information regarding your child’s curriculum, please contact Mrs Arnold who will arrange a meeting with a member of the Leadership Team.

The school delivers a broad and balanced curriculum which is stimulating and effective.

The school has it’s own unique ARCS Curriculum. ARCS Curriculum is A Real Life, Creative, Skills based Curriculum, providing rich experiences for the children in school. Contextual learning opportunities conducted in creatively designed spaces support all pupils in becoming life long learners. Pupils are offered a “toolkit for learning” which considers the attitudes, values, skills and thinking required for “deep” learning.

 

Information About Each Curriculum Subject

Maths

Mathematics is a fundamental life skill.  It helps children to make sense of the world around them.  Opportunities are orchestrated to provide learners with real life contexts in which to apply knowledge and skills.

Our aim is to develop an interest in, and enjoyment of, mathematics by creating learners who are;

  • confident with numbers and have a good ‘number sense’
  • agile in their recall, use and application of basic facts
  • fluent in mental arithmetic methods
  • accurate in their understanding of calculation
  • able to make connections by identifying patterns
  • able to make decisions and reason about approaches, solutions and  conclusions
  • flexible in their approaches in order that they can solve problems and investigate concepts

 

English

English is the facilitator for all subjects and is essential to participating fully as a member of society. Such importance is reflected in the dominant role we have nurtured for it in our school. Its mastery empowers the learner and is essential for independent learning. We continually strive to plan and deliver an outstanding English curriculum by; planning opportunities for creative and ‘real life’ learning, providing high quality resources and planning for a balance of knowledge and skill based learning.

Long term planning frameworks reflect our high expectations for the teaching of Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening. These frameworks ensure continuity and progression.

The curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • acquire a wide vocabulary and understanding of grammar
  • appreciate our rich and varied literacy heritage
  • write clearly and coherently, adapting language and style in, and for, a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations and participating in debate

 

Art

Our aim, in the teaching of Art, is to provide the necessary tools, techniques, skills and opportunities to stimulate the children and develop their creativity.

From Nursery to Year 6, children have opportunities to explore a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture. As the children develop and explore new techniques they will work collaboratively to produce large scale pieces and paintings.

Each class will also develop their knowledge of various artists, architects and designers. They are encouraged to engage in their own research and from opinions about the work of others.

The school is a vibrant, colourful environment and the children are surrounded by stimulating displays and other artists’ work, inside and outside the school. The work children produce in art lessons is displayed and valued.

 

Science

In Science we aim to create a sense of ‘Awe and Wonder’ for our children, in relation to the world around them.

Through a practical, hands on approach children are encouraged to explore, investigate, observe, hypothesise and reason when learning.

The development of a ‘Science Lab’ enables science to be taught in a real life context, with children wearing safety goggles and lab coats for science lessons as well as using i-pads to further research scientific concepts.

Through the introduction of the new National Curriculum 2014 we aim for all pupils to develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. With specific Chemistry, Biology and Physics units the children develop an understanding of all aspects of science.

We also aim to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, to enable the children to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them and communicate their understanding at their own level.

 

P.E.

A high quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

At Key Stage 1, pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident, and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and co-ordination, both individually and with others.

At Key Stage 2, pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.

At Evelyn, we have a proud heritage of competing at a high level in many sports teams such as football, netball, rugby, swimming, cricket etc. We have a ‘Wall of Fame’ which displays our elite athletes’ achievements and showcases our competitions and our successes. We have strong links to other schools, sports co-ordinators and clubs and are proud of our P.E. curriculum.

 

Design Technology

Our aim for Technology is to develop the confidence and competence to identify, examine and solve real life problems. Pupils develop appropriate vocabulary to design, make and evaluate. This is an integral part of all teaching and learning.

The pupils are given opportunities to develop their capabilities in order to produce accurate work, while giving thought to the constraints of time and cost. A variety of hand tools, materials and equipment is used with thought to safety. At all times the pupils are encouraged to develop their evaluative skills and to take pride in their ability to design and make.

Our theme weeks give children the opportunity to consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding of structures, textiles and food technology.

From Nursery to Year 6 children are given the opportunity to extend and consolidate their knowledge in a progressive framework.

 

PSHCE/Philosophy/Relax Kids/Wellbeing/Values for Living

These themes are explored from Nursery through to Year 6. Areas which are dealt with in appropriate year groups include:

  • Friendship
  • Respect
  • Feelings
  • Bullying
  • Growing Up
  • Attendance
  • Absence
  • Punctuality
  • Relaxation
  • Personal wellbeing
  • Meditation
  • Asking rich questions

The children are introduced to, and learn, many aspects of life through our numerous visitors and external visits. We encourage the children to follow our one school rule which is: Respect for ourselves, for others and for the world. We aim to make every child feel important, to have self-respect and respect for others.

 

History

Through learning about the past, children will be encouraged to train the mind in a disciplined way, through the use of knowledge, application, analysis and judgement – leading to a greater understanding of the past and present.

We aim in History to develop the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of features of past societies, with particular reference to similarity and difference, change and continuity.

Through learning about their own and other cultures, our children will be given a sense of self respect for themselves and others.

History will inform pupils of the customs and beliefs of the society in which they live. We aim to develop a knowledge of chronology, with which the children can organize their understanding of the past. We encourage children to compare and contrast different periods in history through a particular theme eg. warfare, slavery and culture.

We aim to help children to distinguish between historical facts and the interpretation of those facts.

The use of history enhanced provision areas further extend the children’s understanding of various historical periods.

At Evelyn CP School, children have access to a wide range of sources of evidence and are encouraged to apply the skills of the historian in order to question evidence provided by artefacts, pictures and sources such as books and video.

We aim to provide many different experiences for the children to extend their knowledge and opinions. As well as school-based resources we encourage every class to visit museums or galleries. We also invite outside speakers, which include the Archaeology department at Liverpool University, and drama companies.

 

R.E.

Religious Education supports our children in reflecting upon, developing and affirming their own beliefs, values and attitudes. This is done through an exploration of shared human experiences and the place and significance of religion in the contemporary world. The 6 main religions are covered so that children have knowledge and respect for them. Our main emphasis is on Christianity. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural developments are stimulated and encouraged through this subject. The School has adopted the Wirral Agreed Syllabus.
Computing

The approach we use in school is cross-curricular, with computing permeating into all other curriculum areas. A Computing Champion works with each class to ensure Teaching and Learning is of a high standard.

Our aims in using computing are that all children will:

  • Enjoy using computing and tackle all applications with confidence and a sense of achievement
  • Develop practical skills in the use of computing and the ability to apply these skills to the solving of problems
  • Use computing as a tool for developing knowledge, skills and understanding for other curriculum areas
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of computing and the implications and consequences of its use

All classes have access to laptops and ipads with internet access and a central printer. We are continually evaluating and updating our software to ensure it is appropriate. All staff receive regular training. Interactive whiteboards are located in classrooms in each area of the school. Parents of KS2 children are required to give permission for their child to use the internet. Internet access is always supervised.
Music

At Evelyn CP School we ensure that all children are involved in music making which helps them to develop as musicians. We encourage creativity, expression and communication so that all children can develop confidence through successful engagement with music.

A broad range of musical styles and games are represented in the curriculum. Each class also looks at the lives of different classical composers with more of an in-depth study during the year. We value the contribution that everyone makes to the musical life of our school and nurture the capacity that all individuals have to express themselves through music.
Geography

Our aim in Geography is to ignite pupil curiosity and enquiry. Opportunities are provided for pupils to share their understanding about the world they know and to develop a deeper knowledge of the wider world.

The planning of teaching and learning in Geography allows pupils to develop and make progress using a real life, skills based and creative approach. Throughout the school, geographical enquiry, skills and fieldwork form an important part of pupils’ work and development in Geography.

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Poetry

Here are some poems for each year group to read.  We are sure you will enjoy learning the new vocabulary. Some of these titles have links to the poem on the internet (click on the red titles). Why not try and find out some more about the poem and the poet on the internet or in your local library?

Year 6
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning

Year 5

The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Year 4

Mary Celeste by Judith Nicholls
Skimbleshanks by TS Eliot

Year 3

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

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