Curriculum at Pratts Bottom
At Pratts Bottom Primary School, we want our children to experience a broad, relevant and enriching curriculum that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
This involves learning about our own locality and its history as well developing an understanding of other UK and global communities which are characterised by a diversity of ethnicity, religious belief, culture and custom.
Our cross-curricular topics are designed to ensure that children have opportunities to develop these goals while reinforcing core English skills of reading and writing.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics is divided into Number and the Number System, Number Operations and Calculation, Money, Measures, Geometry and Statistics. Children develop their understanding of abstract concepts in Mathematics by starting to use and understand concrete examples before moving into pictorial representations. Fluency in Mathematics is vital so the acquisition of addition and subtraction facts as well as a fast recall of times tables is incredibly important; having this knowledge enables children to focus on new learning more efficiently and accurately. Children also develop their ability to explain and reason in Mathematics - if they are able to share what they know and justify their ideas mathematically, they are developing a deeper understanding of this important subject.
Teaching whole class mathematics is an area of our School Improvement Plan which the staff and senior leaders have been working hard to improve on this year. Earlier in the year a Maths Workshop was held for parents to highlight clear strategies and way to support children’s mathematic development at home. The powerpoint for this workshop is below.
We have also worked hard to develop a Calculation Policy (see below). This policy outlines the different strategies used throughout the school for the four different operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This document show the progression for the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6.
There is also more guidance in the attached document from the Mathematics National Curriculum.
Mathematics Appendix 1: Examples of formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
An assembly is held every day. Under the 1944 Education Act, Section 25, parents have the right to withdraw their child from religious education and worship. We end our week with a celebration assembly on a Friday afternoon; all parents are invited to attend.
PHSE Education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme for the whole primary school from Years F1 and 2 through to Year 6 (ages 3-11). It was launched in July 2013 and hundreds of schools across the country are using it.
For more information on Jigsaw please click here.
Children first acquire language through listening, thinking and talking. These early skills remain vital as they grow older and are the foundation for the development of reading and writing.
Our small teaching groups at Pratts Bottom give valuable opportunities for discussion and co-operation. Children are encouraged to listen carefully and to express themselves clearly to adults and other children. Our aim is to develop courtesy and confidence in listening and speaking.
In KS1 the children are grouped for phonics sessions each day and the main scheme followed is Letters and Sounds. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. For more information about letters and sounds please click here.
Most children at Pratts Bottom learn to read through the Oxford Reading Tree scheme which extends into Key Stage 2. We also have a wide range of supplementary material to meet the needs of individuals. The teaching of reading continues throughout the school, with particular attention to comprehension and information finding. Our own well stocked school library is supplemented by reading corners in every classroom.
Children are given opportunities to write for many purposes, often inspired by their own direct experience. Fluency is encouraged by the process of drafting with the chance it gives to reflect on the use of words and on the need for clarity of punctuation and spelling. Children are encouraged to take care in the preparation of their work and pride in its presentation. The school has recently purchased a no nonsense spelling scheme.
The science teaching at Pratts Bottom aims for the scientific development of the pupils in our care. It is based on the encouragement of rational thinking, of ways of finding out about their world and environment, of willingness and ability to seek and use evidence. It involves the gradual building of a framework of ideas (concepts and knowledge) through experiment and testing and the use of these ideas to make sense of further experience. It includes the growth of readiness to be independent in thinking but open to new evidence and to be critical of one's own ideas and the ideas of others. The classroom activities will be a combination of physical skills, process skills, attitudes and concepts.
All of the children have regular "hands on" experience of computers. The programs used cover many areas of the curriculum and are updated regularly. Each classroom has a bank of computers linked to the network and printer/s. All networked computers have access to the Internet. Whilst children are protected by “fire-walls” to the Internet, parents and children are required to sign an agreement to the safe/correct use of the Internet.
P.E and Health Education
All children have regular P.E. lessons covering gymnastic and athletic activities, games and dance. We make use of the school’s large playing field for a variety of outdoor activities. We follow the National Curriculum guidelines and the Val Sabin for Dance.
We employ sports coaches to give particular skilled instruction in a variety of sports. Last year the children enjoyed football, rugby, netball, cricket, tennis, swimming and athletics.
Due to the number of children, extra sporting activities are arranged within the Small Schools Cluster. Last year we took part in kwik cricket, football and rounders as well as inter school sports skills activities.
Children are given practical experience of the value of exercise and fitness, together with teaching on other aspects of health and drug abuse. The school achieved Healthy School Status in October 2007, confirming the hard work done in school by the children, staff and parents to promote healthy eating, a healthy lifestyle and a healthy learning mind. We continue to promote a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain our Healthy Schools Status.
Our sex education programme is delivered to the upper Key Stage 2 class by the local health authority nurse who is attached to the school. Parents are invited to see the content of her lesson prior to it being given to the children and the view of any parent not wishing their child to take part is respected.