CURRICULUM Our Curriculum Approach Phonics Phonics screening Writing Spelling Punctuation & Grammar Maths Computing Science RE PSHE PE Our Curriculum Approach At Burfield we offer a narrow and deep curriculum which is focussed on allowing our children to build key skills and knowledges to become active and joyous citizens. We follow the national curriculum for England. We currently follow a topic based approach, focussing on English and Maths in the mornings, with topic lessons, PE, RE and Science in the afternoons. All children are taught PSHE once a week via the programme Jigsaw. If you would like any more information on our curriculum, please contact us. Phonics Phonics We use the phonics programme Read, Write Inc across our Academy. This video explains how the approach works, how we teach phonics and how you can support this vital learning at home. http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-1-understanding-read-write-inc-phonics/ It is very important that children’s first experiences of sounds are ‘pure’ (e.g. the letter M says mmmm not muh). This helpful video gives you examples of how to make all the pure sounds. We ask that you don’t teach your child any letter names, until they are confident with their sounds. http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/sound-pronunciation-guide/ You can also find a wider selection of videos here http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/ which may help you support your child with reading at home. Some parents/carers have found it helpful to purchase their own set of sound cards so that you have similar resources at home to school. If you want to do this, we ask that you only purchase RWI materials so that children are only shown these images and letters. You can buy the first set for approximately £5 here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0198386710/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=569136327&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=019846035X&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=4X0R9J5CAH6P5ATEF38W Phonics screening Phonics Screening All children nationally are assessed in phonics at the end of Year One (usually in June). This assessment is undertaken by their teacher or another senior adult at school and asks children to sound out and read a number of real words as well as ‘alien words’. There are lots of games you can play to help your child become more confident at sounding and blending real and pseudo words. The phonics play and ICT games websites have lots of free, interactive games as well as some paid-for options http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/InteractiveResources.htm http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html Writing Writing We use the Talk for Writing approach at Burfield. We believe that children need to be able to say their sentences out loud before they will be able to write them. You can see some examples of Talk for Writing here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOeSoTz22jg) and here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdvJZD-cplg). Spelling Punctuation & Grammar Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar have become an increasingly important part of the National Curriculum. All children at Burfield learn Spelling as part of their Read, Write Inc phonics sessions. In addition, children in Year One and above have a weekly spelling test. This is based on common, high frequency words which they will use often as well as the words they are learning to spell in phonics. Grammar and Punctuation are taught every day in our English lessons. You can find more information on the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar requirements of the National Curriculum here (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335190/English_Appendix_2_-_Vocabulary_grammar_and_punctuation.pdf) Maths Maths We follow a Mastery approach to maths and are very excited to be joining the full Maths Mastery programme in September 2017. We follow the Maths Mastery Curriculum Map, as shown below. Primary-Curriculum-Map-2016-Y1-to-5-FINAL (1) SOS! How to avoid maths panic and support learning at home Computing The new national curriculum states the importance of children in the UK being ‘computer literate’ and at Burfield Academy all our classrooms have interactive whiteboards. Our pupils also have regular access to chromebooks and I pads in the classroom to aid learning. We aim to equip our young people with the skill-set and knowledge of computing that they will need for the rest of their life’s to enable them to participate in a digital world. From September 2014, pupils will cover new aspects which differ from the previous ICT curriculum. Our pupils will be expected to develop knowledge, skill and understanding in: the use of sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; working with variables and various forms of input and output; using logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs; computer networks including the internet, how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration; the effective use of search technologies, appreciating how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content; selecting, using and combining a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information; using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognising acceptable /unacceptable behaviour; identifying a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. Science We aim to develop an awareness and understanding of the importance of science in everyday life with our pupils, by stimulating their curiosity and sparking their imaginations. Pupils will develop their skills in scientific enquiry by: asking questions and planning scientific enquiries; observing and recording their observations; performing tests and understanding the need for a ‘fair test’; identifying and classifying plants, animals and materials; identify similarities and differences; gather and record data, draw conclusions; use evidence to suggest answers to questions. RE Religious Education We follow the East Sussex agreed RE syllabus ‘A Journey of Discovery’ which you can find here https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/teachinglearning/curriculum/religiouseducation/Documents/East%20Sussex%20RE%20syllabus/RESyllabus1.pdf PSHE PSHE We follow a mindful approach to PSHE called Jigsaw. We have chosen this approach as we believe that all of our children need to be able to identify and manage their own feelings and emotions, promoting a growing awareness of mental health and well-being as children grow older. You can find out more about Jigsaw here http://www.jigsawpshe.com/ PE We will soon be publishing information on our PE Curriculum. 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