Organisation

In Early Years and Primary Education, schooling is split into three distinct phases of learning. They are:

Early Years

At Kimberley Primary School our Early Years Foundation Stage  (children aged 3-5 years) embodies the four key themes and principles as outlined in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014, Dfe):

A Unique Child – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person;
Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning;
Learning and Development – Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

The framework sets the standards that we as practitioners at Kimberley Primary School must meet to ensure that the children in our care learn & develop well, that we keep children healthy & safe & that children have the knowledge & skills they need to start school.

Key Stage 1

Key Stage One consists of Year 1 and Year 2. The children enter Key Stage 1 from the Foundation Stage. The children in Key Stage 1 are entitled to the curriculum content and learning set out by the National Curriculum, 2014. 

We concentrate in Key Stage 1 on building upon the knowledge, skills and understanding established through the Early Years making sure that the children both progress academically as well as emotionally and socially. We foster a love for learning and encourage strong attitudes to working hard to achieve the best. In Key Stage 1 we start to form joined handwriting as we become more confident and competent at this very difficult skill. Reading at home and school is also a strong element of Key Stage 1. 

Year 1 & 2 Curriculum Cycle A
A guide to what the children will be covering in 2016/17.
year 1 2 cycle A.pdf
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Year 1 & 2 Curriculum Cycle B
A guide to what the children will be learning about in 2017-18.
year 1 2 cycle B.pdf
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Key Stage 2

Key Stage Two consists of four year groups starting at Year 3 and ending at Year 6. The children in Key Stage Two are aged between 7 and 11.  At the end of Key Stage Two the children leave Kimberley Primary School and move onto a secondary school of the family’s choice.

 

Our feeder school is The Kimberley School. In Key Stage Two, the children study 11 National Curriculum subjects. Additionally, they also study a language and the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

 

There are no statutory tests for the children until they reach the end of Year Six. However, we are constantly assessing the children’s progress in a range of ways. During the statutory tests, the children are assessed in reading; grammar, punctuation and spelling and maths. The teacher provides a writing assessment level based on the child’s typical performance in writing over time. At Kimberley Primary School, the children are currently taught in mixed year groups spanning three classes. The teacher’s liaise together for planning and assessment in order that all the children get the same ‘deal’.

Key Stage Two consists of four year groups starting at Year 3 and ending at Year 6. The children in Key Stage Two are aged between 7 and 11.  At the end of Key Stage Two the children leave Kimberley Primary School and move onto a secondary school of the family’s choice.

 

Our feeder school is The Kimberley School. In Key Stage Two, the children study 11 National Curriculum subjects. Additionally, they also study a language and the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

 

There are no statutory tests for the children until they reach the end of Year Six. However, we are constantly assessing the children’s progress in a range of ways and have three formal assessment weeks, one in the autumn, one in the spring and one in the summer. During the statutory tests, the children are assessed in reading; grammar, punctuation and spelling and maths. The teacher provides a writing assessment level based on the child’s typical performance in writing over time. At Kimberley Primary School, the children are currently taught in single year groups from Y1-Y3 and two classes mixed (Y4/5 and Y5/6).   The teachers liaise together for planning and assessment in order that all the children get the same learning experiences.

Year 3, 4 & 5 Curriculum Cycle A
A guide to what the children will be learning about in 2016/17.
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Year 3 - A guide to what your child will be learning about in 2017-18
y 3 cycle B.docx
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Year 4,5 & 6 - A guide to what your child will be learning about in 2017-18
4, 5, 6 cycle B.pdf
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Year 4,5 & 6 - A guide to what your child will be learning about in 2018-19
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The National Curriculum

English

Kimberley Primary School provides a Literacy rich learning environment where children take pride in their written work. Children work to high and clear expectations and are taught through a variety of teaching styles that interest, inspire and excite our writers - this includes the use of multi-modal stimuli such as videos, music, picture books, sounds and computer based work. Written tasks are purposeful with many cross-curricular links. Kimberley is committed to raising standards in English and ensure progression in line with the New National Curriculum (2014).

How do we teach Writing at Kimberley?

 

      Key experiences for all pupils:

-       An author or poet visit at least once a year

-       The opportunity to take part in a national writing competition (500 words)

-       The opportunity to take part in a poetry competition (year group/school based)

-       Access to high quality texts to challenge, enthuse and engage

-       Access to a wide range of written material both fiction and non-fiction

-       The opportunity to perform in a play

-       A homework diary which includes grammar and punctuation terminology

-       A homework diary which includes pages to record creative sentences and vocabulary

 

How we teach writing:

At Kimberley, we recognise that children learn how to write and how to compose at different rates.  We teach them the core skills of spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence construction within an English curriculum that is wide ranging and interesting. 

When planning we consider the following aspects of teaching writing:

The use of core texts, where possible, linking to cross curricular themes

-       A progression of teaching which includes:

o   Exploring text type through reading

o   Identification of structure and language features

o   Modelled writing

o   Shared writing

o   Supported composition

o   Guided and independent writing in a range of curriculum subjects

We also…

-       Ensure there is an opportunity to draft, edit and publish writing every half term

-       Use drama to support the writing process

-       Facilitate class discussions and partner work in order to generate ideas

-       Complete high quality marking which enables the children to reflect and respond to their work

-       Give opportunities for peer and self-assessment

-       Use targets to help pupils move their writing forward

-       The chance to compose an extended piece of writing each week

How do we teach Spelling at Kimberley Primary School?

 

At Kimberley, we teach children how to spell, using a variety of strategies.  These include:

 

-       Phonics to help children segment and blend letters to spell the word

-       Looking at and practising phonetic patterns

-       Use of the ‘No nonsense’ spelling programme from Y2 to Y6. This includes:

-       Investigating the spelling patterns of words

-       Investigating the meaning of prefixes and suffixes

-       Finding ‘root’ words (eg:  fort = strong, fortress, fortitude, fortify)

-       How prefixes and suffixes attach to root words to form new words

-       Devising rules and flow charts to help with spelling

-       Spelling games and activities will take place around the focus for the week

-       Children also have their own English journal where they  are able to try out words using the    ‘Have a go’ method

-       All children will have access to dictionaries appropriate to their age

-       Children will have spelling homework when appropriate

-       A homework diary which includes key words for Y3-6 and commonly confused word lists

-       A homework diary which illustrates the handwriting style used at Kimberley.

How do we teach reading at Kimberley?

 

 

At Kimberley, we teach children to read, and understand what they are reading, using a variety of strategies.  These include:

 

-       Phonics to help children segment and blend letters to read the word

-       Accelerated Reader – a scheme where children take a test to identify a ‘reading zone’ which they then use to choose books from our library.  They then take quizzes on the books to check on their understanding.

-       Reciprocal Reading takes place in Guided reading sessions.  This involves children discussing a book or text in depth with their teacher or teaching assistant.

-       Reading for pleasure – children get time  to enjoy reading a book, magazine, newspaper or comic

-       Booster or Reading Intervention – one to one or group work to support or extend a child’s reading ability.

-       Reading to an adult – to give children practice in reading aloud and enable teachers to check on the child’s decoding and comprehension skills

-       Encouraging children to read at least 4 times a week at home

 

Your child will have stamps in their diary to show you the type of reading they have done in school: A guided Reading stamp means that they have taken part in a Guided Reading session.  A blue book stamp means they have read to an adult in school.

Maths

Each class has a minimum of one hour of maths every day.  In addition to this, a discrete arithmetic lesson is taught every week and follow-up activities take place at various times in the week to consolidate and practise mental and written calculation.  Cross-curricular links are also created in many other subjects and children are regularly exposed to real life problems which give maths a context.  Maths at Kimberley Primary School focuses of fluency, reasoning and problem solving and a lot of work is happening with the children to enable them to persevere to solve problems, investigate concepts and be able to explain their understanding to others.

 

Through our teaching, and in line with the 2014 National Curriculum, we give the children opportunities to:

 

·      become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

·      reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

·      can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

 

We encourage parents to support their child’s learning by:

·         Supporting them with their weekly homework.

·         Helping them to learn the multiplication tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of year 4.

·         Helping them to achieve targets set by the class teacher.

·         Providing their child with opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills through everyday    experiences.

Science

At Kimberley Primary and Nursery School, all children will experience a high-quality Science curriculum that develops their knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts through biology, chemistry and physics.

 

Our Early Years Foundation Stage actively encourages exploration and investigation both in the classroom and in our outdoor area.  Children are given the opportunity to look closely at plants, animals and materials; observing their features and talking about what they notice.  Adults promote children’s natural curiosity; supporting exploration, questioning and discovery and teaching how to care for the environment.

 

As our children progress into Key Stage 1, children develop their use of observations and ideas to answer scientific questions.  They perform simple experiments and gather and record data.  In Key Stage 1, children observe the seasonal changes that occur and make links between them and how they affect the world around us.  Children investigate animals, including humans; exploring the basic needs of living things, classifying animals and making links between plants and animals through the food chain.  Children learn to distinguish between objects and the materials they are made from.  They identify and compare materials and find out how the shape of some solid objects made from some materials can change shape.

 

Science in Key Stage Two enables pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world and develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. 

 

In Lower Key Stage Two, children learn how to perform simple fair tests and take measurements using a range of equipment.  Our children cover areas of science that include: rocks, light, forces and magnets, sound and electricity.

 

In Upper Key Stage Two, children move on to using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests.  Our children cover properties and changes of materials, Earth and space, forces and evolution and inheritance.

Art

Art and Design is taught at Kimberley Primary and Nursery School from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6, following the guidelines set out by Development Matters and the Primary National Curriculum. Our curriculum encompasses the essential core knowledge, understanding and skills that the children need to progress within the subject.

Wherever possible, we endeavour to take a cross curricular approach  to the teaching of Art and Design, making links with other curriculum areas. Specific work being taught in Art and Design in each year group each term, can be found on individual class website pages.

Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel, and think, through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed  judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enrich all our lives.

Key experiences for all pupils:

Experiences and expectations will differ within each Key Stage.

The following list shows examples of the types of experiences children will be offered:

·        Colour mixing, learning to work with water colours

·        Space art

·        Clay divas

·        Pencil work, portraits, observational drawings

·        Animal patterns

·        African art

·        Sculpting nature-plants

·        Life drawing with a range of materials

·        Chinese scroll paintings/Calligraphy

·        Sculpture- Terracotta army

·        Using sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.

·        Painting planets

·        Pop art

·        Clay pots, sculpture

·        Cave paintings

·        Egyptian art

·        Landscapes, water colours.

·        Opportunity to attend an art and craft club.

·        Family homework projects.

·        Trips and visits/ visitors into school to enhance the teaching and learning of Art and Design.

Design & Technology

Design and Technology is taught at Kimberley Primary and Nursery School from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6, following the guidelines set out by Development Matters and the Primary National Curriculum. Our curriculum encompasses the essential core knowledge, understanding and skills that the children need to progress within the subject. Design and Technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life.

Wherever possible, we endeavour to take a cross curricular approach  to the teaching of Design and Technology, making links with other curriculum areas. Specific work being taught in Design and Technology in each year group each term, can be found on individual class website pages.

Design and Technology encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices.

 

Key experiences for all pupils:

Experiences and expectations will differ within each Key Stage.

The following list shows examples of the types of experiences children will be offered:

  • Making and evaluating models, for example, houses, rockets, space ships, castles, fire engines, Viking long boats.
  • Building structures and exploring how they can be made stronger, for example, pyramid structures and containers.
  • Designing and making models with moving parts, for example, moving pets, moving skeletons, toy trains, musical instruments and torches.
  • Preparing healthy dishes to eat, for example, fruit kebabs, sandwiches and mini pizzas.
  • Exploring where food comes from.
  • Opportunity to attend an art and craft club.
  • Family homework projects.
  • Trips and visits/ visitors into school to enhance the teaching and learning of Design and Technology.

Computing

Kimberley Primary School has invested in a dedicated ICT suite with sixteen desktops and also an interactive whiteboard. The whiteboard allows teachers to better explain operations, tasks and processes to the children. The school also has a variety of different hardware, including control boxes and vehicles to teach control as well as iPads used for video production and animation among many other things.

The iPads, which can be taken into class and used during computing lessons, are also available to support other areas of the curriculum.

 

How does the school teach Computing?

 

The school uses the Nottinghamshire County Councils Computer Framework 2014 to inform the planning of the lesson this is linked closely to the National Curriculum.

One useful way of working is to put children in pairs. They can discuss problems with each other and suggest solutions – two heads are better than one! A lot of software packages allow the child or teacher to set the difficulty of the problems or the time in which they have to be solved. This helps teachers to provide work at the right level. When using the Internet, the teacher will usually find websites and direct the children to them, rather than letting the children search for themselves, which is a skilled and time-consuming task. Occasionally, the children will be required to search the internet to find information, the school does, however, use special software programs that stop children opening unsuitable websites. Both of these approaches are sensible, but not fool proof, no matter how much effort is made.

The children are taught the dangers of E-safety in all its forms and how to deal with problems they may face.

 

What do we have to teach?

 

In the Nottinghamshire County Councils Computer Framework 2014 there are four headings for what has to be taught in Computing –

Communication
Finding Out
Computing
e-Safety

Here’s a general overview of what this covers at Key Stages 1 and 2.

 

Finding things out

Finding and using information.
Choosing, saving, arranging and checking information.
Looking at saved work, understanding it and thinking about what could happen if there are mistakes in it.

 

Communications

Organising and developing ideas using text, charts, pictures, sound, etc.
Planning and carrying out instructions to make things happen and then seeing how well they worked.
Answering ‘What if…?’ questions.
Sharing digital outcomes.
Capturing music and video.
Through, for example, displays, posters, emails to friends and family.
Thinking about who is going to look at their work when planning it.

 

Computing - models, simulations and programming.

controlling a device by giving instructions.
using logical reasoning to detect and correct problems.  
exploring the effects of changing the variables in a simulation systematically.

 

 

Our children really enjoy Computing and at Kimberley Primary School we want to harness that enthusiasm to enhance their learning experience and drive their progression forward.

Geography

At Kimberley Primary School Geography is taught from Early Years through to Year 6. Our curriculum encompasses the essential core knowledge, understanding and skills that the children need to progress within the subject. We believe that the study of Geography helps children to develop a sense of place and identity within their world.  It also prepares children for their adult life through understanding society. Children are helped to develop an understanding of Geography through the study of places, the human and physical processes that shape them and the people who live in them.

 

Children learn that the physical world (rivers, mountains, glaciers, deserts etc.) affects the human world (location of settlements, links between settlements etc.). The teaching of Geography helps give children a sense of belonging both to their immediate environment and to the wider world. Special emphasis is placed on observing, comparing, describing, recording and questioning various aspects of different areas ranging from Kimberley to other localities of Britain, Europe and distant countries. A Year 5/6 residential field trip takes place bi-annually, in the Autumn term and a year 3 trip takes place in the Spring term to further develop their experiences of the environment.

History

At Kimberley Primary School History is taught from Early Years through to Year 6. Our curriculum encompasses the essential core knowledge, understanding and skills that the children need to progress within the subject. We believe that children are helped to develop an understanding of the past and how the past has helped to shape present day life, through the study of important events and developments in our history. Through this learning, our children will be able to acquire a wide variety of skills such as the ability to ask perceptive questions, to think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 

 

Wherever possible they are introduced to the evidence first hand e.g. during enrichment days in school, visits to museums or places of interest, documents, artefacts, pictures, photographs, music and computer based materials. Importance is also placed on the history of our own locality. The History curriculum will help children to gain an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change, as well as being aware of their own identity and the challenges of their time.

 

The children are taught that our past is what makes us what we are today, both as a nation and individuals.

Languages

At Kimberley Primary school we teach Spanish in Key Stage 2.  Language skills are developed throughout school so that children develop a passion and enjoyment for learning another language and what’s more, for learning about other cultures.

 

The study of languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.  Pupils use languages to communicate information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination.  Increased capability in the use of languages promotes initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.

Music

Music

At Kimberley Primary School, all children are encouraged to sing daily through assemblies and a regular hymn practice develops children’s repertoire. The children also listen to and appraise music where the history of Classical music and knowledge about instruments is explored. Some classes are taught music by the class teachers, others are taught by ‘Inspire’ the Nottinghamshire Music Hub specialist teachers.

 

Music in KS1 & KS2 is generally taught on a weekly basis but may at some point of the year be in larger blocks, for example in preparation for Christmas plays. In EYFS, music is integrated within the curriculum.

 

All children are given the opportunity to perform at some point during the year with Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children providing Christmas concerts and Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 performing a show at the end of the year.

 

We deliver Music in a variety of ways through given bought schemes such as ‘Music Express’ and aim to deliver a vibrant and inspiring curriculum where children are given the opportunity to listen to, compose and perform a variety of music. Where possible, music is linked to the topic but on occasions skills are taught as discrete areas. Children have access to a range of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, boomwhackers, bells and African drums and during Key Stage 2, children are provided with the opportunities to learn a musical instrument. Where possible, ICT links are used within music.

Physical Education

Physical Education is taught at Kimberley Primary School from The Early Year Foundation Stage to year six. In the Early years Foundation Stage it is called Physical Development and is one of the Prime Areas of learning. Our curriculum aims to deliver a high quality sporting curriculum which inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

 

Through our PE curriculum, the children become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. They are given opportunities to compete in sport and other activities which build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

 

We have a Sports Coach who comes in for 1.5 days a week to deliver high quality sport right across the school.  In addition, we run a variety of sporting after-school clubs and enter a wide range of competitive events.

R.E.

Our school follows the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus, approved by the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education [SACRE] which is the legal basis for religious education in Nottinghamshire.

Through the Religious Education curriculum, pupils have the opportunity to study many cultures and religions, to further their understanding of the multi-cultural society in which we live. Children are taught the key aspects of Christianity and the other five principal religions: Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism. They will have a secure knowledge of the people, stories and traditions that influence these six major religions. Children will be able to develop skills such as empathy, interpretation, expression and evaluation. RE lessons play a vital role in enhancing the school ethos by fostering attitudes such as self- understanding, enquiry and respect for others.

 

Key experiences for all pupils:

Experiences and expectations will differ within each Key Stage.

The following list shows examples of the types of experiences children will be offered:

Learning about :

·        Celebrations

·        Harvest Festival

·        Diwali

·        Hanukkah

·        Christmas

·        Special days, special signs, special beliefs, special people.

·        Bible stories

·        Questions that puzzle us.

·        Creation stories

·        Symbols

·        Passover

·        Easter

·        Stories Jesus told

·        Christianity

·        Islam

·        Judaism

·        Inspirational people in today’s world

·        Hinduism

·        Prayer

·        Sacred texts

·        Human Rights

·        The Holocaust

·        Visits to places of worship.

PSHE

As from September 2017, we are using the 3D PHSE Scheme of Work in school.

 

Key Stage 1 will study:

 

Healthy Lifestyles

Hygiene

Changing and Growing

Emotions

Keeping Safe

Communication

Bullying

Fairness

Family and Friends

Rules and Responsibilities

Communities

Money and Finance

 

In addition to the themes in Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 will also study:

 

Nutrition and Food

Aspirations

First Aid

Collaboration

Similarities and Differences

Healthy Relationships

Diversity

Discrimination

Enterprise