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.docx
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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.docx
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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. 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’.

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

English

book band objectives.docx
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Our aim at Kimberley Primary School is to develop a long life passion for reading as well as the necessary skills to decode and understand a wide range of texts so as to provide children with the essential skills  for life. Reading is taught primarily through a rigorous phonics programme from Nursery to the end of KS1 although other strategies are taught through shared, guided and modelled reading. This includes the ability to understand the text and infer. During KS2, some children may benefit from phonic based activities but the focus now shifts to comprehension and inference skills through a wide range of genres.

For those children who find reading difficult we provide interventions such as ‘Switch on Reading’ which are designed to accelerate progress. These are administered by trained members of staff.

 

We use the Accelerated Reader programme for children who are at a competent level of reading.  This enables them to read a variety of books within a 'zone of proximity' which has been carefully matched to their comprehension ability following assessments.  After they have read the book, the pupils complete a quiz related to their book and, if they achieve 70% or more, they go on to choose another book.  They complete Star Reader assessments every half term to check their progress.

 

Guided Reading sessions enable teachers to concentrate on comprehension skills with smaller groups of children.  These sessions are led by teachers and teaching assistants and enable children to study a book or piece of text in more detail.

 

Throughout school, teachers read aloud to their classes several times a week. We value reading aloud and recognise that sharing a text is a special time despite the time pressures of the curriculum.

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. 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).

Maths

At Kimberley Primary School we work hard to foster a love for mathematical curiosity. We develop basic skills from Early Years through to the end of Key Stage Two and the children use and apply these daily through investigation and enquiry. We work practically in maths, using materials and resources that help the children to develop quite abstract concepts and make them more accessible. Helping at home with this is easy and looking for opportunities to do a little bit of maths each day should be encouraged. Children learn through doing and when they understand purpose and for this reason we ask children to apply their skills to real life problem solving activities. We make cross-curricular links to other subjects such as science, geography and ICT to help children understand the usefulness of these skills in everyday life.

Science

Science is taught at Kimberley Primary School from Early Years through to Year 6 following the guidelines set out by Development Matters and the 2014 Primary National Curriculum.  Our curriculum uses knowledge of scientific processes and methods, scientific enquiry skills as well as an understanding of the nature of science.

 

Through science, our children are encouraged to think scientifically, question the world around them and have an ability to explain processes and concepts by using scientific language.  Our children are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about science that in turn will help create scientists for the future.

Art and Design

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 2014 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 our teaching of art, making links with other curriculum areas. Each year as a whole school, we study the life and work of three different artists. This academic year, 2015-2016, we are studying Andy Goldsworthy [Autumn term 2015], Kandinsky [Spring term 2016] and Monet [Summer term 2016].

We make links with The Kimberley School art department through termly network meetings, providing our children with opportunities to take part in art work at The Kimberley School.

Specific work being taught in art 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.

Computing

What equipment do we have?

 

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.

 

1 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.

 

2 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.

 

4 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.

 

Design and 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 2014 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 currciulum areas.

We make links with The Kimberley School through termly network meetings, providing our children with opportunities to work with staff from The Kimberley School on DT projects.

Specific work being taught in Design and Technology in each year group each term, can be found on individual class website pages.

 

The subject 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. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.

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 in the Autumn 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.

Languages

At Kimberley Primary school we teach French as a second language. From Early Years children encounter French through games and greetings while taking the register. These skills and encounters 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

At Kimberley Primary School, all children are encouraged to sing daily through assembly. Some classes are taught music by the class teachers, others are taught by regular supply teachers during part of the teachers’ PPA time.

 

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

 

We have just brought into a new scheme ‘Charanga music’ which we are looking forward to using throughout school to help 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 untuned percussion instruments and in Year 3 are given the opportunity to learn the recorder. 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.

R.E.

Curriculum Cycle for RE
The document is an overview of which aspects of RE are usually taught in each term and year group
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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 beliefs and values practices and ways of life, forms of expressing meaning, identity, diversity and belonging, meaning purpose and truth, values and commitment. They will achieve this through asking and exploring a range of answers to questions about life, individuals and society. We aim to develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own; living in a society of diverse religions.

 

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.