At Mabe Community Primary School we work on a rolling programme for Foundation/Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 due to all of the classes across the school being mixed age. Pupils remain in each class for a minimum of 2 years; apart from some pupils in Class 1, and so our mixed age curriculum ensures pupils always visit different topics in every year of their schooling.
The two rolling programmes are based on the New 2014 National Curriculum and were developed alongside Cornwall County consultants.
We operate a 2 year rolling programme across the school. The EYFS curriculum is built into the rolling programme planned for our KS1 pupils. Topics will vary over the years but every year; all pupils are taught the appropriate skills for their year group. Class teachers carefully differentiate for each year group and for individual pupil needs. The topics for each term are all cross curricular and we base our curriculum on what pupils want to find out about the topic. This is evidenced in our ‘Working walls’.
In English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, ICT, Physical Education, Modern Foreign Languages, PSHE, RE and Music we follow the National Curriculum (see below for approaches to teaching reading, writing, phonics, spelling and maths).
For further information on The Inspire Curriculum, please click here.
To view the new National Curriculum, what needs to be taught and end of year expectations please click here.
Our R.E schemes of work are based on the Cornwall SACRE Agreed Syllabus while in PSHE we base our curriculum on the ‘SEAL scheme of work supplemented by a rolling programme covering topics such as ‘first aid’ and ‘sex and relationship education’.
The Teaching of Reading
The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:
Our teaching focuses on developing children's competence in both dimensions.
Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This is why phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading in Class 1 when they start school.
Comprehension skills develop through children’s experience of high-quality discussion in guided reading sessions that take place a various formats at least 3 times a week, reading a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All children are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.
In Class 1 and Class 2, for those children needing support with their phonetic awareness, we employ extra TA support based on an initial Year 1 screening.
Targeted children are also listened to read on a daily basis and intervention groups for comprehension and guided reading are also set up for those children in Class 3 and Class 4.
Children from Year 2 upwards have their own Accelerated Reader account to practice comprehension skills on completion of a home reading book. The Accelerated Reader scheme also provides a child's
reading age, this ensures the children are reading the correct reading material for their ability.
For our early readers, our reading books are all banded in 16 stages. We regularly monitor progress through these stages recording start and finish times in each band.
To develop positive attitudes towards reading we have our Karate Reading initiative to encourage home reading. Diaries are checked regularly for parent comments and bands are awarded weekly depending on the numer of reads.
If you require further information about our view on reading, please click on the policy document below.
The Teaching of Writing
The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 are constructed similarly to those for reading:
Our teaching focuses on developing Children’s competence in these two dimensions. In addition, children are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing.
When teaching transcription, children are taught to spell quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between letters and sounds and understanding the word structure and spelling structure of particular words.
When teaching effective composition, it involves forming, articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them in an appropriate way for the reader. Children are taught how to show clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and develop an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. The children have the opportunity to learn how to write a variety of genres throughout their time at Mabe, which are often linked to a particular topic being covered that half term. Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting. Children are required to join their handwriting consistently from Year 3 upwards and are taught some of the skills of joining towards the end of Year 2.
The Teaching of SPaG
The children's writing skills are centred around spelling, grammar and punctuation. Opportunities for us to enhance the children's vocabulary arise naturally from their reading and writing.
As vocabulary increases, we show children how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use,
figurative language. We also teach children how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning.
Children are taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English.
Throughout the school, the children are taught the vocabulary they need to discuss their reading, writing and spoken language. It is important that the children learn the correct grammatical terms therefore these terms are integrated within teaching of SPaG.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1, Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics are used to develop spelling. In Key Stage 2 partiular spelling pattrens are taught and are centred around the Year 3/4 and Year5/6 satutory spelling lists. Weekly spelllig related homework is given out in various forms across all classes.
Grammar & Punctuation
The statutory grammatical terms for each year are taught separately or as part of a particular genre. To support the teaching of grammar and punctuation we use a scheme developed by Collins connect which ensures indepth coverage and progression across Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
If you require further information about the grammatical terms your child needs to learn, please click on the document below.
If you require further information about our view on writing, please click on the policy document below.
Planning, Learning and Teaching:
We are currently in the process of adopting the White Rose mastery approach to teaching Mathematics across the whole school. The children are taken on a journey through concrete, pictorial and abstract representations of concepts. This is broken down into four key phases:
(a) Children begin by exploring the concept through practical/play types experiences and gain knoweldge through teacher input (via PowerPoint presentations, video clips, display etc). (Knowledge phase)
(b) They then practise applying their knowledge (Fluency phase)
(c) The next stage involves explaining/probing e.g. What is the same and what is the difference between 1/2 and 2/4? (Reasoning phase)
(d) Finally, they show skills of mastery by problem solving (Depth phase)
The four phases are colour coded, which the children understand. Learning in books and on our Maths working wall displays are coded in this fashion. It is important to note that the phases form a continuum and some children will need to spend longer gaining knowledge and practising fluency skills. Others might access the reasoning and depth phases with greater speed and spend more time in these areas. The theory behind this approach is that all children access the same concept, but some will need their learning broadening. The notion is that we aim for breadth rather than accessing learning from the year above.
It is important to note that number is at the core of the children's mastery learning.
As Year 1 children are split between two classes, it is imperative that both teachers are covering the same content. Regular conversation between staff ensure that this happens.
Presentation: Children from Year 2 upwards are expected to record their Maths learning in a specific manner, as explained on the inside cover of their books. Year 1 pupils are encouraged to work towards presenting their learning in this fashion.
Self-assessment, Markng and Feedback: Children are asked to self-assess their own learning using our whole school 'traffic-light' system. We also ask them to think about which phase they are in on our Maths working wall display. Children assess their learning against colour-coded success crieria (identifying where they feel they are now and what their next steps will be). Teachers then mark the learning in accordance with our whole school Maths marking policy. Children should read marking from a previous session, make corrections and act on advice provided before continuing with the next piece of learning. Children should know and understand their half-termly targets (which are written in their target booklets and shared with parents). Children have their target booklets accessible during each Maths lesson and are involved in the reviewing process at the end of each half term. New targets are set at the begin of each half term and sent home for parents to read and sign. We believe that it is extremely important for parents to be involved in their children's learning process.
Each child has their own Mathletics login for use at school as well as at home. Teachers can control the content activated at a specific time to reflect themes covered in school. Mathletics helps the children practise key skills and they can choose to compete against others if they wish.
Times Tables Facts:
Children need to know all of the multiplication and associated division facts up to 12 x 12 = 144 by the end of Year 4. The government have stated that national testing will take place from next year (2019). Understanding the concepts of muliplication and division begins in Year 1 and is reinforced and extended in Year 2. As children begin Year 2, we feel they are ready to be tested on their 2, 5 and 10 times table facts. Children strive to reach the top of Class 2's 'Multiplication Mountain.' This requires support and encouragement from home. It is essential that children can answer questions with speed and accuracy. Knowing times table facts is crucial and provides the foundation for learning in many other areas of Maths, such as fractions, decimals, percentages, area, perimeter and time. If children know their tables facts by heart, they can solve problems with increased speed and accuracy.
Below are a range of useful documents/links to websites so that you can help your child at home. You will also find our Maths and Calculation Policies. Please remember that we are here for support if you need us at any point.
To find out what topics and activities your child will be learning this term, please visit individual class pages.
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Number Day at Mabe!
Along with many other schools nationally, Mabe celebrated Number Day on Friday 2nd February. The day had the dual aims of: (a) raising money for the NSPCC and (b) putting the core subject of Mathematics in the spotlight. For the donation of £1, children came to school wearing numbers, shapes or patterns. Look at the photos to see how creative some of us were! We wanted to share our day, and indeed our Maths learning, with our parents, so they were invited along for the morning. Children, staff and parents gathered in the hall for a Maths assembly, where we shared our feelings about the subject and saw just how much fun it could be. We thought it was very interesting that when posed the question, “Did/do you enjoy Maths learning at school?” only 20% of the 40 adults in attendance agreed, whereas over 80% of the children raised their hands! Then parents were invited to watch Maths in action, from the little ones in the nursery up to our 11 year olds in Class 4. Maths sessions were fun, interactive and full of learning. Parents commented that their children’s experiences were different from their own! After breaktime, Maths continued in each class whilst Mrs Pearce and Mr Hayes talked to the parents in the hall. They shared teaching methods and advice. Parents were given helpful tips on a handout and were reassured that they could come and see us for support at any time.
Parent comments included “It was great to see all the children ready to learn and excited, ”It was lovely to see Maths so active and the children worked together so well” and “There has been a lot of effort to make sure the parents can help their children with a joined up approach with the school.” This positive response and the smiles on the children’s faces made us feel that the day was a success. We will certainly consider holding Number Day on an annual basis. Many thanks to all involved!