The Staff and Governors of Queenswood Primary School and Nursery believe that each child must have equal access to a rich, broad, balanced, and differentiated curriculum. The curriculum must be well matched to pupils’ ages, abilities, interests, aptitudes and individual needs so as to ensure that it is inclusive of all children. The curriculum needs to ensure pupils consistently achieve highly, particularly the significant proportion of disadvantaged pupils attending our school. Therefore our ambitious curriculum is designed to provide pupils with the knowledge, and the cultural capital (“the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said, and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement” NC 2014 3.1,3.2) needed to ensure success in later life.
For further details of our Curriculum, please download our full Curriculum Policy here.
The following documents shows the coverage of the National Curriculum across the age groups.
As we have mixed aged classes, the objectives from both the year groups will be planned on a two yearly cycle and in the academic year 2019/20, all classes are following the 'B' curriculum.
This curriculum is then broken down across the three terms:
In all subjects, it is our aim that children build on prior learning, and that over time they can demonstrate that they know more, can do more and understand concepts at a greater depth. To that end Queenswood have drawn on a range of research, DfE guidance, the national curriculum and published schemes, as well as collaborated with other schools locally to ensure a progression of skills is taught across all subjects. We have developed, as a school, our progression documents which all staff plan from in order to achieve this :
We use Read, Write Inc by Ruth Miskin as our primary phonics programme. This provides us with a structured, pacey programme for our Early Years Foundation Stage and year 1 children. We also use the programme to provide intervention support for those children identified as needing it. We also use the Read, Write Inc. Spelling programme from Y2 to Y6, which addresses the National Curriculum spelling programme expectations through a daily spelling lesson. You can find more information at the link below.
In order to provide our children with a structured way of thinking and talking about reading, we have adopted 'Reading Vipers' . Reading lessons take place daily, for 30 mins, talking about reading and responding to our reading in a variety of ways.
Mathematics at Queenswood
"Excellent teaching gives children the life chances they deserve... Enjoyment is the birthright of every child. But the most powerful mix is the one that brings the two together. Children learn better when they are excited and engaged - but what excites and engages them best is truly excellent teaching."
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Mathematics at Queenswood is based on the three main aims of the ‘New Primary Mathematics Curriculum 2014’ from Foundation Stage to Year 6. These aims are listed below.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
The new programmes of study for mathematics are set out year-by-year for key stages 1 and 2. Schools are, however, only required to teach the relevant programme of study by the end of the key stage. Within each key stage, schools therefore have the flexibility to introduce content earlier or later than set out in the programme of study. In addition, schools can introduce key stage content during an earlier key stage, if appropriate.
To find out more, please download our Maths Policy here (our Calculation Policy policy can be downloaded from the Progression section further up the page).
For a handy parents' guide to calculation, please download our leaflet.