Implementation

 
 

Early Years and Year 1 

In Foundation Stage, the pupils work through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is play based with short focus activities in small groups. Much of the planning for this is based on the children’s own interests. During the Autumn and Spring terms in Year 1, this approach continues and the content of the work is gradually developed into the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum 2014 so that by the Summer Term pupils are undertaking far more class-based lessons, taking the same format as all other year groups. The Global Citizenship themes are embedded within topics, with knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes taken from our Global Citizenship year group progression documents for both EYFS and Year 1. Children are taught phonics, reading and spelling in a manner suited to their age and ability. Phonics knowledge is screened using the National Phonics Screening Test in Y1 and Y2 when required. Jolly phonics and phase phonics are used from EYFS upwards.

 

Curriculum in Years 2 - 6

From Year 2 upwards children also follow the National Curriculum 2014 and study all the subjects thus involved. Our curriculum is 'knowledge rich' and there is a progression of knowledge and skills across all year groups, in every subject, so that prior learning can be retrieved and built upon. Subjects taught include daily maths, which is taught using a mastery approach using concrete, pictoral and abstract representations to help children access the learning. Reasoning and problem solving are also built into daily maths sessions to give children the opportunity to apply their skills in different contexts. Reading and writing is all cross-curricular, being linked to each year group's topic through a fun, challenging and high quality primary text. This is supported through the study of secondary texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to support children's knowledge and understanding. All other subjects taught across each afternoon are integrated within year group topics where possible or taught discreetly. These include; science, religious education, history, geography, computing, music, art, D & T and personal development. From Year 3 onwards, children are taught Spanish. Again, The Global Citizenship themes are embedded within our topics, with knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes taken from our Global Citizenship year group progression documents.

 

Physical Education

For P.E, we follow the 'Real P.E' scheme of work which gives every child the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in P.E, sport and life. These abilities are categorised as 'creative', 'cognitive', 'health and fitness', 'physical', 'social' and 'personal'. We believe these abilities transfer into all aspects of life and encourage them throughout the school day. They also link closely with the 'five ways to well-being' which are to 'connect', 'be active', 'take notice', 'keep learning' and 'give'. Our ethos here at Lawn is that children who understand these can find balance, learn resilience, have good mental health and as a result, be excellent learners. 

 

Reading at Lawn

The Lawn Primary School reading scheme is based on coloured bands and all children from FS2 to Y6 are given banded home reading books. As well as the explicit teaching of reading through our cross-curricular whole class reading sessions, we encourage our children to read for pleasure and have a 'drop everything and read' session each afternoon in which children read their own books or are read to by their teacher. Teachers give recommendations to children of high quality 'free choice' books that can be selected from class and key stage libraries. We run lots of enrichment activities linked to reading throughout the year which have included, parent and child book swaps, the travelling book shop, World Book Day and visits by professional story tellers.

 

Statutory Assessments  

All children other than those with very significant special educational needs take SATS (national tests) at the end of Year 2 and at the end of Year 6. The phonics screening check is administered at the end of Year 1 to inform for future provision and in Year 4, the children will take the multiplication tables check introduced by the government in 2018. 

If you would like more information about our curriculum please do not hesitate to contact the school office admin@lawn.derby.sch.uk or click on the links to the year group pages.