Our curriculum Intent
Our Curriculum Intent
At Stroud Green Primary we want the best possible learning experience for our children. We aim to ensure that all learning is relevant, accessible and meaningful.
Our curriculum is inclusive and all students receive a high-quality education via an ambitious, well-designed and well-sequenced curriculum which fosters creativity and knowledge. We aim to create confident, literate and numerate individuals with high aspirations who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and foster a love of learning. Teachers are committed to supporting the needs of all children and personalise the learning accordingly.
Our curriculum puts a lot of emphasis on reading, developing each child’s vocabulary and ‘talk for learning’ so they become articulate and knowledgeable young learners, well-prepared for life in KS3 and beyond.
Subject leaders each play an important part in developing the whole school curriculum, continuously developing their own subject knowledge and that of our teachers to ensure their subjects are taught ambitiously and are engaging, well sequenced and relevant to our school community.
We have recently introduced a new Humanities scheme of work that has been commissioned by Haringey Education Services and written especially for Haringey schools which is being rolled out over 2020 and 2021. Starting at the end of Year 2 it covers History, Geography and R.E, building children’s knowledge and understanding coherently with high quality engaging resources. We have tailored our EYFS and KS1 humanities topics, so that children’s learning develops seamlessly between the key stages.
We also provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities through lunchtime and after school clubs which supplement the curriculum.
Please see below for our subject leads:
KS1-KS2 Curriculum Maps
Our intent for each of our children is based upon the need for them to enter the world of work as articulate and literate individuals with a strong love of reading and writing. We recognise the responsibility to send children to secondary school having mastered the key skills of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Our curriculum at Stroud Green enables our children to develop the skills and knowledge needed to achieve this.
At Stroud Green, we know that being a confident, competent reader impacts on all other areas of the curriculum. We strive for our children to be able to speak about the books and authors they love with passion and enthusiasm and we expose them to a wide variety of texts to give them the best start. Books are central to everything we do, and we choose texts to ensure that all children see themselves reflected in the stories, including children from BAME heritage and LGBTQ+ families.
From the Summer Term of Year Two, children have daily 'Destination Reader' lessons. During these lessons, the children focus on a range of strategies to help them when they are reading. These include clarifying new vocabulary, inferring, predicting, evaluating and making connections to other stories they have read or heard. Through paired reading, the children develop their speaking and listening skills, which is a valuable life skill and positively impacts on all other areas of their learning. Additionally, the teacher works with each child individually throughout the week to ensure that they are also working on expression and intonation.
We know that when a child is a reader, there is no limit to what they can do, so children are also given many opportunities throughout the week to read for pleasure and develop a love for books and reading.
It is our vision that every child leaves Stroud Green as a competent, resilient writer, who can communicate their thoughts and opinions confidently. As with reading, our daily English lessons are focused around high-quality, ambitious texts, and by teaching English in this way, the children are immersed in the story they are learning. In turn, this improves their writing as the children build their vocabulary and understand the characters in more depth. Our units of work encompass all areas of the English curriculum and the children are given many opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills daily. SPAG is embedded in each unit, as well 'SPAG Fridays', where SPAG is taught discretely. Children are encouraged to write for different purposes and audiences and are taught to edit and refine their work.
Children at Stroud Green take home spellings to learn each week, with a dictation activity at the end of the week. The spellings are a mixture of either spelling patterns or words from the National Curriculum statutory spelling lists. The spelling pattern/statutory words will be taught in school on a Monday to ensure that all children understand their meaning. This helps them to use the words in their day-to-day writing.
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At Stroud Green, there is a genuine love of reading. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children's love of books is encouraged through sharing stories, poetry and information, inviting book corners and our well-resourced school library, special events such as world book day and visitors including authors and poets. We have strong links with Beacon Books, our local bookshop, as well as Stroud Green Library
We follow the Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics in Early Years and Key Stage 1. In Nursery, children build an awareness of environmental sounds such as the sounds animals make, through games and songs. In Reception, children are taught letter sounds in groups, alongside 'tricky' common words, so they are able to begin to read and write short words and sentences. Children start Year 1 with a good knowledge of one way to write each of the 44 sounds, and are then taught other common ways to write each sound. They continue to develop their knowledge of common words and begin to read longer words and texts.
In the Summer term of Year 1, children take the Phonics Screening Check, a list of 40 real and pseudo words. This is intended to assess whether they have achieved a secure level of knowledge and understanding of the phonics they have been taught and allows us to see which children require further support with phonics in Year 2.
Guided reading takes place daily in Reception and Key Stage 1. We use the Book Band system to ensure children are reading a book that reflects their reading ability, and they are able to show their understanding of what they have read through answering questions with an adult. Through Guided Reading, children practise decoding as well as skills such as retrieval, clarifying meaning of new words, inference, prediction and sequencing, as well as learning about the features of different text types.
Each week, children are given a banded book that they should be able to read themselves, as well as choice books from the class book corner and/or school library, to encourage an enjoyment of reading at home. We believe this sets them off on a path for a lifetime of reading pleasure.
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Maths at Stroud Green Primary School.
At Stroud Green, our intent for our children in Maths is for them to leave us feeling that they are confident mathematicians. We want them to be able to:
- make links to other curriculum areas by applying their learning in Maths
- use their prior knowledge in Maths to reason and problem solve
- understand that Maths is part of our everyday lives: it is all around us
Our message to our children is that they 'can do' Maths, as they use real life Maths as part of their daily lives. We enrich our curriculum by participating in national and international Maths days so children see Maths as being part of the wider world.
In daily Maths lessons, to ensure success for all, children use concrete materials, pictorial representations or use abstract concepts to enable them to access the learning. Lessons also includeMaths investigations where children of all ages and abilities can apply their previous knowledge and learning. These lessons are supported by home learning which focuses on children practising multiplication facts and calculations which are the foundations for the learning of other areas in Maths. We have a calculation policy for the four operations which builds on a child's prior learning until they are using more efficient methods in KS2.
We are working with Maths Hub, who partner with the NCETM, to continuously develop our teaching and delivery of Maths Mastery. This will enable our children to: reason in Maths; explain their ideas using Mathematical language and talk; justify their thinking and explain the strategies they have used with confidence. Through continuous practice and consolidation, we aimfor children tobecome fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. This allows our children to have quick mental recall and accurately apply their knowledge to new learning in Maths or maths of increasing complexity.
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There is a real buzz around Science at Stroud Green - ask the children, they will tell you. The evidence can be seen in every classroom, from objects, books and materials on display, to growing investigations happening on window sills! We encourage their natural instincts by inviting visitors, conducting special events and competitions throughout the year.
Our curriculum is designed to enable students to develop their enquiry skills, as well as their knowledge, as they progress through the school. In Early Years, staff plan opportunities for children to explore their environment and begin to make observations about the world around them, led by their interests. Staff provide both guided Science tasks and activities that are set up in the provision to allow children to behave scientifically in their independent learning as they develop their knowledge and understanding of the world.
In KS1 and 2, a whole afternoon is dedicated to Science each week. All lessons have a question focus and are based around one of the Scientific enquiry skills (observing over time, comparative and fair testing, research, pattern seeking and identifying, classifying and grouping). The Fascinate graphics for these skills are displayed on every Science working wall; they are used in flipcharts and referred to in lessons, so our students are really aware of the skills they are using to investigate the question.
Science vocabulary is displayed for the current unit in each classroom, and teachers explicitly introduce key vocabulary at the beginning of each Science lesson. Activities are planned to enable our learners to use and embed the new vocabulary in many ways, such as practical activities, discussion tasks, and quizzes as well as through written work.
Humanities at Stroud Green Primary School
We are on an exciting journey at Stroud Green when it comes to teaching and learning Humanities (History, Geography and Religious Education). We have invested in a rich curriculum written by the Haringey Education Partnership for all 3 subjects, which is both inclusive and engaging.
At Stroud Green Primary School, we ensure that we foster a love of History from Reception to Year 6. In KS1, pupils are taught about key events and historical figures, getting them to draw on events within their own memory, starting to build on historical enquiry skills.
Towards the end of year 2, the children begin the HEP curriculum that is woven throughout KS2 which was written especially for Haringey Schools. The units are followed in chronological order from the Stone Age to Modern Day Britain, and run in tandem with Geography and RE units. The curriculum is designed to equip the children with a rich vocabulary that will help support their learning. This vocabulary will assist them in drawing comparisons from topic to topic and between events and subjects. A skill which they will utilise in other subjects and throughout their school career.
In Key Stage 1 children focus on topics that will enable them to explore geographical skills and acquire the vocabulary they need to develop their knowledge of the world through topics including : 'Where do I live?', 'My world and me' and 'The four seasons'. They are taught about physical and human geographical features, locational and place knowledge, and geographical skills and fieldwork.
In Key Stage 2, they delve into more specific topics such as 'Rivers', 'Mountains' and 'Populations', still incorporating the geographical skills and vocabulary they learned in KS1 and building on their existing knowledge. It is imperative to us that children are taught geographical skills that they can carry onto secondary school, and that lessons enable children to see how the world around them relates to them and their own locality and way of life.
At Stroud Green, we emphasise the importance of learning about the beliefs of others, in order to identify commonalities between seemingly different people, in order to encourage an understanding, accepting community. In Key Stage 1, children learn about a variety of religions and the positive messages that they have in common. They are encouraged to draw inspiration from messages of kindness, charity and generosity.
In Key Stage 2, Religious education becomes more specific, drawing in lessons from philosophy and enabling children to question and discuss. The units of work link in with the skills and knowledge that they have acquired in History and Geography and they are able to make comparisons, references and draw conclusions about what they have learned and where specific religions have come from.
Our children are growing up in an increasingly technological age. They approach computing with keenness and curiosity and quickly become adept at operating the systems. Each classroom is well equipped with computers, and up to date interactive white boards. In addition we have a suite of laptops, ipads and chrome books for classes to use.
Our curriculum covers the three following areas:
- Computer science (programming or coding, and problem solving)
- Information Technology (for example, using spreadsheets, creating presentations and manipulating graphics)
- Digital Literacy (encompassing e-safety and teaching pupils how to select the most appropriate digital content).
From September 2021 we will be following the National Centre for Computing scheme of work.
Through the teaching of computing and e-Safety at Stroud Green, children are encouraged to safely use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
The children learn new computing and e-safety specific knowledge and skills, and apply existing ones from a variety of disciplines, in particular mathematics, science and design and technology - all subjects that computing has deep links with. The knowledge and skills learned in computing are also applied across the entire curriculum.
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At Stroud Green Primary School, we believe that Music is a universal language. It embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We use the Charanga scheme of learning. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We are aware of the positive impact that Music has on children's and adult's mental health and well-being.
This begins in EYFS with simple singing and learning of repetitive songs. Musical instruments are also used within the continuous provision. In Key Stage One this progresses into more structured songs where there are verses and a chorus. Children also learn how to play simple patterns on musical instruments, how to compose simple songs and how to improvise. This progresses further in Key Stage Two where children learn even more complicated songs with differing structures. Also, they learn to play more complicated patterns using instruments, how to compose their own tunes and songs and finally how to improvise using their musical knowledge.
Through Haringey Music Service, all children in year 4 learn an instrument, either, the cello, clarinet or trumpet and have the opportunity to continue these in year 5 & 6. Children of all years can apply for peripatetic piano, guitar and violin lessons.
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Stroud Green Primary School recognises the importance of Physical Education within the curriculum and we aim to ensure that that all pupils have the opportunity to:
- develop competence in a broad range of physical activities
- be physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
We have a dedicated P.E coach who teaches each class a minimum of one session per week. Children also complete the Daily Mile at least twice a week and we have exercise built in at regular intervals throughout the school day. There are a wide range of sports clubs available to children as part of our extra-curricular provision. We also benefit from specialised coaches offering extra sessions including cycling provision, tennis and dance.
As per the National Curriculum (2014) children in year 5 and 6 complete swimming lessons to ensure they can swim 25 metres with confidence before leaving primary school.
At Stroud Green, we follow the Power of assessment P.E scheme which maps out activities and progression against each year group. This ensures that children develop their knowledge of games, dance and gymnastics and (from KS2) athletics and outdoor and adventurous activity progressively. The skills in these areas are also therefore developed systematically, with the programme of study for each year group building on previous learning and preparing for subsequent years. Knowledge and skills are informed and linked to enable achievement of key stage end points, as informed by the National Curriculum (2014). We also benefit from a Multi-use games area in our KS2 playground and a range of local facilities including the Arsenal Hub and Finsbury park and athletics track.
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Art and DT
Art and DT
At Stroud Green, we encourage children's artistic development from nursery to Year 6. We believe that art is a vital part of our pupils' education so we provide opportunities for the children to express themselves through a range of chosen mediums. We want our pupils to gain confidence with a variety of materials, using drawing, painting and sculpting techniques to bring their ideas to life. We also provide opportunities to investigate colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Throughout the year, pupils spend time studying a variety of artists, and are exposed to styles from different time periods and cultures. Pupils are expected to think critically, discuss and express their options and views on artists work, their own work and that of their peers. As a result, pupils develop detailed knowledge and a wide variety of skills across the art and design curriculum. Where possible, art and design units link to other areas of the curriculum, and the skills and knowledge that our pupils will develop throughout their art units are mapped out for each year group, ensuring progression. At Stroud Green, we help children to gain an awareness of how art and design both reflect and shape our history.
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology, the focus is on the process of creating. Pupils are encouraged to spend time on the design stage, communicating their ideas through discussion, diagrams and computer-aided design, and evaluation is equally important. In the classroom, we invite children to be imaginative with their resources and materials, using everyday items from the world around them to create something spectacular. Children acquire a wide range of skills in design and technology and learn how to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
At Stroud Green we celebrate the many languages that are spoken at home. We also enjoy learning Modern Foreign Languages, a compulsory element of the National Curriculum. We believe that learning a language will positively influence our children's future professional careers and allow them to explore the world with greater freedom. It will make their days at Stroud Green even more exciting, enhancing linguistic skills, cognitive development and building greater cultural awareness.
At Stroud Green, all children in Year 3 and above take part in weekly Spanish lessons. These lessons are delivered by the class teachers with the support of our deputy head who speaks Spanish and our year 6 HLTA who is a native speaker of Spanish. We are also hoping to include some of our Spanish speaking parents to help us in raising the profile of Spanish in school and to host a Spanish celebration event in the summer term.
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Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils' education.
At Stroud Green Primary School, we recognise the value of PSHE as it enables our children to develop knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, both in the present and in the future. We want our pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work. When delivered well, PSHE education has an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
We aim to ensure that every child is guaranteed a PSHE education that covers mental health and wellbeing, physical health (including healthy lifestyles and first aid) and learning about safe, healthy relationships, including understanding consent and negotiating life online.
We wish to improve the physical and psychosocial well-being of pupils. Pupils with better health and well-being can achieve better academically, which in turn leads to greater success.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
We have chosen to deliver Personal, Social, Health Education using the PSHE Association resources, along with other recognised bodies.This links in with the statutory requirements of the updated Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum in age appropriate manner. It is a balanced and broad programme that meets the needs of all pupils.
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Relationship, Sex and Health education became statutory in September 2020 and it is the intention of Stroud Green Primary School to teach high quality, age appropriate, pupil-sensitive, evidence-based RSHE that demonstrates a respect for the law and all communities. It is expected that RSHE will help pupils to learn about themselves and the world they live in, giving them the skills, understanding and information they need for life. This will help them to stay safe and to flourish, not just in childhood, but into adulthood and for the rest of their lives. This is why RSHE is such an important part of the curriculum. Why are we teaching RSHE?
Because it is the right thing to do.
Our children are growing up in an increasingly complex world with new opportunities, but also new challenges. RSHE teaching is an important part of equipping our pupils for life in 21st century Britain, enabling them to embrace diversity, make the most of technology; understand the importance of, and develop the skills which lead to them being able to sustain healthy and strong relationships.
Relationships and health education is a statutory requirement for all primary schools in England. The government, Ofsted and local advisors recommend that sex education (how a baby is conceived and born) is also taught in primary school.
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The EYFS includes nursery and reception and has it's own stand alone curriculum from the rest of the school.
Our vision for the Early Years is to create an inclusive environment that sets the foundations of all learning through play and high quality opportunities, whilst respecting children's cultures and celebrating diversity.
In the EYFS, we teach through a combination of play, child led and adult lead learning, following the national guidance "Development Matters". The 7 areas of development are:
Communication and Language (Speaking, Listening and Understanding)
Physical(Self care and Movement)
Personal, Social and Emotional (Behaviour and Making relationships)
Literacy (Reading and Writing)
Mathematics (Shape and Number)
Understanding the World (Science, Technology, Religion)
Expressive Arts and Design (Art, Music and Dance)
At Stroud Green, we have a different focus topic each half term to inspire, intrigue and excite our children, while giving them the opportunities they need to develop and learn. Have a look at our topics below!