Throughout school the curriculum is carefully planned to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge which extends beyond the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum and Early Years Curriculum.
Our Early Years, year 1 and 2 children, participate in daily Read Write Inc sessions. They are grouped by development to learn the English alphabetic code, first learning one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend them into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. The programme aims to ensure that children experience success from the beginning. They use lively phonic books which are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words. Re-reading these stories will increase their fluency.
Children in year 3, 4, 5 and 6 have a daily reading session and weekly spelling lessons. We use reading VIPERS to promote the acquisition of vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising skills. We endeavour to do this using quality texts which stimulate our children’s interest and link to their learning.
We use a range of reading material across the school to provide opportunity for children to develop a love of reading as well as the skills they need to become fluent readers. We use standard Book Banding in the Juniors to ensure children are reading at the appropriate level and making progress. Books at each band are drawn from a number of schemes and ‘free reading’ materials. These are the books children take home to enjoy reading with their family or independently.
Where possible we try to make learning a holistic experience and link learning from different subjects into a topic-based approach. All subjects in the New Primary National Curriculum are covered on a two-year rolling programme to ensure coverage with mixed year group teaching.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) enables children to acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes they need to manage their lives. PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of the local and global society in which they live.
At Bird’s Bush Primary School, we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through school council, fundraising events, supporting charities and involvement in community activities. Our pupils are given opportunities in PSHE lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society. The Fundamental British Values are also an integral part of daily life at our school.
We teach PSHE in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, through PSHE lessons, via assemblies and through other subjects such as RE, History, Geography, English, Maths and Science, as well as through educational visits, community work and activities.
PSHE is taught in the foundation stage as an integral part of the topic work. We relate PSHE to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals. Our teaching matches the aim of developing a child's personal, emotional and social development.