At William Booth Primary School our aim is to enable all children to reach their full potential through the provision of a broad, inspiring and creative curriculum. We believe in children reading for pleasure and being immersed in quality texts. Therefore, teachers use a high quality children’s book as the driver for the curriculum each half term. The book inspires a cross curricular project, covering a variety of subjects including reading and writing. Planning endeavours to engage and motivate the children through a range of practical, investigative and imaginative approaches. A range of organisational strategies and techniques are used in classrooms, including whole class teaching, group work and independent tasks as appropriate.
English is taught daily to all children in the form of as English lesson, phonics or spelling sessions and ERIC (Everybody Reading In Class). Teachers’ planning provides each class with meaningful, purposeful opportunities for writing. A variety of genres of writing are taught linked to the book being studied. All children are given opportunities to use and apply the skills and knowledge learnt during these sessions in their project learning. Grammar is embedded in all English lessons to enable children to apply it in meaningful contexts.
All children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have a daily phonics session during which they learn about the sounds that letters make and how to blend and segment letters in order to read and write words. Children in year 1 take part in the National Phonics Screening. During the check we assess children’s ability to use their phonics knowledge to read unknown words. In Key Stage 2, children have daily spelling and grammar lessons in line with the National Curriculum 2014 requirements. As part of their weekly homework, children have ten spellings linked to the spelling lists from the curriculum and the spelling rules taught during these daily lessons.
Teachers follow a whole class approach to teaching reading. In the Foundation Stage, smaller, guided reading sessions happen in groups during the week using the same approaches as the rest of school. In Key Stages 1 and 2, whole class reading focuses on the skills needed to be a great reader using a variety of text types that link to the project theme. The texts selected are done so with a key question in mind, ‘what will we learn from this text?’. Children in years 3 – 6 also have a weekly Buddy Read session where older children are paired with younger children to read together.
If you would like to find out more about how to support your child with their reading and writing, please speak to your child’s teacher.
This academic year, William Booth School has adopted the Singapore approach to teaching maths, using the ‘Maths No Problem’ textbook scheme. Singapore Maths is a proven highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence, which is in line with the new National Curriculum of 2014. The aim of this approach is to support the development of our children as mathematicians, who have a deeper conceptual understanding of a wide range of mathematical content. All children are provided with deep and rich learning experiences during maths lessons, which are carefully designed to stretch and challenge children appropriately. To support this, teachers adopt a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach within lessons, which enables all learners to grasp new concepts effectively. We also want to encourage children to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas as well as building their mental fluency so they can be adaptable and apply knowledge in different ways.
PROJECT BASED CURRICULUM
The project based curriculum ensures children have stimulating experiences throughout the academic year, including educational trips, that support their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live, incorporating learning outside of the classroom. The benefits of Educational Visits and Residential Experiences are recognised by the staff and school and form an important aspect to a child’s learning journey at William Booth. Children in are given Homework Challenges linked to their project. The children are presented with several challenges from which to choose, covering a variety of subjects, and they are a great opportunity for collaborative learning at home.
PSHE learning (Personal, Social and Health Education), is an essential element of every child’s development. Not only does it give them the skills and attitudes to focus and do well in their academic studies, but it also enables them to become well-rounded and happy young people. At William Booth, we support this sort of learning through a mixture of:
If you wish to find out more about our school curriculum, please speak to your child’s teacher or call the school office.