The curriculum at Kessingland CofE Primary Academy starts with the foundational skills involved in reading, writing and calculation. As these skills are established, pupils are given opportunities to rehearse and embed these skills throughout the curriculum. Pupils are challenged not only to develop their understanding, but to master it. Our pupils can talk about their learning journey, describe how different subjects deepen their understanding and identify the next steps in the learning process. Experiences and resources are chosen for pupils because they inspire and motivate learning. Please find our exciting long-term plans for each key stage below.
Our whole school curriculum map can be found below:
These topics cover all the National Curriculum requirements for Geography and History. They are shown above in the correct phase. There is a balance of geography and history in all phases. Most of the topics are covered in Hamilton Trust although some are not in the correct phase.
Early Years topics are based on plans from Edison Learning.
Cycle A – Key Stage One
Cycle A – Lower Key Stage Two
Cycle A – Upper Key Stage Two
The subjects of history, geography, art, music and D.T are taught through a cross-curricular topic approach. The children engage in varied topics which allow them to deepen their understanding of the world around them. Additionally, pupils are provided with opportunities to develop creatively and they are encouraged to ask questions. Furthermore, the teachers plan trips, curriculum days and learning cafés to really bring learning to life.
P.E. helps children to develop a range of physical skills including body awareness, balance, co-ordination and agility. In addition, P.E also helps to develop confidence through working as part of a team. At Kessingland CofE Primary Academy, we aim to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport. The P.E curriculum covers five main areas: games, gymnastics, dance, athletics and outdoor adventurous activities. Children in Year 6 also take part in swimming lessons for a term. As well as taking part in the formal P.E curriculum, our pupils are encouraged to participate in competitive tournaments against other local schools.
At Kessingland CofE Primary Academy, we believe that computing should be a creative, dynamic and fun area of the curriculum. Computing ensures that pupils “become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.” (National Curriculum, 2014). The children in KS1 and KS2 are taught computing discreetly for one hour each week.
At Kessingland CofE Primary Academy, we believe that it is important for our pupils to learn Christian and British Values from a very young age. We know that by learning a foreign language and by acquiring a wider knowledge and understanding of how people live around the world, our children will develop a greater Respect and Tolerance of cultures which might different to their own; thus preparing them well to live in an ever increasing global community.
At Kessingland CofE Primary Academy, Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils have one hour of French a week which is taught by a specialist Language Teacher who is also a native speaker. Mimes, quizzes, games, videos, songs, stories and role plays ensure that all learning styles are catered for. As a result French is an inclusive and engaging subject in our school.
A wide range of topics is covered throughout the 5 years which encompass greetings, colours, numbers, playground songs and games, opinions, countries, weather, school life as well as shopping and eating out. In addition to acquiring practical communication skills pupils have the opportunity to reinforce in the French lessons the grammatical knowledge they have acquired in their own language.
In Year 2 and 3, the language focus is on acquiring good pronunciation as well as learning useful memorisation strategies so that children can build up the confidence to deliver a short role play in front of an audience. Pupils are also shown fun techniques to learn the spelling of simple words in the target language.
From the onset, students are made aware of the importance of gender and number in French and are taught a range of strategies to identify and memorise whether the nouns they learn are masculine or feminine as well as singular or plural.
As the years progress, pupils build up their vocabulary range and grammatical expertise and are encouraged to write in extended sentences as well as urged to manipulate the language by using a dictionary
Cultural Aspect of Learning
Finding out about other cultures form an integral part of the French lessons whether it be singing Hello in various languages; investigating the range of gestures which people use to greet each other around the world; finding out about Christmas in other countries or comparing what people eat in France as compared to England.