The Curriculum at The Crescent Primary School
At The Crescent Primary School, we teach the National Curriculum to ensure a broad and balanced coverage for subjects including: Science, Geography, History, Art, Design & Technology, Music, Computing and Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE).
English lessons are frequently taught through the Power of Reading scheme, which focus on a balance of Knowledge, Skills and Understanding through linked learning opportunities with History and Geography ‘theme’ lessons. They also include elements of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (‘SPaG’).
Mathematics lessons are taught discretely since we find this enhances and secures key mathematics skills. There are also regular ‘Maths Gems’ lessons that develop mental maths knowledge and understanding.
Children are allocated to work through colour banded books of different reading skill levels as they work through the school. Within each band there are a range of fiction and non-fiction books from a wide range of reading schemes and non-scheme books. Children are also encouraged to read for pleasure and can access a wider range of books from our school library.
Children are heard reading regularly by an adult in school each week and we encourage children to read for 20 minutes at home daily.
Phonics is taught in focused sessions daily in Reception, Years 1 and Year 2. Our teachers follow the National Guidance for phonics teaching from Letters and Sounds. We use Song of Sounds (by Collins) and other resources to supplement their teaching. Children are taught in ability groups across their year group to enable focused development of their phonics knowledge and application.
P.E. lessons are taught by class teachers and also by a specialist sports coach from Crystal Palace Football Club, to allow for the children’s skills to be developed. Children also take swimming lessons in Year 2 for confidence, and Year 5 to develop competence in the water.
In Reception we follow the EYFS Curriculum, which is taught through themes selected by the children. We find that by using themes that capture the children’s interest and engagement, they can make better connections between their learning.
Below you will find an overview for each of the unit themes that will be covered in each Year Group.