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). We have recently invested in The Cornerstones curriculum package which we implemented in September 2018.
In English we have recently introduced a Talk4Writing approach which supplements our use of the Power of Reading scheme. We focus on a balance of Knowledge, Skills and Understanding through linked learning opportunities with History and Geography ‘themed’ lessons. We balance learning in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (‘SPaG’) between discrete learning and on-going development and improvement within writing.
Mathematics lessons are taught discretely. We introduced The White Rose Maths Scheme in September 2017 and this follows The National Curriculum for Mathematics, providing a good mix between learning about number and shape and reasoning about Mathematics.
Children work through a system of colour banded books of different reading skill levels as they work through the school until they are confident 'free' readers. 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. This is supplemented by our Bug Club membership which provides additional opportunities to access reading at home.
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.