Subjects are planned using a skills based curriculum. This offers a chance to practise and reinforce skills which lead to developing greater independence when thinking through, and tackling, further tasks.
Lessons and learning experiences are planned using themes which are related to the children’s age and abilities. For example, Toys, Homes and Houses, Healthy Humans, Islands, The Rainforest, Space, Water, Invaders and Settlers, Ancient Egypt.
R.E. is taught independently and develops understanding about the beliefs and teachings, practices and lifestyles, of the six main religions.
PSHE is an integral part of learning by developing confidence, responsibility and good relationships in preparation for playing an active role as citizens.
The children also receive daily tuition in learning to read through a systematic phonics approach – they are also heard to read individually and within small groups which allows the children to practise the skills they are being equipped with and begin to have the opportunity to read to learn and not just learn to read. The reading scheme we use at Exhall is The Oxford Reading Tree, but this is accompanied by the children’s choices from the school library each week.
The children are also supported through home learning as they are asked to practise their reading at home each day and also to rehearse their spelling and sentence skills each day.
At Exhall we use a small step teaching approach, where the children are supported to achieve each step as independently as they are able, this is very important and allows the children to achieve well and reach their full potential.
Pupil progress is assessed and tracked using the STAT Sheffield framework for English and Maths.
The children have the opportunity to use many different resources, to help them to understand the different objectives and are assessed using a continuous and ongoing teacher assessment.
The children are also supported through home learning as they are asked to practise maths skills at home in Key Stage 1 and 2.
At Exhall Grange we use a small step teaching approach, where the children are supported to achieve each step as independently as they are able, this is very important and allows the children to achieve well and reach their full potential.
Coverage of the Science curriculum is carefully planned across a Key Stage to ensure that all aspects of the National Curriculum for science are addressed.
AT KS1 pupils study plants, animals (including humans), everyday materials and their uses, seasonal change and living things and their habitats.
At Lower KS2 pupils study plants, animals (including humans), rocks, light, forces and magnets, living things and their habitats, states of matter, sound and electricity.
At Upper KS2 pupils study living things and their habitats, animals (including humans), properties and changes of materials, Earth and space, forces, evolution and inheritance, light and electricity.
Alongside this children at all key stages explore practical scientific methods, processes and skills.
Science is assessed and tracked using a Science Learning Ladder
GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY
The creative curriculum aims to encompass all foundation subjects as well as some aspects of science and literacy.
The new curriculum provides a variety of learning challenges, throughout the academic year, that requires pupils to solve problems, apply themselves creatively, and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum. The essential skills taught are age related so staff can track pupil’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
At KS1 this subject should inspire in pupils a curiosity about the world and its people. The teaching should equip children with knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
At KS2 pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America
At KS1 pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
The topics taught in KS1 include – Changes within living memory, events beyond living memory e.g. The Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight, the lives of significant individuals in the past e.g. Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Christopher Colombus, LS Lowry, Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale.
At KS2 pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.
The topics taught in KS2 include – Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots, the Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the U.K to the time of Edward the Confessor, a local history study, an aspect or theme of British History that extends pupils’ knowledge beyond 1066 ,the achievements of the earliest civilisations e.g. The Indus Valley, Ancient Egypt, the Shang dynasty of Ancient China, Ancient Greece, a non-European society e.g. Mayan civilisation, Benin, a study of Baghdad.
Pupils will learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, independently, in pairs and small groups, helping them to improve the quality and effectiveness of their work. The children across our school develop confidence and competence in performing different skills and build a resilience to overcome challenges as they arise. A positive attitude towards active lifestyles is promoted and we aim to introduce children to lifelong physical activity. This is provided by the children having access to a wide range of sporting extra-curricular clubs, which accommodate a wide variety of interests, both during and after school.
Throughout the school year the Post-16 Sports Leaders arrange festivals for the Primary Department to attend and develop their skills. These events include; Boccia, New Age Kurling, Multi-skills, and many more.
Pupils receive at least 2 hours of physical activity a week at Exhall Grange (1 hour PE lessons, 1 hour swimming lessons).
Pupils in all Key Stages have access to classroom PC’s or laptops, and iPads or android tablets. The pupils are taught using Interactive Whiteboards, visualisers, digital cameras, voice recorders and numerous other technologies which encompass whole class and child specific software and hardware (Zoomtext, BrailleNote, etc). Each class has its own Class Blog where they share information about their week through the school website.
There is a key emphasis on learning skills for computing; these will include programming, debugging and exchanging information. The pupils are taught how to use ICT safely and at regular points throughout the year pupils undertake online safety sessions on topics such as cyberbullying or keeping information safe.
During the Summer Term a film festival is held which gives the pupils the opportunity to showcase their skills.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL and HEALTH EDUCATION (PSHE)
PSHE, including SRE, SEAL and Citizenship, is woven into all lessons throughout the curriculum, with a focus of a one hour lesson each week. We believe in tailoring the lessons to suit the individual needs of the pupils to maximise engagement and learning behaviours taking place. Pupils learn through assemblies, play, discussion, practical and written tasks. These lessons equip our pupils with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, capable and responsible lives.
SRE and Drugs Education is an important part of PSHE at Exhall Grange.
The Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) and primary school provides a supportive, caring environment with access to a full mainstream curriculum. Each pupil is valued as an individual with different needs, skills and talents. We aim to provide a personal approach to each pupil’s learning and their happiness, safety, engagement and progress are paramount. We work closely with our multi-agency partners.
Pupils benefit from teaching from experienced teachers and support staff, skilled in working with pupils with special educational needs. Pupils benefit from being integrated into a small class situation. Lessons are tailored to the needs of the pupil, with differentiated learning which enables achievement to take place with positive reinforcement. Progress is continuously monitored and assessed.
There is a wide range of lunchtime and after school clubs and activities available to pupils.