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.
English at Exhall Grange plays an integral role within all subjects each week. The children have the opportunity to explore and interact with practical and exciting methods of teaching the different genre of poetry, narrative and non-fiction – report, recount.
In KS 1 and EYFS activities are planned both teacher lead and self-directed, to encourage an enjoyment of reading and writing from an early age. Children learn phonics as an introduction to SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) .This continues in Years 3 and 4 and clearly identifiable SPaG lessons are timetabled in Years 5 and 6.
The children 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. We have no specific reading scheme at Exhall and the children have the opportunity to choose a variety of books at their level. This is accompanied by the children’s choices from the school library each week. We also have a variety of style of books – i.e. large print, braille etc to ensure all our children can learn to enjoy books.
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.
Maths at Exhall Grange plays an important role within the primary curriculum. The children have the opportunity to explore and interact with practical and exciting methods of teaching to gain and practise the different mathematic skills, knowledge and understanding. Maths skills are also interwoven into other areas of the curriculum. This happens across all Key Stages.
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.
Science provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Planned opportunities ensure children develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding using a hands-on, practical and multi sensory approach to learning. Where appropriate science is explored through cross curricular half termly or termly topics. Some areas of science lend themselves to be taught as distinct units rather than contrive a topic link.
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.
IN EYFS – Children learn about science through the early learning theme – Knowledge and Understanding. Children have opportunities to self-direct their learning through play based activities but also have structured teacher led learning for specific skills.
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. We also include the opportunities for enrichment days, where the timetable is organised around a science theme, or children experience trips out from school to consolidate learning.
GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY
The 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.
KS1 – pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. They will also consider 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.
KS2 – pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Topics will 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.
EYFS and 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.
KS2 pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America.
As a Warwickshire school we are obliged to follow the SACRE for RE. Children learn in a variety of different ways including RE in class and Primary assemblies, through PSHE, class lessons etc. Topics are taught using the locally agreed syllabus and include:
- STAGE – Foundation. Title: Which stories, people and places are special and why?
- STAGE – Foundation. Title: Being special: where do we belong? What is special about our world?
- STAGE – KS1. Title: Who is a Christian, Muslim, Jew and what do they believe?
- STAGE – KS1. Title: What can we learn from sacred books, places, times?
- STAGE – KS1. Title: What does it mean to belong to a faith community?
- STAGE – KS1. Title: How should we care for others and the world?
- STAGE – LKS2. Title: What do people believe about God?
- STAGE – LKS2. Title: Why is the Bible important to Christians today?
- STAGE – LKS2. Title: Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?
- STAGE – LKS2. Title: What can we learn from religions about deciding right and wrong?
- STAGE – UKS2. Title: Why do some people believe God exists?
- STAGE – UKS2. Title: What matters most to Christians and to Humanists?
- STAGE – UKS2. Title: What difference does it make?
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
In Primary at Exhall children are given the opportunity to learn French or Spanish, dependent on the class.
Our aims in teaching MFL are therefore
- To teach languages in a fun, interactive way, which inspires and engages all learners.
- To develop in all children, the confidence to listen, memorise and speak on a variety of familiar topics.
- To embed in children the knowledge that languages are not only interesting in themselves but lots of fun – and that they can consolidate and complement learning in literacy, computing, numeracy and many other areas of the curriculum.
- To develop and enhance cultural and linguistic awareness, fostering positive attitudes to all foreign language learning.
- To help form a sound basis for further study at secondary school and beyond.
French is taught to Upper KS2 by Secondary specialist French teachers. They are taught by listening, memorising and copying in the earliest stages. The teacher demonstrates using a variety of media/visual aids and prompts, pictures, flashcards, songs and games as well as with a growing range of books and learning materials.
All children participate according to their ability and confidence in the topic. Children are encouraged to show understanding at whatever level is comfortable for them – from a nod or a gesture to replying by a word, a phrase or a sentence.
At Exhall Grange School, Physical Education is valued for its contribution to developing pupil’s physical, social, interpersonal and emotional skills. It provides opportunities for pupils to be creative and competitive while learning to work with and respect others.
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 pupils 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 pupils 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).
PE and Sports premium funds have been used to incorporate Rebound therapy sessions into the timetable for all Primary students. It has also been used for outdoor gym equipment for the Primary playground area to enable all children access to equipment at play times. (Please see report for additional information)
We aim for our pupils to confidently and independently use and apply information technology skills to support and extend their learning. We develop a culture where the use of ICT (information, communication and technology) becomes second nature to our pupils, thus ensuring they are ready and able to embrace the technological advances of the future.
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 is encouraged to keep 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. With the use of green screen technology we aim to build on the children’s prior experiences and improve their skills even further.
Design and Technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life.
The subject enables them to become autonomous and creative problem solvers both individually and as members of a team. It presents opportunities to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and manufacturing techniques. Pupils reflect and evaluate present and past design in order to help them become informed consumers and innovators.
We aim to give pupils opportunities to:
- Develop the knowledge and skills to design and make products of good quality
- To recognise and to demonstrate creativity and innovation
- To convey ideas using ICT, drawings, notes, plans and models
- Solve problems and identify needs
- Investigate the technological and use their knowledge to discover how things work in their world
- Select and use appropriate tools and materials safely
- Evaluate their ideas and work at every stage
- Evaluate the work of others including those from different cultures and periods of history
Children explore and evaluate existing products, discussing design and materials used. Skills are taught through focused practical tasks and are incorporated into appropriate design-and-make projects.
Through identifying needs and problems, children create their own design opportunities. They also learn that it is possible to bring about purposeful change to the world. Children are encouraged to plan in a variety of ways and to record these plans either on paper or using ICT.
We recognise that it is important to evaluate at each step of the process and encourage the children to see that amending a design is something positive which all designers do. We encourage children to be responsible in their designs and their safe use of tools and materials and foster a sense of pride in their finished work through careful display and through sharing their expertise.
ART AND DESIGN
At Exhall we want to engage, inspire and enable children to create their own works of art. We aim to identify opportunities for creativity across the curriculum, and help children to enjoy art in their own lives, whilst learning about art from the past.
- To enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination and to select their own ideas to use in their work
- To encourage children to collect ideas/images to inform their own work
- To improve children’s ability to control materials and tools
- To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a working knowledge of great artists, craftspeople and designers
- To integrate a range of ICT equipment and photography
Children learn about art by studying the work of great artists and craftspeople from a range of times, cultures and artistic traditions. They begin to make judgements about this work and say why they (dis)like it. Children discuss similarities and differences, and begin to learn to identify the work of different time periods. Children learn to express their ideas verbally and in writing. They begin to use these discussions as starting points for their own work.
Children in KS 2 have a weekly music lesson. They are encouraged to participate at their own level using tuned and untuned percussion. Lessons are taught in the secondary music block and this gives the children a focussed environment for the subject.
Lessons take the form of –
- Listening and Appraising – where we listen to a piece of music by a variety of composers, evaluate and make critical judgements about the use of musical conventions.
- Composing – where we will compose together and as individuals creating coherent compositions. The children can compose within given and chosen musical structures, genres, styles and traditions.
- Performing – we always spend time performing our compositions in different styles, using relevant notations. Primary predominantly work from the Tobin system of music.
We have a weekly choir practice and take part in assemblies and concerts, and go out into the community to perform.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL and HEALTH EDUCATION (PSHE)
PSHE, including SRE, SEAL and Citizenship, is woven into all lessons throughout the curriculum, with a focussed lessons 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. EYFS have the unit title of Personal social and emotional development.
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.