Curriculum Overview 2017-18
Please note that the documents below are working documents and will be updated throughout the year.
At Larkfields Junior, we believe mathematics is a life skill essential to all pupils as 21st Century learners. As such, we aim to provide all pupils with a varied and engaging curriculum to achieve their individual potential through providing a level of challenge appropriate to them. Our ultimate goal for all pupils by the time they leave Larkfields is that they should:
- Be fluent mathematicians
Having an in depth conceptual knowledge that enables them to rapidly and accurately select and use appropriate mathematics in solving problems.
- Be confident in reasoning
Following lines of enquiry thorough discussion and developing arguments, justification and proof using mathematical language.
- Be lifelong problem solvers
To use both of the above in applying their mathematics to a variety of contexts with increasing levels of sophistication. To promote a high level of resilience in persevering to seeking solutions to more challenging problems.
Through achieving these goals, we also direct pupils to Take Care of their learning in aiming to be the best they can be, to Take Care of the environment through the resources and contexts provided and to Take Care of each other through engaging collaboratively in both small and large group work.
Information on Maths Streaming
Times Tables Challenge
Helping your child learn their multiplication table facts and associated division facts is one of the best things you can do to help them. It is an important foundation for learning different aspects of mathematics and it is expected that children know their multiplication tables up to 12x12 by the end of year 4.
Over the coming weeks, your child’s class will begin a weekly times tables challenge which tests their recall of multiplication and division facts in line with National Curriculum requirements. They will work towards achieving certificates and badges in the order shown below:
Multiplication and Division Facts Tested
10x, 2x, 5x
3x, 4x, 8x
6x, 7x, 9x
11x, 12x, 13x
All of the above
For more information about how to support your child with learning their times tables, please see the documents below.
The following websites also provide useful information on supporting your child with their times tables at home:
At Larkfields Junior School, we aim to teach children to speak, read and write fluently so they can communicate their thoughts, feelings and ideas with others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
We teach the national curriculum for English, which aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
The English curriculum is split into three main areas: reading, writing, and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS).
The National Curriculum states that by the beginning of Year 3, children should be able to read books written at an age-appropriate interest level. They should be able to read them accurately and at a speed that is sufficient for them to focus on understanding what they read rather than decoding individual words. At Larkfields Junior, we place a much greater emphasis on teaching children to develop their comprehension skills rather than direct teaching of word reading skills. Children have a whole class guided reading session each week in which they study a high quality text. The guided reading sessions are based on the Larkfields Reading Keys:
Children are taught the skills to enable them to plan and generate longer pieces of writing. Writing is taught and assessed in two dimensions: transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating and structuring ideas). Children produce pieces of written work In English lessons and are also given opportunities to apply their writing skills in other subjects within the curriculum. The writing genres covered are:
- Non-chronological reports
- Play scripts
Grammar and punctuation is sometimes taught as a discrete lesson, but is usually taught within reading and writing lessons. Children are taught concepts and are then encouraged to apply and explore these in their own speech, reading and writing. Grammar and punctuation can be split into the following sections:
A glossary of GPS terms is included in the Appendix below. Many of these terms will be introduced between years 3 to 6.
At Larkfields Junior, we use the Rainbow Grammar approach to support the teaching of GPS. Rainbow Grammar enables children to develop their understanding of how different types of sentences can be structured. Children are exposed to different types of clauses and phrases and enjoy manipulating them to create a range of sentences.
The English curriculum at Larkfields links to the school’s Take Care values. Children are encouraged to work both independently and collaboratively, taking responsibility for their learning and using resources appropriately and respectfully.
This year, we will be following the THRASS approach to teaching spelling skills. This approach is based on the English Spelling Chart. Using this chart, children will be learnt to:
Blend the right sounds when they read;
Visualise and name the right letters when they spell.
This approach will be used by all classes, and children will be taught in 20-minute daily sessions. More information about this approach and the English Spelling Chart can be found in the parents’ guide below.
In addition, children in all year groups will still be taught the spelling rules and patterns set out in the National Curriculum. They will receive a weekly whole class input on a specific rule and given a small number of related spellings to learn. Children will be tested on these spellings during the following week.
Furthermore, we will be testing the children on their 50 year-specific spellings taken from the National Curriculum. Please find the spellings below. These words won’t be sent home as weekly spellings; however, the words will be on display in classrooms and teachers will use them in lessons. Children will be asked to learn these spellings at home as part of their ongoing learning. The children will be tested on these 50 spellings once in each term.
As always, we appreciate all of the help and support you provide helping the children to learn their spellings and with other pieces of homework.