Eglinton Primary School and Early Year Centre

INDEPENDENCE,
RESPONSIBILITY,
RESILIENCE

, CO-OPERATION,
RESPECT,
PRIDE

Curriculum Information

Please follow the link to view the Whole School Curriculum Overview 2021-2022

More information is available by clicking on the headings below.

Maths

Eglinton Primary School follows the National Maths Curriculum

Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately’

(National Curriculum 2014)

 Learning maths is like building a tower; children must develop firm foundations and acquire specific building blocks in a certain order. If any of these blocks of understanding are missing, then the tower can be toppled when faced with new challenges or concepts. Therefore, at Eglinton, children are not simply rushed through the curriculum, gaining vast, but superficial knowledge that can fall apart whenever they encounter something unfamiliar. The focus within maths lessons is on fluency and not speed. Children are encouraged to think carefully about mathematical problems, discuss and explain their understanding and learn from one another. For example: ‘…Can you explain the pattern…which is the odd one out…can you spot the error…”

The result is more fluent mathematicians with a deeper understanding of maths concepts; children that have a firm foundation to build on and a more confident outlook towards the subject.

Teachers at Eglinton follow a concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach to teaching and learning. CPA was developed by American psychologist Jerome Bruner and is an essential technique within the Singapore method of teaching maths for mastery. The White Rose Maths Hub has influenced the way maths is planned and assessed throughout the school and their mantra ‘Everyone Can Do Maths’ matches our aspirations for all of our children at Eglinton.

Finally at Eglinton, where possible we aim to contextualise maths so that it is grounded in real life situations and connected to other learning across the curriculum. To quote educationalist, John Hattie, “You cannot use deeper-thinking skills unless you have something to think about’.

 

Click the links below for our school Calculation Policy and Times Tables Policy.

Calculation Policy 2020

Times Tables Policy 2021

Please see the list below for websites to support maths learning

Maths Websites

www.sumdog.com

(Years 5 and 6)

Use your password to log on and play against your classmates

http://ttrockstars.com/

(Years 2 - 4)

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/ 

 

English

Speaking and Listening

Children are exposed to a wide range of language during English lessons to broaden their own vocabulary. Staff model good speaking and listening, showing children how to adapt their own language for the given purpose and/ or audience.

Children are given a wide range of opportunity to apply their spoken language skills in context. This includes: drama and role play, assembly and performances, presenting ideas within class and when showing visitors around school.

Within lessons, there is regular use of talk partners and dialogic talk which ensures children are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning. Children are encouraged to form and discuss their own opinions, as well as listen to, and challenge, others.

Reading and Phonics

We currently use Letters and Sounds RTPA teaching sequence and supplement this with Jolly Phonics actions and pictures to reinforce. From January 2022, the school will adopt the Little Wandle approach to phonics and early reading.

In KS1, children have access to a wide range of books which are levelled according to the Letters and Sounds phases. In January 2022, KS1 will adopt the Little Wandle approach to early reading. In KS2, children that still require phonetically decodable books, have access to a range of levelled books.

Reading is taught throughout the school primarily using a whole class reading model to ensure all children have the opportunity to be exposed to challenging texts. Lessons focus on explicitly teaching reading skills through discussions and activities. The skills taught build upon each other as children progress through the school. The provision of reading at Eglinton consists of:

  • Phonics
  • 1 to 1 reading
  • Shared reading
  • Guided reading
  • Whole Class Reading
  • Reading for Pleasure

In order that the children gain a life-long love of reading, we provide them with a wide range of stimuli, including visual media. These include interesting, age-appropriate books in class reading corners as well as the large school library. We host book fairs, which provide parents and carers the opportunity to spend time with their children choosing books to purchase for home. We also have a Book Hut which all the children have access to on a weekly basis. Here, they can take home books to enjoy as well as swap books they no longer need.

In order to promote a love of reading and develop an interest in the world of books, we invite authors and theatre companies to school on a regular basis and take part in local projects and initiatives.   

Writing

Writing is a key part of the curriculum that is taught throughout the week. Creative writing is developed using the core text to influence the children’s own ideas for writing. The core texts are selected to ensure that children are exposed to a wide range of stories which reflect the community and world they live in.

When writing, pupils understand the following:

  • There is a purpose to all types of writing.
  • The need to consider their audience when writing.
  • There are a range of text types; each with their own features and conventions to be applied when writing.
  • Their writing must make sense and flow.
  • The need to pay close attention to Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (EGPS) when working in order to improve the sense and clarity of their work.
  • Writing is a process which allows for changes and edits to be made.
  • A wide range of interesting and exciting vocabulary should be experimented with.
  • That writing is an enjoyable activity with great value.
  • There are different dimensions to the writing process; immersion, practise and application.

Handwriting

At Eglinton, we use the Nelson Handwriting Scheme. In EYFS and Year 1, children are taught to form individual letters and then taught to join their letters from Year 2. Practise is given daily to handwriting. Across the school, spelling is taught using No Nonsense Spelling where the children are taught regular lessons to help develop their understanding of different spelling rules and etymology.

Phonics

What is phonics?

Phonics is a key aspect in developing reading and spelling. Phonics is the practice of blending letter sounds (known as phonemes) to make words when reading and segmenting words into sounds to help with spelling.

Phonics is taught every day at Eglinton and lasts for around 30 minutes from Reception to Year 2. Children learn phonics through hearing, saying, reading and writing phonemes.  We follow Little Wandle to teach phonics and use a range of banded books, in order for children to apply their phonics knowledge and be able to access high quality texts and read for pleasure later on.

How is Phonics Taught?

All phonics lessons include revision of previous learning, teaching of new sounds/ tricky words, and application of new skills. Find Little Wandle’s full Reception and Year 1 teaching programme overview here to see what your child will learn and when.

It is essential that each phonics lesson include the key skills of blending for reading and segmenting for writing. Children are taught how to read and write graphemes and apply these skills to their independent reading and writing. Some children will receive additional support in class, in addition to whole class phonic sessions.

What is the Phonics Screening Check?

The phonics screening check introduced in 2012 is a statutory assessment for all children in year 1. The purpose of this test is to confirm whether children can decode, segment and blend words correctly.

The phonics test has a total of 40 words. Some are real words and some are pseudo words. This means (nonsense words or sometimes known to children as alien words). If you wish to practice real and alien words at home you can access them online (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phonics-screening-check-2018-materials) or ask your child’s class teacher for resources you can use at home.

Children will be asked to read these words one-on-one with a teacher. The words they see will be either real words that make sense or pseudo words that have an alien or monster picture beside them. This test will show if the children have learnt the spelling patterns and phonic skills taught in year 1. The children will be very familiar with the format of the screening test before the formal test date in June.

How can you support your child at home?

Whilst at Eglinton Primary School, your child will be taught to read at school, however you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

At Eglinton and whilst in Reception and Year 1 there are two types of reading book that your child will bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book - This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.  Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book- In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.  Please remember that you should not expect your child to read the sharing book alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, and explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

For further details about the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Programme, please visit the parent page here.

Science

Science is a subject that develops the essential skills of curiosity, perseverance, reflecting and thinking. At Eglinton we believe that enquiry should be at the heart of science education. Our ambitious and spiral curriculum allows the children to cover the content and skills laid out in the national curriculum in an engaging and meaningful way.  We believe that by incorporating hands on activities for the children, it allows them to immerse themselves into the wider world of Science and generate those key questions. 

Working scientifically forms a large part of the science curriculum and most lessons have an element of working scientifically within them. Some of the skills that your child will develop through our Science lessons are:

  • Posing questions
  • Making reasoned predictions
  • Developing methods to answer questions
  • Fair testing
  • Collecting results
  • Drawing conclusions

Useful links for science

National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stage 1 and 2

Early Years - Understanding the World

BBC Terrific Scientific Site

BBC Live Lessons

BBC Bitesize Science

British Science Week:

At Eglinton we celebrate science week with a variety of activities both inside and outside the classroom. All children study a particular scientist and for that week, base their learning around this scientist and their achievements. 

 

Science Club:

At Eglinton, we also offer a science club on a Monday, which is run by Miss Bhana. In this club, the children are able to conduct a variety of experiments and work with great science equipment! Last wee, the children viewed different cells of the human body using a bioviewer and then drew their observation.

 

Modern Foreign Languages

At Eglinton, children learn French from Reception to year 6, covering various topics, including myself, animals and food. We follow the comprehensive online programme ‘Language Angels’ which engages all pupils using a variety of learning styles. Lessons are structured, offering clear pronunciation of words and phrases through games, songs and repetition of the language.

 

PE

At Eglinton, our children follow a broad and progressive curriculum which covers key skills in dance, gymnastics and a range of competitive team sports. Children have the opportunity to develop coordination, agility and attack and defence skills, as well as being reflective on their own and each other’s learning. As a school, we work with a variety of outside agencies including Charlton Athletic Football Club, to ensure our children and staff have access to a high quality curriculum. We are also part of the Greenwich School Sports Partnership (GSSP) which allows us to access training for staff and competitions across the borough. We also have an orienteering course at the school and all children in KS2 participate in orienteering lessons in the Summer Term. Working as a partnership, our children have the opportunity to take part in friendly sporting tournaments with Cardwell, Henwick and St Joseph’s Schools which encourage competition as well as sportsmanship skills. Our children also benefit from a range of after school activities including Dodgeball, Football, Dance and Gymnastics. At present we have a Key Stage 2 mixed football team.

 

 

Curriculum Overview

Summer 2 - 2022

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Summer 1 - 2022

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Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Spring 2 - 2022

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Spring 1 - 2022

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 2 - 2021

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

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Year 6

Autumn 1 - 2021

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Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

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Year 6

Summer 2 - 2021

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

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Year 6

Summer 1 - 2021

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

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Year 6

Autumn 2 - 2020

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Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1 - 2020

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

More Information

For more information regarding our curriculum, please contact Mrs Omololu, Assistant Headteacher.