Our Learning

Curriculum Overview

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum forms the content of most of what is taught in Years 1-6 and consists of eleven subjects for primary-aged children.  This is divided into core and foundation subjects.  The core subjects are as follows (click the title for information):

Art

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Our art curriculum is taught following three key learning objectives:

  • To develop ideas.
  • To master techniques (painting, collaging, sculpting, drawing, printing and textiles).
  • To great inspiration from the greats (classic and modern).

We cover these three objectives by teaching the children a wide variety of progressive skills which are built upon and embedded throughout the school.

At Samuel Lucas, we understand that art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our intent is to provide high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges pupils to ensure they’re equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design as well as using artistic skills and techniques to convey personal responses to appropriate stimuli. Through exposure to historical and modern artists, as well as cross-curricular links, children can also explore how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our own nation, as well as others.

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Our computing curriculum is taught following four key learning objectives:

  • To code (using scratch).
  • To connect.
  • To communicate.
  • To collect through simple databases.

We cover these four objectives by teaching the children a wide variety of progressive skills which are built upon and embedded throughout the school.

Our D&T curriculum is taught following three key learning objectives:

  • To master practical skills (food, materials, textiles, electricals and electronics, computing, construction and mechanics).
  • To design, make, evaluate and improve.
  • To take inspiration from design throughout history.

We cover these three objectives by teaching the children a wide variety of progressive skills which are built upon and embedded throughout the school.

We believe that children learn best through play and from being actively engaged in their learning. Our learning environments, both indoor and outdoor, provide stimulating learning where children can be inquisitive and independent. Adults interact with children to take them to their next steps. The learning timetable changes over the year and adapts as the children mature and develop new skills.
At Samuel Lucas we recognise the importance of the spoken word and how the acquisition of vocabulary is a fundamental stepping stone to being a competent reader and writer. We provide a wealth of reading opportunities through quality texts and learning activities to enable pupils to be engaged in and be inspired to write. Using daily routines through to inspiring Book Weeks, quality texts model high expectations. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, the “Letters and Sounds” phonic scheme, alongside a range of book resources used to enhance reading. From Reception to Year 6 speaking and listening skills are fundamental to all areas of learning and through strong purposeful cross curricular links children are able to express themselves fluently. The learning environments are print rich and the learning journey of writing is celebrated.
Our French curriculum is taught following twelve key learning objectives:

  • To listen attentively.
  • To engage in conversations.
  • To speak in sentences.
  • To develop accurate pronunciation and intonation.
  • To read carefully and show understanding of words.
  • To broaden their vocabulary.
  • To write phrases from memory.
  • To describe people, places, things and actions.
  • To understand basic grammar.
  • To appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
  • To present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
  • To explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.

 

We cover these twelve objectives by teaching the children a wide variety of progressive skills which are built upon and embedded throughout the school.

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Both History and Geography skills are taught throughout the school addressing the same learning objectives and revisiting them whilst extending the skills and knowledge. Both subjects are taught cross curricular, making links with other areas of the curriculum to embed learning as much as possible.

Our geography curriculum is taught following three key learning objectives:

  • To investigate places.
  • To investigate patterns.
  • To communicate geographically.

We cover these three objectives by teaching the children a wide variety of progressive skills which are built upon and embedded throughout the school.

Our history curriculum is taught following four key learning objectives:

  • To investigate and intrepret the past.
  • To build an overview of world history.
  • To understand chronology.
  • To communicate historically.

We cover these four objectives by teaching the children a wide variety of progressive skills which are built upon and embedded throughout the school.

Class outcomes and portfolios demonstrate the learning of the children to the parents and the school community.

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At Samuel Lucas we fully embrace the Maths Mastery curriculum which develops fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We teach a clear sequenced curriculum which allows knowledge and skills to be gained at each stage. Each area is taught in a block to allow children time to fully understand and embed their learning. Each block is built upon as the children advance throughout the school extending on their prior learning and allowing them to master concepts and deepen their learning. We firmly believe that all children can succeed in maths and that reasoning and problem solving should be at the heart of all lessons.

The knowledge of key facts is vital to all aspects of maths and we are focusing this year on developing our pupils’ knowledge of their times tables. We address misconceptions and develop reasoning skills by asking the children to explain, justify and prove their answers. Throughout the school, pupils learn to use concrete resources and both pictorial and abstract representations to demonstrate their mathematical understanding.

Our music curriculum is taught following eight key learning objectives:

  • To use voices expressively.
  • To play tuned and untuned instruments.
  • To listen with concentration and understanding.
  • To experiment with combining sounds.
  • To play and perform with increasing accuracy.
  • To improvise and compose music.
  • To use and understand musical notation.
  • To appreciate and understand a wide range of music.
  • To develop an understanding of the history of music.

We cover these eight objectives by teaching the children a wide variety of progressive skills which are built upon and embedded throughout the school.

Our PE curriculum is taught following four key learning objectives:

  • To develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  • To be physically active for sustained periods of time.
  • To engage in competitive sports and activities.
  • To lead healthy, active lives.

We cover these four objectives by teaching the children a wide variety of progressive skills which are built upon and embedded throughout the school.

Our RE curriculum is taught through eight areas:

  • Beliefs and practices.
  • Justice and fairness.
  • Human responsibilities and values.
  • Sources of wisdom.
  • Ultimate questions.
  • Symbols and actions.
  • Identity and belonging.
  • Prayer, worship and reflection.

Throughout these eight areas children should discover religious worlds and ideas, develop vocabulary to use in a religious context and introduce theological ideas.

Our new PSHE RSE curriculum is taught by following the Jigsaw scheme. Each year’s lessons are broken down into 6 puzzles, one to be taught each ½ term. Every year group learns the same puzzle (age related) at the same time taking the whole school on their journey together.

The puzzles are:

Being in my World

Celebrating Differences

Dreams and Goals

Healthy Me

Relationships

Changing Me

 

The teaching of the Jigsaw program aims to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society therefore preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Jigsaw Overview Map

Jigsaw

Information for Parents and Carers Leaflet

Jigsaw LGBT Parent Leaflet

RSE Guide for Parents and Carers leaflet

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Science is a body of knowledge and understanding built up through experimental testing and discussion of ideas. Science is also a methodology; a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about our world.

Science at Samuel Lucas Primary School is about the development of children’s ideas and their ways of working that aims to enable them to:

  • Think critically and communicate their understanding;
  • Have opportunities to apply their knowledge and scientific skills in different contexts across different areas of their school curriculum
  • Develop enquiry skills useful for science, across the curriculum and their lives