At Lumbertubs we want our children to achieve as well as they possibly can.

We provide learning which is both relevant and challenging and which gives children the opportunities to express themselves. The curriculum is broad and balanced and covers all the required elements of the National Curriculum. We work hard to make sure that all children have the same opportunities irrespective of their race, sex, religion or disability. In our work we promote harmony between children and we challenge ALL stereotyping and prejudice.

We feel that it is important that every child experiences success in as many aspects of their life at school as possible. We believe that the child should always be at the centre of the learning
process and we build on what has gone before.

Our curriculum includes all the required National Curriculum subjects described below:


English

As a school we are following the Talk or Writing approach for our daily English lessons. This approach covers the requirements set out in the National Curriculum and covers the following aspect:


Writing

At the beginning of each writing unit the children are set a 'Cold' writing task which allows teachers the opportunity to assess what a child knows and what skills need to be taught or built upon. The cold task informs planning and a range of writing activities are planned in to support writing at the end of the unit, referred to as a 'Hot Task'.

Opportunities to teach grammar are planned in so that they are taught via the text type throughout the unit rather than having stand-alone grammar lessons. This means that the children see grammar in a context and can apply the skills learned to their writing. 

Shared and guided writing is used on a regular basis to model vocabulary, grammar and punctuation and to set high expectations of final written outcomes.


Reading

Reading is an important part of the Talk for Writing process, particularly at the beginning of a unit where the children are encouraged to explore a range of texts within the genre being studied. Reading in context allows the children to become more analytical about an authors’ intentions and the impact it has on them as a reader.

Reading is also supported through the use of Read Write Inc which is used to teach phonics across the school. We teach phonics as soon as children come into our school and take full account of word recognition and language comprehension as distinct processes related to one another. We want our children to read fluently and with a full understanding of the text in order to gain information and pleasure from reading.

The children are heard read on a daily basis through the use of 'Book Talk', which is what we use as our approach to guided reading. The approach allows children to access reading books at a level appropriate and answer questions based around the text.

We also promote reading at home via a 'Read Everyday Challenge', where those children who read daily at home are rewarded with a prize each time they have gained fifteen stamps on their bookmark. Children are encouraged to take books from the school library as well as being provided with a reading scheme book to read on a daily basis.


Speaking and Listening

The premise for Talk for Writing is for the children to be able to learn to talk about a text before being able to write. There is a significant emphasis on the children being able to articulate their thoughts and feelings about a text as well as internalising the language and structural features. Children need to build a wide vocabulary bank in order to become fluent and confident when talking aloud and to different people. The Talk for Writing approach enables the children to understand the need for speaking to different audiences and for different purposes.


Drama

Drama is incorporated throughout a Talk for Writing unit, starting with the children learning the text using actions to support them. Drama allows the children to use role play in order to explore texts in a different way in order to enhance and deepen their learning and understanding of a text.


Handwriting and Spelling

Spelling is taught through the No Nonsense spelling scheme. Handwriting is taught throughout the school through Kinetic Letters. We encourage the use of pens in books as soon as a child is able to form letters accurately and of a consistent size.


Mathematics

As a school we want our children to aspire to be confident mathematicians who enjoy challenge, are excited by stimulating lessons and are curious to learn more about maths. Our approach covers the requirements set out in the National Curriculum and covers the following aspects:


Foundational Skills

So that every child can be a confident and independent learner, every day the children spend an additional 20 minutes practising foundational skills. Foundational skills are the building blocks children need in order to be fluent in maths.  These include counting, understanding numbers, learning number bonds and knowing their times tables. We celebrate their successes, and each child aims to improve on their personal best.


Solving Problems, Reasoning and Communication

Solving real life type problems and reasoning encourages children to understand that maths is integral to all our lives. Once children have grasped the basic foundational skills, they enjoy the challenge of regularly tackling problems, using maths in new contexts and applying their skills in everyday life. Children are also taught to explain what they are doing and as they become more mature they learn to reason using correct mathematical language.

When children leave Lumbertubs Primary School, we aim for them to be confident mathematicians, who are enabled to solve problems independently and have all the mathematical skills they need to be successful.


The Lumbertubs Curriculum

The Lumbertubs Curriculum has been designed to offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The Lumbertubs curriculum is based on the national curriculum which provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. The Lumbertubs Curriculum has been developed to cover all national curriculum subjects whilst being personalised for our children and enhanced by local links. Themes run across the school which enables pupils to come together as a community to share and celebrate their learning.


YEAR GROUP TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4 TERM 5 TERM 6
SPORT – POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD FANTASTIC FEATS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM CHAIN
REACTION
NORTHAMPTON THROUGH THE AGES IT'S A SMALL WORLD
FTER ALL
WONDERS OF THE NATURAL WORLD
1 Northampton as a rugby playing town
Geography
DT
The
Gunpowder Plot
History Wonderful. Amazing You!
Science
Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria Comparison
History
Home Life - 1945 to present day
History
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
Geography
The Great Pet Sale
Science
2 England & Australia as rugby playing countries
Geography How do rugby players keep healthy?
Science
From Here to There
History
DT
Mind Boggling Inventions and Experiments
Science
The Great Fire of Northampton /
London
History
Comparative study of
Sydney (Australia) and Holyhead (Anglesey) as a port / harbour
Geography
Lings Wood
Science
3 The rugby player’s diet
Science
DT
Amazing Inventions
Science
What have the Ancient
Egyptians ever done for us?
History
Life in
Northamptonshire – Stanwick Lakes
History
Science
Canals
Geography
Artful Plants
Science
4 Super Saints Bar
Science
DT
What have the Romans ever done for us?
History The Electric Light Bulb
Science
Invaders and Settlers
History Sound
Science
The history of the Eastern district
Geography
Science
Mountain v Volcano
Geography  
The Amazon Rainforest and Salcey Forest
Science
Geography
5 Argentina as a rugby playing nation
Geography
Wicksteed Park - Fairgrounds and rollercoasters
Science
DT
Mind Boggling Inventions and Experiments
Science
History of the Shoe Industry
History
Geography
Science
The World beyond the Earth
Science How did the Greeks have fun?
History
The Circle of Life
Science
6 Why is a healthy heart vital to a rugby player?
Science
Early Islamic Civilisation
History Crime Lab Investigation
Science
Art Bot and other electronic challenges
Science
DT
Henry VIII and Elizabeth II
History
The Caribbean
Geography
Survival of the Fittest
Science
Updated date: 05 Feb 2019