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What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

The Lumbertubs Curriculum

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 use elements of the Talk for Writing approach for our daily English lessons. This approach covers the requirements set out in the National Curriculum and covers the following aspects:

 

Writing

Each term children are assessed to see what they know and what skills need to be taught or built upon. These assessments inform planning and a range of writing opportunities are planned for children to be able to apply these skills.

 

Opportunities to teach grammar are also planned so that they are taught via the text type throughout the unit alongside 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 sessions model the expectations for writing and the application of vocabulary, grammar and punctuation skills. Genre specific toolkits and the use of success criteria set high expectations of final written outcomes

 

Reading

At the beginning of a unit, 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 author’s 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 we also teach word recognition and language comprehension. We want our children to read fluently and with a full understanding of the text in order to gain information and pleasure from reading.

 

Our daily Guided Reading sessions focus on a teaching a key reading skill. This approach allows children to access books and discuss the text at an appropriate level. Reading comprehension sessions are also planned so that children have the opportunities to answer questions based around the text.

 

We also promote reading at home via the ‘Lumbertubs Reading Challenge', where those children who read 5 times a week at home are rewarded with the opportunity to win a prize of a book each term. All children are encouraged to take books from the school library and younger children are provided with a reading scheme book to read on a daily basis where appropriate.

 

Speaking and Listening

We expect all children to be able to talk about a text before being able to write about it. 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 to different audiences.

 

Drama

Drama is incorporated throughout the English units of work, starting with the children learning the text using actions as support. 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

Children spend 20 minutes, each day, practising foundational skills so that they can be a confident and independent learners. 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 Wider 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

AFTER 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

 

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