Year Group Long Term Plans
We want our pupils to leave Allerton CE Primary with an appreciation, enjoyment and love for the arts; the skills necessary to confidently and creatively express a subject in the media of their choice; and a vocabulary to communicate what they see, feel and think – including the successes and challenges experienced along their creative learning journey. Increased self-belief and confidence, enjoyment and attainment are the outcomes and are celebrated through performance, display and pupil voice.
At ACE we teach Computing in order to help our children to become digitally literate and to be able to take part effectively and confidently in an online world. We teach them to be safe, capable, creative and happy digital citizens, able to use all technologies independently and collaboratively, ready for the future.
We want our children to leave Allerton CE Primary with a love of words, the ability to manipulate them into different genres, a tool to express who they are and what they stand for and a means to communicate effectively. Therefore, hooking our children with purposeful writing opportunities is essential, as is modelling from the outset so that children build up the repertoire required for different genres. In order to do this, talk for writing is essential as is oral story telling. Through exposure to language rich texts, visual literacy, drama and real life experiences, our children will have the chance to imitate, innovate and finally create their independent writes in poetry, narrative and non-narrative. These will be built up on year by year so that by the time they leave us in year 6 they are confident authors, journalists, commentators, poets and playwrights!
How we Read at Allerton CE
At ACE we want all children to be a reader by the time they finish key stage 1. Reading enables children to access all areas of the curriculum and removes a lot of potential barriers to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a confident reader and writer.
The main way that we teach children to read is through synthetic phonics. There are lots of different schemes available to schools to use to teach their phonics. Allerton CE Primary School has heavily invested in a programme called Read Write Inc. The reason we did this was because of a document called ‘Reading by six: how the best school do it.’ Over half of the school featured in this Ofsted report used the Read Write Inc scheme to teach their phonics and reading. The great thing with RWI is that it also teaches the writing.
RWI teaches children how to read sounds and the letter that represents each of these sounds (phonemes and graphemes) and then teaches children how to blend these sounds together in order to read a word. These are known as ‘green’ words. Some words cannot be sounded out, these are known as ‘red’ words and we just have to learn them by sight.
Children from foundation stage to year 2 are on the RWI phonics programme, ideally we want the children to have finished the programme by the middle of year 2 and be ready to start the RWI comprehension programme. Children in nursery are also introduced to some of the simple sounds and do oral blending activities or Fred talk.
Children are assessed according to their reading ability every half term and grouped so they can be taught in groups that are all learning at the same level. RWI takes place on a Monday to Wednesday from 9.15am till 10.15am. This is why it is important that they are in school and on time every day. A new sound will be taught every day and then different reading activities, building confidence with a text over time and increasing fluency and expression. Children also develop the ability to answer comprehension questions from a text and work in pairs so they are all joining in. Children thoroughly enjoy the RWI sessions.
At Allerton C of E Primary school we aim for children to develop a good knowledge and understanding of the world through our exciting and engaging geography curriculum. They will study a variety of areas around the world, including where we live, comparing human and physical features and developing an understanding of how different places are. We will also equip them with the skills to be able to use atlases, maps and globes to increase their locational knowledge. Children will develop the skills to question and discuss environmental issues that are happening around the globe and come up with solutions for this. The Geography curriculum will allow children to become more informed about the world in which they live.
At Allerton C of E Primary school a high quality History education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It will inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching at Allerton C of E should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
At Allerton CE Primary, we follow a Maths Mastery Approach using Maths No Problem. In every KS1 and KS2 classroom, the children are using textbooks and workbooks, which have been written to support teachers in all aspects of their planning whilst delivering Singapore Maths methods effectively. These ‘Maths No Problem’ resources are being fully supported by the Department for Education because ‘mastery’, the ability to understand fully a concept and being able to apply it within different situations, is part of the requirements of the new curriculum. The Maths No Problem primary school series has been created specifically for children living in the UK and is fully aligned to the 2014 curriculum. It provides all the elements that teachers need to teach Maths mastery with confidence.
To find out more about how this new series aids your child’s mathematical development see the Parent Videos page on our website.
United Kingdom Maths Trust
In order to challenge and develop the maths of our more able pupils we enter selected children into the tests organised by the UKMT. These involve the children taking part initially in the Junior Challenge which is a demanding, problem-solving test which really assesses mathematical skill and understanding. If successful in this test, (we have had success in this – top 6% of those entered for the Challenge) there can then be progression through to the next stage which is the Junior Maths Kangaroo.
Supporting Your Child at home with Maths
In school we use Mathletics, which your child can access at home to improve their Maths skills.
Modern Foreign Languages
At Allerton C of E Primary School, we aim for children to develop a love of language learning from an early age. Learning languages can have beneficial effects on monolingual children’s awareness of languages and enhances their natural curiosity. Commencing in Foundation and KS1, children have exposure to language lessons and develop some cultural awareness. In Key Stage 2, a regular programme of study is followed whereby Spanish is taught in years 3 and 4, and French is taught in years 4 and 5. Such ‘priming’ can then lead to an enhanced readiness to learn other languages at a later stage and can help foster positive attitudes towards other languages and cultures.
At Allerton Church of England Primary School, music is an important ingredient in the children’s education. Music is a unique and powerful form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It combines creativity with emotion, enabling, personal expression, reflection and development. Our children are able to develop skills in listening, composition and performance. Music also plays a great part in our collective worship. Our children are given the chance to perform in concerts, plays, carol services, and class assemblies. We aim to give every child the opportunity to participate in a structured scheme of musical experience and develop at their own pace, no matter what their age or ability in order to give each individual child a sense of personal achievement thus developing confidence and a sense of community.
At Allerton CE Primary School it is our aim for pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. We provide children with a wealth of opportunities in order to reach this aim and are passionate about the happiness, health and wellbeing of our pupils.
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship offers planned learning opportunities to:
- explore values, attitudes and beliefs
- develop knowledge and understanding
- develop a range of skills such as decision-making; problem-solving; communication; inter-personal skills; and how to cope with peer pressure and bullying
- develop the social and emotional aspects of learning: Self-awareness; Managing feelings; Empathy; Motivation and Social skills
- reflect on current life experiences and prepare for the future.
At Allerton C of E Primary School we use the pupils’ natural curiosity to ask questions, investigate and demonstrate the attitudes of scientific working. Our planning ensures coverage of the scientific knowledge prescribed in the National Curriculum, and practise of the skills required to work as a scientist.
We teach children to communicate ideas using appropriate scientific language and how to evaluate their findings and suggest explanations. We also find learning opportunities to improve our Maths and English skills through our scientific work.
We celebrate and enjoy Science through practical investigations, an annual Science Week and also make good use of our excellent school environment, local High School laboratories, parents who share their expertise, and resources further afield such as trips by all year groups. Year 6 attend scientific events at Leeds University to both increase aspirations and introduce the possibility of careers in the Sciences.
EAL – English as an Additional Language
EAL (English as an Additional Language) is a big part of our life at Allerton Church of England Primary. In recognition of this, we formed an EAL Council in 2018. The EAL Council is a group of children who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school. Each council member has a different role and will be involved in meetings throughout the year to discuss and organise big events, such as The International Food Event (October), listen to feedback from pupils and parents about how we support those with additional language needs and keep everyone up to date about events in the pipeline.