Anlaby Primary School Curriculum
Here at Anlaby Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the topics and ideas in the Cornerstones curriculum, which is then adapted to meet the individual interests and needs of our pupils across the school.
The Cornerstones curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning which is linked to the current national curriculum. This, together with Anlaby’s detailed skills curriculum documents, which include essential age related skills to track pupil’s progress, ensures comprehensive coverage of national expectations.
We believe that children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum therefore provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year, which will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
The following links are available for further details:
Curriculum Overview 2019/20
To find a copy of our long and medium term plans click on the links below.
Termly Topic Outlines
Year 4 - Burps, Bottoms and Bile. The Blue Abyss.
Year 5 - Stargazers. Alchemy Island.
Year 6 - A Child's War.
Mathematics at Anlaby is taught as a discrete subject following the objectives of the National Curriculum. Where links between mathematics and the current topic are obvious maths is taught as part of the curriculum to reinforce skills and concepts already learned through our discrete lessons. For further details click on the link below.
English at Anlaby Primary School
At Anlaby Primary School we believe English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.
Aims within the English Curriculum
The teaching of English at Anlaby Primary School aims to help pupils become fluent in reading, writing and communicating through speaking and listening.
These aims will be met in the context of English lessons as well as through cross-curricular teaching and will involve children developing:
- Understanding and using a variety of strategies to make sense of what they read.
- The ability to reflect on what they read and write.
- An understanding of the need for legible handwriting
- Knowledge and understanding of the main rules and conventions of written and spoken English.
- The confidence to speak in a range of contexts and adapt their speech appropriately.
There are four aspects of study for English at key stage 1 and 2, these are:
- Speaking and listening
- Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (GPS)
By the end of the Foundation Stage children will have:
- Developed both their abilities to speak clearly and sustain their listening when interacting with others.
- Used language to develop their imagination allowing them to organise and sequence their ideas.
- Developed their phonic knowledge by hearing, saying and writing simple words and sentences.
- Explored sounds and text by listening to stories and retelling them.
- Learnt that text carries meaning and that stories have common features.
- Held a pencil effectively and used it to form recognisable letters.
By the end of key stage 1 children will be able to:
- Speak confidently and listen to what others have to say.
- Read and write independently and with enthusiasm.
- Use written and spoken language to explore both their own experiences and imaginary worlds.
By the end of key stage 2 children will be able to:
- Change the way they speak and write to suit different purposes, situations and audiences.
- Read a variety of texts and respond using inference and deduction.
- Explore how written and spoken language works and the use of language in both fiction and non-fiction texts.
As a school, we have chosen the Read, Write Inc approach to early phonics development. For further information click here.
We are continuing to develop a system of whole class guided reading, with differentiated activities to meet the needs of all pupils within the class and wherever possible link good quality class texts to our writing genres. In earlier year groups, where sometimes whole class guided reading is not practicable, group guided reading is used to facilitate learning and progression. All year groups use a variety of different reciprocal reading activities linked to the appropriate content for individual year groups, for example prediction skills, summarising, retrieval and inference skills, context skills and dictionary skills etc. To support this, in each classroom we are continuing to develop the use of the ‘VIPERS’ reading skills prompts.
Vocabulary Find and explain the meanings of words in context.
Infer Make and justify inferences using evidence from the text.
Predict Predict what might happen from the details given and implied.
Explain Explain how content is related and contributes to the meaning as a whole. Explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of language. Explain the themes and patterns that develop across the text. Explain how information contributes to the overall experience.
Retrieve Retrieve and record information and identify key details from fiction and non-fiction
Summarise Summarise the main ideas from more than one paragraph.
All pupils across the school have the opportunity to change their own home reading books regularly and there are daily opportunities for whole class reading, either as individuals or by sharing a class text. Children in Foundation Stage have home reading books that are matched to their phonics ability. Children are also widely encouraged to read other books that they enjoy reading both at home and in school.
Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 follow the Read Write Ink programme to support their reading, with the Letters and Sounds programme being used as an additional resource.
Our curriculum is based around a topic based approach and therefore cross-curricular writing is embedded within the writing ethos at Anlaby Primary School. When writing, all pupils are encouraged to apply their knowledge of content, grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting across all areas of the curriculum, including science, history and geography.