Teaching of Maths
At North Kidlington we use a range of resources to support teaching and learning in Mathematics.
The main element of this is the Abacus Maths Scheme which comprises of a wide range of materials for both teachers and pupils to use. At the planning stage teachers have access to online resources that provide a range of practical and written activities to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum in Maths. In class we use a variety of practical activities and written work from workbooks or textbooks. We also ensure that there are regular opportunities for problem solving and investigational Maths which enables children to apply their skills to a variety of contexts.
We endeavour to encourage all children to reach their full potential by offering a suitable range of activities in the classroom which address the needs of individuals, or, where appropriate, groups of children. At North Kidlington School we also provide targeted support for children experiencing difficulties in their learning of Mathematics; this may include extra adult help either in the classroom or as part of an intervention such as ‘First Class @Number’. In addition to differentiated class work, the most able pupils in upper key stage 2 also have the opportunity to work in a small group in which teaching provides extension work suited to the higher level at which they are working in Mathematics.
In order to further enhance children’s learning in Maths we subscribe to ‘Mathletics’ which is an online programme which the children can access at home as well as in school. It gives invaluable practise in all the areas of Maths that children encounter at school. Children are motivated by the use of a competitive element with the ‘Live Mathletics’ section in which they race against other users in answering mental maths questions. The use of modern technology linked to Maths is one more way in which we endeavour to make the learning of Mathematics at North Kidlington both fun and rewarding.
In line with our computing policy, children will also use information technology to communicate their findings, control, explore and solve problems and collect and process data as appropriate. Teachers will use appropriate software on the computer network, as well as other computing/programming resources such as ‘Scratch’, ‘Roamer’ or LOGO which support mathematical understanding in aspects such as shape, direction and measures of turn/angles.
Teaching of English
Read, Write Inc (RWI) and the Oxford Reading Tree
All children at North Kidlington School start to learn how to read and write through the Read, Write Inc programme. This is a synthetic phonics programme that children start in Foundation Stage. They are taught the sounds and how to blend these sounds. This enables them to read lively story books featuring words they have learnt to sound out. Children learn to write the letters which represent the sounds they have learnt and then write simple sentences and stories using the words they can sound out.
The children are grouped according to their ability and their reading and spelling are regularly monitored and assessed.
In Year 1 and 2 children participate in main stream Literacy lessons using many elements of Read, Write Inc. For most Infant children, Read, Write Inc runs as an intervention in addition to their Literacy lesson.
Children have access to a range of reading books. We use the Oxford Reading Tree books throughout Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and for less confident readers in Key Stage 2. Oxford Reading Tree books provide a broad and rich reading experience and systematically introduce sounds and letters with which the children are familiar.
Literacy in KS2
Children are taught Literacy in groups according to their ability. They study a wide range of text types and have the opportunity to write for many purposes. There is also a focus on grammar, punctuation and spelling to support their writing and to prepare them for the end of Key Stage 2 test.
Religious Education and collective worship
For RE we follow the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and deliver it through the Discovery RE scheme of work. Parents have a right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Collective Worship, although we would encourage children of all faiths to participate in RE, which is concerned with knowledge of world religions and we believe is important for developing tolerance and understanding. We hold daily Infant and Junior assemblies. Sometimes these are class assemblies. On Mondays we hold a whole school assembly and on Fridays we have a whole school “celebration assembly”.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
At North Kidlington Primary School we believe that good science teaching and learning happens when:
- Children can discover for themselves through trial and error.
- Children use scientific vocabulary.
- Teachers are confident about what they are teaching.
- When children talk, ask questions, share ideas, explain.
- When children are inspired to do and know more and transfer their knowledge.
- When children work in groups.
- When children work practically.
- When children are engaged, excited, involved.
- When children record their learning in a variety of ways using their own words.
Teaching Computing at North Kidlington School
Computing has the potential to enhance the quality of teaching and learning across the Curriculum. Society is changing and using computing technology in the classroom will raise the demand for a higher level of technological knowledge and awareness among the population as a whole. This should help to produce a population which feels comfortable with the new technology and one that can adapt to the rapid progress in this field. We will do this by providing the children with the basic skills and techniques needed to use the main curriculum software and by providing opportunities to use computing within the wider curriculum of the school in order to enhance their communication and learning. Our aim is for all pupils to be Computer literate. Pupils will also develop the ability to use computing skills as a means of accessing resources. They will be aware of the global impact of technology and how, as British citizens, we are using these technologies safely to enhance our way of life.
Art & Design
Teaching Art at North Kidlington School
We endeavour to create opportunities for independent learning and creative and challenging exploration in art. We aim to select appropriate teaching styles for a variety of activities in line with the 2014 curriculum whilst maintaining a balance between direct teaching of processes and techniques and opportunities for more open-ended activities. Children work collaboratively or individually as appropriate. They are encouraged to evaluate their own work, that of their peers and other artists, giving their responses through discussion.
Our Vision Statement for P.E.
At North Kidlington School we believe that for all children to enjoy, achieve and succeed in Physical Education, they will need to work together to progress and develop the skills required to lead a healthy active lifestyle. We also believe that Physical Education and sport are important in giving children the knowledge, understanding and the tools to make a positive impact on their own health and well-being.
We are pleased to announce we have been awarded Silver School Games Mark and Silver Youth Sports Trust Quality Mark.
Design and Technology
Teaching Design and Technology at North Kidlington School
North Kidlington School believes that:
‘Design and Technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think creatively to improve the quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They look at needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of skills with understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.’
Modern Foreign Language
Personal, social, health, education (PSHE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the school council. We teach them about rights, respect and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.