The School Curriculum
The National Curriculum is made up of the following subjects:
Art and Design
Physical Education (PE)
Modern Foreign Languages
Believe It Or Not (BION) - Religious Education (RE)
In addition, all children have a regular programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).
At Alder Coppice we believe in a vibrant and stimulating curriculum, which all children find Irresistible. Our curriculum is designed to inspire creativity in teachers and to inspire a love of learning in children.
¨ Our curriculum allows all children to access and share their own cultures, values and knowledge. The children’s key skills and knowledge and understanding are fostered and developed in a rigorous and meaningful way.
Subject Leaders: Miss J Richardson & Miss Vaughan
Phonics Lead: Mrs J Podmore
Language plays a key role in the child's schooling and in every aspect of educational development. Talking, reading, writing and an appreciation of literature are vital elements of language teaching in the School. We encourage the children to use their language skills to develop clear thinking strategies and the ability to put forward a reasoned argument. We promote language competence by using the child's direct and active experience. We extend this experience through themes or topics.
Speaking and Listening - Throughout the School we aim to involve children in interesting activities and build our language teaching on their attempts to explain and record their work. Children are given an opportunity, in Drama, to express themselves through the spoken word. Listening is another fundamental skill in communication. It is only through listening actively that thoughts, opinions and appropriate responses can be formed. We aim to provide a wide variety of situations, which enable children to develop as effective communicators.
Writing - We place a wide range of writing demands on our children and expect that they will eventually be able to express themselves clearly and concisely whether they are writing a letter, a story, a report or a poem. We always try to give children confidence in their own ability to write, by respecting what they actually do and by using this as a basis to improve their work.
Spelling and correct usage are taught in the context of the child's work and the recommendations of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.
Handwriting is taught throughout the School and it is developed from a print into a cursive script. Children are introduced to using pen, usually during Key Stage 2. We place considerable emphasis on neatness and presentation.
Reading - We encourage children to read a wide variety of reading material throughout their school life. We provide them with a range of purposes for reading and teach the skills necessary to support this. Due to the large emphasis given to whole class reading and guided reading activities during English lessons children are not, as a matter of practice, heard reading individually by a teacher each week.
We read aloud to the children throughout the School, so that they learn the lasting enjoyment of books and want to read themselves.
We feel it is important for the children to see that parents and teachers are working together to help their learning. We try to do this by encouraging children to take reading books home to share with parents. Children in all year groups are expected to take a reading book home each day to read at home. We hope you will spend time reading to, reading with and listening to your child. All we ask is that the book is transported to and from School in a book bag to prevent damage. Book bags can be purchased from School. Children taking reading books home are responsible for their care and should they not be returned; we expect parents to pay for any replacements.
Subject Leaders: Mrs J Podmore
Maths is an essential skill in everyday life, and our aim, is to ensure that through implementing the Government’s Mathematics National Curriculum, children learn and develop a range of mathematical skills.
The core elements of the Mathematics Curriculum are:
Number - which encompasses counting, Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions and Algebra.
Shape, Space and Measures – which includes Properties of Shapes, Position Direction and Movement and use of Measures.
Statistics – Using data
In September 2015 the School adopted a programme based on Singapore Mathematics that focuses on Key Fundamentals and the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach. The aim of this is to make children better mathematicians for life.
The core part of the lessons aim to teach and develop Maths skills in interesting and exciting ways. The children will not only practise written skills, but be involved in many practical activities and investigations using manipulatives (equipment), which also help develop their skills of problem solving and logical thinking. They will usually be involved in working actively with Learning Partners to develop their reasoning skills on a daily basis.
Throughout the School in all Maths lessons, there is an emphasis upon using the correct mathematical language. Children are encouraged to be able to talk about the Maths they use and explain their ideas. More and more, they should also be able to raise questions about what they see or do and use this language to also prove or make a mathematical justification.
Subject Leader: Mrs J Randall
Our Science teaching aims to enable children to develop a systematic approach to problem solving. Children are naturally curious. They are encouraged to handle materials and look closely at their environment, then to use their senses to question and to pose problems.
Through discussion and the testing of ideas, the children are helped to find answers and to reach conclusions. In this way, we aim to develop inquiring minds and independence of thought. Science is taught mainly through topics and themes, using the children's real experiences wherever possible.
Subject Leaders: Miss S Regan & Mrs S Linney
Computing is a subject which we integrate across all areas of the curriculum. We feel it is crucial for children to have regular exposure to up-to-date technologies, and wherever possible Computing is utilised on an individual, group and whole class level.
Key Skills are taught progressively in every year group. They carefully build on prior knowledge, and are updated regularly. Computer software used in school provides a stimulating and interactive platform for learning. Each classroom has a new i-board and we have recently purchased up-to-date iPad Airs, laptops and active table for whole class, group and individual skills teaching.
Subject Leader: Mr J Lawrence
The learning of a foreign language in primary school provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all pupils. Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the foreign language and English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multi-lingual world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them insight into their own culture and those of others. Children are given the opportunity to learn French during their time at the School.
Subject Leader: Mr S Grice
Through the teaching of History, we aim to encourage the children's understanding of the past, the past's influence on the present and future, and the children's sense of identity. The children have access to a wide range of resources including artefacts, documents, visits and visitors. Through the use of first-hand experience, we aim to make the teaching of history lively, interesting and meaningful to the children.
Subject Leader: Mr J Watts
Geography is the study of people and places in a variety of locations. We aim to enable children to make sense of their immediate surroundings and the wider world by teaching a range of geographical skills necessary for the children to carry out an enquiry and/or interpret information. Visits and fieldwork are used where appropriate. Some of the activities that children may be involved in include mapping skills, weather recording and soil studies.
BION – Believe It Or Not
RE (RELIGIOUS EDUCATION)
Subject Leaders: Mrs S Bott
We are required by law to include Religious Education in our curriculum. Religious Education is provided in line with the Dudley Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. We aim to help our children achieve a knowledge and understanding of religious insights, beliefs and practices, so that they are able to continue in, or come to, their own beliefs and respect the right of other people to hold beliefs different from their own. Christianity has been of great importance in the shaping of British history, institutions and culture; therefore, children need to gain knowledge and understanding of this. Also, it is important that we consider other major faiths, which are held in contemporary British society, to help children to learn to live together in harmony with others.
These are held each day and are wholly or broadly of a Christian character. A variety of approaches are used, the whole school may join together, there is also regular Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 separate Collective Worship, class based worship or phase worship. This allows us to focus on different themes appropriate for that age range and to involve the children more actively. Through Collective Worship, we try to make children morally aware and to have more understanding of themselves and others. Children sometimes participate in the presentation of Collective Worship, either as individuals or as a group.
Under the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988 parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and/or Collective Worship. Alternative provision would be made for any children withdrawn, which would be discussed with the parents concerned. Any parent wishing to withdraw their child should put this in writing to the Headteacher.
ART AND DESIGN
Subject Leader: Mrs R Holdcroft
Art is an integral part of the children's day-to-day work. While they are, for example, painting or modelling they are learning not only about what they are observing, but also about materials and tools, about manipulation and the need for care, about pride and personal achievement in what they can do.
The children's work is displayed in the class, corridor or hall to create a stimulating and attractive environment. It is important that children feel their work is valued and it encourages children to persevere with pieces of work, which may take a considerable period of time to complete. Art work requires concentration and attention to detail, which are qualities we wish to see in all areas of the curriculum, therefore art activities create good work practices.
During their Art programme children will have the opportunity to experience sculpture, collage, painting, print making, textiles and drawing.
The School arranges for all children in Year 5 to work with our Artist in Residence to complete self-portraits. The stunning results of this work are displayed around the building.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Subject Leader: Miss S Regan
Design and Technology draws on knowledge and skills from many other subjects; in particular it is closely related with Science and Computing. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to acquire a range of skills and work with a variety of materials, designing and making working models. They will be encouraged to develop the competence and confidence to identify, examine and solve practical problems involving the production of artefacts and systems.
Subject Leader: Mrs A Rabjohn
Music is an area of the curriculum which opens a range of opportunities to all children. All our pupils take part in a range of musical activities which include listening, composing and performing. They learn to identify the “elements” of music in the works of existing composers and gradually employ these in their own composition. Children begin their exploration of music in singing. They learn to internalise melodies and can transfer these to a range of instruments for use in a performance. Regardless of ability, all children can take an active part in music making as a means to raising their aesthetic awareness and self-esteem.
Tuition is offered by peripatetic teachers in a variety of instruments. Please contact the School Office for details.
Subject Leader: Mr L Davies & Mr G Wall
Physical Education forms an integral part of the education of every child and is an important and compulsory part of the School curriculum. We aim to use physical activity to encourage agility, co-ordination, fitness and confidence. It is hoped that through our programme there is a continuous development of body management.
Children’s social skills and understanding of fair play are also developed by providing them with the opportunity to take part in a variety of team games and understand why rules are necessary. Through taking part in various activities, children will become aware of their individual strengths and learn to cope with both winning and losing.
Children have the opportunity to develop skills in: gymnastics; dance; games (e.g. football, hockey, netball and tennis); athletics and outdoor activities (orienteering). Swimming is usually provided for children at some stage during Key Stage 2. Priority is given to non-swimmers and those not reaching the requirements of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for Swimming.
We give girls and boys equal opportunities in all sporting activities.
All children take part in PE unless they are unable to for medical reasons.
Clothing for PE should be brought in on Monday and kept in school until Friday, when they can be taken home to be washed. These clothes are for PE lessons only - we expect children to change for this lesson.
Health and Safety guidelines dictate that no jewellery should be worn during PE lessons, including ear studs for pierced ears. If your child wears ear studs, it is best for them to remove them at home before coming to school on a day on which they have PE, alternatively you can provide them with a named container for keeping them safe during PE lessons or send a plaster so that they can cover their ear.
If your child has long hair, it should be tied back for PE. Parents should ensure that their child’s hair is tied back on the days that they have PE or should provide a band for their child to do this before the PE lesson. A small supply of hair bands will be kept in school.