GLF Schools

KS1

In Key Stage 1, our curriculum is designed to instil high aspirations in all of our pupils and to encourage them to become resilient, lifelong learners who embrace challenges and continue to grow as individuals.

Our rich and varied curriculum gives children opportunities to develop inquisitive minds and a lifelong love of learning. We believe in celebrating every success and preparing our children for the future. We pride ourselves on giving our children a range of experiences to bring their learning to life, from hands on workshops, performances and educational trips.

Our English curriculum exposes the children to a wide range of genres throughout the year, where children are given opportunities to express themselves through their writing. Following Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ scheme, children are given the opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills. The children are given a variation of ways to present their work, such as debating and drama lessons.

Year 1 follow the phonics scheme of work, Read Write Inc, where the sounds are progressively taught, consolidated and embedded in their learning; this is developed further through whole class reading. Year 2, build on their phonics knowledge by following the Read Write Inc spelling scheme which focuses on the different spelling patterns and spelling rules.

The maths curriculum at Springfield Primary School follows the pedagogy of Teaching for Mastery. Children in Springfield learn through the explicit teaching of small steps, operating under one learning objective. Within this, mathematical, conceptual knowledge is deepened through effective questioning. The children are exposed to a range of resources to support their learning, including practical activities, pictorial and abstract problems to develop a secure understanding of mathematical procedures. The children are encouraged to develop their learning further, through their reasoning explanations and activities- the answer is just the beginning.

Our topic based curriculum, Cornerstones, develops skills and knowledge progressively taught year on year. Each topic has a main focus to engage and excite the children throughout their learning. Each half-term, there is a subject based focus and cross- curricular activities to allow the children to apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively and develop the essential skills needed.

What do our parents and carers think about KS1 at Springfield Primary School?

'My child uses phonics all the time when reading and writing. It has really helped. Great that parents understand it too.'

'My child is so happy and is learning a lot through the teaching and curriculum.'

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