In the Early Years pupils are taught primarily through focused play activities. One of these will regularly be based in the area of Language and Communication. In addition most pupils will have specific communication targets that will be worked towards throughout the school day. During the Reception year pupils are gradually introduced to aspects of the Literacy in the National Curriculum.
English is taught as a separate subject during Literacy lessons and as an integral part of all other subject lessons. Regular targets are set according to the needs of individual pupils. Pupils within a class with similar or identical targets may then be grouped accordingly. The targets set are carefully chosen to ensure that pupils succeed, therefore developing confidence and a positive attitude to work. During Literacy lessons pupils work towards individual or group targets in reading, writing, and speaking and listening whilst experiencing the full range of literature set out in the National Curriculum. Targets are also taken into account during the teaching of other subjects. Our pupils have access to a range of different reading schemes as well as supplementary school based resources. These include:
• Dandelion readers
• All aboard
• Collins big cat
• Ginn 360
When our pupils are ready for the teaching of phonics we follow a structured phonics programme developed by Ruth Miskin called Read, Write inc.
A great emphasis is placed on the development of communication throughout the entire school day. A range of additional systems is used at The Pines with those pupils who require extra support in learning to communicate. These include signs, symbols, and pictures and sometimes technological aids such as “Big Macs;” a simple switch that holds a recorded message. The use of these systems gives pupils a means of developing concepts, knowledge and understanding within the curriculum and then communicating their learning to others.
Mathematics in KS1 &2 is taught primarily during a dedicated lesson, often within the morning session. Regular targets are set according to the needs of individual pupils. Pupils within a class with similar or identical targets may then be grouped accordingly. The targets set are carefully chosen to ensure that pupils succeed, therefore developing confidence and a positive attitude to work. Opportunities are taken, wherever possible, within the wider curriculum, to extend mathematical language, understanding and knowledge.
Our foremost aim is to ensure that, as far as possible, all pupils develop mathematical confidence in the practical situations of everyday life and that they develop a positive attitude to the subject. Consequently mathematical skills are developed across the curriculum
In Science we aim to develop inquiring minds so that children may explore their surroundings in order to understand them and to devise their own strategies to help them solve problems.
Pupils also have the opportunity to work independently and co-operatively to share ideas, formulate hypotheses and modify their thoughts in the light of experience.
Sex Relationship Education
The Governing Body believe that sex education should not be taught as an isolated subject, but as a natural part of children learning about themselves and their relationships with each other. It is therefore taught with sensitivity appropriately to the child’s age throughout their school life, and more specifically in the summer term for pupils in Year 6. Parents/carers of pupils in Year 6 are notified of the content of all lessons.
Our pupils have the opportunity to use computers in order to;
communicate with individuals
store and retrieve information
communicate with the wider community
consolidate concepts learned in other areas
develop coding skills
For some pupils computers and iPads prove to be a very motivating and practical learning tool, which provides access to learning throughout the curriculum.
e-Safety is taught in a secure environment through teacher-led access to our website and Twitter account.
History & Geography
The children have opportunities to learn about other countries and cultures world-wide. We also aim to ensure that pupils gain knowledge and understanding of the environment and in particular their city by providing them with a range of concrete experiences that can then be further developed in the classroom setting.
Design & Technology
These are creative practical activities that involve children observing, identifying, investigating, exploring, categorising, modelling, planning, making and evaluating.
Pupils of all ages have the opportunity to cook. Food technology provides many important cross-curricular opportunities for learning during enjoyable and often highly motivating activities e.g. the change of liquids to solids, following instructions and procedures, turn-taking, basic safety and hygiene rules. During such activities staff respect religious and dietary observances.
From the early stages pupils are encouraged to experiment with and explore materials. The aim is that children progress to making images and models using a variety of media in order to explore and make sense of the world.
All children explore the expressive elements of sound and music using voice, percussion and electronic instruments. They also have the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of music and organised sounds in order to develop various skills. These may range from simple sound recognition to following rhythms and describing moods and feelings suggested by different pieces of music.
In P.E. we develop body awareness and provide learning experiences in which movement plays a significant role. The development of social skills such as turn taking and PSHE issues are given a prominent role during all aspects of physical education. All children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to learn to swim. Consideration is given to pupils with special physical/medical needs.
We aim to promote spiritual awareness and to develop personal responses to issues regarding beliefs, attitudes and values. We make available to our children the opportunity to experience the rich variety of cultures that make up our city and society.
In accordance with the l988 Education Act collective worship is held at the beginning of each school day, and is of a broadly Christian nature. Religious Education is taught in accordance with the City of Birmingham Authority’s agreed syllabus.
The Headteacher is happy to discuss any concerns parents may have.
PHSE and Citizenship
This subject is taught in both a cross-curricular situation and as a separate subject. We provide opportunities for pupils to develop an awareness of themselves and others as individuals thus promoting mutual respect and understanding. There is an emphasis on personal, social and emotional development and some pupils will continue to work on individual targets developing these areas whilst accessing the wider curriculum.
Please click the link below to view our Primary Curriculum Map.