National Curriculum Requirements
All local authority-maintained schools in England must be teaching the programmes of study outlined in the New National Curriculum from September 2014, with the following exception: in 2014 to 2015 years 2 and 6 must continue to deliver the previous curriculum programmes of study for English, Mathematics and Science, these children will sit the previous curriculum style SATs test.
All year groups will follow the New National curriculum from 2015-2016 and new tests will be introduced in 2016.
The curriculum contains the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects, at all key stages. These are statutory for the following subject; Mathematics, English, Science and Foundation subjects: Art & Design, Computing (formerly known as Information Technology), Music, History, Geography and Physical Education. In addition to this will also deliver PSHCE and RE.
Our Curriculum Coverage documents (attached below) for each area of the curriculum outline the expected progression through each year group towards the end of key stage objectives.
At Benton Dene Primary School we deliver our curriculum using a cross-curricular approach towards teaching and learning. We refer to these as ‘our topics’. This means that skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects are brought together and linked to form an overall ‘topic’. Within the topic, children are able to practise and apply their Reading, Mathematics and English skills in other subject areas. In addition to this we use Letters and Sounds and Reading Recovery Methodology across school to support the teaching of reading and phonics and Read Write Inc in the base.
Our ‘Topic Map’ shows each year group’s half termly theme of learning. This will often include a class trip, a visitor to School or a celebration of learning event and can be found using the tabs at the left hand side of the page.
Class teachers will be able to provide more information about curriculum content, should this be required.
Benton Dene Primary use Letters and Sounds and Reading Recovery Word-building methodology in order to teach children to blend to read and segment to spell words.
Benton Dene Primary invested heavily to buy the PM Reading Scheme across school in order to support the teaching of core words, fluency, punctuation and vocabulary.
Subject Specific Overviews
ICT / Computing
Art & Design/DT
In addition to our core curriculum, we also hold whole schooled themed weeks, including ‘Being British’ and ‘International Week’. These are outlined in our topic webs, which are sent home at the beginning of each half term and are available using the tabs on the left hand side of this page. These weeks aim to develop multicultural understanding, citizenship, international awareness, environmental issues and future careers.