Our Curriculum Aims

At Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy, our whole school curriculum branches from our use of quality texts and is designed to inspire and engage our children. The book, studied by each year group during each term, is the overarching theme for the topics in each subject area. All of our units of work are fully referenced to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum Framework and have a title that is in the form of a question in order to promote enquiry based learning.


Here at Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy, we aim to ensure that our children receive the best education possible. An education that that allows their imagination to run free and allows them to delve deep into the depths of learning!

This ethos means we plan and teach our English curriculum through the use of quality, rich texts. This is followed through from Reception to Year 6.

Why? Well, texts (non-fiction and fiction) play an integral part in classroom learning, and help develop skills in not only language but children's comprehension ability too. Teachers choose texts that they know will stimulate and interest the children so that they are inspired to write. Texts are carefully chosen to engage children and this provides a real link into other curriculum areas.

Having used rich texts for a number of years now, we have seen the progression and advantages. Due to the children's engagement, it has had a greater impact on their learning. Use of rich texts has resulted in accelerated progress because the children are motivated and excited about their learning. Needless to say, if a child feels entertained, they will work hard, retain new knowledge and thus produce the best work they can.

Alongside this, teacher's work immensely hard to ensure that the text they choose is rich. What we mean by this, is the text that is chosen, will have: meaningful but gripping content, advanced vocabulary and it will adhere to the objectives set out in the National Curriculum.

Maths

This year we are starting to introduce a new maths programme in school called Maths No Problem. Through daily teaching of mathematics, using this programme, your child will develop the ability to solve problems, to understand numbers, shape and relationships, to calculate accurately and to predict likely results.

At every stage in mathematics, the children are encouraged to apply their knowledge to real-life situations. Children are given a range of practical activities to stimulate and reinforce their mathematical thinking.

In order to ensure progression in the way our children are taught methods of calculation, we have a Calculation Policy followed by all our teaching staff. Our teaching from 2014 onwards reflects the increased demands within the new national curriculum, especially in fractions and multiplication tables.

We also follow a maths programme called Big Maths for the mental maths element of our Maths curriculum. This follows a daily programme called CLIC and ensures that every child becomes more numerate.

  • Big Maths has the following advantages for your child:
    Know what each child can do.
  • Use this knowledge to ensure your child receives the next step of learning
  • Constantly assess whether your child is ready to move on.

There is a consistent way that your child learns and is taught maths from Reception to Year 6.

The Wider Curriculum

The National Curriculum subjects are taught discretely and through topics, this ensures children become skilled in Science, Computing and the foundation subjects. The school is committed to developing an appreciation of visual and performance art alongside inspiring the next generation of historians and geographers. Throughout the curriculum British values of: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are interwoven.

We promote high level thinking and use Kagan strategies to promote collaboration. High level thinking, questioning and investigation are key to the environments that we want to create in our school and we use IT (Ipads and laptops) in learning every day to support SOLE (self-organised learning environments), where we believe our children are motivated to learn. This is complimented by a bespoke music program where every child in our school has the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.

We use the key skills of Enterprise (innovation, teamwork, leadership, creativity, financial literacy, decision making and positive attitude) to instill a 'Can Do!' attitude in all of our pupils. We encourage critical and creative thinking within a challenging and supportive environment which develops individuals as both independent and collaborative learners.

At Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy it is expected that every pupil will strive to fulfill his or her unique potential, while also acting as a worthy member of the School community.In our curriculum we operate a two year rolling program to allow classes within the same year group and key stage to work together and really get involved in their learning.

Curriculum Overviews

Curriculum Overview Autumn Spring Summer
Nursery
Reception
Year 1/Year 2 Great Fire of London
Jurassic Forest
Dungeon's and Dragons
Megastructures
Seaside Rescue
Bottom of the Garden
Year 3/Year 4 Eruptions
The Empire
Survival
Buried Treasure
Tomb Raiders
Extreme Environments
Year 5/Year 6 The Banquet
The Plaque
Down Under
Is it Right to Fight?
Grand Designs
Evolution

At Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy our aim is to educate our pupils to be confident, articulate and caring members of their community with a sense of fairness and justice, and with the ability to stand up for what is right. We want them to leave us with high aspirations and the confidence to achieve their dreams in their chosen career.

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What makes our school special?

To achieve these aims we have an exciting, creative curriculum that is rich both sports and the arts. During their time at our school every child will:

  • Visit the theatre every year to see a performance either linked to their learning or a pantomime.
  • Work with a specialist drama teacher in school to develop their own skills of performing, speaking and confidence.
  • Perform in whole school musical productions at least once a year- Develop a love of singing through whole class and whole school singing
  • Have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument in Year 4 (currently the Ukulele)
  • Have the opportunity to perform a Shakespeare play at the theatre in Year 5
  • Take part in large scale musical and dance opportunities in the local community, performing in Stockton Riverside Festival, with The Young Americans, Choir festivals with other schools amongst other things
  • Produce large scale art and design projects linked to every topic, building up a bank of skills
  • Have choice over creative homework projects linked to the topic that they can engage in with their parents (e.g. building castles, making cakes, photography)
  • Have the opportunity to sing, perform and speak to an audience in different settings such as the local church, secondary schools, public events in the community
  • Have choice over curriculum enrichment in the arts every week ie model making, music, singing, drama, textiles, cookery etc
  • Develop the confidence to be proud of the contribution that they can make

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All of this is achieved through the employment of specialist teachers, development of staff expertise and a cross-curricular topic curriculum with an emphasis on creativity.

Reading

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"ReadWrite Inc" lessons are phonics lessons that are taught to every child in the school until they can successfully read. Phonics is the teaching of the sounds that letters make. This is a structured scheme with lessons running every morning . Children are divided into small groups based on their ability rather than their age.

Reading is an essential life skill for children to be able to access all areas of the curriculum as well as to be able to thrive in life. We promote reading for enjoyment right from the start, always making time for children to hear stories and poems being read out loud. The teaching of phonics skills for reading and spelling carries on from work done in the Early Years, using the approved and recognised 'Read Write Inc' scheme to ensure our children make accelerated progress in reading and writing. We want our children to become competent, enthusiastic and fluent readers and we see reading development as part of the partnership between home and school. Parents/Carers are asked to read regularly with children at home. Just 5 or 10 minutes a day can help your child make better progress.

Writing

We teach our children the basic building blocks of good writing - grammar, spelling and punctuation. This aspect of English has a raised profile in the new national curriculum and as such has been identified in our academy improvement plan and will feature strongly in teaching across all age groups. Children write in a range of genres to a variety of interesting and relevant stimuli. We encourage our children to talk about and plan what they are going to write and give them opportunities every week to write at length. Many of our displays will present children's fabulous writing in an attractive and celebratory manner.

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Computing

Computing skills are taught as a discrete subject in our large computer suite and ipads are used to enhance and support learning in all areas of the curriculum within the classroom and outdoors. In all cases children are taught to communicate ideas in a variety of forms for a variety of audiences. The school is internet(broadband) linked. On entry to Frederick Nattrass Primary, parents are asked to sign a consent form for their child to access the internet within the guidelines outlined in the school's Safe Use of the Internet Policy. Throughout their time at school children are taught to use the internet responsibly both in and out of school, and are reminded about how to report anything they may come across that they think may be unsafe. As outlined in the new curriculum we also get every child coding, allowing them to create their own video games and work through problems and algorithms to solve computing issues and de-bug software. As the internet develops and becomes more intelligent, more jobs than ever are falling within this field and it is important we set children up for their futures.

Music

The teaching of music is based upon the fact that it is a creative and social art to be enjoyed. Children are taught about the building blocks of music; pitch, rhythm,dynamics, texture, timbre, harmony and structure, and have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing and moving to music and by playing tuned and percussion. Children have excellent instrumental opportunities at this school. Again this service is provided by Tees Valley Music Service. Lessons are currently paid for by the school on condition that children practise regularly and look after the instrument provided.

Physical Education

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Children will be encouraged to become active participants in all areas of physical activity and will be helped to develop the skills necessary for this. In KS1 PE lessons are skills based and activities develop fitness, motor skills, co-ordination, co-operation, travelling and ball skills.In KS2 these skills are built upon and developed as children participate in more structured team games; netball, tag rugby, football, hockey, tennis,rounders and cricket as well as individual sports such as fitness, movement,athletics, gymnastics and cross-country. We encourage healthy competition as well as enjoyment, sportsmanship and fair play. During both key stages, children benefit from the expertise of a qualified sports coaches.

All children will receive swimming tuition at Splash Leisure Centre during year 4.

Personal, Social,Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)

These subjects are taught within a thematic, cross-curricular approach and as discrete areas where deemed necessary. We use the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning)planning and lessons as a basis for teaching and learning in this area and activities are carried out according to the ability level and age of the children.

Sex Education

Within the science curriculum and cross-curricular work, aspects of human development arise naturally or incidentally and are dealt with accordingly. Sex Education is taught formally in year 5 and 6. We follow the recognised scheme "Lucinda and Godfrey" where the focus is around physical and emotional changes as well as some aspects of reproduction. Parents will be notified of the sessions in advance and can choose to withdraw their children from this part of the programme if they so wish. In all we do, we place full emphasis on moral considerations and we give every support to the value of family life.

Religious Education (RE)

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The school follows the statutory guidance given in the Stockton Agreed Syllabus for RE. Religious education is non-denominational and is for all pupils.Children are taught about the Christian religion as well as some of the practices of other principle religions in this country. Children learn about the main Christian festivals (Easter, Christmas and Harvest) as well as other religious beliefs and festivals. Children learn by examining religious artefacts, paintings and books as well as visiting places of worship. We try to develop appropriate behaviour and responses when dealing with what is special,important or sacred to others.Curriculum by Year Group

From January 2016 we have adapted our curriculum to more closely follow the new National Curriculum requirements for all subjects (we have been following the new National Curriculum for English, maths, science and computing since 2014).