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Spanish

All children at Gilbert Colvin will be learning Spanish. The school has invested in the highly recommended Rosetta Stone package which is an interactive programme which teaches children languages by listening to native Spanish speakers and then speaking themselves into the programme and getting feedback on their accuracy and pronounciation. They are all given usernames and passwords so that they can access Rosetta Stone online from home at:

https://gilbertcolvin.rosettastoneclassroom.com

 

 

We will offer the children at Gilbert Colvin a balanced curriculum with a wide range of subjects and learning which is personalised to their individual needs.
We will provide a curriculum which meets the needs of the academic, personal and social development of each child. We will enable children to make decisions about their learning and have a clear understanding of next steps. Our curriculum will ensure that our children become independent, enthusiastic and confident learners.

Every child will have daily Maths and English lessons. 
We also teach: History, Geography, Art, PE, DT, MFL in KS2, PSHE, Science, Music, Drama and the Performing Arts.  The curriculum for each term is set out in topic webs click here
For more information on these subjects please click here, or speak to a member of staff.

Children learn 6 major religions in RE: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism. Our emphasis is always on giving the children a moral understanding and knowledge of religious beliefs and practices to enable them to become tolerant, caring members of society.

 

English
A child’s ability to communicate is vital to all aspects of their learning.
English as a subject cuts across all areas of the curriculum, but we also plan for literacy-specific learning every day in schools, in line with the expectations of The Primary Strategy for Literacy.
The aim is for all Gilbert Colvin children to be confident and enthusiastic speakers, readers and writers, and so we provide a broad range of daily activities for children to practice their speaking listening, reading and writing skills. Included in this provision are opportunities for public-speaking and drama activities as well as reading and writing in different styles and for different purposes. 
A home reading scheme is operated from nursery through to Year 6, whereby children bring home books to share with their families each week. As well as fostering reading, this gives the school and parents a regular way of communicating about their child’s reading

 

Maths
Mathematics teaching follows the National Primary Framework from years 3 to 6.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are following Maths Mastery, developed from the highly successful Singapore Math Programme, which also has been used in US and Ark Academies in the UK.
Lessons are daily and adjusted to suit children’s different ability levels. Computer programs and games also help understanding and add to enjoyment.  Each year group have the opportunity to practise these skills using Sum-Dog both at home and at school. 
Times tables facts are practised in class from Year 2 to Year 6 (children are expected to know up to 12 x 12 by Year 4).
Mathematics is related to the environment and everyday life including work with money, measuring, weighing, capacity, time and the relationship of size, shape and dimension.
The children practise by using and applying their knowledge and skills in everyday situations and when solving problems.

Phonics
We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ approach to teaching phonics to our children.  If you would like to read further information, you can follow the link below:

https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationdetail

Homework
Children learning can be supported by activities carried out at home, these may include spellings, timetables and talk topic. Homework is sent out on a Friday and information about this is on our weekly newsletter.
 Details of the schools expectations by year groups are set out in the homework policy.

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