Below you will find information about the different Key Stages and phases of your child's learning.
Core Curriculum areas are detailed separately, the Curriculum Maps can be viewed below.
KS2 Curriculum Map
Topic Map Pre-School to Year 6
We have been introduced to our new Numeracy scheme called Power Maths, this follows our current scheme called White Rose and is one of only two maths schemes supported by the DfE. We take baseline assessments early on in the term to help identify gaps in our learning and to provide the children with an aspirational target to achieve. Further details can be found here, including the curriculum overviews from Year 1 to 6.
We have also begun learning our times tables and children in Year 2 and 3 will have weekly times tables tests to improve and build on their current knowledge. We would encourage you to help your child by learning their times tables by playing songs and questioning them on a daily basis, this is a fundamental skill which will stand them in good stead as they grow at Great Ouse.
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MTC - Check
From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, all state-funded maintained schools and academies (including free schools) in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils. The National Curriculum specifies that pupils should be taught to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12 by the end of year 4. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics.
To further support your child with learning and assessing their times table knowledge we recommend the following website.
At Great Ouse Primary Academy we recognise that language represents one of the fundamental tools to learning and communicating ideas, views and feelings. We believe through speaking and listening, reading and writing children will develop their powers of imagination, creativity and critical thinking. We aim to provide quality visual, auditory and kinesthetic experiences that will enhance children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. We aim to provide skills and attitudes that will not only make them effective learners and communicators but also provide a lifelong enjoyment of language and books. We deliver a carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum which aims to inspire pupils, promote excellent outcomes for all and overcome inequality of opportunity
Our pupils will learn to write in a range of different genres in order to familiarise themselves with various styles of writing. Written work will be linked with other areas of the curriculum and will build on previous learning. The children are given specific targets termly so they are clear about next steps in their learning. Children will have an extended, unaided, writing session half termly. This will be known as ‘Invention Writing’. The children are given a stimuli to prepare and provide input for this writing session.
Pie Corbett Reading Spine - The Reading Spine is a core of books that create a living library inside a child’s mind. It is a store of classics and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story.
- Bring reading to life with a classic read aloud programme, selected by literacy expert Pie Corbett
- Foster a love of reading with the best-loved books for Nursery to Year 6
- Deepen comprehension and teach drama and writing by drawing on the core books
We follow the Letters and Sounds programme to ensure children develop their phonic skills in a coherent and systematic way. There is direct small group teaching of phonics using this programme from Nursery upwards. Children in KS2 receive additional small group phonics teaching if they have failed to pass the phonics check in Year 1 or the retake in Year 2. Children who are still developing their phonic knowledge take home a phonically decodable book matched closely to their phonic phase every night. It is one of our school priorities to ensure that all children develop confidence in phonics to enable them to become confident readers. We greatly appreciate parental support in this area and encourage parents to read the phonically decodable books with their child regularly.
We base our ICT Computing Curriculum on the iCompute schemes of learning, it is fully mapped to the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and is designed for mastery however we don't stop there, we offer children at our school the opportunity to further develop their ICT skills using a variety of resources and equipment across the curriculum areas. We have a very strong emphasis on eSafety too, it is imperative that children of all ages know how to stay safe when using ICT. The curriculum provides rich and varied learning experiences for pupils throughout the primary phase with clear progression between lessons and phases from EYFS to Year 6.
The scheme of learning is separated into 3 strands; this enables children to experience all aspects of ICT and apply their knowledge and expertise widely.
• Computer Science (computational thinking, algorithms, programming)
• Digital Literacy - incl. eSafety (using digital technologies to communicate, collaborate and express yourself as well as being responsible digital citizens)
• Information Technology
Physical Education (PE) at Great Ouse is delivered using the Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work for PE with the support of the National Curriculum. The scheme provides a range of activity based units of work that are progressive from Key Stage One upwards: fundamental movement skill units for Key Stage One, progressing into generic activity areas in Key Stage Two and then specific activity focus in higher Key Stage Two, which complements the National Curriculum Key Stage One and Key Stage Two National Curriculum programmes of study for Physical Education.
We carefully determine the context (activity) through which pupils will develop their competence, knowledge, skills and understanding, based on the needs of our children both in terms of culture and prior learning.
We teach a varied and diverse selection of sports, dance and games appropriate to the children in each year with the exception of Gymnastics units, are planned to ensure a clear progression, however we apply a ‘stage not age’ approach where key competencies are reinforced.
At Great Ouse, we ensure that our History and Geography curriculum is fully inclusive and linked to our six topics throughout the year across Nursery, Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, differentiated to meet the needs of the children. We ensure progression in History through historical concepts, knowledge and skills and for the children to study life in the past. We ensure progression in Geography through geographical concepts, knowledge and skills and for the children to develop a love for Geography.
The Geography curriculum is split into:
- Location Knowledge
- Place Knowledge
- Human and Physical Geography
- Geographical skills and fieldwork
The History curriculum is split into:
- Chronological Understanding
- Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
- Historical Interpretation
- Historical Enquiry
- Organisation and Communication
We closely follow the National Curriculum for our music teaching throughout school. The programme of learning is a good starting point for our children that builds pupils knowledge, skills and understanding in music giving them time to study important pieces of music and also to learn how to create music. We celebrate musical cultural diversity and expose the children to a wide variety of instruments and genres of music. Alongside this programme we use the BBC Ten Pieces resources to teach our pupils about significant pieces of classical music.
Children are also offered the opportunity to learn a number of different musical instruments; violin, cello, guitar and keyboard as well as enrichment extra curricular opportunities such as choir and ocarina club.
PSHE at Great Ouse is delivered using a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive scheme of learning, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.
With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
Jigsaw PSHE consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year. Every Piece has two Learning Intentions, one specific to Relationships and Health Education (PSHE) and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills. Puzzles are launched with a whole-school assembly containing an original song, with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level), building sequentially through the school year, facilitating whole-school learning themes.
The various teaching and learning activities are engaging and mindful of different learning styles and the need for differentiation and the Early Years (EYFS) planning is aligned to the National Early Years Framework (England).
PSHE Annual Overview and progression (EYFS - Yr 3)
PSHE Annual Overview and progression (Yr 4, 5 & 6)
Discover RE is a comprehensive RE scheme of learning including 59 Enquiry modules covering Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. The enquiry approach to RE ensures children are engaged and excited by their learning. Topics and themes show clear progression between years and phases and deliberate repetition of taught knowledge such as; Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given fresh treatment every year, developing children’s learning in a progressive way.
The key question for the enquiry is such that it demands an answer that weighs up ‘evidence’ and reaches a conclusion based on this. This necessitates children using their subject knowledge and applying it to the enquiry question, rather than this knowledge being an end in itself. Discovery RE focuses on critical thinking skills, on personal reflection into the child’s own thoughts and feelings, on growing subject knowledge and nurturing spiritual development.
Our RE schemes of learning supports;
- SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities
- British Values
- Critical thinking and Growth Mindset
- Personal Development
- Enhances children’s learning and spiritual development
- Encourages the celebration of diversity
At Great Ouse we hold a daily act of collective worship, this features in many ways; in our HAKA, assemblies, lessons, Daily Challenge, Focus Days, Visiting speakers, theatre groups, our annual Multi Cultural Day and the local Faith Tour (UKS2).
Great Ouse Primary Academy does not have a religious status (it is not a church school), nor does it promote or rely upon the teachings of one particular religion as the foundation of the school’s ethos or teaching. However, the school does teach and promote, through its curriculum and other activities, principles which are evident in aspects of many religious faiths:
- love and care for one another
- respect for one another
- the importance of family, friendship and relationships
- personal well-being and self-esteem
- sense of right and wrong
- justice and restoration of relationships
- appreciation of the world in which we live
- understanding of different peoples, their cultures and their traditions
- rights and responsibilities
- personal reflection – learning, behaviour, friendships
- awe and wonder