Curriculum

In the past five years or so there have been many externally imposed changes to the National Curriculum for school in England and Wales and more changes are proposed for 2014. Nonetheless, whilst certain elements of the National Curriculum are statutory, the DfE also permits and encourages schools to design their curriculums for the specific needs of their children and enhance them with breadth and variety.
 

At Ickford Combined we continuously review the curriculum and tailor it to suit the needs and aspiration of the pupils. Although we use the National Curriculum as a starting point, we believe that we offer our children a curriculum that really helps them not only to develop academically but also as thinkers, creators, problem solvers, linguists, musicians and healthy active participants in a variety of sports and pastimes.

Every teacher plans lessons to promote a firm understanding of each subject area and ensures that these lessons are differentiated so as to enable all children to be challenged and to make progress at a pace best suited to their ability. Strong literacy and numeracy skills are central to our curriculum but we also work hard to ensure that subjects such as science, geography and history are exciting and engaging for the children.

Long term planning makes links between different subject areas so that the pupils reinforce their learning as they move between subjects and our investment in ICT ensures that all of our pupils have the opportunity to develop important skills that will hold them in good stead in our constantly changing, technologically rich society, within a safe environment.

We promote the appreciation of other languages and cultures through our French curriculum and every child who begins our school in the Early Years also begins a journey learning the language of France and about its culture culminating in a trip to France with their Friends in year 5 or 6. Our year 6 children also have the opportunity to begin learning German in their final year and benefit from the confidence this gives them before moving on to their secondary schools.

Music is very important to the whole school and the musical expertise of several members of staff is very high. Every child begins learning to read music and playing the recorder from the moment that they join the school and from Year 3 onwards each child is also taught to play the violin. In addition to the curriculum, children are also able to take up other instruments such as trumpet, guitar and saxophone and enjoy lessons with specialised peripatetic teachers from the Aylesbury Music Centre. We also encourage every child to sing and to simply love music for the pleasure it can give.

We enjoy very good sports facilities at Ickford and also employ a specialist PE teacher to deliver a programme of study to the whole school. Every child is encouraged to participate and to develop a healthy attitude to competition and a respect for their peers. The curriculum is supplemented by an abundance of extra-curricular clubs as well as participation in festivals and matches against other schools. We currently offer the opportunity to take part in Netball, Cricket, Tennis, Badminton, Tag Rugby, Football, Hockey, Skipping and Running Clubs as well as Cheerleading and Ballet.

Mixed Year Group Classes

Due to the size of Ickford Combined School and its origins as a village school, we have some mixed year group classes which we see as an advantage to the children’s learning in many ways.

Class 1 for example is made up of Reception and the youngest Year 1 children many of whom are summer born. These children benefit from having a longer period of time is a less formal learning environment where the emphasis is on learning through play just as much as it is on learning with the teacher in a formal setting. Consequently, the notoriously problematic transition between The Early Years to Year 1 is not an issue for us.

Mixed age group classes can mean that the range of ability in one class may vary more than the norm but teachers differentiate their lessons accordingly. Indeed, one advantage of the wider age range is that more able children from a younger group can be further challenged and extended in their learning whilst less able children have more time to consolidate their understanding.

One year group not mixed at all is Year 6 and we maintain a class size of 20 or less. In this important final year the class teacher is able to focus on individual children who may need some extra support whilst also really encouraging the most able to become independent and self-motivated learners. The self-esteem of our year 6 children is also very high as this small group take on the responsibility for many of the roles around the school and within the student community such as House Captains and Vice Captains, Librarians and music monitors.

The structure of the classes is as follows:

Class 1:                 Reception and up to ten youngest Year 1 children

Class 2:                 Year 2 and up to ten eldest Year 1 children

Class 3:                 Year 3 and up to ten youngest Year 4 children

Class 4:                 Year 5 and up to ten eldest Year 4 children

Class 5:                 Year 6

Curriculum Overviews

Class 1 Reception follow an Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum with additional French, Music and PE.

Literacy

  • Stories with familiar settings
  • Instructions
  • Labels, Lists and Captions
  • Fantasy Worlds
  • Poetry- The senses
  • Stories from another culture
  • Recounts
  • Traditional Tales
  • Poems on a theme
  • Pattern and rhyme
  • Dictionaries
  • Sentence structure and spelling
  • Handwriting
  • Phonics

Numeracy

  • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Measuring
  • Data Handling
  • Number Facts
  • Counting, partitioning and calculating

Science

  • Forces and Movement
  • Materials
  • Keeping fit and healthy
  • Scientific enquiry
  • Plants

History

  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • Family Trees
  • Rosa Parks

Geography

  • Sea sides
  • The Arctic and Antarctica
  • Cities

RE/PSHE

  • Harvest
  • Christmas story
  • What does it mean to be me?
  • Easter Story
  • What makes our world special?
  • What makes some places special?

Art

  • Collage
  • Textiles
  • Watercolour and mark making

PE

  • Modern Dance
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • General Fitness
  • Basketball
  • May Dance
  • Cricket
  • Hockey Skills
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  • Athletics

French

  • Counting
  • Colours
  • Pets
  • French singing

Music

  • Recorders

ICT

  • Computer skills
  • We are celebrating
  • We are personal trainers
  • We are treasure hunters
  • We are story tellers
  • We are gardeners

 

Areas of learning to practise at home

 

Reception:

  • Counting to 20 and beyond
  • Handwriting
  • Recognising numbers
  • Reading

 

Year 1’s:

  • Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • Reading
  • Handwriting
  • Recognising numbers to 100

 

Class 2

Literacy

  • Stories with a familiar setting
  • Stories from a fantasy setting
  • Traditional stories
  • Adventure stories
  • Poetry
  • Instructions
  • Recounts
  • Playscripts
  • Non Chronological reports
  • Sentence structure
  • Handwriting
  • Phonics

Numeracy

  • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Measuring
  • Data Handling
  • Number Facts
  • Counting, partitioning and calculating

Science

  • Materials
  • Forces
  • Scientific Enquiry
  • Keeping Fit and Healthy
  • Plants

History

  • Explorers
  • The Great Fire of London
  • Monarchs (Elizabeth II)

Geography

  • Holidays
  • The Rainforest and it’s Ecosystem
  • Capitals

RE/PSHE

  • Harvest
  • The Christmas Story
  • What does it mean to be me?
  • Easter story
  • What makes our world special?
  • Special objects

Art

  • Collage
  • Textiles
  • Watercolour and Mark making 

 

PE

  • Modern Dance
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • General Fitness
  • Throwing and Catching
  • Country Dance
  • Hockey Skills
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Tennis

French

  • Numbers
  • My family and I
  • Food and Shopping
  • Animals
  • Colours

 ICT

  • We are treasure hunters
  • We are story tellers
  • We are TV chefs
  • We are celebrating
  • We are personal trainers
  • We are gardeners

 

Areas of learning to practise at home

Year 1’s:

  • Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • Reading
  • Handwriting
  • Recognising numbers to 100

Year 2’s:

  • Times Tables
  • Reading
  • Cursive Handwriting
  • Recognising numbers to 1000

 

Class 3

 

Literacy

  • The Iron Man Book
  • Adventure and Mystery
  • Instructions
  • Extended Story Writing
  • Stories set in other worlds
  • Persuasive writing linked to Geography
  • Report Writing
  • Myths and Legends

Numeracy

  • Number Facts and Number in the Number System
  • Measuring
  • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Data handling
  • Counting, Partitioning and Calculating

Science

  • Circuits, insulators and conductors (electricity)
  • Healthy Eating
  • Plants and adaptations
  • Materials changing
  • Forces and Movement
  • Science enquiry and investigation

History

  • The Vikings
  • The Normans
  • The Saxons

Geography

  • Local Study Ickford
  • Continents and countries of the world
  • Earthquake and Volcanoes

RE

  • Right and Wrong
  • Belonging
  • Founders and Prophets
  • Goal Setting
  • Holy Books
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  •  

ICT

  • We are meteorologists
  • We are Artists

PE

  • Modern dance
  • Netball
  • General fitness then May Dance
  • May Dance then cricket
  • Rounders
  • Athletics

French

  • Weather
  • My family
  • Pets
  • Hobbies
  • Foods inc at the café and at the restaurant

Music

  • Exploring Pitch
  • Recognise and changes in tempo
  • Recorders
  • Violin

Art

  • Collage
  • Textiles
  • Mark Making

Areas of learning to practise at home:

  • Reading a variety of different genres (every week night)                             
  • Times Tables
  • Practical maths e.g. Money and measuring         
  • Learning Logs
  • Spellings                             
  • Handwriting

 

Class 4

Literacy

  • Focus texts – Harry Potter, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Tom’s Midnight Garden
  • Older literature – William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth
  • Fiction genre – detective fiction, stories from other cultures, myths and legends, film narrative
  • Poetry – narrative poetry, poetic style, performance poetry
  • Non-fiction genre – persuasion, recount
  • Reading comprehension
  • Grammar, handwriting and spelling

Maths

  • Shape, space and measure
  • Data handling
  • Numbers and the number system
  • Counting, partitioning and calculating
  • Algebra

Science

  • Scientific enquiry
  • Reversible change
  • Keeping fit and healthy
  • Green plants
  • Electricity
  • Forces and motion

History

  • Elizabethans
  • Stuarts
  • Ancient Greece

Geography

  • Rivers
  • The water cycle
  • South American study

PE

  • Swimming
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • General fitnessAthletics
  • Rounders
  • Netball
  • Tennis

 

Music

  • Violin
  • Recorders
  • Singing
  • Music theory
  • Rhythm
  • Composition

ICT

  • Digital image
  • Building a 3D space
  • Databases
  • Movie Maker
  • Making  music

Art

  • Collage
  • Textiles
  • Watercolour
  • Mark making

RE

  • Pilgrimage
  • Religion in the community
  • Founders and prophets
  • Festivals
  • Holy books
  • Rites of passage

French

  • My family and I
  • Clothes
  • Adjectives
  • Present tense
  • Holidays
  • Food

Areas of learning to practise at home

  • Maths - times tables, practical maths (for example weighing, measuring, money), mental calculations.
  • Literacy - reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, spellings, handwriting.

 

Class 5

Literacy

  • Different story writing genres, fantasy, horror, adventure, short stories
  • Biography and Autobiography
  • Persuasive writing, Balanced viewpoint
  • Focus texts: Kensuke’s Kingdom and Carrie’s War
  • Journalism
  • Poetry
  • Reading comprehension
  • Grammar: Parts of speech, complex and compound sentences, formal standard English and non-standard English.

Maths

  • Counting, partitioning and calculating
  • Data handling
  • Shape, space and measure
  • Algebra
  • Numbers in the number system

Science

  • Reversible and irreversible changes
  • Micro organisms
  • The Solar System
  • Circuits
  • Photosynthesis
  • Genetics
  • Human Reproduction

PE

  • Swimming
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Athletics
  • Netball
  • Tennis

Music

  • Violin and music theory
  • Singing for Harvest Festival, Christmas, school production

Art

  • Mark making, water colours, collage

RE

  • Pilgrimage
  • Right and Wrong
  • The Creation
  • Symbolism
  • Expressing belief

History

  • WW2
  • Post WW2

Geography

  • Geotrails
  • Mountains, contours
  • Ordnance Survey Maps.

ICT

  • Geotrails
  • Excel
  • Game Developers
  • Creating a web page
  • Publisher

  

Areas of learning for home

Maths – multiplication times tables, practical maths

Literacy – daily exposure to a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and spellings.

 

Outings and Excursions

Where possible we try and enrich the curriculum with outings to places of interest and over the past few years we have taken children to:

The Science Museum London

Woburn Abbey

Warwick Castle

Ashmoleum Museum

The Royal Albert Hall

Green Park Outdoor Activity Centre

Wembley Stadium

The National Army Museum

Austere in Normandy France

PGL:  Marchant’s Hill Surrey

 

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Art and Craft

Running Club

Computer Club

Tae-Kwando
Ballet

Tag Rugby

Cheerleading

Outdoor Football

Tennis

Infant Football

Hockey Club

 

Netball Club

 

Skipping Club

 

 

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