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At Keyworth , the study of English is used to develop the children’s skills and abilities in speaking and listening, reading and writing in order that the children become confident and competent in communicating their ideas across a range of different contexts and for a variety of purposes.
Children at Keyworth develop their speaking and listening skills across the curriculum. We use discussion and drama as a means of providing the children with thought provoking stimuli aimed at encouraging high level thinking and engagement. We follow and adapt Dramatic Progress in Literacy and Literacy Tree units where the children are immersed in a text and rehearse their writing through talk and performance.
At Keyworth, we use the National Curriculum as a basis for planning our lessons. Lessons are taught through the use of high quality texts which are often linked to the half-termly topic. The teaching sequence begins with the immersion of the children within the text through the use of an engaging starting point, drama, speaking and listening activities, and gathering initial ideas. Grammar objectives are then taught and developed in the context of the text with the children then applying these skills by writing a variety of different text types, grammar is also taught discretly. This includes through teacher modelling, supported and shared writing, and task-led independent writing. At the end of each unit, children are given the opportunity to use the taught structures and skills by producing their own piece of independent writing.
Children at Keyworth have the opportunity to read daily through guided reading sessions lasting 20 minutes. Each guided reading group is supported by an adult weekly to develop their comprehension skills and book talk. We use a combination of reading schemes including Collins Big Cat, Rigby Star, Oxford Reading Tree and Nelson. Children also have the opportunity to read high quality chapter and picture books, real-life non-fiction texts and topic books linked to their learning. Guided Reading sessions are taught discretely outside of the English lesson.
We are subscribed to First News and allow the children the opportunity to read and respond to texts using laptops through Reading Eggs. Children are able to access the Reading Eggs program at home and can access texts that are specifically catered to their ability.
Each week, the children are provided with a levelled reading book to take home as well as having the option to select a book from the reading corner to develop reading for pleasure. Children use a home-school communication book to record reading at home. Reading rewards are given during weekly assemblies.
KS1 parent reading workshops are delivered by the parent and family worker and by teaching staff in order to develop a shared understanding of reading and to support the development of reading at home.
In KS1, phonics is taught daily for a period of 15 minutes. We have combined the Codebreakers Phonic Scheme alongside Letters and Sounds to create a program tailored to the needs of the children within our school. Phonics is taught through the modelling of sounds, visual clues, actions and repetition. Early Years and KS1 Phonics workshops are delivered to parents to develop a shared understanding of what the children are learning in school.
In Early Years and KS1, spelling is embedded with the phonics that the children are taught. Additionally, the children learn spelling patterns and rules through high quality texts during their English lessons and through the “No Nonsense Spelling Scheme”. In KS2, we have introduced a ‘Spelling Bee’ where the children are taught different spelling patterns and rules weekly. These are modelled through common words related to each spelling pattern with the children then having to apply the spelling rules to unknown words. Children who regularly perform well at applying the spelling rules then compete in the Spelling Bee Finals.
Handwriting is taught using the Letter-join Handwriting Scheme. In Early Years and KS1 handwriting is taught alongside phonics, while in KS2 handwriting is embedded alongside word level work. Click on the link below to access the Letter-join Scheme.
With the new National Curriculum, we are keenly focussed on the development of our children’s arithmetic strategies in Maths from Nursery to Year 6. Our new Maths home learning scheme is geared towards encouraging the children of Keyworth to practise their number facts at home and then apply them to problem solving activities in and out of the classroom. Application skills development is embedded in our approach to Maths from the Foundation Stage upwards. By accommodating different learning styles we foster independent learners who are confident using a variety of methods when calculating. Our streamed system enables us to target individuals and support children with different needs. Contextualised learning in both Key Stage 1 & 2 ensures that our children are engaged and can make connections with everyday scenarios that require a Mathematical perspective; thus cementing the importance of developing their Maths skills. We have adopted a progressive mentality to Maths and believe that children should build consistently on their knowledge and skills. As a result there is a common thread to how Maths is taught from Nursery to Year 6, which ultimately ensures our children leave Keyworth as confident and curious Mathematicians.
We have launched a new ‘Home Learning Scheme in Mathematics’ this year, in a bid to help the children improve their arithmetic Maths skills. The new National Curriculum puts a big emphasis on children knowing their number facts and our scheme is designed to encourage the children to practise and learn them at home with your support.
The scheme involves a ‘Rocket Card’. The card is split into 10 sections and it shows the progression of number facts as they are taught in the school from Reception to Year 6 (in sections 1-9). Each week the children’s Maths class teacher will give them a Rocket objective to practise for homework (i.e. number bonds to 10, 2 times table). The children will then be tested on this objective in their Maths lesson weekly. Once they have completed the 3 objectives in a section (getting 10/10 in the test for each objective), they can colour the section in on the card in their Maths books and they will receive a certificate in assembly and a small prize.
Ideas for Parents and Carers: Step by step
Following the success of our workshops for Maths, please find the links to the Powerpoint Presentation for Year 1 and Year 2 parents. There will be a SATs preparation workshop in the Spring term, please check the website for dates. If you have any questions about any of the information on the workshop slides, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the SLT or your child’s class teacher.
In line with the new National Curriculum, we will be focusing on developing programming skills through exciting programs, such as Scratch ,while embedding digital English skills alongside curriculum activities across the whole school. To enhance teaching and learning we have updated our interactive whiteboards to exciting new projector free models which have multi-touch screens. In addition to this we have updated the entire school network and purchased several sets of new laptops for class use. Children will have more access to laptops and iPads then ever before, which will give further opportunities to use digital applications across the curriculum, while developing their skills and knowledge of Computing. Please take a look at our Online Safety page which offers advice and support for parents and carers about potential online and digital dangers.
Keyworth is a creative school. Each year children from year 1 to year six children receive theatre workshops. Music workshops are provided to all KS2 classes. Visits to galleries, theatres, museums, concert halls and other enriching experiences are provided for all children from Nursery to year 6 throughout the year. Click here to see some of the projects we have been involved in.
At Keyworth School we teach a broad and balanced curriculum. Each half term we teach a new topic. Each topic creatively links history, PSHE, geography, art, music, design technology and computing. As well as the foundation subjects the topics are taught through English and Maths where links can be made. Religious Education, Physical Education, Science and Computing are taught as subjects in their own right. Click on Creative Curriculum to see our topic overview for each year group and learn more about how Religious Education is taught.
This year we will be looking at our teaching of science to see where we can make further improvements. We aim to teach science as practically as possible because we believe this is how children learn best. Also in the summer term we will be organising a science themed week culminating in an exhibition to parents and carers.
Children will be focusing on working scientifically to answer questions about the world around them. They will do this by asking questions, collecting and analysing data, developing explanations, solving problems and seeking and using evidence to test their ideas and answer questions. The children will be working scientifically through exploration using all of their senses. Year 1 will explore everyday materials, Year 4 forces and magnets and Year 5 properties and changes of materials. Children will conduct observations over time, recording changes and taking measurements. Year 1 will observe changes across the four seasons, Year 2 will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants, Year 4 will observe states of matter and Year 5 will look at Earth and space. Children will seek patterns by observing and recording natural events. Year 4 will investigate sound, Year 5 will observe forces and Year 6 will explore evolution & inheritance. The children will find relationships between factors through fair testing. Year 2 will compare everyday materials, Year 4 will investigate sound using dataloggers and Year 5 will observe forces.Through sorting objects or events into groups the children will be identifying and classifying. Year 1 will sort plants and animals, Year 3 will compare and group rocks, Year 5 will sort materials by their properties and Year 6 will classify living things and their habitats. To find out information that the children may not be able to investigate for themselves, children will be researching using books and websites. Year 1 will research seasonal changes, Year 2 will find out about habitats, Year 3 will identify how fossils are formed and Year 4 will research the digestive system.
Please take every opportunity to encourage your child to practise these skills at home.
We aim to establish a sporting culture that enables and encourages all children to play and enjoy sport. We have established a number of after-school clubs for our pupils offering a wide variety of sporting opportunities for our children. We enter numerous school sport competitions to allow children to be competitive and are constantly developing our PE programme. We have a specialised PE teacher who teaches the majority of the PE lessons. We work with the company “Fit For Sport” who provide lunchtime sporting activities and some afternoon lessons.
PSHE is taught across the school every week.
At Keyworth, we aim to ensure that all children are happy, secure individuals who achieve their full potential in all areas of learning. For most children this will simply mean being the recipient of good quality whole-class teaching. For others there will be a need for additional small group work for short periods of time. For some children intervention may be ongoing, very specific and delivered on a one-to-one basis.
The range of support deployed will be tailored to individual need, following thorough assessment by internal or external agencies. It is designed to promote pupils working towards becoming independent, courageous, resilient and ambitious learners. Support Staff receive training in particular interventions and lead on small group or one-to-one sessions. Class teachers also received training and specialist input to meet the needs of individual children. This support reflects the commitment of our school to meet the needs of all our children.
Please click on the link to view our SEN policy.
Children who have English as an additional language are really well supported and well celebrated at our school.
We have a very proactive school council who work hard to ensure the children’s views and ideas are listened to.