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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.
Speaking and Listening
Children at Keyworth develop their speaking and listening skills across the curriculum. We use Philosophy for Children 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 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. Word and sentence level skills 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. This includes through teacher modelling, supported and shared writing, and task-led independent writing. Throughout the unit there are planned opportunities for the children to produce independent pieces of writing as a means of applying their taught skills and developing their creativity.
Children at Keyworth have the opportunity to read daily through a combination of independent reading, 1:1 reading, Guided Reading and whole class reading lessons. 1:1 reading is used as a tool for developing intonation and expression, an awareness of punctuation and author style, as well as providing targeted support for individual readers. During Guided Reading, the children are grouped according to ability and share a text with their peers, encouraging book talk, characterisation and their ability to raise their own questions. Guided Reading sessions are taught discretely outside of the English lesson. We teach the children the process of reading during whole class reading lessons where the children are supported in developing a deeper understanding of a short passage of a shared text. Key themes are discussed and strategies for developing word level and comprehension skills are modelled. Having explored the text in detail, the children then apply their knowledge and understanding to a range of retrieval, inference and deduction questions with different layouts, formats and for different purposes. At the end of the lesson answers are reviewed to provide immediate feedback.
We use a combination of reading schemes including Collins Big Cat, Badger Books, Rigby Star and PM Benchmark. Children also have the opportunity to read high quality chapter and picture books, e-books, real life non-fiction texts and topic books linked to their learning. Furthermore, the children are given the opportunity to access different stories by a number of famous authors using audiobooks.
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. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you require the details for accessing Reading Eggs at home.
Children at Keyworth are encouraged to read daily at home. We use a home-school communication book to keep a record of the books that the children read and to record any observations by parents and school staff as a means of recording progress and identifying next steps. Children who read regularly at home are rewarded with stickers, wristbands, bookmarks and certificates which are presented during the Rewards Assembly each week.
In KS1, phonics is taught daily for a period of 25 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 within phonics lessons, as well as taught discretely in English lessons. Additionally, the children learn spelling patterns and rules through high quality texts during their English lessons. 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 known words which are sent home as homework and to unknown words that have not been shared with the children. Common exception words are also identified and explored.
Handwriting is taught several times each week for a period of 10 to 15 minutes 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 and spellings. Click on the link below to access the Letter-join Scheme. Letter-join
Please contact your child’s class teacher if you require the details for accessing Letter-join at home.
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.
Home Learning Scheme
In a bid to help the children improve their mental maths skills, the children are encouraged to practise their Maths at home through Keyworth’s Home Maths Rocket Scheme. The new National Curriculum places a huge 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 six ‘Rocket Cards’ that are pitched at the expected standard for each year group from Year 1 through to Year 6. All children are given the Maths Rocket of the year group that they are in unless they are working below age-related expectations, where they are given a Maths Rocket that is pitched at their maths level.
Each week, the children’s maths teacher informs them of which objective they will be learning in school and will additionally need to practise at home as their homework. Every Friday, the children are given 10 questions to answer in relation to this objective, with a child needing to get all questions correct to have achieved that objective. Once they have completed all of the objectives in a ‘step’ they receive a certificate, which is presented during Rewards Assembly, and a prize.
The children are able to further develop their learning at home through the use of Mathletics, a computer-based tool that contains a range of engaging games, activities and interactive tutorials in line with the National Curriculum expectations in Maths. If your child does not have a Mathletics username and password, please contact your child’s class teacher.
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.