CURRICULUM

 

Curriculum intent

At Shield Row Primary School we offer a broad academic curriculum that is underpinned by our four key aims.

 

  • To further develop a reading-rich curriculum which enhances learning, supports the development of communication skills and results in the acquisition of knowledge which is retained, so that pupils know more, remember more and learn more.

  • To enrich the curriculum so that it celebrates difference, develops an understanding of right and wrong, and which ensures pupils develop a strong moral compass.

  • To provide a challenging curriculum which makes children think more deeply and develops inquisitive minds.

  • To nurture learning behaviours and characteristics and promote independence.

Below you will find out about each of the subjects we teach across Key Stages 1 and 2, and what the children will learn about each term. 

ENGLISH

For information about the key objectives taught in English, visit the relevant school year in the Learning Zone. Here you will find the reading and writing Age Related Expectations for each year group. 

Through our English curriculum, our intent is to encourage children to become enthusiastic and engaged with English, develop a love of reading and to teach the children the importance of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the real world. By giving children the context to learning, they will understand the value of English to them now and in their futures.

 

We will provide our children with rich and varied learning opportunities to develop a positive attitude toward communication and for children to be able to express their emotions and their ideas confidently and articulately. We will endeavor to make English interesting and exciting, engaging the children with the joy and wonder of books, providing a real purpose for writing and piquing their imagination and creativity.

 

We want all of our children to be capable readers, writers, spellers and speakers, who can transfer their English skills to other curriculum areas and who are prepared for the next phases in their education.

 
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You can view our English overview here

Maths

For information about the key objectives taught in Maths, visit the relevant school year in the Learning Zone. Here you will find the  Age Related Expectations for each year group. 

Mathematics is an important, creative and highly interconnected discipline, that helps us to understand and change the world. At Shield Row Primary School, we want all pupils to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of this subject, whilst developing their natural curiosity and enhancing their resilience, so they become ‘deep thinkers’.

 

We foster positive attitudes to learning as we believe all children can achieve in mathematics. Engaging lessons teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems.

 

At our school, we aim for pupils to become true masters of their year group content, applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways.  We intend for all pupils to:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;

  • Be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios;

  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language;

  • Have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.

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You can view our Maths overview here

 

Below you'll find a information about all other subjects and what the children cover each term.

You can download this information by clicking here.

Or you can download it as a handy overview by clicking here.

 
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Art & Design

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils; equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

 

As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences.

 

Understanding the formal elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) and developing children’s art and design skills are strong components within our curriculum and these units are covered every year.

 

Our art curriculum also develops children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists.
 

 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

Year 1

Year 2/3

Year 3/4

Year 5

Year 6

  • Formal Elements of Art: Shape, Line, Colour
     

  • Formal Elements of Art: Pattern, Texture, Tone
     

  • Formal Elements of Art: Texture, Pattern
     

  • Architecture

     

  • Art & Design Skills
     

  • Art & Design Skills

     

  • Art & Design Skills

     

  • Art & Design Skills

     

  • Art & Design Skills

     

  • Make My Voice Heard (graffiti art)
     

  • Landscapes using Different Media

     

  • Pre-historic art

  • Craft - Theme: materials
     

  • Every Picture Tells a Story

  • Sculpture
     

  • Every Picture Tells a Story (Banksy)

  • Design for Purpose
     

  • Still Life

  • Theme: Memory Box

COMPUTING​

Through our teaching of the computing curriculum, we intend to equip children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. 

By the time they leave Shield Row Primary, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond. Our aim is to make sure all of our children are digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
 

AUTUMN 

SPRING

SUMMER

Year 1

Year 2/3

Year 3/4

Year 5

Year 6

  • Getting started

  • Programming Beebots
     

  • Word processing

  • Programming: Scratch Junior
     

  • Collaborative Learning

  • How the Internet Works
     

  • Online safety

  • Micro bit (programming)
     

  • Bletchley Park (WW2 coding)
     

  • Algorithms unplugged

  • Digital imagery
     

  • Algorithms and Debugging

  • Stop motion animation
     

  • Website design

  • HTML
     

  • Search Engines

  • Sonic Pi (composing music)
     

  • Bletchley Park (WW2 coding)
     

  • Introduction to data

  • Rocket to the moon
     

  • Emailing

  • Top Trumps Database
     

  • Investigating weather

  • Computational thinking
     

  • Mars Rover 1 (inputs/outputs/binary)

  • Mars Rover 2 (CAD software)
     

  • Big Data 1 (barcodes/ QR codes, chips)

  • Big Data 2 (design smart school)
     

 

Design & Technology​

Design and Technology prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers as individuals and part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems.

 

Through the study of Design and Technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industry. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate past and present technology, its uses and impacts.

At Shield Row Primary, we provide varied learning opportunities which aim to develop not only children’s technical skill in Design Technology; but also to develop their wider knowledge of product design and their ability to apply vocabulary accurately.

 

Our content is categorised into five areas: structures, mechanisms, electrical systems, cooking and nutrition and textiles. 
 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

Year 1

Year 2/3

Year 3/4

Year 5

Year 6

  • Food: fruit & veg smoothie 

     

  • Mechanisms: wheels & axles

     

  • Mechanisms: pneumatic toys

     

  • Textiles: stuffed toy

     

  • Mechanisms: automata toys
     

  • Structures: windmills

     

  • Structures: castles

     

  • Structures: bridges

     

  • Electrical systems: greetings cards

     

  • Electrical steady hand game
     

  • Textiles: puppets

     

  • Textiles: pouches  

  • Food: a balanced diet
     

  • Electrical systems: torches 

  • Food: Adapting a Recipe
     

  • Food: what could be healthier? 

  • Structure: pavilions
     

  • Textiles: waistcoats

  • Food: come dine with me
     

 

Geography​

Geography is a wide and varied subject. We aim to inspire in our pupils a curiosity and fascination for the planet and their place in it. The teaching of Geography at Shield Row Primary School will equip pupils with knowledge about places and people, resources in the environment and an understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes that have shaped our landscape and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework to explain how the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
 
We want the children to enjoy learning about geography both inside and outside the classroom, including educational visits to develop fieldwork and to practice their geographical skills. We want our pupils to learn to collect and analyse data; use maps, atlases, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name, identify and locate countries, continents and oceans; and be able to communicate their learning in a variety of ways. 

 

Each unit of work will have a job role attached to it, e.g. we are environmentalists, and an end of unit task, which will provide a clear purpose for learning, an opportunity for consolidation of learning and will give children a window to the world of possible careers and jobs.   
 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

Year 1

Year 2/3

Year 3/4

Year 5

Year 6

  • All About Me/ Where do I live

     

  • Map Makers (villages/ towns/ cities)

     

  • Village Settlers

     

  • Extreme Earth

     

  • European countries and cities
     

  • All About Me/ Where do I live

  • Animals Around The World
     

  • Let’s Explore Australia (UK comparison)
     

  •  Rivers and coasts North East focus

     

  • Our Local Area (Human Geography: economic activity)
     

  • Counties and cities of the UK

  • Animals Around The World:
    Hot & Cold Places
     

  • In the Desert

     

  • Volcanoes

     

  • South America/ Rainforests

     

  • North America: The Grand Canyon
     

 

History​

Our intent is that the teaching of History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim for it to inspire pupils’ curiosity, enable them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of history we endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of society and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. 

In Year 1 we begin by looking at changes within living memory related to our locality, through the study of railways linked to Tanfield Railway. From Year 2 to Year 6 we develop children’s knowledge and understanding as a chronological narrative in two strands: British history and World history. 

Each unit of work will have a job role attached to it, e.g. we are archaeologists, and an end of unit task, which will provide a clear purpose for learning, an opportunity for consolidation of learning and will give children a window to the world of possible careers and jobs.   
 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

  • George Stephenson & The Railways 1814
     

  • Pre-historic Britain 4500BC - 800BC

     

  • Anglo Saxons & Scots 410AD - 790AD

     

  • The Norman Conquest 1066 -1348

     

  • WW1 1914-1918

  • WW2 1939-1945
     

Year 1

Year 2/3

Year 3/4

Year 5

Year 6

  • The Railways 1814

  • Intrepid Explorers
     

  • Romans 43AD

     

  • Vikings Vs Scots 
    793AD – 1066AD
     

  • Local Study: mining 1800s (West Stanley Pit Disaster)
     

  • Britain since 1948
     

  • Intrepid Explorers
    (Scott of Antarctic/ James Cook)
     

  • Ancient Egypt 3000BC

     

  • The Greeks 800BC

     

  • The Mayans 900 AD

     

  • Crime & Punishment
     

 

Modern Foreign Languages

Shield Row Primary uses the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.

We follow a clear programme of study, which ensures that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase. The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning.

We aim for pupils to develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. 
 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

  • Core Vocabulary and Phonetics 

  • I’m Learning Spanish 
     

  • Presenting Myself

  • Family
     

  • Do You Have a Pet?

  • What is the Date?
     

  • Verbs and Grammar

  • At School
     

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

  • Animals 

  • Musical Instruments 
     

  • Habitats 

  • At the Café
     

  • The Weather

  • Clothes
     

  • The Weekend 

  • World War 2
     

  • Little Red Riding Hood

  • Ancient Britain 
     

  • The Classroom 

  • Goldilocks
     

  • The Romans

  • The Olympics
     

  • Healthy Lifestyles

  • The Planets 
     

 

Music​

The teaching of Music enables personal expression and reflection. We aim for music lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement and allowing them to develop their own appreciation of music. 

Music is planned in-line with the statements laid out in the national curriculum. Children develop their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.

We expose the children to many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places so they become critical listeners, responding to a wide range of genres and periods of music. Children explore and understand the ‘building blocks’ of music such as dynamics and musical notation and technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm. 
 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

  • Hey You!  • Banana Rap

  • Rhythm In The Way We Walk
     

  • Let Your Spirit Fly

  • Glockenspiel 1
     

  • Mamma Mia 

  • Glockenspiel 2
     

  • Livin' on a Prayer

  • Classroom Jazz 1
     

  • I’ll Be There

  • Classroom Jazz 2
     

Year 1

Year 2/3

Year 3/4

Year 5

Year 6

  • In The Groove

  • Round and Round
     

  • Three Little Birds

  • The Dragon Song
     

  • Stop!

  • Lean On Me
     

  • Make You Feel Loved

  • Fresh Prince of Bel Air
     

  • New Year Carol

  • Happy
     

  • Your Imagination

  • Reflect, Rewind & Replay 
     

  • Bringing Us Together 

  • Reflect, Rewind & Replay
     

  • Blackbird 

  • Reflect, Rewind & Replay
     

  • Dancin’ In The Street

  • Reflect, Rewind & Replay
     

  • You’ve Got a Friend

  • Reflect, Rewind & Replay
     

 

Physical Education​

Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills, and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.

 

Our intention is that our PE curriculum will inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We aim to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of areas. A varied curriculum is in place to support this, with activities including: dance, athletics, gymnastics, games, swimming and water safety and outdoor adventure activities.

 

We ensure children have the opportunities to compete in sport and other activities to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

  • Gymnastics

  • Dance 
     

  • Football &Rugby 

  • Gymnastics
     

  • Football  Rugby 

  • Gymnastics
     

  • Football &  Rugby 

  • Gymnastics
     

  • Football & Rugby 

  • Gymnastics
     

Year 1

Year 2/3

Year 3/4

Year 5

Year 6

  • Gymnastics 

  • Multi skills
     

  • Hockey & Rounders 

  • Gymnastics & Dance  
     

  • Hockey & Rounders 

  • Gymnastics & Dance  
     

  • Hockey & Rounders 

  • Gymnastics & Dance  
     

  • Hockey & Rounders 

  • Gymnastics & Dance  
     

  • Athletics: Fielding/Striking Skills

  • Invasion skills
     

  • Athletics: Striking/fielding - Cricket & Net

  • Tennis
     

  • Athletics: Striking/fielding - Cricket & Net

  • Tennis
     

  • Athletics: Striking/fielding - Cricket & Net

  • Tennis
     

  • Athletics: Striking/fielding - Cricket & Net

  • Tennis

Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education

Today’s children are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks.

 

In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. An integral part of our school mission is to develop well-rounded children.

 

We aim to help our pupils establish a strong moral foundation so that they have a positive self-image and this is reflected in how they behave and interact with others. 

Our curriculum aims to help children understand how they are developing personally and socially; tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up; and promote British Values. We timetable a weekly PSHCE session as it endorses positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. 

Through Votes for Schools, we also discuss and debate both national and global issues, providing children with the opportunity to voice their opinions as well as listen to and respect the opinions of others. We ensure our children appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society and that they are equipped to be independent and responsible citizens who can contribute positively to their community. 
 

 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

  • Me and My Relationships 

  • Valuing Difference
     

  • Me and My Relationships 

  • Valuing Difference
     

  • Me and My Relationships 

  • Valuing Difference
     

  • Me and My Relationships 

  • Valuing Difference
     

  • Me and My Relationships 

  • Valuing Difference
     

Year 1

Year 2/3

Year 3/4

Year 5

Year 6

  • Keeping Myself Safe

  • Rights & Responsibilities
     

  • Keeping Myself Safe

  • Rights & Responsibilities
     

  • Keeping Myself Safe

  • Rights & Responsibilities
     

  • Keeping Myself Safe

  • Rights & Responsibilities
     

  • Keeping Myself Safe

  • Rights & Responsibilities
     

  • Being My Best 

  • Growing & Changing
     

  • Being My Best 

  • Growing & Changing
     

  • Being My Best 

  • Growing & Changing
     

  • Being My Best 

  • Growing & Changing
     

  • Being My Best 

  • Growing & Changing
     

religious EDUCATION 

RE helps to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. At Shield Row Primary we follow the Durham Agreed Syllabus. We aim to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions, traditions and world views. 

We intend for the teaching of RE to offer pupils the opportunity for personal reflection and spiritual development.  We encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or not) in the light of what they learn, examine issues of religious beliefs and faith, and consider their own responses to questions raised. Pupils will develop critical thinking and reasoning skills, listen to others, hear and analyse conflicting viewpoints and develop empathy and respect.

Through the RE curriculum we encourage respect for all, including those with differing faiths and beliefs, as pupils develop understanding and appreciation of our diverse society and world.  RE helps to challenge prejudice, discrimination and racism.
 

 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

  • Our Wonderful World: Creation stories

  • Why do Christians give gifts at Xmas?
     

  • Leaders & Teachers

  • Christmas Celebrations
     

  • What is the Bible, why is it important?

  • Christmas journeys
     

  • How & why do Hindus celebrate Divali?

  • Hindus Home & Mandir
     

  • Stories of Hinduism

  • What is a Church?
     

Year 1

Year 2/3

Year 3/4

Year 5

Year 6

  • Special books 

  • What did Jesus teach us?
     

  • Who was Buddah?

  • Buddhist Festivals
     

  • Islamic Rites of Passage

  • Why is Easter important?
     

  • Where did the Bible come from?

  • Stories of Christianity
     

  • What is the Qur’an, why is it important?

  • How do people express their faith through the arts?
     

  • Special places 

  • What do Muslims celebrate?
     

  • What do signs & symbols mean? 

  •  What do we know about Jesus
     

  • Sikh Rites of Passage

  • Sikh Worship & Community
     

  • Why is Muhammad important?

  • Belonging & Identity
     

  • Belief in our community 

  • What happens when we die?
     

Science

Our intent is to spark children's curiosity as scientists, developing a thirst for learning and finding out why things happen in the way that they do. The teaching of science at Shield Row Primary School, follows the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. 

We value science as a core subject and want our pupils to learn key scientific vocabulary and knowledge as well as the skills linked to scientific working. We want our pupils to develop the ability to think independently and raise scientific questions, developing an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery so that they have an excitement and passion to pursue science at secondary school and know what career options it could lead to. 

Each unit of work will have a job role attached to it, e.g. we are dieticians, and an end of unit task, which will provide a clear purpose for learning, an opportunity for consolidation of learning and will give children a window to the world of possible careers and jobs.   
 

 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

  • Explaining Everyday Materials

     

  • Forces & Motion

  • Health & Movement
     

  • Changing Sound

  • Circuits & Conductors
     

  • Properties of Materials

  • Earth & Space
     

  • Seeing Light

  • Changing Circuits
     

Year 1

Year 2/3

Year 3/4

Year 5

Year 6

  • Identifying Animals/ Living in Habitats
     

  • Rocks, Fossils & Soils

     

  • Living in Environments

  • States of Matter
     

  • Forces & Motion

     

  • Evolution & Inheritance
     

  • My Body/ Growth & Survival 

  • Identifying Plants
     

  • How Plants Grow

  • Light & Shadow
     

  • Eating & Digestion

     

  • Life Cycles

  • Changes & Reproduction
     

  • Classifying Organisms

  • Healthy Bodies
     

bASIC sKILLS

Basic skills are the fundamentals of reading, writing and maths. At Shield Row Primary school we believe that the acquisition of basic skills is the foundation of all learning. Basic skills are the tools we use to learn other things. 

 

A focus on basic skills permeates our entire curriculum. Our home learning approach is designed to support this focus. All children, from Reception to Year 6 are issued a basic skills home learning pack. These packs are designed to allow the children to practice and consolidate these skills at home with parents/carers. Securing them will make all other aspects of learning easier, therefore practice is essential.

 

Information for Parents/ Carers

Contents of the Basic Skills Packs 

Below, you will find printable versions of all the templates within your child's pack should you wish to print off anymore copies or replace a lost/ damaged copy. 

Introduction for Parents/ Carers

Overview of Ideas and Activities 

Maths: 

Tens Frame and Part Whole Model

Board Game Templates

Blank Cards

Times Table Challenge 

Maths Basic Skills - Termly Focuses Y1

Maths Basic Skills - Termly Focuses Y2

Maths Basic Skills - Termly Focuses Y3

Maths Basic Skills - Termly Focuses Y4

Maths Basic Skills - Termly Focuses Y5

Maths Basic Skills - Termly Focuses Y6

English: 

Statutory Spellings Y1/ Y2

Statutory Spellings Y3/ Y4

Statutory Spellings Y5/ Y6 

Phoneme Frame 

Phonics/ Spelling Charts Reception to Year 6

Reading Comprehension Cards 

KS1 Grammar Games

KS2 Grammar Games

Clear the Board Template 

YR/ Y1 Handwriting Sheet

Y2-Y6 Handwriting Sheet

Home & School

Working in Partnership

 

Shield Row Primary School

Head Teacher

Ms. Jill Cooke

Deputy Headteacher
Mrs. C
Henderson

Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Ms. Caroline Shield

Chair of Governors

Mr. Wayne Thompson 

Office Manager

Ms. H Bainbridge

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Contact

Tel.

01207 239 661

Address.

Shield Row Primary School

King Edward VIII Terrace

Stanley

Durham

DH9 0HQ

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