Curriculum Subject Information
The national curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiry that help them to answer specific questions about the world around them.
Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy, through our Science curriculum, we ensure children understand and appreciate the world around them. Through the delivery of the lessons we aim to develop confidence, interest and environmental awareness amongst the children.
Teachers place a clear focus on developing scientific enquiry skills which underpin biology, chemistry and physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work and recording and analysing data.
We understand the importance of bringing the science curriculum ‘to life’ and pupils will learn and put into practice the Working Scientifically skills by carrying out a range of practical activities and by taking part in the different types of enquiry. Science teaching will involve plenty of ‘hands on’ experience, allowing children to fully immerse themselves in the learning. Wherever possible, learning will be child led, giving the children the opportunity to follow their own paths of enquiry. Children will have regular access to the outdoor environment to carry out their investigations.
In order to get the most from the investigations, a thorough analysis will always take place, reinforcing the knowledge and understanding gained from the experience.
Our Science curriculum has a clear progression of skills and knowledge across topics within year groups and this is built upon each year.
Art and Design
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges 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 will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will also learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Our curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
At Ark Little Ridge Primary school we believe that computing is an excellent opportunity to prepare the children for the future. High-quality computing education equips our children to use computational thinking and creativity. Computing has strong links with maths and science and provides the children with an insight into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. This is taught through a progression of skills as the children move through the school using a variety of programmes and equipment. The children have 30 laptops available to them to aid in this process.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Technology is mentioned in the EYFS framework. One of the areas of learning, Understanding the World, sets out that children should have the opportunity to explore, observe and find out about technology.
Computer science: Key stage 1 and 2
Computer science covers topics such as:
how computer networks work
Design and Technology
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
At ARK Little Ridge, the Humanities curriculum forms the starting point for all learning. A carefully planned ‘key’ question at the start of each topic, helps to focus the children’s learning and a knowledge organiser outlines the key learning points that are taught throughout the topic.
Topics are carefully planned to make links across subjects so that the children gain a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the world around them both past and present. As children progress through the school, they put their knowledge into context and make links and connections between events, building upon prior learning. Children are taught how to compare, analyse and search for answers using a range of evidence and focus on cause and consequence of these events. This helps them to reconstruct a picture of the past and consider the legacy that is left behind.
Children at ARK Little Ridge will learn to:
Ask perceptive questions
Weigh up evidence from a range of sources
Justify and form opinions
Children are taught the chronological development of Britain from the Stone Age through the Roman rule to the Victorian era and WW2. They also study a range of ancient civilisations in KS2 from Ancient Greeks and the Egyptians.
Learning a foreign language is liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
At Ark Little Ridge children systematically develop key musicianship skills throughout their career.
We use the Charanga programme of study across the academy and also provide opportunities for pupils to learn specific musical instruments. Year 4 learn to play the recorders and all children have access to musical instruction in guitar and keyboards, if they choose.
Pupils join together in Key Stages to sing and learn new songs. There are opportunities to perform these within the school and also in the local and wider community, for example at the local church and care home and at The White Rock Theatre.