English is fully embedded across the curriculum and we maximise the opportunities for children to read and write in order to develop these fundamental skills further. We start in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 with the Read Write Inc. phonics programme and then move on to a RWInc spelling programme so that children can continue to develop these skills. We also embed grammar into our English lessons. These are centred around good quality children’s books or a cross-curricular theme for the term. We use Talk for Writing principles in order to support our children with acquiring key vocabulary and learning stylistic features of a text. There is a wide-ranging English curriculum ensuring children gain understanding of high-quality fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, classic and modern and screen based texts.
The aims of our mathematics curriculum are to:
- make mathematics relevant and meaningful to the children so that they can see how it plays a part in their world, the real world and the ‘maths world’;
- build pupils’ resilience in solving mathematics problems;
- give children the opportunity to enjoy numbers for numbers’ sake, encouraging investigations; and
- enable children to make links between different areas of maths (e.g. recognise that a missing number question is the same as finding how much liquid is added to a jug).
We believe that all children can achieve well at maths.
How we teach mathematics
In Reception, mathematics teaching starts with number songs, rhymes and lots of counting activities. Children develop the appropriate language skills and are encouraged to use concrete materials to support them with their learning. There are always opportunities to practise mathematics in the independent activities, indoors and outside. Children receive at least four discrete maths sessions per week.
From Year 1 to Year 5, maths is taught daily, and teaching is adapted from the Maths – No Problem! Primary Series. This scheme has been created using the principles of Singapore Mathematics and is fully aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum. Maths – No Problem! promotes the philosophy that every child can master an understanding and love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support.
Humanities at Judith Kerr Primary School
At Judith Kerr Primary School, we embrace a creative curriculum encompassing all core and foundation subjects, empowering us to deliver a high standard of teaching and learning for all our pupils.
Our aims are to:
- inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people;
- provide pupils with a comprehensive knowledge of Britain’s past and develop their understanding of significant locations in the wider world and key events in world history;
- equip pupils with the skills to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop a rounded perspective and judgement.
As well as studying and learning about the wider world and significant historical events, the children’s learning will be centred around the school’s locality, which provides a rich and varied landscape for the children to explore and learn from. Using the local environment will enable the children to learn through direct experience and first hand investigation whilst placing their learning in a personal context. As they progress through the school, pupils will become more aware of the process of change, the diversity of societies, as well developing a greater understanding of their own identity.
At Judith Kerr Primary School, humanities topics provide an excellent stimulus for cross-curricular activities and provide opportunities for reinforcing their literacy and numeracy skills. Children also learn about different environments and historical events through a varied and creative range of activities from art, drama, poetry, ICT and design technology. Our humanities curriculum aims to encourage a lifelong enthusiasm for learning about the world and its diversity in all pupils.
All children at Judith Kerr Primary School learn German language and receive other lessons in German. For more about our German curriculum, please read this page.
At Judith Kerr Primary School, we believe that music is an essential part of the broad and balanced education we offer. All classes have a weekly lesson with a specialist teacher where the National Curriculum objectives and / or Early Years Outcomes for music are covered. Each phase has a weekly singing assembly, where the children learn songs from a wide range of cultures and musical genres.
As part of our commitment to ensure that every child learns a musical instrument, classes in Key Stage 1 and 2 learn an instrument through a wider-opportunities style project taught by the music specialist. The instruments currently on offer are the glockenspiel, recorder, samba drums, violin, and ukulele. During these lessons, our children learn how to perform music of different styles and compose music incorporating the inter-related dimensions of pitch, duration, tempo, timbre, dynamics, texture, and structure.
Throughout the year, the children regularly showcase their progress through performances such as instrumental concerts, class assemblies and productions. We also partner with a number of organisations to enrich our music provision. The Junior Choir has participated in concerts such as the Young Voices Concert at the O2 and the Music for Youth Regional Festival at the Southbank Centre. Year 3 are currently involved in a project to perform as part of a mass-choir at Cadogan Hall, Chelsea with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.