Curriculum

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Art
Art

Focus

We focus on providing a high-quality art and design education. It 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. 

Aims

The national 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.

In June 2018, we were very pleased to be awarded the Artsmark Silver Award for creative arts within the school. This award is for schools that deliver a high quality arts and cultural education. At Saltford School we believe that:

“Art is at the centre of a child’s learning experience; offering opportunities for exploring the physical world, the world of social relationships and the self…”
Margaret Morden

The children experience a wide range of skills, including painting, drawing, modelling, collage, fabric work and printing. Each term a new theme, often linked with other subjects and special events, is explored by the children, and their art work is displayed in the communal areas of the school and the garden.

We also provide a weekly 'Funky Art Club' where children can complete an arts award.

This year we are focusing our Art Displays on our 'Language Matters' week, Endangered Animals and Creative writing focusing on Saltford Village. 

We follow a two-year rolling programme for art that you can see here in full. Some recent examples of our work are below.

Architectural painting Class art project building Grandma Year 1 Pinocchio art Buildings and art Unicef inspired art Buildings in art

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Assessment

Focus

We focus on finding out and reporting on the progress our pupils are making so that they can move forward with their learning.

Assessment techniques

At Saltford School we use a range of techniques to assess the progress the children are making. We believe that the process is most effective when the children are engaged and involved in assessing their progress and thinking about how they can improve their work. This formative assessment helps us all understand what steps are needed to move the children forward and takes place on a day-today, week-by-week process.

You may see examples of formative assessment in action when teachers give feedback to children - often verbally in class (or you see comments on how children could improve their work in their books); when children have identified what they have done well/need help with or how they feel about their work. Sometimes children might use red, amber or green marks to indicate how well they feel they understand something. These are usually linked with the focus for a lesson (or a series of lessons) and activities like quizzes can help remind children of what they have learnt and help them remember it better.

Of course there are also times we need to carry out summative assessments, to make sure that individuals and groups of children are making progress and improving in their learning. This can be done through the use of tests, ticks, marks and observations (particularly with our younger children or with subjects such as Science). They help us identify areas of learning that the school is doing well at and areas which have room for improvement. They also help us identify groups which need different kinds of support.

How can you help your child?

  • Encourage your child to believe that he or she can improve through effort and practice
  • Talk to him or her about his or her learning
  • Celebrate successes, but also focus on what your child needs to do to improve, rather than what or how he or she has done
  • Help your child realise that making mistakes can be a path to improving

Thank you for your support!

How do we let you know how your child is doing?

In the light of recent curriculum changes, please see this letter to parents about the way we report your child’s progress to you.

Details from Y6 SATs meeting 2019

In January a meeting was held for Y6 parents to explain about the different tests in Maths and English that the children will do, the way that they are marked, and how the children's scores will be reported to parents, showing whether they are working above or below national expectations.

Please see the presentation for more information, including the timetable for SAT week.

Our results

Please follow this link for the Government summary of our school statistics.

Here are the summaries of our results for the last two years: Saltford school assessment results July 2018Saltford school assessment results July 2019.

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Citizenship

Our focus is learning about how we develop as individuals and as members of our community and the wider world, through a wide range of opportunities and experiences.

Although a non-statutory subject, Citizenship is an important part of our work here at Saltford School and appears across many areas of school life, contributing to our pupils' character development. It has obvious links with other areas of the curriculum, such as History, Geography, RE and PSHE, but it can also be seen through our work on the British Values, in assemblies, theme weeks and through the various teams that lead important work in our school.

In our Citizenship work, pupils are encouraged to:

 

  • Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities
  • Prepare to play an active role as citizens
  • Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle
  • Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people

 

Here is a link to the DfE Citizenship document for more information about what these areas involve.

Click here to find out more about our school teams and clubs:

School Council

E-Team

Green Team

Digital Leaders

Active travel

Houses

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Computing
Computing

Our focus is for every child to be IT literate by learning new skills and integrating these skills across the curriculum.

Computing aim: to empower children to use a variety of technology, creatively and imaginatively. Online safety: to encourage children to play a key role in helping to create a better internet. Training children and young people to be peer educators and role models in their school communities.

We are currently following the Somerset County Council ELIM schemes of work, which include e-safety, programming, multimedia, technology in our lives and handling data. For a whole school overview of Computing please click here.

Y1 Computing yearly overview 2019-2020

Y2 Computing yearly overview 2019-2020

Y3 Computing yearly overview 2019-2020

Y4 Computing yearly overview 2019-2020

Y5 Computing yearly overview 2019-2020

Y6 Computing yearly overview 2019-2020

 

Websites to use at home

EYFS

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

KS1

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

www.bigbrownbear.co.uk

www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

fluxtime.com/animate.php

www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/content/games/index.htm

KS2

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

scratch.mit.edu/

www.classicsforkids.com/games/compose/compose.html

www.creatingmusic.com/new/sketch/mmm/mmm.html

moviesoup.co.uk/

For all

http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/content/games/index.htm

http://www.swgfl.org.uk/Learning

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Key-Stage-1.html

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

http://games.e4education.co.uk/groupone/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=40

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=ict 

Digital leaders

Digital leaders club is for Year 6 and runs from 12.15 to 12.45 on a Wednesday lunchtime in the ICT suite. Digital leaders support computing and online safety across the school and in the community. 

Further information

Please see our online safety page for advice on keeping your child safe online, and our school e-safety policy here.

Please follow this link for  the Safer Internet Day 2019 campaign video: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/sid-tv-2019/sid-tv-2019-what-safer-internet-day-campaign

KS1 video for safer internet day 2019: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/sid-tv-2019/sid-tv-2019-zap-and-zoom-space-race-film-3-7

KS2 video for safer internet day 2019:https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/sid-tv-2019/sid-tv-2019-data-detective-film-7-11-year

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Design Technology

Our focus in DT is to provide an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject where pupils design and make and evaluate products using their creativity and imagination,

 

DT is about the ‘made’ world and is a practical curriculum area that allows pupils to design and make and evaluate products. At the root of good primary practice is the development of important skills, concepts and attitudes through experience. The DT process involves analysis, problem-solving, making and evaluation – all important skills for children to learn in the modern world. 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.

Food technology is also a component of this curriculum subject, and all children will be taught the principles of nutrition and provided with the opportunities to learn how to cook.

At Saltford, we provide opportunities for children to work individually, in pairs and in groups to discuss plans and to evaluate their own and their peers’ work in a constructive way. We also assist pupils to develop skills and knowledge of tools and materials, to appreciate the need for safety for themselves and others, and to develop their creative thinking, designing and making, and evaluative skills.

Each class covers at least three DT topics in the year. This can be related to another curriculum area; making Tudor thrones whilst studying Tudor history, for example, or making skyscrapers whilst studying the Megacities Geography topic.

 

Aims

 

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

• develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world

• build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users

• critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

• understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

 

    

We follow a two-year rolling programme in DT that you can see here in full (PDF document).

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English

Our focus in English, taken from the National Curriculum, is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping all pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

English aims as set out in the EYFS framework and the National Curriculum

To teach children to

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Please see each of the following sections for more information: phonicsreadingwritingassessment and our Progression of Skills for English across the school.

Phonics

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One all children have daily phonics lessons in class. We follow the guidance set out in the Letters and Sounds scheme. Our EYFS and KS1 children undertake phonics learning through Pearson's Bug Club and for those children who require additional phonic support, we use Read, Write Inc as an intervention.

Children are taught the different GPCs (grapheme- phoneme correspondence) and learn to blend, segment and apply these sounds to their independent work. Please see here for information from our Early Years Team regarding the teaching of early literacy skills.

During letters and sounds sessions children are also taught to read and spell high frequency words.

All Y1 pupils are tested in June to establish their phonic knowledge and the results are reported to parents. Extra support is given to any child who has failed to reach the expected standard and they retake the test in Year Two.

Reading

The Importance of Daily Reading

Please see See our reading section for useful links for children and parents and also click here for our Inspire Reading presentation delivered by Miss Davis. There are games, book lists, tips for parents and more...

For the organisation of reading books we follow the progression set out by National Bookbands. Below is the list of colours.

Boxes

Shelves 

Magenta
(pictures and first words) 

Gold 

Red 

Silver 

Yellow 

Emerald 

Blue 

Ruby 

Green 

Sapphire 

Orange 

Cream 

Turquoise 

Free choice (pink) 

Purple

 

The boxes and shelves contain a mixture of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and PM Story and Non Fiction Books.

Writing

In Reception and early Key Stage One children are given a variety of opportunities to write within their play and, when they are ready, guided during teacher-directed tasks. Throughout the school writing is supported and developed through a range of cross curricular subjects as well as in literacy lessons.

For discrete skills teachers base class work on the school’s Grammar Progression which is linked to the new English Curriculum. Please follow this link for a sheet on progression in grammar vocabulary and this link for the Spelling Shed information sent out in October. We have also introduce 'The Write Stuff' for children in Years One to Six which aims to support children's writing by allowing them to adapt existing sentence models, ensuring a firm grasp on all the technical and compositional aspects of writing.

Children then have the opportunity to apply this in longer, independent pieces in their Big Write or Creative Writing Books.

To encourage the children to take ownership of their learning, teachers involve them in improvement of their written work. This includes giving them time to edit their work using either a pencil or a purple polishing pen- if you see this in your child’s book this is their own self correction, considering targets by referring to small manageable ones set by themselves and the teacher for each piece of extended written work.

Assessing reading and writing

At Saltford teachers are gathering information about children’s reading and writing on a daily basis from a number of activities. This helps us ensure lesson planning meets the needs of individuals. In EYFS ongoing, daily assessment is recorded in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and in Y1- Y6 teachers assess and record whether a child is 'on track' to meet end of year expectations in reading and writing three times a year. Any child who is not making the expected progress is discussed and strategies are put in place to support them. This could be in the form of 1:1 teaching, small group activities or being heard read on a more regular basis. Statutory testing of reading and writing also takes place at the end of Y2 and Y6 and testing of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar at the end of  Y6.

Further information

Please see the following documents for further information:

End of year expectations FS social and English
End of year expectations Y1 social and English
End of year expectations Y2 social and English
End of year expectations Y3 social and English
End of year expectations Y4 social and English
End of year expectations Y5 social and English
End of year expectations Y6 social and English

Saltford school website "reading room" Saltford school web page of tips for spelling, punctuation and grammar and our guide to Online Learning Support

Useful literacy websites

BBC - Schools Ages 4-11 - Literacy Sites
ict games.com
Reading and phonic support: www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Phonic support: jollylearning.co.uk/

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Early Years Foundation Stage
Early Years Foundation Stage

The period from age three to the end of the Reception year is described as the Early Years Foundation Stage. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling.

 At Saltford School we have an intake of 60, organised into two classes

Bumble Bee Class  and Butterfly Class.

The intent of our whole school curriculum is to ensure our pupils develop the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude to achieve fulfilling lives.  The EYFS department is the start of our pupils' school journey towards achieving this important purpose.  In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. The learning we provide encourages children to develop into independent, motivated learners who are full of curiosity about the world around them in a happy and secure environment.

At Saltford we believe that providing the appropriate curriculum for each learner is an essential part of fulfilling the school’s vision, values and aims.  We are proud that all our pupils are involved in all aspects of our broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum personalised to meet individual need.  

Our EYFS curriculum ensures we are able to meet the individual needs of every child within the department.  In the EYFS department personalised targets are developed through a curriculum that reflects the learner’s age, developmental readiness and individual needs. The principles that guide the work in the EYFS are grouped into 4 themes:

  • A unique child
  • Positive relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

This guidance supports each child’s learning and development. The EYFS is based on seven areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Maths
  • Literacy
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We also use this EYFS to look at the Characteristics of Effective Learning. This shows us how each child engages with other people and their environment, how they play and explore, if they are active learners and if they are creating and thinking critically. At Saltford we provide opportunities for children to explore and take risks through child initiated play and teacher directed play indoors as well as outdoors. Our aim is to help each child reach their full potential.

We observe children through child initiated play as well as teacher led play. We use these observations to assess each child using the EYFS curriculum which informs us about where we need to further support each child’s learning and to help them reach the Early Learning Goals.  We believe that the child’s voice should be the basis of every learning opportunity and aim to capture this where possible.  This year we will continue to develop the use of Tapestry, an online assessment tools, which parents/carers will be able to view and upload any observations or ‘wow moments’ they have taken at home. 

Children have regular taught sessions of Phonics, Maths and Literacy.  Once fully assessed the children are encouraged to access Rainbow Challenges which are set up around the classroom. Rainbow challenges give children the opportunity to practise skills such as, fine motor skills, maths, writing, physical development, art, role play, ICT etc. The challenges are designed to extend learning and child initiated, which means they make an independent decision to do them. 

In Reception we go on several visits throughout the year. Children enjoy a trip to Bath City Farm where we learn about farming, harvesting and how to look after animals. During our ‘Cold’ topic we visit Bristol Zoo where we take part in a Polar Explorer session and learn about what life is like for animals and humans in extreme conditions.  In the Summer Term we take part in a fantastic role-play adventure where we board The Matthew Ship dressed as pirates.  There are daily opportunities for outdoor learning in the EYFS area and the secret garden. We our proud to note that Reception children participate in all our concerts, the Nativity and school wide events.

At Saltford transition from pre-school to Reception is a real strength. We offer stay and play sessions where parents/carers can come for half an hour and interact with their child in their school environment. Parents/carers can use this time to help their child become familiar with the school environment and ensure a successful start in September. We also provide a similar process for children leaving Reception and starting in Y1.

We believe it is very important to work closely with parent/carers therefore we offer several curriculum evenings. A welcome evening in July, a Literacy workshop in September and a Maths workshop in October.  We hold regular ‘Wow Workshops’ where the children share their work and classroom environment with parents/carers.

For a detailed breakdown of our intentions for all curriculum areas please see here.

For more information about your child's class do see our Bumble Bee and Butterfly Class pages.

Please see our 'Starting school in 2020' section here for lots of information on what school life is really like at Saltford, how you can best support your child as they prepare for this exciting step and how to apply smoothly.

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Geography

Our focus is to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Geography aim: to develop five key areas of geographical learning:

  • Locational knowledge
  • Place knowledge
  • Human and physical geography
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork
  • Enquiry skills

We place great value on equipping children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with developing a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.. The children will learn about the landscape and the way humans affect it. To help them, we use maps, artefacts, accounts, books, images, videos, websites and their own observations. Fieldwork and visits are very important! The children record their work in many ways too.

We do this by studying a range of localities, including those we are familiar with and those that are contrasting, and by examining a variety of geographical themes. We often learn through topics, which we enjoy linking with other areas of the curriculum.

We follow a two-year rolling programme for geography that you can see here in full.

We welcome any contributions that families can make to help us take our learning further!

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History

Our focus is to enrich, inspire and enthuse children in their understanding of the past, how it has changed and evolved over the years. We especially wish to bring history to life!

History aim: to develop our historical skills and understanding through five main areas:

  • Chronological understanding
  • Knowledge and understanding of people and events in the past, and how they have changed
  • Historical interpretation
  • Historical enquiry
  • Organisation and communication

We endeavour to develop these skills through a variety of ways:

  • Educational visits to support our topics
  • Visiting speakers
  • Themed days
  • Role play/re-enactments

To support our learning, we have a wealth of resources, including books, artefacts, photographs, paintings, DVDs, costumes, log books and websites. We also welcome additional resources and artefacts brought in to support our topics.

We ensure that children are given a range of experiences and opportunities

We follow a two-year rolling programme for history that you can see here in full.

Visit to Chepstow castle 

A cold but exciting visit
to Chepstow castle 

Making Tudor houses

We worked hard designing
and making our Tudor houses 
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Maths

Our focus in mathematics teaching at Saltford Primary School is to encourage our children to be confident and enthusiastic mathematicians, making sense of the world around them through the development of their ability to reason, calculate and solve problems, building on skills learned in previous years.

For our youngest learners, we follow the Department for Education’s Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework which can be viewed here:
media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/e/eyfs statutory framework march 2012.pdf

EYFS Maths Mastery

EYFS Maths Presentation

In Key Stages 1 and 2 we follow the statutory programme of study for mathematics. Information on year-by-year objectives can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335158/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics_220714.pdf

The children have a daily mathematics lesson with a strong emphasis on mental maths skills and problem solving. Children learn about a wide range of mathematical subjects, such as number, shape, data handling and measures. During these lessons children may work as a whole class, in groups or individually as appropriate. A wide range of resources is used. Maths is often of a practical nature, with more formal written methods being taught at Key Stage 2. With the help of parents the children are encouraged to learn number bonds and multiplication tables. In Year 1 to Year 6 children follow the White Rose scheme of work, which builds understanding year on year. The programmes followed can be seen in the attached documents, showing curriculum coverage for Autumn, Spring and Summer terms:

White Rose Maths Autumn Term

White Rose Maths Spring Term

White Rose Maths Summer Term

In KS2 we have access to a site called “Times Table Rockstars” where children are able to take part in a variety of challenges. They will have been given a log in at school. You can access the site at: https://ttrockstars.com/home

Doodle Maths:

We are pleased to tell you that we are now using DoodleMaths, the award-winning homework programme. Your child should have brought home from school a letter containing their class code. Please follow the instructions on the letter to access Doodle Maths. If you do not have the class code letter, please contact your child's teacher or the school office.

DoodleMaths:

  • Has been proven to help children make big improvements in both their ability and confidence in maths - using for 10 minutes a day has helped children make 3 month’s progress in just 1 month.
  • Learns what your child’s strengths are, and what they need to work on, then builds a programme just for them.
  • Is fun and engaging!

It’s easy for you to be involved at home by using the Parent Connect app and the Parent Dashboard to track their progress. Please see a copy of the letter sent out to explain about Doodle Maths here.

Information for parents on written calculations

Please see the following PDF documents for further information:

Progression in addition
Progression in subtraction
Progression in multiplication
Progression in division

Supporting your child with maths

Please select the relevant leaflet in PDF format:

Reception parents' information

Year 2 parents' information

Year 4 parents' information

Year 6 parents' information

Year 1 parents' information

Year 3 parents' information

Year 5 parents' information

and our guide to Online Learning Support

Maths games websites

Please click here for information about calculation methods and targets for each year group:

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml
www.mathszone.co.uk/
channel4learning.com/support/websites/maths.html

We recently held a maths evening for parents where we looked at different methods of calculation. The aim was to boost parents' confidence in helping their children with maths by demonstrating and trying out some of the written methods we use in class and by doing some games to help with understanding. If you would like to see more, please see the handout here.

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Modern Foreign Languages
Modern Foreign Languages

Ici on parle français - Our focus is on fostering pupils’ curiosity and deepening their understanding of the world through a high quality languages education.

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. At Saltford we learn French, but are also interested in finding out about other languages. Our aim: to foster enjoyment and enthusiasm for a foreign language from EYFS through to Y6 through the use of familiar rhymes, songs and stories. Through our school values of kindness and respect all children will have the confidence to use languages across the curriculum. They will then leave Saltford Primary being able to speak with increasing confidence and fluency, understand the spoken language and write short sentences of varying length accurately.

We aim to develop children’s skills in the key areas of:

  • Oracy (speaking and listening)
  • Literacy (reading and writing)
  • Intercultural understanding

To do this we gain knowledge about language (KAL) and language learning strategies (LLS).

In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we may learn simple songs, look at French books or answer the register in French.

In Key Stage 2 we continue to develop our oracy and literacy skills through individual topics and cross-curricular work. Sometimes we have ‘theme’ weeks when we concentrate on finding out more about French and France. Our planning focuses largely on story making but these are closely linked to cross curricular topics in  history, geography and science.

Learning languages at Saltford School 

Please see the relevant schemes of work for full details of the rolling programmes for French. We are currently on Year B:

Year 3 and 4 French
Year 5 and 6 French

In addition to our learning in class, we offer the children the opportunity to take their love of languages further through our spanish and french club.

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Music
Music

Our focus is to provide a high-quality music education which should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Aims

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

• perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians

• learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

• understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

 

We are very well equipped for music resources and all children are encouraged to participate and extend their musical development using pitched and unpitched instruments. Children explore rhythms, melodies, pitch, dynamics and timbre, developing teamwork, independence and self-confidence.

Instrumental lessons are taught by Bath and North East Somerset Music Service, offering violin, cello, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, brass, voice, piano and percussion. We also offer descant recorder tuition from Year Two upwards.

Learning the fluteLearning the drumsLearning the guitarLearning the violinLearning the guitar in a groupLearning the guitarLearning the saxophoneLearning the guitar

All children are part of our school choir and we have a strong tradition of musical performances throughout the year. Key Stage One organise a Christmas Nativity and a Summer Concert. Key Stage Two productions have included The Snow Queen, Jungle Book, Oliver, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Sound of Music, Aladdin and a Christmas Carol. Harvest Festivals, Easter and Christingle Services are memorable celebrations throughout the year.

We always welcome music and drama groups to enhance the musical learning and diversity of the curriculum for both staff and pupils.

When teaching music lessons, we follow the Charanga Music Scheme, an excellent resource that covers all the National Curriculum requirements. Each year group has its own plan to follow and a range of musical genres are included.

Please click on the links below to access PDF documents of the unit overviews and musical progression of our Charanga music scheme. 

Musical progression KS1Musical progression KS2, Unit overview EYFSUnit overview KS1 and Unit overview KS2. Expressive Arts and Design EYFS

 

This term's instrumental tuition schedule

Day

Instrument

Teacher

 

 

Monday

 

 

Guitar

 

Stuart Beck

Tuesday

Tuesday

Tuesday

Flute

Clarinet/saxophone

Drums

Sarah Felton

Julie Thomas

Justin Fellows

Wednesday

Wednesday 

Guitar

 Drums

Stuart Beck

 Justin Fellows

Thursday

Thursday

Violin

Voice

Jane Smith/Mrs Elizabeth Evans

Rachel Williams

Friday

 

Piano

 

Steven Cox

 

 

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PE
PE

Our focus in Physical Education at Saltford Primary School is to provide every pupil with the opportunity to develop his/her capabilities to the full, which in turn leads to the development of positive attitudes to taking part in physical activity.

This has implications on their feelings, attitudes and learning throughout the curriculum and providing the opportunity for cross-curricular work. Through the medium of Physical Education, children gain knowledge about the body and how it works and responds to exercise. They learn principles of movement and understand about how and why activity is undertaken.

Aims 

Physical Education should involve pupils in the continuous process of planning, performing and evaluating. It should:

  • promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles
  • develop positive attitudes (such as “fair play”, “honest competition”, “good sporting behaviour ”)
  • ensure safe practice

Pupils have two hours of PE timetabled per week through which we develop the fundamental skills of agility, balance and co-ordination. Part of this follows the Real PE scheme of work by Create Development. 

In addition children will be given the opportunities to develop their skills in dance, gymnastics, games, athletics as well as swimming in our own pool. 

There is a variety of extra-curricular sports clubs available to all children during, before and after the school day. See our clubs page for up to date information.

Inter-school competition

As members of BANES School Sport Partnership the children enjoy a wide range of inter-school sports. Over the past year, we have sent teams of pupils to represent the school at boys and girls football, netball, cross-country, cricket and athletics.  In addition, each year group from yr 2-6 enjoy a cluster festival at Wellsway Academy.

We have had a number of individuals go even further and represent at County level in their chosen sport. To read more about our ‘Gold’ School Games Mark please click here. This is a reward for our commitment to the development of competition across our school and into the community.

For the latest news on all of our sporting achievements keep an eye on our sports reports section.

PE premium

For up to date information about our PE Premium and our PE action plan see our Key information page here.

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Personal, Social and Health Education
Personal, Social and Health Education

Our focus is for every child to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.

PSHE aim:

  • To give our pupils a range of opportunities in PSHE lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our school, in their community and beyond.

Delivery

We use the PSHE Association programme of study to help develop our PSHE curriculum. During the school year we cover three core themes:

Autumn term: Relationships
Spring term: Living in the wider world
Summer term: Health and well-being

We teach PSHE in a variety of ways; as a discrete subject, through lessons, circle times, assemblies and through other curriculum subjects. As well as our outdoor educational visits, community work and activities, we have many visits from outside agencies.

E-team

We have established an E-team to help promote and ensure that everyone is treated equally and fairly, and no-one is left out or discriminated against. We have recently introduced a playground buddy scheme aimed at improving playtimes for all pupils and making everyone feel included.

Please find our key stage yearly overviews for PSHE here:

EYFS- Please see Personal, social and Emotional Development section of the curriculum breakdown.

KS1 PSHE overview

LKS2 PSHE overview

UKS2 PSHE overview

Websites

Please look at these sites before using them with your child.

General

www.gogivers.org/kids/

Bereavement

Helping your child to understand and cope with bereavement can be very difficult. Please see our bereavement information sheet and the useful websites listed below. Please read all the information before you talk to your children.

www.winstonswish.org.uk

www.childbereavement.org.uk

www.clicsargent.org.uk

Citizenship

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqtnvcw

Healthy eating

www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/4_11/uptoyou/

www.foodafactoflife.org.uk

campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Feelings and health

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/pshe.shtml

Understanding money

www.moneyville.co.uk/#

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Religious Education

We are a Church of England School and we greatly value RE lessons as times when children can explore and better understand their own and other people’s experiences of human life, its aspirations, times of celebration, problems and challenges.

We teach Religious Education according to the Agreed Syllabus, ‘Awareness, Mystery and Value’. For further details, please see our curriculum overview for year A and curriculum overview for year B.

RE is an inclusive subject with many possibilities for cross curricular learning e.g. music, history, drama and art.

We have very strong links with SACRE, the local organisation that oversees the teaching of RE. The collection of RE artefacts, which can be loaned to schools, is kept at Saltford and we often host RE training for teachers from other schools.

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Science
Science

Our focus is for all children to gain a broad range of scientific knowledge and skills which help them to understand the world around them.

Aims: Children should develop a good range of scientific vocabulary and skills as required by the curriculum. Their enthusiasm for the subject should be driven by investigations. They should have high quality SRE delivered throughout their time at primary school.

We believe that the teaching of science develops in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live, and fosters a respect for the environment.

At Saltford, we value the importance of children asking their own questions about the world around them and discovering interesting ways to answer them. A practical and skills based approach is also central to the way in which we teach science.

We ensure that we use our links with other WMAT schools to provide the children with high quality science experiences. The children have enjoyed trips to secondary school science labs and visits from outside experts. 

Rolling programmes for science

KS1 science rolling programme
Lower KS2 science rolling programme
Upper KS2 science rolling programme

Useful websites

www.wwf.org.uk/gowild
www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk 

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