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Curriculum Information

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Curriculum feedback 2018/2019

 

At Cotmanhay Junior School, we ensure that pupils are involved in the shaping of their curriculum. Subject leaders regularly obtain pupil feedback on the subject or area they are leading. Feedback from the children is used to reshape and modify action plans in order to ensure that each subject is both meeting the needs of its learners and maintaining relevance and interest.

 

Our school council meet each term to discuss points that have been generated by each class in order to improve the provision for children across the school.

 

English

Things that are going well:

Even better if:

Writing

  • Writing a range of story types
  • Use of apps (eg Chatterpix to support learning)
  • The Talk for Writing process
  • Getting ideas into the shared write
  • Improving grammar, spellings and punctuation
  • Drawing story maps to get a clear idea of the story
  • Learning actions to retell stories
  • Being pushed to the limits in writing
  • Seeing the difference between cold and hot tasks
  • Games (eg: feely bags to guess objects)
  • Learning to join handwriting neatly
  • Learning journey on the washing line to always see
  • Confidence in writing and sharing ideas
  • Confidence to write independently
  • Word challenges
  • Using magpie journals to keep great ideas

 

  • Do more independent writing, with freedom of style and topic choice
  • Handwriting exercises
  • Play more games (try some harder ones)
  • Typing up/writing up in best
  • More time to read through our work to make improvements
  • Trying a fantasy/fairy tale
  • More sentence work
  • English games for homework – like maths

 

 

Reading

  • Reading Avengers
  • Reading after lunch
  • New books all the time
  • Tom Palmer books
  • Range of magazines and newspapers
  • Wide selection of books to read
  • World Book Day
  • Enjoy comprehension through song
  • Mr Robinson’s Roy of the Rovers group
  • Library is full of books!

 

 

 

  • Thicker books for Lime book band
  • Go to the main library more
  • Can we have a reading competition?
  • More books on the ‘Extreme’ series
  • More class stories
  • Can we have story time in assembly?

Maths

Things that are going well:

Even better if:

  • MNP books and journals
  • MNP describes things better
  • Guided practice – we like that we can have a go as a class beforehand
  • More confident with bar models
  • Challenges and Mathsteasers
  • Deepening understanding tasks encourage perseverance
  • Times tables games
  • Maths games – shiny fish and dice games
  • Times tables game on iPads
  • Tables grid – seeing scores increase
  • 1stClass@Number
  • Keeping going over things again and again (continuous provision)
  • Maths is fun
  • Doing times tables every week has made me really confident and I can use them in my maths
  • Equipment
  • Darts games with Gary

 

 

 

  • More games, treasure hunts and tables challenges
  • Different maths games
  • Online maths like Mathletics/use iPads more
  • Maths mornings so we have more time to learn and finish an area
  • More group work
  • More practical lessons
  • Even harder challenges!
  • Use visuals to explain like in the text book
  • Maths dictionaries
  • Maths sheets or booklets for homework – we’d do it more if teacher monitored

Science

Things that are going well:

Even better if:

  • The topics are really engaging
  • Lots of practical science opportunities
  • Chance to do experiments
  • Wide range of topics
  • Things get brought in to help learning (e.g. eyeballs in Year 6).
  • All the children can engage
  • Learn about things that are ‘unexpected’
  • Lots of ‘out of classroom’ learning

 

  • Whole school Science day
  • More experiments
  • Child-led investigations
  • More challenging ‘Deepening Understanding’ tasks
  • Science-based trips or an after-school club
  • Science homework projects

PE: sporting opportunities, playground provision, PE lessons, clubs and competitions

Things that are going well:

Even better if:

  • John McGovern visit
  • Sports variety on top yard
  • Enjoy PE lessons “It’s fun!”
  • Variety of sports in PE lessons
  • Mile runs
  • Funky fitness five
  • Dance club
  • After school sports clubs
  • Focus on getting fitter over the year
  • Not being alone – working with other children
  • More inter school competition – not just football
  • Variety of games/ equipment on bottom yard
  • More equipment on bottom yard
  • Rotation of after school clubs
  • More variety of after school clubs
  • More PE lessons to improve fitness
  • Switch lessons more regularly
  • Sometimes too much of a focus on football

Art and DT

Things that are going well:

Even better if:

  • Opportunities to learn how to paint and sketch
  • Using Papier Mache to make Greek vases
  • Learning how to sew and weave
  • Learning how to saw wood to make fairground rides
  • Using hydraulics to design and make a moving monster
  • If sometimes the whole art lesson was outside
  • Design and make things on a bigger scale

Languages

Things that are going well:

Even better if:

  • French Friday
  • Languages Week, including the ‘Hello’ challenge and French takeover
  • Salut! games and songs
  • It’s fun
  • Food tasting
  • Matching activities
  • Art/Colouring
  • Languages Assembly
  • Christmas assembly linked to other countries
  • More food tasting, songs, games and art
  • Learn words from other languages more
  • More French, especially in Year 6
  • French speaking visitor
  • More sign language
  • Have a book to write in words
  • Languages displays
  • Challenges
  • A languages club
  • Homework on languages

Humanities

Things that are going well:

Even better if:

 

  • A wide variety of visits
  • Using maths and English skills in the afternoon lessons
  • Mayan topic
  • We can choose our activities
  • The work can be challenging
  • Our topics are really interesting
  • Used D&T to create volcanoes
  • Used art in geography (cave paintings)
  • Learning about America was great
  • Dressing up as characters from the past
  • Learning about different times from our past
  • Going out to draw historical structures
  • Lessons are fun and interactive 

 

  • Have specialists come into school to tell us about our topics
  • Create a year group fact book
  • Have artefacts in the classroom throughout the topic
  • More competitions
  • Learn more about animals
  • Even more trips
  • Sometimes there is too much writing
  • Go for walks around our local area to find out about our geography

 

Computing

Things that are going well:

Even better if:

 

  • We have fantastic equipment
  • We don’t have to share equipment
  • We love learning with the iPad
  • Programming using Scratch
  • We love creating and playing Kahoot quizzes
  • A wide variety of activities
  • Creating animation and films
  • Creating PowerPoint presentations and spreadsheets
  • Creating charts and graphs in maths lessons
  • The new coding books make things much easier
  • Using virtual tours
  • Using green-screen technology
  • Using iPads for maths games
  • Being able to record our work 

 

  • Sometimes the computers won’t log on to the server
  • Have time to play games
  • Write stories using technology
  • More computing lessons each week
  • Computer club
  • Link tasks with our humanities/science topics
  • More free access to websites
  • More coding lessons

Jigsaw PSHE

Things that are going well:

Even better if:

  • Calm me time
  • Games
  • Circle time
  • Able to share ideas
  • Assemblies are fun
  • Having Jigsaw Jaz to know who is talking
  • Teacher enjoys teaching Jigsaw
  • Range of fun activities
  • Learning about life and growing up
  • Books relating to topics 
  • More games
  • More information on growing up and changes
  • More assemblies
  • More books

Religious Education

Things that are going well:

Even better if:

  • Visits from the local Church and Vicar
  • Practical lessons/ acting lessons/ discussions/ video clips
  • Like how it is similar to Jigsaw - calming
  • Learning about different religions
  • Like having a key question to answer
  • Link to English (story mapping events) 
  • Off site visits
  • Artefacts

Music

Things that are going well:

Even better if:

  • Playing rhythms together
  • Samba band around the school
  • Enjoyed the Music Partnership – learning different instruments including ukulele, flute and clarinet
  • Sing a variety of songs
  • Taking the instruments home to practice
  • African drumming is exciting and fun
  • We have a great choir
  • Learning about different musicians and composers
  • Opportunity to have a wide variety of music lessons including piano
  • Orchestra trip
  • More instruments in school
  • More singing assemblies
  • More music clubs

Key Stage 2 Spelling Lists

 

Below are the spelling lists for years 3/4 and 5/6. By the end of year 4 your child should be able to spell and use the words from their (year 3/4) spelling list correctly. By the end of year 6 your child should be able to spell and use the words correctly from the 5/6 list. You can download the word lists below. 

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Maths medium term plans - Maths no Problem

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