Learning in Year 1 to Year 6
In Year 1 to Year 6, the school curriculum is based on the statutory National Curriculum, 2014.
For a guide that breaks down what children should be learning in each year group, read this parent guide to the national curriculum.
Teachers base their yearly planning on these objectives and most children achieve these objectives by the end of that academic year.
Curriculum Subjects at Frith Manor
Art and Design
Art and Design
The subject lead teacher for art and design at Frith Manor is Emma Jacobs who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
At Frith Manor we follow our own unique progression map for teaching Art and Design that follows the DfE programmes for KS1 and KS2. EYFS uses the Expressive Art and Design thread of the Development Matters document. A diverse range of artists and craftspeople are taught to support the teaching of skills. We believe that creativity starts young and it's affects threads through the whole curriculum. Our principal aim is to develop the children's knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design. The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles e.g. we ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas. We do this best through a mixture of whole class teaching, individual/group activities and year group workshops. Children are encouraged to evaluate their own ideas and methods, and the work of others, and say what they think and feel about them. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for others. Children work in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources including ICT. KS 1 and KS 2 pupils work with sketchbooks to develop their ideas and for rough sketching prior to undertaking final work. Staff will be receiving training on the links between scrapbooks and their affect on wellbeing this year.
At Frith Manor we celebrate Art and Design through whole school events such as 'The Big Draw', 'Take One Picture', 'Black History Month' and 'Children's Art Week'. The school takes part in competitions and projects in the wider art world and we have had success with submissions to the Royal Academy of Arts 'Young Artists Summer Show 2021' as well a being competition winners in the 'Show & Tell' photography competition. The school links with the community and has shown pupil's work in local shop windows. These events give teachers the opportunity to plan and create cross curricular links to support the teaching of History, PHSE, Literacy, RE, Mathematics and Science. We are also collaborating with The Arts Depot, A Line Art and The Arts Council in 2021/22 on two 'Creative Schools Projects'. We encourage parent artists to share their skills and continue to collaborate with the community to support art education at Frith Manor School. We also have exciting plans to team up with the Art department at Copthall Secondary School.
The Frith Manor Facebook page and website regularly post photographs of current displays and projects to share with parents and the wider community. Stock is updated and ordered by the Subject Leader. A curriculum review is carried out annually where the Subject Leader evaluates strengths and areas of improvement and identifies areas for further improvement within Art and Design. The forms part of the School Development Plan.
The subject lead teacher for computing at Frith Manor is Gabriel Reeves who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
The role of technology in our lives has changed massively over the past decade, and along with that, our duty to prepare children for this world. Perhaps most notably, the shift from ICT to Computing in 2014 was primarily focused on ensuring that our children are not only users of digital technology, but that they can also be creators? - right down to the level of coding. In order to achieve this, the computing curriculum is split into three main areas of skill, with each requiring differing approaches to their teaching and study.
Information technology is perhaps the most familiar to many adults - the ability to create and edit files, use software to collect and present information, use web browsers to send and receive information. While it is often said that children are experts at using computers, it's important remember how much the landscape has changed in the lifetime of current primary school children. With the rise of smartphones and tablets, many have not grown up using laptops and desktops in the same way as their slightly older peers who are now moving into adulthood. The use of a keyboard and computer mouse to navigate traditional programs as well as apps remains vital skills.
Digital Literacy. Similarly, it is imperative that we prepare our children for a world in which the internet is ever-present. Internet services have been incredible tools for human development and we work to enable our children to use them for productivity, research and development. Likewise, we endeavour to make sure they are aware of the risks associated with the internet, and are empowered to safeguard themselves and deal with them in an appropriate way. This includes understanding who to speak to when something does not feel right, how to report concerns about other people on the internet, and using cross-referencing skills to verify information they read online, knowing that is may not be true.
Computer Science. The programming aspect of the curriculum is perhaps the most alien to many adults. We teach the children to use computational thinking - understanding the ways in which a computer program actually works - to translate real-world ideas into simple programs a computer can understand. From a young age, children control programmable toys by creating algorithms expressed as code the toy can follow. This includes creating animations and games that others can use and play.
At Frith Manor we work to ensure all of our pupils are equipped with the skills to work in the digital age.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology
The subject lead teacher for Design and Technology at Frith Manor is Naomi Winters who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
The subject lead teachers for English at Frith Manor are Rebekah Ellis and Laura Taylor who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions
An overview English teaching and learning at Frith Manor can be found here.
The subject lead teacher for French at Frith Manor is Jackie Shaw who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
Learning a modern foreign language promotes an interest and curiosity about the wider world, a sense of European/International identity and raises awareness of what it means to be a global citizen.
At Frith Manor we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils and fosters respect and understanding of other cultures. It helps children develop their communication, including key skills of speaking and listening, and extends their knowledge of how languages work.
At Frith Manor all children in Key Stage 2 have weekly French lessons which include a wide and varied range of activities and aim to develop an enthusiasm for language learning and an awareness of the benefits of understanding and speaking different languages. In a typical lesson, children will learn and then practise new vocabulary and structures through the use of games, singing, drama and other activities. As the children become more proficient they will move from being able to say and write individual words to being able to express themselves with longer sentences and paragraphs.
We are building strong links with our partner school in Calais in France and all children across the whole school are involved with this project. We have already exchanged a video and other packages of information and some classes have taken part in joint live virtual lessons.
The subject lead teacher for geography at Frith Manor is Rhodri Thomas who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
“From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There's nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.” Hilaire Belloc
This poem reminds us when we enter the world, we start small in our own homes and step-by-step reach out into the world, explorer-like. In coming to school - first nursery, through KS1 and KS2 and beyond, a child's world gets bigger and bigger, as should their place in it. Each step of the way, children experience new things including the enjoyment of the world and the love of others.
Provoking children to ask and answer questions related to physical features of our Earth, and how human activity affects and is affected by these features - that is the aim of the geography curriculum in our school. Our geography curriculum intends to inspire in children a confident curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Children must be encouraged to develop knowledge and understanding of the world, including their places in it. The geography curriculum also develops children's knowledge and skills in ways transferable to other curriculum areas including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
A child's journey at school in England begins in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) . Here, one of the specific areas in which we develop children is in “Understanding the World”. Children are guided to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. The subject known as Geography clearly plays a part in “Understanding the World”.
From EYFS children move into KS1 and then KS2 where the framework for our curriculum subject called geography comes from the National Curriculum for England and from the EYFS framework. The school has developed a progression map for the subject from Year 1 to Year 6 grouped into the National Curriculum geography thematic areas of locational knowledge; place knowledge; human and physical geography; and geographical skills and fieldwork.
Other school initiatives that support geography-aware thinking and action include:
- a progressive Geography curriculum mapped out by year group.
- using the Eco Schools framework to develop environmental awareness and responsible citizenship amongst its children and through them the wider community. For example, Eco Warriors are elected in each class to champion the environment and to give children leadership opportunities.
- the whole school community investing in reinvigorating its use of the school's rich outdoor spaces - so that more of our curriculum takes place beyond the classroom in our Peace Garden, around our mini-lake, amongst the trees of our orchard, in the depths of our forest and around our raised growing beds.
- “Country of the Month” in which the school foregrounds the diverse country origins of its community with a display board to which children with some connection to the country are invited to contribute
- Bikeability - training children in safe cycling to widen their choice in sustainable travel to school and beyond.
- Geography Day.
The subject lead teacher for history at Frith Manor is Sara Pareathamby who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
At Frith Manor Primary School we want all of our pupils to have an understanding of the past and how History can shape the future. Children at Frith are passionate about History and enjoy all lessons.
We believe that high-quality History lessons encourage critical thinking; enhance the ability to weigh evidence, generate arguments and develop chronological understanding.
The learning objectives of each lesson draw from knowledge and skills included in the National Curriculum.
Our History Curriculum is full of topics which foster awe and wonder and actively motivate children to ask 'why'. Where possible, links are made between subjects using overarching themes that incorporate a range of subjects.
As a school, we strive to teach about a range of historical figures from a range of backgrounds and religions. Each year, we celebrate Black History Month during October.
Mathematics at Frith Manor
The subject lead teacher for mathematics at Frith Manor is Marjory Hilton who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
The aims of our maths teaching at Frith Manor are threefold.
- To ensure all children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. We do this through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- To ensure all children are encouraged to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- To ensure all children are taught to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
We stress the importance of knowing multiplication tables. By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12x table.
All pupils are taught to develop efficient strategies for mental and written calculations which are clearly outlined within our school calculation policy.
Pupils should also be able to read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge.
Mathematics is taught daily. Teaching methods include discussions between teacher and pupil, discussions between pupils, practical work, group activities, individual work, practice of basic skills and routines and investigative work. Each lesson begins with a starter activity; this is followed by the main teaching input and pupil activities. The main teaching points are consolidated in a plenary session in which pupils are given time to review, reflect, discuss and evaluate their work and learning. In KS1 there is also a separate 15-minute daily maths meeting and we are in the process of rolling this out into KS2.
We follow a maths mastery approach using the National Curriculum Programme of study as the basis for the teaching of Mathematics across the whole school supported by the White Rose Maths Hub curriculum resources. Other resources used to support learning include Numicon interactive software, Mathletics (for homework) and Times Tables Rock Stars.
The subject lead teacher for Music at Frith Manor is Wendy Wayland who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
The subject lead teacher for PE at Frith Manor is TBD who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
PSHEPersonal, Social, Health and Economic Education
The subject lead teacher for PSHE at Frith Manor is Alex Athanasi who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
The subject lead teacher for RE at Frith Manor is TBD who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
The subject lead teacher for Science at Frith Manor is Abigail Symons who can be contacted via the school office if you have any questions.
At Frith Manor, science is a high profile subject throughout the school. It is taught in line with the National Curriculum objectives with the intent that our pupils will develop an in-depth understanding of the world around them and of how major scientific ideas have played a vital role in society. This will prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
Each year group's planning builds upon prior knowledge and shows a development of skills as part of the school's clear progression maps. Pupils are encouraged to enhance their creativity and be challenged through both theoretical and practical lessons. As they advance through the school, pupils may cover different topics, but the 'working scientifically' strand, which is apparent through all areas, encourages them to be self-motivated, independent, curious and resilient learners by developing inquiry-based skills and sessions. Frith Manor boasts a Discovery room with excellent resources where science experiments and lessons take place.
Science plays a vital role within our school community and events such as competitions, (Little Inventors' being a prominent feature), STEM Ambassador visitors and themed trips help create the scientific 'buzz' at Frith Manor throughout the year. Science week in March is a particular highlight, with a much-anticipated visit from a mobile planetarium and a 'bubble-making' entertainer, and also visits from many parents and carers having professional careers within scientific fields and industries. We embrace their expertise and recognise the valuable contributions that families can make to the delivery of an engaging science curriculum.
Frith Manor is at a pivotal moment in outdoor classroom learning as a dedicated group of parents are restoring a peace garden, forest garden, allotment area and are building a pond. We are excited by the opportunities this will bring for all scientific learning and for the pupils to be able to create meaningful experiences within their natural environment.
By the time they leave for secondary school, pupils will be equipped with the scientific knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the next stage of their education. They will have a secure understanding of key science concepts, so that they inspired to continue to use science in their everyday life and future careers.