Curriculum

The Curriculum at Bicton School

Below you’ll find details of the way we teach at Bicton. There are also various lesson planning documents available to read over on our Planning page.

English

All children take part in daily activities, including speaking and listening, reading and writing, with links made to other areas of the curriculum to give children a real context for their learning. Children are encouraged to develop confidence in speaking through a range of different speaking and listening opportunities e.g reading and discussing poetry, group discussions or a class debate.

Phonics is taught through a well structured Letters and Sounds programme which develops the skills vital to reading and spelling. Children are given weekly spellings to learn at home, which can also be accessed through the website. The Oxford Reading Tree Scheme used is used as well as the ‘Songbirds` and ‘Floppy Phonics` resources. In both key stages, children are encouraged to make their own choices of reading material and to be able to discuss/reflect in groups and guided sessions their own views and understanding of the various reading activities and challenges.

Children are encouraged to develop a love of books from an early age and as their reading skills progress there is an increased focus on comprehension skills to develop their understanding of a text. Classes have group rooms with a well-stocked library suited to the class needs from which children can choose books to take home. Each class also has a range of books loaned each term from the School Library Service to enhance a current topic being studied in class.

As children progress through the school, they are introduced to an increasing range of text types, so that by the time they leave primary school they are familiar with the features and uses of many different text types. This enables them to write with confidence, clarity and most of all, enjoyment.

Please follow the link below for a breakdown of the objectives within each area of English for each year group.

English programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2

Mathematics

The teaching of mathematics aims to develop learners who are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, are able to reason mathematically and can apply their skills and knowledge to solve problems. The following areas are covered throughout the mathematics curriculum:

KS1
Number – place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions.
Measurement – length/height, mass/weight, capacity/volume, money and time.
Geometry – properties of shapes, position and direction.
Statistics – collecting and interpreting data.

KS2
Number – place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions (including decimals and percentages).
Measurement – length/height, mass/weight, capacity/volume, money and time, converting different units of measurement.
Geometry – properties of shapes, position and direction.
Statistics – collecting and interpreting data, use of scales.
Ratio and Proportion – linked to shape, fractions, multiplication and division.
Algebra – use simple formulae, express missing number problems algebraically.

We provide a hands on approach to the teaching of mathematics as much as possible, using a wide range of resources, including apparatus, games, laptops and iPads. To develop children’s confidence in applying their skills to different contexts, we present the teaching and learning of mathematics from real life contexts as much as possible, as well as through a range of subjects.

Please follow the link below for a breakdown of the objectives within each mathematical area for each year group.
Mathematics programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2

Science

Please follow the link below for a breakdown of the science content for each year group.

Science programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2

Languages

Learning a language enriches the curriculum, providing excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained make a major contribution to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others. Language also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community, and learning another language can do a great deal to shape children’s ideas in this critical area as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language.
Languages are taught at all ages at Bicton C. E. Primary School. Incidental French is taught in Class 1 and Classes 2, 3, 4 and 5 use the ‘Tout le Monde’ scheme of work for their French lessons each week.
Our aims of teaching MFL are for children to:

  • foster an interest in learning another language;
  • become aware that language has a structure, and that this structure differs from one language to another;
  • develop speaking and listening skills.
  • gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement;
  • explore and apply strategies to improve their learning;
  • explore their own cultural identities and those of others.