Subject Curriculum

We are a creative curriculum school and place high value on the inter-relatedness of all learning. Our curriculum is delivered through exciting topics that aim to inspire and enthuse our children. Creative projects give children the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding across all areas of the curriculum.

 

 

Understanding Arts and Culture Faculty

 

Art

 

You can’t imagine a child to become creative without having art skills. Art helps our children in expressing themselves. Creativity is a significant reason why art is emphasised in our school.

As part of our Remembrance day, children produced some beautiful Art work and have really enjoyed having the freedom of expressing themselves through creativity.

 

 Music and Performing Arts  

We aim to bring music to life in the classroom through inspiring musical projects that are relevant to our children.  Understanding art and culture is integrated into our daily life and learning and aspirational people from the world of music play a key role within our music curriculum. We passionately believe in the power of performing art as a platform for self-expression, creativity, exploration, and joy.  We strive to give our children every opportunity to immerse themselves in a wide variety of performing arts.  Through our curriculum, children see the world through the eyes of performing artists and discover the riches of creative expression.

 

Here at Peartree Spring Primary School we aim to being Music to life in all aspects of our children’s lives, from listening to music during learning to participating in musical activities.

 

How does Music look in our school?

Our children throughout their school life take part in a number of projects where they learn about the four key elements of music:

  • Singing
  • Listening and appreciation
  • Composition
  • Performing

To support the musical development we offer many extra-curricular opportunities from clubs that the children can attend to going to perform in large scale concert venues like the O2 Arena in London.

 

Young Voices at the O2 Arena:

Our children have the opportunity to participate in the Young Voices Concert at the O2. It is a truly wonderful day that the children very much enjoy being a part of, as do the staff who support them on the musical journey.

Hertfordshire Schools Gala at the Royal Albert Hall:

Every two years, we are invited to participate in the Hertfordshire Schools Gala. This wonderful event seeing both Primary and Secondary schools coming together with the children from the local Music Centre to showcase the talent that the children in Stevenage has.

The children really do enjoy being a part of such a special event and having the opportunity to sing in such a magnificent venue which has seen artists from The Beatles to Adele.

 

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Understanding the World Faculty

Geography

 

In Key Stage One, we have been looking at the continents and oceans of the world. We have linked this to our Science learning, by researching which animals live on each continent.

In Year One, we took a trip around the world with our Rich English Text ‘Emma Jane’s Aeroplane’. We boarded a plane, travelled to different countries, and learnt about their famous landmarks.

Geography Role-Play Areas

History

 

Languages (Spanish)

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We start learning Spanish in Key Stage 2 but in Key Stage 1 and EYFS we enjoy learning new words and phrases to use in their daily routines.

Here are some examples of our fantastic Spanish work in Key Stage 2

Some fabulous work from Year 3 learning how to say the animals in Spanish.

Year 6 were learning to label the solar system in Spanish.

Key Stage 2 have learnt to name and ask questions about their favourite instruments.

We use Language Angels in the classroom to support our learning.

https://www.languageangels.com/schools

RE

We follow the Herts RE curriculum in every year group but enjoy celebrating a range of festivals and celebrations from many religions and cultures.

Here are some of our recent favourites

 

Have a look at our amazing Harvest festival display.

Global Citizenship

We are partnered with Adarsha School in Nepal as part of the Connecting Classrooms scheme.

Our whole curriculum aims to help our pupils gain awareness and understanding of the wider world – and their place in it. Through various projects, initiatives and learning opportunities, our pupils are encouraged to take an active role in the community and work with others to make our planet more peaceful, sustainable and fairer. We encourage our pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and values they need to engage with the world and teach them that we can all make a difference. Global citizenship at Peartree is about understanding that we can all work together to make a fairer, safer and happier world for everyone.

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Understanding Health and Wellbeing Faculty

PE

 

 

PSHE

 

 

 

Outdoor Learning

 

We are lucky to have extensive school grounds and our teachers plan lessons that take the children outdoors at every opportunity. We believe that outdoor learning is enriching and ensures positive, innovative and creative learning experiences for all our pupils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Understanding Science and Technology Faculty

Science

Science is an integral part of learning at Peartree Spring. We aim to harness the children’s natural curiosity and inquisitiveness about the world.

The pupils and teachers at Peartree Spring have worked together to develop a set of Science principles, highlighting the core Science values that we uphold.

In every lesson, we work on building our science subject knowledge as well as developing our ‘working scientifically’ skills.

Our working scientifically skills change as the children move up through the year groups. Here are the skills that the children learn within their Science lessons:

Science week

Every year, we dedicate a whole week to our science learning.

This year our theme was Bubbles!

Every year group took on their own bubble enquiries and experiments. From creating tomato scented bubbles to un-poppable bubbles, we learnt so much.

Take a look at some of the exciting things that we got up to!

Science evening

This year, we held a virtual science evening. Our innovative teachers presented their own science experiments for you to do at home. Have a watch at the videos below and listen out for the science behind these wonderful experiments.

Wildlife photographer of the Year

This summer, we challenged the children of Peartree Spring to take their own photographs of our wonderful world. We had some incredible entries for our competition and had over 100 entries! Take a look at some of the winning photographs below.

Computing

 

Computing is an innovative curriculum which provides our children with the opportunity to use a wide range of technology.

In Key Stage 1, children are taught the basics of how computers work; from how to open a program to how to save a file. Children begin to learn what algorithms are and their role within the world that we live in. Through the use of technology such as Bee Bots or applications like Scratch Jnr, the children are involved in practically creating algorithms to make objects move.

In Key Stage 2, children continue to develop their understanding of programming through using Scratch to create their own projects. Children begin to explore coding through more in depth technology such as Micro:bits.

At Peartree Spring Primary School we recognise and understand the importance of internet safety and the children are regularly taught how to keep themselves safe when working online.

Some useful website are:

ThinkUKnow:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

NSPCC:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/

Childnet:

https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

Design and Technology

Here at Peartree Spring, Design and Technology is embedded throughout our rich curriculum.

In reception, children learn a variety of skills through each area of development, including physical development and understanding the world. Children learn vital skills, such as how to use tools and equipment safely. This might include how to use and carry scissors or how to build safely using construction blocks.

As the children move through the school, they continue to deepen their knowledge of Design Technology through 4 key areas:

Design

Make

Evaluate

Technical knowledge

In key stage one and two, all children also focus on cooking and nutrition. Learning where our food comes from and how to apply the principles of a healthy diet.

In Year 2, children learn about different mechanisms. Here is an example of a slider that the children created, based on their shark topic.

In Year 3, the children learnt how to safely prepare food whilst learning about Harvest in different countries.

Here they are, creating some chocolate apples:

 

 

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Maths

 

 

 

Curriculum

As a school, we use Herts Essential Maths to ensure learning progression builds year on year for the children to be successful mathematicians from EYFS to Year 6. We provide challenge throughout lessons and specific interventions are used to support children where needed.

At Peartree Spring we use the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach and encourage the use of manipulatives throughout the school.

 

How to help your child at home

There are lots of different ways you can help your child in Maths through everyday daily activities. This could include: spotting shapes and patterns, counting, singing songs counting forwards and backwards, using money in shops, baking together or measuring.

These are links to online games that you may find helpful and fun for your child.

CBeebies EYFS/Key Stage 1

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/numeracy

BBC Bitesize Key Stage 2

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

Education City for homework

https://go.educationcity.com/

Look out for inter-house competitions and class challenges!

Times Table Rockstars

At Peartree Spring, we use the Times Table Rockstars Programme to engage children in learning their multiplication times tables and division facts as well as improving their recall at speed. These programme begins in Key Stage 2 (Year 3-6), although some keen children do start in Key Stage 1!

The statutory Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) taken place at the end of Year 4 in June. This is to check that children are achieving age related expectations in their recall of these facts. Core mathematical learning in Year 5 and 6 relies on these skills.

In Year 2 children are expected to know the 2, 5 and 10 times table.

In Year 3 children are expected to know the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

In Year 4 children are expected to know all the multiplication facts up to 12 x 12.

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English

We passionately believe that it is our responsibility to teach our children to speak, read and write fluently so that they can effectively communicate their thoughts, feelings, ideas and learning about the world around them.  Through daily exposure to rich texts, we aim to excite our children about the wealth of knowledge they can find inside the pages of a book and inspire them to seek out even more.  It is our ambition to instil a love for reading within all our children so that they become lifelong readers with the skills to express themselves creatively, articulate their thoughts clearly and engage confidently within society.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss,
Reading is one of the most important skills we can teach our children. Here, at Peartree Spring, we ensure that every child gets the opportunity to discover the wonders of reading through small group guided reading, individual reading, rich texts, engaging book corners, a fantastic selection of engaging books in classes and in our amazing library and a rigorous and targeted reading comprehension programme (Accelerated Reader). We also ensure that our phonics scheme is used consistently throughout ALL year groups to support and facilitate decoding.
Our love for reading branches across our creative curriculum where we have implemented a rich text based approach to foundation subjects as well as in our core subjects. We use quality, engaging texts to hook the children into a topic or context.
World Book Day
At Peartree, we recognise that spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future success. So, each year we celebrate World Book Day as it is an opportunity for all children to discover and share the joy of reading. It is a day that is fun for all involved and children are encouraged to bring their favourite book characters to life by dressing up. This year we will celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 4th March 2022 and there will be lots of exciting competitions for children to get involved in so stay tuned!
Here are some of our favourite costume ideas from children and staff from last year’s World Book Day!
We also provide children the opportunity to purchase books at our annual book fair. We sell a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books from best-selling authors, suitable to children of all ages. Children can use their book tokens which they are provided with on World Book Day to put towards the cost of these books. Additionally, the book fair allows us to build up our school library as each sale contributes towards a new library book.

Phonics and Spelling

Monster Phonics is the fun way to teach Systematic Synthetic Phonics. Its advanced multisensory approach uses 10 Monster characters to create interest and engagement for children. Studies show a 38% increase in spelling accuracy in 5 weeks and a 23-month improvement in reading age over a 5-month period.

Monster Phonics uses grapheme-phoneme correspondence as the first and foremost approach. Teaching is supported by using colour and monster sound cues to make the grapheme-phoneme correspondence explicit and easier to learn. Directly linking each grapheme and sounds within words makes learning easier and fun. Once a grapheme has been taught, the colour is removed. Not only does this accelerates the learning of phonics, high-frequency words, including common exception words, are also easier to learn.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 children will engage in:

  • Daily lessons teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics to
  • Decodable reading schemes which are aligned to the programme
  • Support with formation and handwriting through their phonics coverage.

Our English faculty work closely with Monster Phonics to deliver bespoke training for our staff to ensure we give your children the very best exposure to phonics whilst at Peartree Spring.

You can find more information about Monster Phonics by clicking the following link:

From Year 2 to Year 6 we use No Nonsense Spelling and are also currently using Herts For Learning back on track spelling to support our recovery curriculum.
We encourage children to learn spellings at home alongside their daily/weekly spelling sessions at school. We use a huge range of strategies to ensure all learning styles are catered for when learning spellings and understand that ‘one size does not fit all’ when it comes to learning spellings.
Click on the relevant year group to download their yearly English overview.

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