The introduction of the new Primary Curriculum has meant that we can re-shape our planning and timetabling to best suit the needs of our pupils. We have been working hard to plan new topics and some of the main changes are listed below.
New History and Geography topics have been designed around a key question which we use to assess the children at the beginning and end of each unit.
It is hoped that by answering their BIG question, children can not only use what they know to explain their choice but also flex their Literacy muscles by applying key skills.
Philosophy for Children (P4C) has been added to the timetable as a way of exploring important issues and topics. During these sessions, children have the opportunity to discuss current affairs, exploring some of the more sensitive topics including bullying, racism and other forms of discrimination. These sessions promote British values and how we, as British citizens, apply them in our daily lives.
- A more flexible appraoch to timetabling has been introduced this September which means that class teachers can organise their weeks more creatively.
Don’t forget, you can find up to date information about your child’s topics by visiting their class curriculum information leaflet which can be found on their class page. You can also learn about the school's approach to phonics by visiting the Reception class page.
The Teaching of Phonics
Throughout the Early Years and Key Stage One, we use 'Letters and Sounds' to teach early reading which is a phonics resource published by the UK's Department of Education and skills. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right, as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. At Brownhills West Primary school, children take part in daily phonics sessions to help develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills.
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