Our Curriculum

The approach we have to our curriculum is to develop good quality basic skills whilst fostering a confident, resilient self belief in all children. Our aim is that all pupils leave Seal Primary Academy, secondary ready. Every child has access to a wide range of subjects to ensure breadth of learning. Each term topics are planned in year groups, which link to the children's work in Literacy. A wide range of trips and visitors are organised to compliment and enrich the learning within the topic.

Reading

Reading has the highest priority in our school. Driven by the Headteacher, we aim to provide high quality reading provision for every child to ensure they attain highly and develop a love of reading.

At Seal Primary Academy, every child is given access to reading opportunities in all subject areas each day. Additionally, pupils receive dedicated guided reading time and detailed feeback from their teachers on how they can improve. Reading provision is organised in the following ways for our children:

  • Daily, systematic, synthetic phonics teaching using Read, Write Inc until pupils are fluent readers
  • Regular guided reading sessions to develop decoding and comprehension skills
  • Reward systems that recognise reading at home with an adult
  • A variety of quality texts and genres
  • Whole class books that are read to the children by the class teacher
  • Access to reading areas
  • At least weekly visits to our library
  • Visits to our local community library
  • Parental volunteers to hear readers
  • Intervention strategies for those children at risk of falling behind
  • Accelerated Reader has now been launched in Keystage 2. The aim of Accelerated Reader is to increase the pace in which children progress in their reading. They do this by completeing online comprehension styles quizzes in school. If you would like some more information on Accelerated Reader please click here.  /uploads/asset_file/3_0_a-parents-guide-to-accelerated-reader.pdf

 

Please click here for our reading policy.

 

Writing

Seal Primary Academy is a storytelling school. We use Talk for Writing to teach our children.

We believe that ‘Imitation is the first step towards mastery—writers find their literary voice through replicating the voice and style of other writers. The easiest way to learn anything is to do it the way a master does’ (Andy Griffiths, Mark Burns

Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. We teach all of our English through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing. This enables them to choose the writer tools they want to use in their independent writing, which in turn helps them to develop their own literacy voice. 

For more information regarding Talk for Writing, please visit the website www.talk4writing.co.uk.

We share the vision that writing is driven by high quality reading. At Seal Primary Academy, children write every day both in and beyond their Literacy lessons. Speaking and Listening plays an important role in the development of writing throughout the age ranges. Every member of staff is expected to model good quality Standard English in their interactions with children and other members of staff. We actively encourage adults to model and correct grammar when speaking with children. Every curriculum area is an opportunity to develop reading, writing, spelling and speaking and listening. Writing provision is organised in the following ways for our children:

  • Daily Literacy lessons
  • Literacy lessons are linked to the year group topic for the term
  • Regular spelling lessons each week linked to the Read, Write, Inc phonics work.
  • Regular handwriting sessions each week

 

Mathematics

At Seal, we use the Singaporean approach to mathematics, following the Maths -  no Problem programme. Singaporean maths is an amalgamation of global ideas delivered as a highly effective programme of teaching methods and resources. The approach is based on recommendations from notable experts such as Jerome Bruner, Richard Skemp, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky and Zoltan Dienes.

Singapore developed a new way of teaching maths following their poor performance in international league tables in the early 1980’s. The Singapore Ministry of Education decided to take the best practice research findings from the West and applied them to the classroom with transformational results. The effectiveness of this approach is demonstrated by Singapore’s position at the top of the international benchmarks such as TIMSS and PIRLS and explains why their programme is now used in over 40 countries including the United Kingdom.

Children at Seal Primary Academy have daily Mathematics lessons, plus additional mental and oral maths sessions. Lessons and activities are designed to be taught using problem-solving approaches to encourage pupils’ higher-level thinking. The focus is on working with pupils’ core competencies, building on what they know to develop their relational understanding.

Concrete, pictorial and Abstract (CPA)

The abstract nature of Mathematics is why many children and adults can find maths challenging. The CPA approach helps children learn new ideas and build on their existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a more familiar and tangible way. The approach is so established in Singapore maths teaching, that the Ministry of Education will not approve any teaching materials which do not use the CPA approach.

Concrete

Concrete is the “doing” stage, using concrete objects to model problems. Instead of the traditional method of maths teaching, where a teacher demonstrates how to solve a problem, the CPA approach brings concepts to life by allowing children to experience and handle physical objects themselves. Every new abstract concept is learned first with a “concrete” or physical experience.

Pictorial

Pictorial is the “seeing” stage, using representations of the objects to model problems. This stage encourages children to make a mental connection between the physical object and abstract levels of understanding by drawing or looking at pictures, circles, diagrams or models which represent the objects in the problem.

Abstract

Abstract is the “symbolic” stage, where children are able to use abstract symbols to model problems (Hauser).

Only once a child has demonstrated that they have a solid understanding of the “concrete” and “pictorial” representations of the problem, can the teacher introduce the more “abstract” concept, such as mathematical symbols. Children are introduced to the concept at a symbolic level, using only numbers, notation, and mathematical symbols, for example +, –, x, / to indicate addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.

 

Mathematics provision is organised in the following ways for our children:

·         Daily Maths lessons

·         10 minutes of mental maths daily (we call this ‘Magical Maths Moments’)

·         Regular times table challenges

 

Our written policy sets out our approach to mathematics. Please click here for our approach to mathematics.

Topic related learning

Each term topics are planned in year groups which link to the children's work in Literacy. A wide range of subjects are all taught through the topic and link where appropriate. In addition to this children have the opportunity to learn Spanish and are taught weekly by our experienced sports coach.

Please click on the year group if you would like to look at the learning journeys for the Autumn term.

Year 1                       Year 3                Year 5 1st half          Year 5 2nd half

Year 2                        Year 4              Year 6

Please click on the year group if you would like to look at the learning journeys for the Spring term.

 Year 1                     Year 3              Year 5

Year 2                      Year 4               Year 6

Please click on the year group if you would like to look at the learning journeys for the Summer term.

Year 1                      Year 3                  Year 5

Year 2                     Year 4                  Year 6

If you would like to know more, please phone the school to make an appointment.