The School curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that we plan for our pupils. The central aims of our curriculum are to work in collaboration with families and the local community to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve; to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. The curriculum of the school is organised so that children are stimulated, encouraged and challenged to develop their individual potential and personality to the full.
Langer is a unique school that serves it’s own community through a curriculum designed specifically for our pupils. At Langer, our curriculum design draws upon what our children need most in order to become educated citizens who achieve, trust, care and aspire to greatness.
Our curriculum aims to support children who attend our school by:
Widening their KNOWLEDGE of the WORLD because we believe children should be engaged with the world around them
Increasing their subject VOCABULARY because words convey meaning; this increases their knowledge and understanding, language gives power and we want our pupils to be powerful citizens of their community
Developing their CARE and ASPIRATIONS because they love learning and value it’s role in their future
Giving our children the best chance to ACHIEVE highly because our curriculum is structured around the need to make connections between knowledge gathered across the curriculum
At the centre of our curriculum is the need for our pupils to have the opportunity to rehearse knowledge. We want the key concepts covered in lessons to become part of their long-term memory. Therefore meaning key concepts can be recalled easily as part of higher-order thinking tasks such as creating, analysing and evaluating across the curriculum.
For further information about what we teach and when please read the Curriculum Long Term Plan which is available in the attachments section.
At Langer we teach English, mathematics and science thoroughly, drawing on the National Curriculum for England for the essential knowledge children require in order to be educated citizens. Our curriculum introduces children to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
In English, we follow CUSP Reading and Writing. In mathematics, we follow White Rose Maths.
Our wider curriculum is planned around themes that are well sequenced, engaging and expect children to connect previous learning to current learning and knowledge.
Knowledge to be taught:
The content of our curriculum is age-related and matched from the National Curriculum, except in English, where children still follow the requirements of the National Curriculum, but are taught in stage groups. These groups are adjusted at regular intervals during the year, which is the key to distinguishing this approach from streaming and/ or setting by perceived ability.
We teach personal development through high quality, well-organised learning experiences. This is planned into classroom practice as well as being connected to the curriculum.
Spiritual, Moral and Social and Cultural education is connected to the themes of learning in each subject of our blocked curriculum, and understanding is developed within the themes of learning for each year group.
In Reception, the children start their learning through investigating the world around them, with themed weeks of learning. There is whole-class learning, where the children hear a broad range of texts and get the opportunities to develop comprehension skills. Also, for each theme, there are activities set up as exciting ‘Learning Labs’ where the children get the opportunity to explore and be inquisitive. The children build up a solid phonics knowledge and begin to delve deeper into reading and writing, as well as plentiful opportunities for learning through play.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 CLUSP Reading and Writing is used to deliver the English Curriculum – this has only been in place since 22.02.21.
CLUSP is an evidence informed, carefully sequenced English curriculum, which maps core content in Reading and Writing across the primary journey, ensuring that learning is taught and revisited over time so that pupils commit their understanding to the long-term memory.
CLUSP Writing draws on taught content from CUSP History, Geography and Science and from the depth study of core texts from the literature spine. Expert subject knowledge is carefully woven into each Writing module which gives teachers the opportunity to teach and rehearse key knowledge and skills before applying this learning to meaningful extended outcomes. The careful architecture of this curriculum ensures that pupils build on prior learning and maximise purposeful curriculum connections to become writers for life.
CLUSP Reading is deliberately designed to be ambitious and aspirational, ensuring that every child leaves our school as a competent, confident reader. Drawing on the latest research around explicit vocabulary instruction, reading fluency and key comprehension strategies, this curriculum is a synthesis of what we know works in helping children make outstanding progress in reading and a distillation into consistent, well structured practice. Pupils will receive a daily diet of excellent reading teaching and this will be supplemented by regular opportunities to engage with shared reading experiences, promoting the joy of reading with the whole school community. The clear structure and principles ensure that teaching is progressive, challenging and engaging and the rich, diverse literature spine acts as both a mirror so that every child can see themselves in the core texts and as a mirror to engage pupils with experiences beyond their own field of reference.
At Langer, we aim for pupils to develop a positive attitude towards problem solving and reasoning. This is achieved through a mix of partner work, independent tasks and whole class teaching. The children are given opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills; they are given time to build on their fluency, apply their knowledge in a variety of situations and explain their thinking using the correct mathematical language. We use the White Rose Maths programme to support our teaching in Y1-6. We teach Maths in groups that ensure each pupil is making good progress from their starting points. This means that the groups are mixed-age.
The programme encourages the use of concrete manipulatives (objects such as counters, Dienes blocks, number lines, bead strings, counters, multilink etc.), pictorial representations (pictures/drawings to represent mathematical concepts) and abstract strategies (written equations) to develop a deeper understanding of concepts.
Our Reception pupils, learn their maths through the Kinder Corner curriculum they follow across the entire day. Maths knowledge, reasoning and vocabulary will be woven into the ‘Learning Laboratories’. Maths is also taught through a ’15minute maths’ session and a Maths Mystery session each day. The 15 minute maths sessions focuses on learning and practising the recall of key mathematical concepts such days of the week, months of the year, number recognition and time.
PiXL interventions are being introduced to address misconceptions from lessons with additional tasks to further develop their understanding of arithmetic and their ability to reason mathematically.
At Langer, Science is taught throughout the school in all classes.
The science curriculum broadly follows the national curriculum which falls into several strands across the key stages. Children will study:
Animals including humans
Everyday materials and how they change
Living things and their habitats
States of matter
Earth and space
Evolution and inheritance
Many of these topics are studied more than once to allow for a breadth and depth of study.
The key learning for all science topic is to work scientifically. This involves following the scientific method to plan a fair test, evaluate the test and to be able to extrapolate conclusions from results both measured and observed. As far as possible, science is taught through experiments and investigations.
We work in partnership with our feeder schools to allow us to have access to laboratories and resources that we would not normally have in a primary school.
At the end of Year 6, a teacher assessment mark for Science is statutorily required and this informed through on-going assessment and a formal end of key stage test.
This involves all members of the academy coming together and participating in assemblies. The 1988 Education Reform Act states that collective worship should be “wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character”. We normally base our assemblies on Christian values. However, we conduct them in a manner that is sensitive to the faiths and beliefs of all members of the academy.
Parents and carers are warmly invited to attend special occasion assemblies throughout the year.
Please follow the subject links below for further information about the subjects taught at Langer Primary Academy.