Curriculum

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which is both interesting and stimulating. We feel it is important to meet the needs of the individual child through personalised learning, and provide all children with equal curriculum opportunities. We employ a problem solving approach to education which develops the children’s thinking skills. We have links with local, national and world communities and understand the importance of the global dimension within our school life and life long learning. We teach the National Curriculum as follows:

Thematic Curriculum Plans

Please see next tab for plans 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • ICT
  • RE
  • Design & Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Art
  • Personal Social & Health Education

Moral, Cultural, Spiritual and Social Development

Subjects

The subjects will be taught through themes whenever possible in order to give the learning meaning and relevance. Please click on the links to view our yearly thematic long term plans.

Special Educational Needs

Each child's development is carefully monitored by the class teacher and a detailed recording system enables the teacher to plan a structured curriculum. Whether a child is of exceptional ability or is experiencing learning difficulties, the teacher, in consultation with the Headteacher and Special Needs staff, will establish an appropriate learning programme. Parents are consulted at an early stage and encouraged to support the child. Good          co-operation between the school and home is important to ensure that the child is successful.

We carry out assessments when children start in the Early Years Foundation Stage to gain an understanding of each child's starting point. These assessments mainly involve observations.

The school uses a formative assessment process which is on-going, and from which, teachers plan and work out the ‘next step’ the children must take. We also administer summative tests at the end of each term and at the end of the school year, which supports the tracking of children’s progress and any issues that may need to be addressed.

Children are taught through thematic study, focusing on thinking skills and a multiple ability/ problem solving approach, with the subjects of Mathematics and English given high priority.

Formal assessments take place in Year 1 (Phonics), Year 2 (core subjects) and Year 6 (English and Mathematics). The pupils work is moderated externally and results are published nationally.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

At Grange Primary School, we believe the Early Years of education is an important time in a child’s learning life. Children learn to enjoy school and see it as a fun and exciting journey. We aim to provide a caring and friendly environment where children feel safe and secure, whilst developing a positive attitude towards education. The children use learning partners on a regular basis, to encourage them to interact confidently with their peers and to learn through discussion and questioning. Our scheme of work is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. School trips and visits are arranged to show the children a variety of ways to learn, other than being in a classroom. Visits include places like Hyde hall or a local farm, where children have a fun and educational experience with their friends. We also have a superb range of play equipment and outdoor play areas which are used and enjoyed by the Early Years children throughout each day.

English

At Grange School we teach English in the most fun way possible – which is a best way for children to learn. We aim to provide and develop the necessary skills for the children to use the English language confidently, appropriately and accurately to the best of their ability. In English; we write stories, letters, newspapers, leaflets, arguments, postcards and many more different text types, all linked to the children’s topic, to capture their imagination and interest! Children are also taught to write effectively for a range of audiences and purposes. Reading is very important, with children being taught to read a variety of texts with fluency, for both enjoyment and information. We encourage children to speak clearly and fluently, and to listen attentively with understanding and pleasure. We also use the laptops in our classrooms so that we can research information on our themes. All children strive to write in a continuous cursive style. Children listen and understand the tasks set by teachers and do not hesitate to ask for help if they need it. Children see English as fun and exciting, not a bore!

Mathematics

Our stimulating maths lessons usually begin with a mental/ oral starter. A large part of our mathematical work begins with practical tasks, which help children understand concepts more easily. We recognise that it is important to plan activities which are related to children's own experiences and environment to ensure better understanding.  Selected activities are designed to cover the programmes of study prescribed in the National Curriculum. 

Please follow this link for medium term plans for each year group for each term.

Computing Skills and IT

The school is very well resourced, with a computer suite, mobile devies and a wide range of software. Children are supervised at all times when using the schools technology and all computers block unwanted websites.

All classrooms are equipped with computers which are networked and connected to the interactive whiteboards; and have internet access. Children are given the opportunity to develop their I.T. abilities using a wide range of software and devices. Children are allowed to explore the vast range of computing facilities after school in the internet café. 

Teachers use interactive whiteboards regularly in class to aid the delivery of lessons. Information Technology is an integral part of learning in all areas of the curriculum. During their time at Grange, children are given the opportunity to use a variety of hardware such as video cameras and laptops. Classes use the laptops and their wireless internet capabilities on a regular basis to aid research for other subjects, such as English and Mathematics.

Religious Education and Assemblies

The school's Religious Education policy is in accordance with the Local Education Authority agreed syllabus and an integrated part of our thematic work.

Morning assembly is considered a shared experience, and seen as an important part of the day. Worship is expressed through planned themes and stories. Assembly also provides the opportunity to celebrate birthdays, special occasions and recognise individual achievement. Outside speakers are also invited into school.

Parents who wish their children to be withdrawn from assemblies and Religious Education should contact the Head Teacher.

Science

There are many fun activities to do in Science, such as circuit making, planning and conducting exciting experiments and making practical predictions. Pupils also get a superb mix between the practical and the theory of science. For some of the most exciting experiments, pupils gather their own equipment and materials in order to carry out the investigation. We research using our vast selection of books or the mini laptops, and also discuss with our talk partners to help us generate our ideas. The problem solving/ thinking skills aspect of learning is of particular importance in this area of the curriculum.

Design & Technology

There are many things to do in design and technology. Pupils in all years can be taught to sew and knit items which they can keep or be displayed on the walls of the class. We provide all materials needed such as felt, cotton, needles, pins etc. Pupils also do model making with clay, mod rock or papier-mâché. They are expected to make a plan or design before making the product. The products can be things, such as sunglasses, puppets, textiles or slippers. Pupils are taught to be careful when using tools and apparatus. They also have the opportunity to take part in cookery and making healthy dishes, but with the occasional chocolate treat!

History

At Grange Primary School, we provide as many interesting historic themes as possible. We also go on trips related to our history topics, and sometimes we dress up in the period of a historic time.  Children are encouraged to use a variety of study resources to collect and interpret evidence from the past: printed documents, internet, databases, pictures, photographs, music, artefacts and visits. We look at different versions of the same event in history and identify differences in the accounts.

Geography

In Geography we learn about the world around us, comparing different cultures, people and locations. In our time in this school, we learn about different countries around the world. We aim to relate our topics to current events that capture the children’s interest. For example, we have used the World Cup and Olympics to encourage the children to learn about all the different countries that have entered the competition. The children use atlases and maps to aid their research.

Music

At Grange we have lots of young musicians. Music teachers teach specialist instruments and we have Grange Boogie Band. All pupils have the opportunity to play the Aftican drums in lessons and our choir goes regularly to the Royal Albert Hall to sing for the charity Barnardo’s (we even played our African drums there). Pupils are encouraged to recognize how musical elements can be used together to compose music and combine sounds expressively. Our school is provided with a music room suited for every instrument.

Art

At Grange we use art to express our learning. We have lots of resources such as paintbrushes, paints, pens, pencils, pastels and crayons etc. We investigate and study artists, craftspeople and designers in different times and cultures. Pupils are encouraged to reflect feelings and moods in their paintings. There are art clubs after school and on some Saturdays for all age ranges and there is even an adult art club! Children maybe awarded for their amazing artwork at the Friday celebration assembly – others will be put on display for everyone to enjoy!

Physical Education

At Grange we have many types of P.E lessons, including dance, gymnastics and games for all years to take part in. Throughout the year we have a variety of outdoor sport clubs such as football, netball, athletics and cricket. We take part in lots of local primary sports events, including the district athletics competition, where we do running races and, long or standing jumps. We are always trying our best to be a healthy school.

Relationships and Sex Education

Relationships and Sex Education is taught as part of the thematic curriculum. The videos which are used in Upper Key Stage Two are shown to parents every year. Questions asked by children are answered honestly depending on the age and maturity of the child and the circumstances. 

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Latest News

Jul 18, 2017

New Dates

Please take a look at the calendar as new dates have been added.

Many thanks

Jul 17, 2017

50/50 Club Winners

The draw took place for the 50/50 Club during today's assembly.  The lucky winners for July are:

1st Place -  Miss Corderoy
2nd Place - Mrs Bohannan
3rd Place - Lucy Ford

Well done to you all.

Jul 6, 2017

Celebration Day

Come and join us on Friday 14th July for a day of celebration.
Early Years and Infant Sports Events 9:15 - 10am
Junior Sports Events 10:45 - 11:45am
Lunch 12 - 1:15pm
Entertainment 12(ish)
Workshare 1:35 onwards

Grange Primary School,

Elder Avenue,

Wickford,

Essex,

SS12 0LR

Tel: 01268 734420

Fax: 01268 571745

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