Curriculum & Learning

 

The curriculum at Pontesbury CE Primary School is currently undergoing significant review and refinement.

Updates will be shared with parents throughout the year and posted on these pages.

Pontesbury C.E. Primary School endeavours to provide each child with a broad and balanced curriculum centred on the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum, including Religious Education, and the curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Each day all children receive a minimum of one hour’s teaching of literacy and one hour’s teaching of mathematics following National Curriculum guidance.

When children commence full-time education and up to the end of their Reception year they are within the EYFS. After leaving EYFS they join Key Stage One (KS1) starting in Year 1 and moving into Year 2. Key Stage Two (KS2) is the final stage of primary education and is often referred to as Lower KS2 – Years 3 & 4 and Upper KS2 – Years 5 & 6.

In Pontesbury School we look to promote British values such as :

    • democracy;
    • the rule of law;
    • individual liberty;
    • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

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We do this in suitable parts of the curriculum, as appropriate for the age of pupils. We provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view. We also ensure that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as a school council whose members are voted for by the pupils. Opportunities such as general or local elections provide opportunities to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values;this is how we elected our House captains.
We also use teaching resources from a wide variety of sources to help pupils understand a range of faiths, and use assemblies to discuss our human rights, explore our Christian faith and understand other faiths.

 

English

The English curriculum comprises four inter-related aspects: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Each day the children are taught the basics of reading and writing as set out in the Primary National Curriculum.
The importance of reading is recognised by the school. Reading is taught using a range of reading schemes combined with a wide selection of interesting books aimed to suit the individual requirements of every child. The school encourages children to read with understanding for both pleasure and information. Children may take home reading books and we would appreciate your support in reading to / with your child, listening to your child read and praising your child’s efforts when he or she brings books home.

Children are introduced to a variety of approaches to spelling, including instruction in word structure, phonics, visual clues and routines such as look, cover, write, check to build confidence
and competence.
Dictionaries and thesauri are available in every classroom.

The English curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop the ability to listen with understanding and to appreciate the contributions of others to discussions, and to express themselves orally. Their speaking and listening skills, and their ability to write for a range of purposes, is developed throughout their primary education.

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Mathematics

The Primary National Curriculum is the bedrock for our scheme for mathematics.
The children learn mathematical facts, skills and concepts of number, shape, measures and data handling through investigations and problem solving. A great deal of emphasis is placed upon the need for understanding and enjoyment, and high achievement is encouraged. The school places considerable emphasis on the development of mental calculation. As the children progress through the school there will be a greater emphasis on written methodology.

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Science

Under Review

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History

Under Review

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Geography

Under Review

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Design Technology (D & T)

Under Review

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Information Technology (IT)

Under Review

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Creative Arts

Under Review

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Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship

Under Review

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Physical Education and Sport

Under Review

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Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

The school is committed to helping children with special educational needs, including those who are very able. Zoe Anderson is the designated SENDCo who supervises the progress and attainment of all children listed as having such needs. She can be contacted through the school office at admin@pontesbury.shropshire.sch.uk

Government legislation requires us to follow a staged assessment approach to the monitoring of pupil progress. The school will always consult with parents when it is considered that a child needs additional support.

Children with special educational needs are catered for in a variety of ways, according to their specific needs. These ways include additional teaching or ancillary support within the classroom and occasionally withdrawal for additional help at individual or group level, where this is considered to be feasible and appropriate. In the case of children considered academically gifted, efforts are made, as with all children, to develop the children’s abilities to the full, through normal lesson planning, and sometimes through additional teaching help.

The special educational needs that we provide for include:-

1. Speech and language:

  • severe language disorder;
  • language delay;
  • speech disorder;
  • speech delay;
  • severe expressive language and mild/moderate understanding of spoken and nonverbal skills.

2. Fine motor skills (occupational therapy);

3. Social, emotional and mental health, including:

  • ASD;
  • attachment disorder;
  • behaviour – anxiety/stress.

4. Mild to moderate conductive hearing impairment;

5. Verbal and/or visual integration and phonological processing (occupational therapy);

6. OCD (occupational therapy):

  • hypermobility;
  • motor planning;
  • proprioception;
  • visual or motor integration.

7. Dyslexia:

  • short term memory;
  • visual stress;
  • spelling.

8. Visual impairment.

 

The provision of children with SEND will be monitored by the SENDCo, Headteacher and link governor (Mrs Yvonne Davies).

If there are any concerns regarding the provision for your child please contact the Headteacher through the school office.

Find out more about SEND at our school by looking at these documents:

Local Authority Local Offer 

Pontesbury Primary School Local Offer

Accessibility plan

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy

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You can find out more about aspects of our school by using the links below.