Please find information about our curriculum below.
Art and Design
At Kitwell Primary, we aim to develop creative individuals with a wide range of skills through our art curriculum. We aim for children to be able to express their creativity and their individual flair as an artist. We aim for children to be given the freedom to explore their own identity as a young artist through having regular opportunities to explore different materials and media. We also recognise the importance of the arts for mental health and well-being and aim to use art as a way to facilitate mindfulness in the classroom.
Pupils are taught Art as a discrete subject each term. The teaching of art is primarily skills based and focuses on one of 5 skill areas: drawing and mark-making, working with colour, sculpture, textiles and collage, and printing. These skill areas are built on across the phases in order for children to be given the opportunity to continuously revisit and build on previously learnt skills. Famous artists and designers form an integral part of the art curriculum, and links are made to an artist in each unit of work each term. A skills overview for the year highlights how skills are taught across the school and where there is opportunity to build on these. Children have the opportunity to access a wide range of materials and resources across the curriculum in order to expose them to many different techniques and processes. All art units are evidenced in sketchbooks, which are passed up through the school in order to show progression.
Art is assessed at the end of each unit using the agreed assessment grid format. This assessment is entirely skills based and children are given the opportunity to revisit these skills in future units if necessary. Children are given the opportunity to self-assess their artwork and suggest their own improvements wherever possible in order for them to develop their criticality as an artist. By the end of year 6, it is hoped that children leave Kitwell with a broad range of art and design skills and knowledge of a wide variety of artists, techniques, and media. We also hope that children leave with a passion for creativity and continue this passion throughout their lives.
It is our intent at Kitwell Primary School to provide pupils with a high-quality education in Reading and Writing. We are fully committed to developing each child’s unique potential. We strive to inspire all children to read for pleasure, ensure children show an understanding and confidently communicate their knowledge and ideas through their writing in a clear and coherent way.
When teaching English, we focus on the following areas:
- SPAG (Spelling Punctuation and Grammar)
All these areas are taught through a structured lessons which takes place on a daily basis. Children have access to the age-related skills and knowledge contained in the National Curriculum. Lessons involve differentiated scaffolding and access to additional support materials to ensure all children achieve in a lesson. Through the teaching of reading and writing, we expose children to a variety of high quality texts.
At Kitwell, we aim to create pupils who have an understanding of the past and its implications for the present.
Children at Kitwell will learn about people's lives and lifestyles. We aim to provide activities where pupils will develop a lively curiosity, a sense of chronology and an awareness of the past through stories and other information sources. Where possible, children will make links between the different eras and compare it to life today.
Pupils begin initially by investigating their own and their family history. They then move on to study local history and important episodes in Britain's past and about the history of other cultures and parts of the world. They also learn that the past can be interpreted in different ways.
At Kitwell, we aim to create pupils who have a thirst for knowledge about the world in which we live.
The aim of our curriculum is to promote a thirst for knowledge, engagement with the world around us, a strong sense of self belief and a love of learning. This is done under our two main themes:
- Water and land
- People and Place
Our children learn best when learning is meaningful, purposeful and develops transferrable skills. This means that our teaching is pupil focused. Each element of classroom practice is designed based on how children learn best. In Reception and Key Stage One, children are given the foundations of knowledge, curiosity and enquiry. They practice and begin to apply the necessary skills for investigation and enquiry needed in Key Stage Two. Children are encouraged to have a say in their own learning, asking key questions. Teachers are quick to address misconceptions through questioning and scaffold their learning through play.
Geography provides a key context in which to involve pupils with the environmental sustainability and help them to grow up as responsible citizens. It helps shape thinking about the future. We want to bring a greater focus on the awareness of our responsibility to our world in our curriculum. We also seek to bring greater creativity to Key Stage Two geography and to reinforce the links we already have with other subject areas.
The use of information and communication technology is an integral part of the national curriculum and is a key skill for everyday life. At Kitwell, we want to model and educate children on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. Our computing curriculum includes three pillars of computing: computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
Each class has an available weekly slot in our ICT suite. Children can use desktop computers to learn through BGFL 365, a child-friendly platform that helps children learn computing skills including coding, word processing and creating digital media. Our learning is often cross-curricular and technology helps us to research, create and present information for our learning across the curriculum.
As BGFL 365 is a cloud-based platform, children’s digital work can be stored on the virtual cloud. This is checked by teachers, who complete termly assessment grids for the class. Those who are identified as needing more support are highlighted and support is then given in the following term.
When children leave us at the end of Year 6, we want them to have the skills and knowledge to become digitally literate and responsibly active participants in a digital world.
Maths is key in our everyday lives. At Kitwell, our children are taught: number, measures, geometry and statistics and how these can be applied to solving problems. When they join us, children at Kitwell will work practically, using a variety of equipment, to help them form a basis on which future learning can be built. They learn a variety of written methods that can be used to support them in all areas. Teacher’s planning is based upon the White Rose Maths Schemes of Learning, with structured lessons ensuring children have fluency in a skill, before moving on to reasoning and solving problems.
Lessons allow teachers to check for the children’s understanding, with further assessments taking place at the end of each unit and term, ensuring teachers can plan for the children’s next steps.
At Kitwell we believe that Music is a unique way of communicating, that can inspire and motivate children. We want music lessons to be fun, creative and engaging. Music at Kitwell reflects the culture and society that we live in. We want children to feel confident, reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music with the opportunities provided in school.
The aims of music teaching are to enable children to:
- Know and understand how sounds are made and then organised into music structures;
- Know how music is made through a variety of instruments;
- Know how music is composed and written down;
- Know how music is influenced by the time, place and purpose for which it was written;
- Develop the inter-related skills of performing, composing and appreciating music.
Kitwell pupil’s experiences outside of school vary, in terms of physical exercise and opportunities. Some pupils participate in daily outdoor activities; some compete in weekly sporting events outside of school and attend various clubs whilst others spend their time indoors. As educators, it is our responsibility to offer a variety of engaging opportunities to teach our children the importance of following a healthy balanced lifestyle which promotes positive physical and mental wellbeing.
Through discreet PE lessons children are taught personal and social skills such as; team work, self-belief, communication and cooperation whilst also learning fundamental skills which improve physical development. Physical skills are taught and applied to a variety of sports and games. Children are also taught to understand and improve their own mental well-being through specific yoga lessons, breathing techniques and meditation to enable them to have strategies which aid relaxation.
We also provide our children with a variety of competitive events at both intra and inter level. We promote positive sportsmanship and encourage our children to congratulate peers and enjoy their own successes.
At Kitwell we believe Religious Education is vital in helping children to show respect and tolerance between the different faiths and culture. We use the Discovery Schemes of work which is an enquiry based approach to Religious Education. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted through the RE curriculum and pupils are encouraged to develop characteristics to help them to handle the challenges of human life and to become a member of society and respect and value the rights of everyone.
This approach suits our children as it is stimulating and engaging and allows flexibility to take their learning learning/enquiry in their own direction.
The Discovery RE scheme has been integrated with Birmingham Agreed Syllabus, to ensure all objectives are covered and a range of religions looked at.
Religious Education is taught discreetly, Discovery RE provides an enquiry-based question for each half term for each year group and has Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development opportunities as well as British Values. There is also the opportunity for Speaking and Listening skills to be developed through discussions and debates. Each year group works through units of work and completes an end of unit assessment to assess where children are with their learning. The children and staff have access to well-resourced boxes with Religious artefacts for each religion covered allowing children to have first-hand experiences of religions to aid their enquiry of learning.
At Kitwell Primary, our pupils are taught French weekly throughout Key Stage 2 using Lightbulb Languages. It is intended that when children leave Kitwell Primary, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore, other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at Secondary School.
Assessment criteria has been developed, in line with national curriculum aims, to enable teachers to assess the progress of children in their language learning as they move through Key Stage 2, ensuring that children are supported and challenged as appropriate. This data is analysed on a termly basis, and an action plan drawn up to address any identified gaps.
French is assessed by the teacher using the agrees assessment format of Kitwell Primary. Pupil Voice is also used to further develop the MFL curriculum, through questioning of pupils' views and attitudes to learning a language.
Science is a subject, through which children learn and explore the world around them. At Kitwell, children are encouraged to ask questions and take part in different types of scientific enquiry in order to form answers and further develop their knowledge of a wide range of topics, as laid out in the Science programmes of study. Where possible links will be made to other areas of the curriculum, in order to further develop the children’s progress.
Children learn to work scientifically through lessons focussed on a single skill which will support the children’s understanding of a topic. At the end of each unit, children will complete a full investigation, allowing teachers to record and better understand how much the children have learnt and the next steps that should be taken.