The curriculum at Packington is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.
We ensure that the key elements of our curriculum such as, knowledge and skills, well-being and physical development support the development of the whole child. We are developing a curriculum built on current research regarding how memory works to ensure that children remember the curriculum content and are able to make links to deepen their understanding.
Our aim is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners.
Our curriculum celebrates the diversity and supports the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, at all times, is underpinned by our core values.
Please follow the links to see subject specific information.
All children have daily English lessons. In Foundation Stage, this may take place throughout the day, whilst in Years 1 – 6, a dedicated lesson and further cross-curricular opportunities are designed to develop the children’s writing and reading skills.
Reading: We aim for all children to become fluent, independent, enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry, drama and non-fiction texts. The children will be taught a range of reading strategies including phonic knowledge, grammatical awareness, word recognition and contextual understanding. Children will have opportunities to read and respond to a range of literature and non-fiction texts. Please see our separate phonics and reading document for more details.
Phonics: At Packington we use Bug Club Phonics. Children, in their daily phonics sessions, are taught conceptual knowledge and skills that enable them to say the sounds and read the words. For more information please follow the link
Spoken Language: We encourage children to listen attentively and respond to stories, plays and poems. They have many opportunities to discuss, explain and describe situations whilst also listening to the viewpoints of others. They learn to use language in imaginative ways and express their ideas and feelings through drama, and through reciting poems and stories.
Spelling: We know that supporting children in making automatic choices about the way words are spelled is key to developing automaticity in writing. Spelling is taught discretely and regularly throughout the school.
Handwriting: Letterjoin for handwriting is a complete handwriting scheme for 3–11 year olds, offering clear progression through five developmental stages. It teaches children a fast and fluent handwriting style to help them achieve their potential in writing. For more information about Letterjoin please follow the link
The phonics lessons that the children have in their early years at school feed into more focused spelling lessons, beginning in Year 2. The children learn to break words down into their constituent sounds and syllables and are able to write these down. To develop their orthography skills, the children use an approach called Word Study, learning to recognise patterns in spellings and to identify what makes a word unique. This also involves understanding the meanings behind parts of words: knowing how a word has evolved in our language is an important step towards understanding how it is spelled as well as how it can be used. Investigating and sorting words also supports children in their vocabulary development.
Sometimes the children are given some words to rehearse at home using Word Study techniques. A few regularly occurring but unusually spelled words need learning out of context but, for the most part, we aim to support the children in being aware of the choices they have about ways of spelling different sounds and in feeling confident about how to apply them correctly most of the time.
Writing gives children a voice, an ability to share their thoughts and ideas. Children use their writing skills in almost all areas of the curriculum and we want our children to be able to communicate with others confidently and creatively through their writing. Therefore, we place importance on making writing meaningful and emphasising its purpose – to entertain, to persuade, to inform or to discuss. Children write every day across the curriculum.
Underpinning our writing curriculum is our reading curriculum: we know children’s reading experiences are closely linked to the progress they make in writing. Carefully chosen, high-quality and challenging texts support the development of the children’s vocabulary and writing techniques. They expose children to a breadth of literature and allow them to engage with authors and the way they write.
Learning to write is complex. Central to our children’s learning is achieving increasing fluency in the skills of handwriting, grammar and punctuation. Each year group has a specific set of skills to learn in order to ensure a steady progression through school. Grammar and punctuation are taught in context and linked to the texts children are reading in class.
Children also explore writing through drama and the spoken word. They are encouraged to articulate their thoughts and experiment with ideas and techniques. Clear teacher modelling of writing ensures that children are well supported in creating their own compositions before being able to work independently.
At Packington our aim is to develop lifelong mathematicians who are curious and creative. We want pupils to recognise the importance of having a deep understanding which is achieved by investigating and exploring mathematical concepts. Fostering a growth mathematical mind-set is key to this as pupils become resilient and resourceful in their mathematical journey.
Our maths teaching and learning is underpinned by the following key messages:
- Everyone can learn maths to the highest level.
- Mistakes help us to learn; never be afraid to make mistakes.
- Asking great questions deepens our understanding.
- Maths is about being creative and making connections.
- Maths is about being fluent and flexible.
- Understanding maths is much more important than how fast you are.
- The steps that you take when finding the answer are just as important as the answer itself.
(Messages developed by Jo Boaler Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University)
Maths learning at Packington follows the high quality guidance of the White Rose scheme of work which allows us to ensure accurate coverage across the whole school.
Every child has a natural curiosity about the way the world works; science lessons show us how to get answers to some of the questions that they ask.
Children learn about animals, plants and their bodies e.g. the importance of a varied diet and exercise for good health. Children also learn about materials such as wood, paper, rock and how they can be used and changed. They also learn that some can be mixed and separated. They learn about simple ideas in physics, taught through experiences with electricity, forces, light and sounds. Children also learn some basic facts about the Sun, Earth and Moon.
Through work in these areas children are taught about scientific enquiry. Children and teachers pose questions and work together to find answers by investigating and recording data. They think about their tests and compare results and patterns. Children then communicate their work and their results in scientific language, drawings, tables and graphs. Learning is revisited to enable children to recall key scientific facts.
How did we get here? Where do we come from? History helps shed light on these big questions. Children learn to place events in chronological order, and learn about the lives of men, women and children from the history of Britain and the wider world. They study events and places from the past. By investigating the past using different sources including books, objects and computers they look at history from different viewpoints.
Learning about the links between our lives and the environment around us is central to geography at Primary school. Children learn to use geographical skills and resources to find out about places, local and further a field in this country and abroad. It is a subject that is about the investigation of questions, examining the impact of our actions on the world and examining the world’s physical features.
Packington is a Church of England School and we hold a daily act of Christian Worship in school. RE is taught from a Christian viewpoint, but also includes introductions to other faiths and cultures, encouraging children to have a multicultural experience. We use the Scheme of Work written by the Leicester Diocese. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education lessons and Worship if they wish to do so.
Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to investigate how well familiar objects work and how to solve practical problems skilfully, creatively and with imagination. Children are taught to look at products to see how they work and how they are used, and ask the views of people who use them. They practice practical skills and tasks such as cutting, joining, fixing and connecting and they design and create their own products, using what they have learned.
From September 2022 we will be teaching Latin
There is increasing evidence that the study of classical subjects helps to:
- raise pupils’ aspirations and achievement. Widening access to classical subjects can help to break the link between educational opportunity and disadvantage, giving pupils the confidence to progress to higher education.
- support language skills for pupils of all abilities, encouraging a structured approach to grammar and a strong foundation for literacy and learning modern foreign languages.
- encourage cultural insight and awareness, offering pupils new perspectives on contemporary issues.
A solid grounding in an ancient language provides a foundation for understanding how languages function and can provide particular insight into other languages such as Spanish, French and Portuguese.
In PE children learn that it is fun to stay fit and active – a vital foundation to help them lead healthy lives as they grow up. We are fortunate to have extensive outside facilities and a school hall for indoor work. Our wide range of activities include: Games, Athletics, Gymnastics, Dance, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Swimming and Water Safety.
To lead independent, happy lives, children must develop their self-confidence. This involves taking responsibility for their own health and well-being. In this subject children learn important life skills. They learn not only about their own rights, duties and responsibilities but also those of others. Teaching aims to help them respect and value the richness and diversity of our society. At Packington we use the SCARF scheme to support our work.
Pupils explore and develop ideas using a variety of materials and by looking at famous pieces of art from across the years and cultures.
Children are taught how to sing and play musical instruments in a controlled way and to explore sound and create their own short compositions. They listen to many types of music, learning about how it was created and how it was used. From Key Stage 2 children are each given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.