Literacy is recommended to be taught for between 5 - 7.5 hours per week so makes up between 24 to 36% of the teaching week, however we have a heavy emphasis on Literacy and complete more than this during the week. It is split up into reading, writing, phonics and spelling. At my school Literacy is taught approx. 1 hour per day with an additional half an hour per day for guided reading. We ensure that our Literacy work is cross linked with the topic so that additional literacy can be completed in the afternoon sessions too. Comprehension is a main focus too and in addition to the guided reading a class taught comprehension lesson is taught. Each class has spelling focuses and spelling lessons are taught each week in addition to literacy lessons.
Numeracy has a recommended teaching time per week of 3.75 hours. It makes up around 18% of the teaching week; however we complete at least 5hrs of Numeracy per week. There is a heavy emphasis on calculations and we have recently developed a new calculations policy in school to ensure that there is consistency across the school in the ways methods and strategies are taught. Children are taught mental strategies and these are practised with weekly mental maths tests. After lunch children have rapid recall practise to develop their mental skills and times tables. It is very important that maths is practical and hands on and children understand application of knowledge.
Science, at key stage 2, is recommended to be taught for about 1.5 hours per week so it makes up about 7% of the teaching week. Each year group follows the QCA topic headings so cover 6 topics per academic year. Over the past 2 years, Science has had a much higher priority in our school. The children experience Science through hands on, practical experiences, teaching them the full process of investigations, ranging from predictions, through observations, monitoring, measuring, fair testing and drawing conclusions. In year 6, for example, the children will be learning about dissolving and separating materials, forces, light and sound, electricity, chains and webs and drugs and bugs.
ICT is recommended to be taught for 1 hour per week making up around 4% of the teaching week. In our school we try to make our ICT teaching as integrated and cross curricular as possible. During Numeracy, we use Mathletics, an internet based programme, which a group uses each day to consolidate the theme of that week. In Literacy the children are encouraged to use word processing programme to publish finished pieces of writing. In reading, children use the i pads and laptops to develop phonic skills. There are laptop trollies which the children use in class to research topic work through search engines. In addition the children use digital cameras to capture images and make video recordings, there are recording cards to capture speech for speaking and listening activities.
History and Geography
History and Geography are recommended to be taught for about 1 hour per teaching week each and so makes up around 8% of the teaching week. In our school the Geography and History skills are taught through the main topic for the term. Each topic tends to have a History or a Geography bias, so over a key stage the children will have experiences all the skills in Geography and History. For example in year 4 the children have a heavy History emphasis, focusing on the Tudors, the Romans, and local History of the Medlock Basin, with some geography skills interwoven. Whereas in year 5 it is a heavy emphasis on Geography with local
studies, London study, Life in India, with History skills interwoven. Trips in school are linked to the History and Geography topics to provide hands on experiences for the children, with visits to places such as Chester for the Romans and Ordsall Hall for the Tudors. In Year % the children go on a residential trip to London.
Art and Design Technology (DT)
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