Gloucester Road Primary School

Gloucester Road
Primary School

Curriculum Statements

Art and Design

We use the Primary National Curriculum in England for our Art and Design curriculum. 

Children have the opportunity to explore many mediums including mastering drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and collage across each year group. Each year we have a focused Arts Week working with a local artist.  The children use critiques to improve their skills and we finish with an Art Exhibition for parents.  The videos below show you the high quality artwork we produce at Gloucester Road. 

Computing

Here are our curriculum overviews for each aspect of our Computing Curriculum. 

Data Handling and Logging

Programming, Control and Simulations 

Research, Digital Literacy and Communication 

Text, Multimedia, Images and Sound 

e-Safety 

Our e-Safety policy is available to read in our Policies page

PSHE/SEAL

Classes follow the guidance from the Excellence and Enjoyment Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. 

We also follow planning from the PSHE Association. and Gloucestershire's PINC Curriculum for Safeguarding 

Our Values for Life Curriculum is 

Autumn

1

Autumn

2

Spring

1

Spring

2

Summer

1

Summer

2

Love

Peace

Relationships

Hope

Respect

Justice

Our theme coverage is below.... 

 

SEAL

Term 1

New Beginnings

Democracy 

Term 2

Getting on and Falling Out

Anti-Bullying

Term 3

Going for Goals

e-Safety

Term 4

Good to be Me

Term 5

Relationships

Sex and Relationships Education

Term 6

Changes

Healthy Living

New beginnings

This theme focuses on developing children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in four key social and emotional aspects of learning: empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation.

The theme offers children the opportunity to see themselves as valued individuals within their community and to contribute to shaping a welcoming, safe and fair learning community for all. Throughout the theme, children explore feelings of happiness and excitement, sadness, anxiety and fearfulness, and learn shared models for ‘calming down’ and ‘problem solving’.

Getting on and falling out

This theme focuses on developing children's knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: empathy, managing feelings (with a focus on anger) and social skills.

Each colour-coded set is organised around developing the ethos of the classroom – extending the work of 'Theme 1: New beginnings' on cooperation and valuing diversity, and focusing on four key content areas: developing the social skills of friendship, working well together in a group, managing anger and resolving conflict.

 

Say no to bullying

This theme aims to develop and revisit four of the key social and emotional aspects of learning covered in previous themes through a focus on bullying – what it is, how it feels, why people bully, how we can prevent and respond to it, and how children can use their social, emotional and behavioural skills to tackle this crucial problem. The four aspects of learning in which knowledge, skills and understanding are developed are self-awareness, empathy, managing feelings and social skills.

The theme is structured differently from previous themes. It is intended that the work will take place over a period of a week or so – perhaps to fit in with the national anti-bullying week in November – and that, during this period, work in each subject area will be focused on the aims of the 'Say no to bullying' theme, as well as subject-related objectives. The week will then culminate in a celebration assembly, to which parents and carers are invited.

 

Going for goals!

This theme focuses primarily on the key aspect of motivation, with a subsidiary focus on self-awareness. It gives an important opportunity for all children’s abilities, qualities and strengths to be valued.

The Going for goals theme provides opportunities for children to reflect on themselves as individuals, particularly their strengths as learners and how they learn most effectively.

Each set of activities focuses on the underlying prerequisites for successful goal-directed learning and behaviour: for example, taking responsibility and building feelings of confidence and self-efficacy – the belief that what you do makes a difference.

Goal-directed behaviour is only valuable if we are able to make wise and balanced choices about our goals, so this theme provides opportunities for children to consider this and to practise problem-solving strategies.

Good to be me

This theme is the first of two focusing specifically on feelings. It explores feelings in the context of the child as an individual, developing self-awareness and helping the child to realise that it really is ‘Good to be me'.

The theme is about understanding our feelings as well as considering our strengths and weaknesses as learners. It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy. The theme focuses on:

  • understanding feelings, and why and how they lead us to behave the way we do – excited, proud, surprised, hopeful, disappointed, worried and anxious;
  • self-awareness – feeling good about myself, taking risks;
  • managing my feelings – relaxing, coping with anxiety;
  • standing up for myself – assertiveness, standing up for my views.

Relationships

This theme is the second of two focusing specifically on feelings. It explores feelings within the context of our important relationships including family and friends. The theme aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.

In addition, there is a focus throughout the theme on helping children understand the feelings associated with an experience that we all need to cope with at some time: that of loss – whether of a favourite possession, a friend, a family home or a loved one.

 

Changes

This theme tackles the issue of change and aims to equip children with an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and common human responses to it.

The theme seeks to develop children's ability to understand and manage the feelings associated with change. It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: motivation, social skills and managing feelings.

History

At Gloucester Road Primary School we empower our children with a ‘CAN DO’ attitude, embracing our school motto – ‘I CAN DO IT.’ We encourage children to develop their knowledge and understanding of history and aim for all pupils to enjoy and achieve in history and become confident historians.

We follow the Primary National Curriculum for History in England

www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids

www.historyforkids.net

www.dkfindout.com/uk/history

Here is an interesting article sent to us by Dakota Lowe, a child who stumbled across this interesting article about Black Friday. 

www.bestbuy.com/site/black-friday-news/black-friday-historical-review/pcmcat1475178274625.c?id=pcmcat1475178274625

Here is an interesting webpage sent to us by Tyler who was researching famous structures. 

www.alansfactoryoutlet.com/famous-structures-and-buildings-throughout-the-world 

Geography

We follow the Primary National Curriculum for Geography in England.

At Gloucester Road Primary School we empower our children with a ‘CAN DO’ attitude, embracing our school motto – ‘I CAN DO IT.’ We encourage children to develop their knowledge and understanding of geography and aim for all pupils to enjoy and achieve in geography and become confident geographers.

National Geographic for kids  http://www.ngkids.co.uk/

Kids World  http://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/

MFL

At Gloucester Road Primary School we empower our children with a ‘CAN DO’ attitude, embracing our school motto – ‘I CAN DO IT.’ We encourage children to develop their knowledge and understanding of foreign languages, and aim for all pupils to enjoy modern foreign languages and become confident language users.  We teach Polish to pupils at Key Stage 2 following the Primary National Curriculum for Languages in England. 

“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries..”

National curriculum 2012 - MFL

Through the launch of our DEEP curriculum in September 2016, we have decided that the children will learn one language, at greater depth. In order to achieve this, we have decided to have a mother-tongue Polish teacher to teach the classes so that the children will hear and interact with a good language model. The reason Polish was chosen as a language, is because language is all about communication and Polish is the second most spoken language in the UK and in our school. Our children will be able to practise their language skills with their mother-tongue peers and our Polish speaking children will strengthen their vocabulary, grammar and writing skills.

 

Design and Technology

We follow the Primary National Curriculum for Design and Technology in England

Our pupils enjoy STEM activities http://www.stemnet.org.uk/ and across the children's schooling they experience sewing, cooking and woodwork using the skills of research, designing, making and evaluating.  

Music

We are fortunate to offer many music opportunities for our pupils at Gloucester Road. 

We follow the Primary National Curriculum in England 2014 for Music. 

“Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.” 

National curriculum 2014 - Music

At Gloucester Road Primary School we empower our children with a ‘CAN DO’ attitude, embracing our school motto – ‘I CAN DO IT.’ We encourage children to develop their musical knowledge and understanding, and aim for all pupils to enjoy and achieve in music and become confident musicians.

Upper KS2 pupils enjoy brass lessons each week.  

We currently have peripatetic lessons for piano, drumming and guitar.  

We also have a school Samba Drumming Band who practice regularly and perform in school and at special events in the county with Mrs Fletcher leading. 

Religious Education

We follow the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. 

Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE