Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to deliver the expectations of the National Curriculum. We aim through a broad, balanced and deep curriculum, to enhance the learning experiences of the children. 

                                           

                                           

                                           

Mathematics

At Gallions Mount we believe in providing a rich and engaging mathematics curriculum that enables all children to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths. We want all children to enjoy mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding.   Within daily mathematics lessons children are taught the key concepts in number, geometry, statistics and measurement.  The children are encouraged to develop conceptual understanding through the use of practical resources such as: number lines, bead strings, tens frames and dienes.  Problem solving and reasoning are an integral part of the mathematics curriculum, providing opportunities for children to use and apply their knowledge in a range of contexts and situations.

By the end of KS2 we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They should have the skills to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and real life scenarios. Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of inquiry and develop and present a justification or argument using mathematical language.

New from September 2019 – White Rose

Since September 2019, Gallions Mount have been following the White Rose maths scheme. We believe that by following the White Rose scheme we are developing a culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths. Our aim is that children show strong, secure learning which results in real progress no matter their starting points. We endeavour to show children that maths is for everyone and that everyone can do maths!

The White Rose Curriculum Overview can be found here : https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/

To support the maths taught in school every child has a log in to MyMaths and TT Rockstars. If your child does not have their login, please contact their class teacher.

English

At Gallions Mount we believe in guiding children towards a life-long love of the written word in all its forms.

Reading

We endeavour to share with the children an appreciation of the cultural significance of books as well as the importance of reading as a means of empowering individuals in society. Consequently we believe that all children should have a wide range of literary experiences across a variety of contexts to help them become competent, proficient and sophisticated readers.  To support this we use core texts suggested by the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) and promote the Power of Reading approaches to the teaching and learning of English.

Phonics

We believe that phonological awareness is an essential part of learning to read.  We encourage children to apply their phonic knowledge, along with other strategies when tackling texts.  Phonics, however, is not just another strategy but a body of knowledge that children need to acquire.  Children experience a discrete daily phonics lesson based on the letters and sounds programme, from nursery to year 2 and in to KS2, where necessary.

Writing

We also recognise the importance of children learning the skill of writing. We acknowledge its significance as a means of communicating and recording ideas, opinions and knowledge but we also encourage the children to value its role in supporting their thinking and learning. We strive to give them ownership of this tool so that they can use it to shape, organise, and refine their thought processes in a variety of learning contexts. We also hope to provide opportunities for children to express themselves through writing in a way that may be deeply personal but will allow them to explore their feelings and emotions.