Wider curriculum subjects are often encompassed by an over-arching ‘theme’ for the term.
Some of our wider curriculum subjects are supported by the Cornerstones curriculum tool. The Cornerstones programme provides our pupils with clearly sequenced and highly-structured learning mapped across the school to ensure that core knowledge, skills and understanding are built on step-by-step within and across year groups. The curriculum is ambitious, steeped in meaningful and interesting facts and information. It is structured around ‘Projects’ created by subject specific experts and interconnected by ‘Big Ideas’ such as humankind, nature, change, etc. It covers Science, Art, Design Technology, Geography and History and it also supports the White Rose Maths programme.
Our Key Elements for teaching Art and Design
We ensure that throughout their work, our pupils are taught:
- Pattern and texture in natural and made forms
- Colour matching and colour mixing
- How images are made using line and tone
- The use of shape, form and space in images and artefacts
- How to develop, plan and communicate ideas
- Work with tools, equipment, materials and components
- Evaluate processes and product
- Investigate artists and significant figures in creative design
The Computing curriculum at Langton Green is organised into three strands, each representing different skills or knowledge. Digital Well-being underpins all our use of ICT equipment in school. We encourage children to talk about online safety and their responses to it. We use staff CPD to identify new hazards and opportunities in the fast-changing online world and we make links between our wider Relationships and Health curriculum and the Digital Well-being strand of our Computing curriculum.
Digital Science is the understanding of coding, knowing that algorithms are a clear set of instructions. At Langton Green, we teach this skill in a variety of ways, relating to the topic if possible. As well as using coding programs such as Scratch Junior and Hopscotch, we also teach unplugged coding, e.g. writing instructions for making a jam sandwich.
Digital Literacy is using technology purposefully to create digital content. This taught in a range of ways such as using iPads to take photos, create stop motion animation and creating audio using the microphone. This is mainly taught as a cross-curricular link to the topic of learning, including using iPads to research History related topics or using coding programs to create an animation of a story they are studying in English.
During our Design Technology lessons, children are taught to use a range of tools, including scissors, hammers, saws, and screwdrivers. We teach children about the process of design and then provide opportunities for them to build and evaluate their products. This regularly happens in school, but can also be taught through our Forest School sessions, where the children have the opportunity to work with different tools and materials. Part of our topic learning also encourages children to create something at home through a 'take home task' which can be used to inspire interest in a new topic and create discussion and collaboration at home. Children at Langton Green Primary School have designed and built a range of products, including: teddy bear hospital beds, Trojan horses, hand-carved wooden spoons, bug hotels, bows and arrows and cakes using only ingredients available during WW2.
The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places, people and the environment. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world and how society, the economy and environment combine to bring about change. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected, and examines natural resources and their sustainable use.
At Langton Green our aim is to develop the children’s understanding of the subject, experiment with new resources and build a resilience when learning new skills. Our creative and reflective curriculum inspires children to ask questions and develop positive attitudes to learning both now and for the future. We encourage our children to grow into responsible citizens and learn the skills and attitudes required for life in the 21st century.
The children’s learning is enhanced by use of our wonderful school grounds and Forest Schools. Both visits and visitors also provide an invaluable part of the children’s learning, for example Kew Gardens and Horton Kirby Environmental centre.
Aims and objectives
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Pupils at Langton will consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. In history, children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions.
At Langton Green our aim is to develop the children’s understanding of the subject, experiment with new resources and build a resilience when learning new skills. The knowledge-rich Cornerstones curriculum inspires children to ask questions and develop positive attitudes to learning both now and for the future. We encourage our children to grow into responsible citizens and learn the skills and attitudes required for life in the 21st century.
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The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
- know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
- know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
- gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
- understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
- understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
- gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales
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 enables 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 provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries. In KS2 classes at Langton Green we seek to inspire children to study languages further in the future.
“If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” -Jimi Hendrix
At Langton Green Primary School, we pride ourselves in offering an outstanding musical curriculum to all. Children in every year group develop their performing, listening and composing skills in dedicated, specialist-led music lessons as well as being encouraged to take part in the large number of extracurricular clubs and performance opportunities.
Our extracurricular program currently includes two choirs, an orchestra, a brass band and three steel pan bands. Private instrumental lessons are also delivered by visiting specialists during school time. We currently have students learning guitar, drums, piano, violin, harp, cello, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone and baritone horn. More information on extracurricular music can be found here.
In curriculum lessons, students develop their musicianship both as individuals and in groups, using their voices as well as instruments. As they progress through the school, all students will receive instruction on percussion instruments, recorders, xylophones, ukuleles and keyboards. The curriculum for music, however, focuses not only on performance but also on critical listening and composing skills. These are integrated with practical work to complete projects which are related as often as possible to topics about which the children are learning in their core lessons. We also celebrate music through weekly music assemblies exploring different genres of music, types of instrument and opportunities to make music in large groups.
Special events throughout the year showcase the achievements of students both in their curriculum lessons and extracurricular ensembles. Regular such events include the Summer Concert, Harvest Festival, Christmas Concert, Nativity and School Productions. In addition to these, we take every opportunity to take part in music making in collaboration with other schools and within the wider community.
In September 2021, Langton Green Primary School was nominated as a Music Mark School in recognition of our commitment to quality music education.
At Langton Primary School we value our Physical Education and Sport extremely highly as part of our pupil’s daily lives. We motivate and encourage children to take part in a wide range of sporting activities, building a healthy mindset and informing positive life choices as a result of understanding the benefits of activity and exercise.
Our children encounter a varied curriculum from Early Years/ KS1 where our lessons teach the fundamental skills required for physical activity such as agility, coordination, balance, throwing and catching. As they progress into KS2 our lessons are more sport specific – Netball, Football, Cricket are on offer plus many more!
We encourage a healthy attitude towards competition within sports at our school. We aim to provide our children with the necessary skills and attributes to show good sportsmanship and push themselves to compete for their personal goals as well as winning as a team. We are very proud of our successful athletes who pursue their sporting ambitions outside of school too, at a regional and national level. Lots of our children take part in extra-curricular clubs offered at school including Netball, Football, Judo and Dance.
At Langton Green Primary School, the PSHE programme of study brings together citizenship with personal well-being through a values-based education. It is intended to support the school in developing a coherent whole-school approach to personal, social, health and economic well-being (PSHE). It is also a key vehicle for the delivery of our Relationships, Health and Sex education policy, which can be found here.
PSHE will usually be delivered by the class teacher although visiting professionals may provide talks/workshops to pupils as well. PSHE values are also introduced in, and explored within, both whole school and Key Stage assemblies.
In addition to this, PSHE is delivered through a range of whole school activities. Pupils are given opportunities to join in and contribute to local and national initiatives e.g. anti-bullying week, community cohesion projects and fund-raising activities. Pupils may take part in school assemblies, be elected onto the Pupil Voice Committee and are encouraged to express their opinions. Pupils are offered a wide range of opportunities to enhance their learning and engage with the concepts and content of the subject through learning in other subjects and areas of the curriculum and out-of-school activities.
RE has a particular contribution to make towards the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of each pupil. It involves Learning About Religion i.e. understanding what religious people believe and do, and how they express themselves (Attainment Target 1); and also Learning From Religion i.e. making sense of who we are, of life, and of right and wrong (Attainment Target 2). We encourage respect for religious commitment and for those holding different beliefs.
Religious Education is unique in the school curriculum in that it is neither a core subject nor a foundation subject but the 1988 Education Act states that ‘Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils’. Langton Green Primary School delivers RE in line with the Kent Agreed Syllabus.
Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
At Langton Green Primary School, the R.E. syllabus is based around a key question approach. In order to make Religious education engaging and enquiring we employ a variety of teaching methods including discussion, the development of thinking skills, drama through freeze frames etc, the use of artefacts, pictures, stories, use of periods of stillness and reflection and appropriate visits to a variety of places of worship.