Langton Green Primary School

Wider Curriculum

Tier Two subjects are those encompassed by an over-arching ‘theme’ for the term.

We have set out the key objectives of each year group, building on and adding to the National Curriculum and the Target Tracker statements in a way that values the ethos and opportunities that are important to the Langton Green school community. These statements have been formulated by the staff at Langton Green in reference to the National Curriculum, but also using staff knowledge and skills to work beyond the national curriculum.

Teachers use these statements as a starting point for their long term planning and then conceive a ‘theme’ that can be used to link together different skills and knowledge from a range of subjects over the term. Long-term planning aims to achieve a balance of the curriculum subjects over the academic year, rather that each week or term.

Scroll down to find information about the individual Tier Two subjects, including overviews of our curricula for these subjects.

 

Art

 

At Langton Green we believe that all aspects of Art and Design should be a source of pleasure within the whole curriculum. Children explore and develop their skills and creativity using a wide range of media. We encourage the importance of experimentation, exploration and pushing ideas in imaginative ways. We have just introduced Art and Design Scrap books for each class. We want to showcase the creative journey that our children are taking as it is really something to be proud of!

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

Art curriculum overview

Computing

 

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.

Computing curriculum overview

Design Technology

 

Design Technology is our opportunity for teaching pupils how to design and create items for a specific purpose, often using a range of tools, including 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.

DT curriculum overview 

Geography 

 

"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.”
Barack Obama

Very simply, geography is about understanding the world by: comparing locations; investigating; researching different sources; writing and talking about places; asking and answering questions.

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.

Geography teaching and learning at Langton Green Primary School has been developed to ensure the delivery of the geography curriculum as laid down in the National Curriculum document of 2014 but we have also consciously built in additional skills and knowledge that we have selected for our pupils to learn in order to gain a better understanding of the subject. Through each of the topics, the children are encouraged to explore new skills and develop old to a greater depth.

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.

Geography curriculum overview

History

 

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Marcus Garvey

At Langton Green Primary School we aim to teach history in an exciting and engaging way through our creative curriculum.

Our aims of teaching and learning history:

  • to build pupils critical awareness;
  • to encourage pupils to think and develop values;
  • to help pupils understand the world they live in;
  • to enjoy a fascinating and relevant subject.

We feel that it is very important for the children to develop enquiring minds. The teaching and learning of history takes place through our exciting creative curriculum where children focus on a specific topic each term. This enables the children to spend time exploring the history of the subject and allows them to develop their skills and knowledge to a greater depth.

History in the National Curriculum can be summed up in just a few statements: ordering events in time; finding differences and similarities; writing and talking about the past; using different sources for information; asking and answering questions. All classes in each year group will do all of these at some point and aim to link ‘then’ with ‘now’.

History curriculum overview

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