The Curriculum

The curriculum is carefully monitored and planned to ensure it meets the national requirements.

The core subject are English, Maths and Science but the children also cover  foundation subjects of;

  • ICT
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music
  • Design Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • PSHE
  • Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Information

At Knowsley Village we have a curriculum which is both subject and topic based through a creative curriculum scheme called ‘Cornerstones’.Through these topics the children cover the foundation subjects as well as reinforcing writing skills. The Cornerstones curriculum enables the learning to be exciting, interesting and creative and provides the children with knowledge and skills that are not learnt in isolation but with relevance and purpose.

Mathematics

We ensure through careful assessments, monitoring and planning that the children progress through mathematics and have fun!. We aim to provide a maths curriculum that is accessible and meaningful to all children throughout their stages at school. We want each child to have a positive attitude towards Maths and have the skills, ability and confidence to deal with all aspects of mathematics in an independent way both in school and at home.

English

Knowsley Village primary School aims to develop and extend the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening through a variety of approaches and teaching methods through a creatively packed English curriculum.

The children are encouraged to take home a range of books to share with parents as will as to help become fluent, independent readers. The children are able to choose books from the graded reading scheme, the class libraries and from the school library. ( see information on reading for more detail)

At Knowsley Village CP we aim to make children competent and confident writers who are able to write their own fiction, poerty and non fiction texts. The teaching of spelling and handwriting and grammar are key skills necessary to develop fluent confident writing.

Drama, discussions and oral presentations are used to enhance and develop language skills.

Science

Children learn about a wide range of livings things, materials and phenomena. They investigate by exploring, asking observing and collecting evidence. The children learn to work independently and with others communicating their ideas and findings by using scientific language diagrams charts and graphs.

ICT

Knowsley Village Community School is a small school with a big vision. We have smartboards in every class and computers available. We also have portable ,digital equipment available for the children through Ipads, Cameras and apple mac laptops. We strongly believe that children learn in a varietyof ways and ICT can foster children’s learning styles, abilities and love for learning. We used the CLC to support our delivery of the ICT curriculum.

PE

Through PE children learn new skills, discover confidence,  experience teamwork and discover their aptitude and ability to make healthy choices. We provide a curriculum and opportunities for children to physical, creative and competitive in a healthy way. The children cover a range of physical activities including dance, gymnastics and athletic games. We have a sports coach who assists all physical activities

Robin Wood

Year 6 are given the opportunity to take part in our school Residential to Robinwood Activity Centre in September The children and teachers take part in a variety of physical activities under the safe guidance of trained instructors. These activities include canoeing, raft building, climbing, archery and orienteering but to name a few!

Art

Children are provided with opportunities to stimulate their creativity and imagination. They have the opportunity to develop and learn a variety of techniques including painting, drawing. Textiles and 3D work.

At Knowlsey Village  we strive to provide an enriched and creative curriculum, art being just one of the ways this is achieved. Visits to local galleries, workshops and visits by professional artists inspire and enhance the children’s learning.

Music

At Knowsley Village we music is provided in a variety of ways. The children have weekly music lessons which involve a variety of activities. We have whole school singing sessions which brings the school together as one .We a are also fortunate enough to have the equipment to carry out music through ICT and the children ae able to compose songs from ‘GarageBand’ on the Apple Mac computers.

RE

Religious education helps children to develop a framework of values and as we are a community school religious education also helps to develop an understanding and interest in other religions and ways of life. At Knowsley Village we respect and value the beliefs and values of other races and religions and embrace all into our school community. The children are introduced to a variety of different religions such as Christianity and Hinduism.

We do have good community links with the church and regularly hold events at the local church, St Mary’s. Many of our teachers including the Headteacher, have a Catholic teaching certificate.

MFL

Children are naturally receptive to learning different languages and we do teach French across the school.

PSHE

A personal social, health and emotional education runs alongside the core curriculum. We foster good personal skills and we believe at Knowsley Village it is important to meet these needs. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all children irrespective of their race, gender, or disability. We strongly believe that each child feels valued and secure within school.

We promote healthy eating through our healthy snack options and through healthy lunches and through encouraging the children to be active at playtimes and lunchtimes. The children have access to play equipment to promote physical exercise and fun.

We recognise the talents children have and strive to challenge. The children are giving learning experiences that match their need in terms of pace, depth, challenge and individual learning style.We have close links with the Prescot School

Homework

We do have a homework policy which is available to parents. The homework is tailored to meet the needs of the children in the year that they are in. The homework mirrors the learning that takes place in school. We strongly believe that homework does benefit the children as it strengthens the links between home and school. We do however want the homework to be fun and a pleasurable time for parents and children. If there are problems or concerns over homework we are happy to help.We run a KS2 homework club after school on a Friday

 

National Curriculum Information can be accessed here.