A Big Question Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2
We have a very exciting and engaging curriculum at The Friars Primary –Within our school, the curriculum is the heart: the skills, knowledge and understanding our children gain, and the ways in which the children are taught and learn, make each school day unique and engaging for pupils and teachers alike.
So what is our curriculum ethos? The whole school curriculum at The Friars Primary School is arranged around a Big Question approach, with children exploring a new question each term. Each question provides a fantastic source of topics to explore and investigations to carry out, allowing all of the curriculum subjects, from history to music, to come alive for the children.
So how do teachers plan for progress in the curriculum subjects? Teachers plan together, sharing responsibility for mapping the curriculum across the year groups, using their excellent knowledge of the children’s strengths and skills, as well as their understanding of how children’s learning progresses and deepens as they move from year to year. We use the statutory guidance and as we teach across subjects we make sure the children understand what it is to be a historian, an artist, a writer and so on.
How do you enrich the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding, as well as their personal development, in matters of health, economics and wellbeing? The children have a programme of activities, such as assemblies, Circle Time, Religious Education and, as well as some key approaches such as our School Values, Health and Wellbeing afternoons, which are delivered throughout the year; we revisit these key areas and concepts again and again, to ensure that all children have opportunities to broaden their understanding of the world, develop confidence in how to care for themselves and stay safe, and maintain a thirst for learning about the world and their place in it.
In Key Stage 1, our phonics scheme is Read Write Inc.
At Key Stage 1 and 2, we use Read Write Inc to support the teaching and learning of spelling.
Maths is taught following the White Rose Maths Hub Scheme,
The Friars Primary School follows The National Curriculum in all KS1 and KS2 classes.
The Early Years and Foundation Stage teach towards the Early Years Goals and Development Matters.
In Key Stage 1 & 2, we are using a Big Question Curriculum. This covers a wide variety of curriculum areas and allows children to explore topics creatively.
In our R.E lessons, we follow the Salford Syllabus. Please see the long term coverage below the Big Question Curriculum.
Please see the links to the Big Question Curriculum for Autumn Term 2018