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The approach to mathematics teaching at Brampton will ensure that when children leave the school, they are confident and competent with numbers measures, shapes, problem-solving and reasoning. They will have a secure method in all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication & division) and will be able to apply these real life problems.
The approach to mathematics teaching at Brampton is based on four key principles:
- dedicated mathematics lessons every day;
- direct teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and groups;
- emphasis on mental calculations; and
- controlled differentiation, with all pupils engaged in mathematics relating to a common theme.
The Brampton curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisation, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- solve problems by applying mathematics to varied routine and non –routine problems with increasing sophistication.
Teaching of Mathematics at Brampton is based upon The Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics 2014.
All teachers are expected to follow the learning outcomes in the programme of study for their year group. At the beginning of each academic year the Maths Co-ordinators will map the programme of study for each year group to enable them to produce a long term plan. This Brampton maths curriculum will be made available on the MLE.
At the beginning of the academic year each year group will also be provided with a mid-term plan which should be used as a working document to inform planning and assessment for learning.
Promoting effective strategies and efficiency
Children will be encouraged to see mathematics as both a written and spoken language. Our aim is for children to be able to select an efficient method, of their choice, that is appropriate for a given task.
Grouping and Assessment
At Brampton we strongly believe in continuous AfL through observation, questioning, marking and group work. Based on the assessment groups should be fluid to best suit the individual’s ability and learning style.
a. Formative Assessment Planning->teaching->reviewing cycle
A well structured week should incorporate a minimum of three Guided Maths sessions. The guided maths session should be no less than 10 minutes of focused small group work which should be based on the gaps or misconceptions identified from the recent marking or other AfL tools. This should then inform future planning and organisation of quick fix interventions.
b. Summative Assessment
At the end of the term a summative assessment should be carried out by each teacher for their individual class and the data should be filed in an individual folder producing a portfolio of evidence for each child’s ability.
In the Foundation Stage the assessment is based on the Foundation Stage Profile. Observations are made and evidence is collected and related to Stepping Stones and Early Learning Goals. Once these are achieved, next steps are fed into planning. At the end of the Foundation Stage using the foundation stage profiles each child is given a scale point score.
Computing and Cross-Curricular teaching
Computers will be used in various ways to support teaching and motivate children’s learning. Computing links will include the use of the Interactive White Board, computers, digital cameras, calculators and audio-visual aids. They will, however, only be used when it is the most efficient and effective way of meeting the lesson objectives.
A maths inspiration day will be led by the maths coordinators every half-term to promote the investigative and challenging nature of maths. Every week the maths coordinators will be providing the teachers with maths challenges for each year group. This should be incorporated as one of their weekly home learning tasks.
Teachers are expected to use the Mymaths website to set differentiated maths home learning tasks for their class or their maths set.
Underachievement/ Intervention and Booster Clubs
At Brampton we believe in early intervention. Children who are under performing should be identified and discussed in the half termly pupil progress meetings. Booster and intervention groups should be set up to cater for their individual needs to close any gaps in knowledge. Any further concerns should be raised with either of the maths coordinators and/or the SEN coordinator.
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Science is concerned with developing children’s natural enquiry skills. At Brampton Primary School our children have inherent curiosity therefore our science curriculum enables the children to develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes and skills.
Working scientifically is at the heart of the science curriculum. Children should be taught how to use enquiry skills to navigate through new concepts and activating prior learning in order to get a holistic understand of topics taught. The science at Brampton Primary School should encompass a wide range of cross curricular activities including links with outdoor learning, geography, mathematics, computing and writing.
Principles of science – The Brampton vision
- We need to learn through practical ‘hands on’ investigations as much as we can.
- We need questions to investigate, make us think, understand and progress.
- We need to learn together collaboratively and learn from each other.
- We need the teacher to be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the topic.
- We need great resources to help us learn.
- We need to learn within familiar contexts we recognise and can relate to.
- Whenever we can, we also need to learn outside the classroom and by having science visitors in school.
PE Teaching at Brampton
At Brampton we believe that having specialist teachers provides the pupils the opportunity to learn and develop their PE skills under the guidance of experts.
Our specialist teachers bring strong subject knowledge and a high level of enthusiasm for PE as well as a desire to see the pupils be successful. This focus allows the pupils a greater chance to realise their own potential as well as raises the standard of learning in PE across the school. The impact of this is shown in our pupils’ positive attitudes towards sports, fitness and their understanding of how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The PE curriculum at Brampton is a continuously evolving and we adapt it to best suit the specific pupils we have in each year. A wide range of conventional topics, such as games, gymnastics and dance, is taught throughout the year but we also teach a wide range of non-conventional topics such as ultimate frisbee, parkour and floorball. Again, we adapt these depending on the pupils’ physical needs and/or stage of development. Assessment shows that our pupils are now adept at implementing their skills into a wider range of sporting environments.
Gifted and Talented
Pupils who display an advanced understanding and mastery of the skills expected for their age group in PE are given extra opportunities to continue to develop their skill set. They are given leadership roles within lessons to help lead, teach and encourage others and we ensure our teaching enables them to deepen their understanding of tactics and improve their skills. Where appropriate, they are given the opportunity to represent Brampton in competitions against local school. Some children were fortunate enough to attend the British Ski Academy and learn how to ski from some of the best youth coaches in the U.K. If your child takes part in, and has shown aptitude for sporting activities outside school, let Mr Gillingham know so we can support their development during PE.
There are various sporting clubs running at Brampton. The clubs range from specific targeted groups to general clubs such as girls’ netball and football. In most cases our after school clubs depend on the goodwill of our wonderful teachers giving of their time. If there are no clubs running that your child is interested in please let us know and we will look into whether we can accommodate such a club in the future.
There are also a number of lunchtime clubs run by our PE specialists which give pupils a focussed and active lunchtime.
Langdon School Sports Partnership (LSSP)
We are members of the Langdon School Sports Partnership. The LSSP coordinates a wide range of sporting events and competitions for Newham’s primary schools regularly throughout the year. Their competitions are organised so that pupils from Years 1 – 6 can participate in a large range of sports against pupils from other schools. Pupils from Brampton consistently achieve highly in these events and always demonstrate excellent sportsmanship. The LSSP also provides professional development sessions for teachers and support staff to develop their practice in various sporting disciplines to ensure that the pupils receive the best teaching PE possible.
School Sport Funding and Pupil Premium
PE has benefited greatly from School Sport Funding as well as Pupil Premium funding. We have used the funding to employ specialist coaches to enrich our PE provision, and enable our teachers to receive training and support. We have also invested in a range of resources and extra-curricular activities such as Indoor Bouldering, Queen Elizabeth Olympic VeloPark cycling, Parkour Academy and Tom Daley Dive Academy lessons. The funding has also been used to invest in new Parkour equipment for pupils to access safely during curriculum PE lessons.
Onwards and Upwards
We will continue to look at new ideas and teaching styles to ensure that our pupils are given the best opportunity to participate and succeed in a wide range of sporting pursuits both during formal PE lessons and at other times.
The ultimate goal of Brampton Primary School’s PE curriculum is to enable pupils to achieve their full potential in physical education, attain healthy levels of well-being and to instil positive attitudes towards fitness and active lifestyles.
Brampton Primary School has embarked on an exciting journey with our topic of history. Our teaching of history aims to encourage pupils to foster an interest and curiosity about the past and how it has shaped and influenced the world today. It also aims to develop pupils’ interest in their surroundings, as well as their knowledge of places and environments around the world.
The curriculum provides a highly motivating and engaging context for our pupils to learn. Topics have been selected to engage pupils’ interest as well as ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum. Topics are introduced as exciting challenges with many cross curricular links. History is taught as a stand-alone lesson but is also taught alongside art and geography enabling children to build upon their knowledge and understanding each day. In history, children study a range of different time periods and significant individuals from the past, allowing them to develop a chronological knowledge of British and world history.
We aim to develop core historical skills such as chronology, change and continuity, interpretation and empathy, critical thinking through the use of sources and questioning.
Learning in history goes beyond the classroom with many of our year groups visiting historical sites to further enrich the children’s learning.
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At Brampton Primary School, we deliver the computing programme of study through a 3BM scheme of work, which we have adapted to suit the needs of the school. Here, we ensure that the requirements of the National Curriculum for computing are being met.
The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Our scheme of work ensures full coverage of the 3 distinct areas of the computing curriculum: Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Computer Science and it provides the pupils with a clear progression of these skills starting in the Early Years and through to Year 6.
In addition to this, our curriculum ensures Online Safety is embedded throughout and that pupils use technology safely and respectfully, understanding the importance of keeping their personal information private; how to identify where to go for help and support if they have concerns about any content or a contact on the internet or other online technologies.
In recent years, our school has also made a substantial investment in purchasing new hardware such as iPads, laptops and trolleys for each phase to support the study of computing. Pupils have been provided with a username and password, which they can use to log in to the London Grid for Learning (LGFL) both at school and at home. This has begun to raise the profile of computing and it has helped us to engage all of our pupils in the study of the new computing curriculum.
At Brampton, we believe that learning Spanish provides children with a window into a different culture and way of understanding the world equipping them with the skills needed for continued language learning and to fully participate in a global society.
The Spanish curriculum includes a range of topics, conversational structures and grammar which are carefully selected and organised in order to allow progression towards the attainment of the end of Year 6 objectives. The teaching of Spanish provides a good balance of oral and written activities allowing children to use the language for practical purposes from the first lesson but also to express themselves in the written form.
The Spanish lessons are supported by a range of clubs and international eTwinning projects including an exchange visit with our partner school, CEIP La Cala, in Spain. Spanish is embedded across the school with links with other subjects such as Music and with the participation in school events such as concerts or assemblies.
Some of the topics studied at Brampton are specifically about Spanish culture and traditions including artistic representations and well-known festivities, which are enhanced by a continuous online exchange of work with our partner school in Spain through the eTwinning platform.
Spanish is assessed using the Classroom Monitor platform taking into consideration the overall performance of the pupils in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). The evidence for assessment is collected from:
- daily oral interviews
- reading in class
- written work in books
- club work
- self-assessment & peer-assessment
- end of the topic mini-tests
- Kahoot evaluation games
Every child in Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 has one hour of music each week. These take place in a fully equipped dedicated music room. Nursey and Reception have an enclosed music area in the garden which is well stocked with instruments to play.
Music is integrated into the day to day life of the class. In addition to activities which take place indoors, the children are free to visit the outdoor music area, where members of staff will be on hand to create music with the children. The music teacher visits the music area twice a week to lead singing sessions.
Key Stage 1
The Year 1 and Year 2 classes have a weekly lesson with the music teacher. During these sessions they learn and sing a wide range of songs from different genres, often accompanied by percussion instruments. They are introduced to well-known works by great composers, including Carnival of the Animals (Saint Saens), Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) and The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky). They have opportunities to compose their own music with other children, using a wide range of instruments. They learn about rhythm, pitch and dynamics through practical activities, and practise their drama skills through using their bodies to interpret music.
In Year 2 the children begin to learn the recorder, where they begin to read music.
Key Stage 2
The children build on what they learnt in Key Stage 1. They learn about the lives and works of great composers through the Composer of the Month. The composers chosen are diverse, including female composers, contemporary composers and composers and musicians from diverse backgrounds, in addition to those from the baroque, classical and romantic periods.
In singing they develop a wide repertoire through studying units on folk music, classic pop, contemporary pop, protest songs, motown and blues. They watch great singers and musicians from the past and from today performing their music.
The children have opportunities to compose music which reflects the topic being studied in small groups, using the wide-range of instruments at their disposal.
Year 3 learn the ukulele, and this taken up again in Year 5. Year 4 take up the recorder again, and year 6 learn the guitar.
The children participate in phase singing assemblies, where they have the chance to sing the songs they have been learning in a large group. At the wider curriculum assemblies they have the opportunity to sing as a class to an audience or play instruments.
After School Clubs
There is a Key Stage 1 Choir, Junior Choir and Senior Choir. These choirs perform in public throughout the year, including Young Voices at the O2 and carol singing in the local community. There is also a Musical Drama club for Key stage 1 children and Ukulele clubs for Year 3 and Year 4. Junior and Senior Recorder Clubs meet at lunchtimes.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
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PSHE & Citizenship
At Brampton Primary School, we are proud to use Jigsaw as our PSHE scheme. Jigsaw teaches PSHE through mindfulness and provides children with a curriculum where they build upon their learning of each topic every year that they are at Brampton. Our aim for PSHE is to ensure that all the children we teach become well rounded citizens who are able to have a positive impact on our community.
Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.
Jigsaw and Mindfulness
How would children benefit if they could be aware of their thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, on purpose with no judgement?
This is what mindfulness means. It can be learnt, and techniques to develop it taught. It also needs to be practised. We believe mindfulness is a vital tool for life: not only does it support the regulation of emotion and build emotional resilience but also enhances focus and concentration; both helping to optimise learning.
Mindful children can more readily choose their responses to situations rather than react while caught up in the thought-flows and emotions.
In Jigsaw PSHE, mindfulness is developed through the ‘Calm Me’ time in each piece (lesson). This consists of breathing techniques, awareness exercises and visualisations – all tried, tested and very enjoyable activities for children and teachers alike.
Observing your thoughts and feelings, on purpose, in the present moment with no judgement… What a gift!
RE is an important curriculum subject. It is important in its own right and also makes a unique contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and supports wider community cohesion. At Brampton we use the Newham Agreed Syllabus for RE.
Year group learning challenge
To see what your children will cover, click on the RE Curriculum Overview below.
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