Each unit of work in Literacy is linked closely to cross curricular themes. Each unit consists of reading, speaking and listening, and writing tasks.
Speaking and Listening
At Salisbury Road Primary we aim to develop confident children, who can express themselves with clarity. We encourage our pupils to talk in purposeful and imaginative ways, to explore ideas and feelings, adapting vocabulary according to purpose, listeners and content. We also stress the importance of listening skills with the role of the listener being as important as that of the speaker.
The children learn about predicting, persuading, reflecting and debating as part of their speaking and listening activities.
At Salisbury Road Primary we are fully committed to providing high quality reading resources for our children. We have a very well-resourced library that is continually being updated and all classes across the school have regular access to this rich resource. Our main aim is to foster a love of reading and to develop each pupil’s ability, understanding and enjoyment as a reader.
Those children who require it participate in daily phonics lessons to support their reading and spelling. We teach phonics from Foundation, through KS1, and into KS2 as necessary using the Read Write Inc phonics program.
We value the importance that you as parents have in the development of your child’s reading and we hope that you will play an active part in sharing books with your child. Children can choose from a wide variety of books that include both fact and fiction. Each child is given a reading record booklet for you to use with your child.
Children at Salisbury Road Primary are given frequent opportunities to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Wherever possible, we use a variety of media, including film and ICT as creative starting points to inspire our children and to promote quality writing.
They study a wide range of different genres throughout the school and are supported in developing their vocabulary, appropriate use of grammar and punctuation.
At Salisbury Road Primary we recognise that these skills are integral to creating confident learners and pupils are provided with opportunities to apply these key skills across the curriculum.
In September 2014 a new curriculum was introduced which involved many changes to the way Maths is taught and the expectations for each year group. The 'Mastery' curriculum, ensures the children have a deep understanding of the subject, where they can make links between the different areas of Maths. In lessons, children are encouraged to use apparatus initially to develop a secure understanding before moving onto using just numbers and solving problems. Much of the new curriculum focusses on the children being able to reason about Maths and solve problems independently. It is no longer enough to just get the answer correct, the children need to be able to prove why and explain how and why.
At Salisbury Road Primary, Science follows the National Curriculum and is delivered through a rolling programme of study in each Year group. As the children progress through the school, they study a variety of different themes and topics.
These cover four key areas of study:
We aim to develop children’s natural curiosity, working through the processes of observation, pattern seeking, forming ideas, testing ideas and recording and assessing results. In order to enhance the curriculum further, children attend specialist science activities at Plymouth University, Plymouth Aquarium and local secondary schools.
Information and Communications Technology prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. Our vision at Salisbury Road Primary is for all learners in our school to become confident and creative users of ICT so that they can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which enable them to use appropriate ICT resources effectively as powerful tools for learning.
We have two excellent ICT suites with fast broadband connection which all children have regular access to working on individual computers. All teaching rooms across the school contain interactive whiteboards and the children have regular access to a variety of other ICT hardware and software.
Modern Languages and Global Education
At Salisbury Road Primary we believe passionately that every child should have the opportunity to develop an interest in other cultures and learn another language. We also believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a modern language, the easier and faster the language is acquired. Furthermore, it is a good idea to introduce a new language to children when they are at primary school, as they tend to be less self-conscious about speaking aloud at this stage of their development and there is evidence that the early acquisition of a modern language facilitates the learning of other modern languages later in life.
In our school Spanish is taught to all pupils in Key Stage 2 as part of the normal school curriculum. Children are taught to know and understand how to:
At Salisbury Road Primary we believe that physical education, experienced
in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional development and health. We encourage our children to choose to adopt a healthier lifestyle and develop a positive attitude towards sport.
The school has excellent links with a number of providers including: Marjons, Lipson Community College and Plymouth University. They provide specialist coaching in a variety of different sporting areas.
We work hard to encourage our pupils to be thoughtful and tolerant, show respect to others and to help them develop a well-rounded understanding of the wider world outside of their local community.
Through our RE scheme of work, pupils are introduced to the beliefs of other religions and are provided with opportunities to share their own thoughts and personal beliefs. We followed the Revised Agreed Devon Syllabus for RE and Collective Worship, which promotes spiritual, moral and cultural development. If they wish to do so, parents may request that their child be excused from RE or other acts of collective worship.
Sex and Relationship Education
At Salisbury Road Primary, the governors have decided that Sex and Relationship Education should be a part of the curriculum and linked to other aspects of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education.
As they progress through the school, the children are guided sensitively in matters of personal hygiene, cleanliness and aspects of body change. This is a natural progression from the work that they cover in Science and other subjects regarding the composition and functions of the human body.
Parents are informed when this aspect of the curriculum is covered and its purpose. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Sex and Relationship sessions but are advised to discuss this with the class teacher before making any decision.