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In our commitment to develop children’s critical literacy skills we have teamed up with Picture News to help develop their understanding and appreciation of the news.
Having age-appropriate conversations with your child about the news keeps them interested and informed about what’s happening in the world…and you too!
They move from wanting to know what happens in MY world to what is happening in THE world and their place in it.
By having regular conversations about the news, you are able to share a whole range of topics and together make more sense of different events, issues and stories.
There are no rules or script to follow but you might want to watch, listen, read and discuss the news selectively.
Some significant news stories can be frightening, and you will need to consider what your child can cope with and whether they are developmentally ready to understand certain events. For example, you might decide to listen to the news rather than watch it as there may be images they might find upsetting.
Talking about the major headlines of the day and current affairs is important so that children grow up as global citizens but it’s important too to share a variety of fun and exciting news stories from the worlds of sport, entertainment, music, science, etc as well as local news closer to home.
Here are some quick tips:
•Initiate discussions about the news using the Picture News resources.
•Read and watch some news stories together from different sources.
•Find out what your child knows about the news and explore their understanding.
•Listen to what your child says and value their opinions.
•Explain simply and in a way that makes sense to them.
•Promote a habit of enquiry and make asking questions your child’s default setting.
•Help your child to spot fake news and how-to fact-check.
•Develop a news habit by accessing the news daily.
•Defuse bad news and offer reassurance.
•Protect your child from distressing and disturbing news.
•Avoid repeated viewings of the same news event.
•Monitor your child’s exposure to the news.
Discussing the news of the day doesn’t have to be formal but can be done naturally and casually in everyday moments such as on the way to school or preparing a meal.
The important thing is to keep the conversation going about the news and make it a feature of your daily lives.
By working together, we can help children become critical consumers of the news so that they are ‘news savvy’, articulate and confident citizens.
Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Peers take a lead on designing, monitoring and evaluating our excellent curriculum.
In addition to this, Mrs Peers leads specifically on Maths across the school and Mrs Milson leads on English.
Mrs Ramli is our Early Years Leader and Mrs Mitchell oversees the development of excellence in pedagogy and all assessment in the school.
We work together as a small but extremely effective team with all staff having a secure knowledge of the whole school curriculum and what is required in each phase.
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We believe learning also happens beyond the classroom. Take a look at some of the ways we enrich opportunities and experiences for our pupils…
As part of our curriculum the following document, as published by the DFE, is an integral key part of our whole school curriculum. Over the 7 years that children are in our education at Leavening Community Primary School we ensure opportunities are provided to fully experience and enjoy these activities
Extra Curricular Activities
Extra Curricular Activities.
Every full term teachers offer various extra curricular after school activities, including sports, cooking and gardening clubs. These differ termly and pupils will be invited to join in once these have been planned.
Friday lunch time clubs are Choir or Sport.
Daniel Hardcastle (Tel 07921845692) provides guitar lessons on a Friday during school hours.
Nick Thompson provides Violin lessons on a Wednesday during school hours.
Music for Schools;
Music for Schools at County Hall provide tuition in many different instruments, including brass, woodwind, strings and percussion.
Leaflets are available in school or please contact:-
County Music Service
SB114, CYPS Business Support
Tel; 01609 532783
The New Primary Curriculum was introduced in September 2014 and was statutory for all year groups from September 2015. Its content has higher expectation for teaching and learning and this represents a challenge for all.
Research has shown that almost all children can reach the standards set by the government. This can be done through effort, practice and resilience – some of the features of having a growth mindset. Extensive research, especially by Dr Carol S. Dweck, have shown that where schools and parents foster a ‘can-do’ approach, children’s learning improves and standards rise. Having a growth mindset can improve children’s progress and attainment – they can grow their brains and intelligence!
Here at Leavening Community Primary, we strongly believe that all of our children can develop a growth mindset, and with help from all adults involved, can succeed. We place great emphasis on effort, resilience and the importance of making mistakes and learning from them.
“No matter what your ability is; effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.” (Dr. Carol S. Dweck)
Please refer to the links below to discover more about how we are teaching pupils to develop a growth mindset here at Leavening Community Primary School.
Useful websites to support growth mind-set with your child
Maths at Leavening School
At Leavening School we use the North Yorkshire County Council mixed age planning for maths. This is specially designed for teaching and learning in mixed age classes and to ensure that children practice fluency, reasoning and problem solving in every lesson.
Developments in Maths
The purpose of these documents is to explain ‘Mastery in Mathematics’ and to expel any myths surrounding this concept.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
•become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, 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 generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
•can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
What is Mastery?
Once children have met an objective, they can go onto mastering it and developing a deeper understanding. If a child learns something deeply, lasting connections will be made in the brain. Mastery activities are not only designed to deepen thinking but to develop resilience and perseverance.
The power points discuss breadth (coverage of curriculum), depth (deeper understanding), mastery and how developing a growth mindset is important in mastering the Maths Curriculum. We have also included some examples of activities that demonstrate breadth of knowledge and how these can be extended to challenge children.
Bansho Maths (Japanese Boardwork)
This concept promotes independent problem solving activities. It encourages children to focus on applying various strategies to one problem throughout the week. Children are encouraged to make jottings on the board and because we value mistakes these jottings, whether they are right or wrong, will be displayed for the entire week so that children can see the whole journey and realise that mistakes lead to success. It will give teachers the opportunity to address misconceptions immediately and will encourage the children to explain their understanding and thinking to others.
At Leavening, we are very lucky to be situated in the heart of the country side and we use this to our advantage. Outdoor learning is heavily promoted here in a number of ways. We like to take the classroom outside as much as possible and believe that children learn best through being active and engaged.
Our Early Year classrooms have access to extensive, high quality outdoor provision recognised by the local authority as outstanding. Many other schools in our cluster come and visit our Early Years setting as an example of best practice.
If you are still wanting to experience more outdoor fun, click on the link below for 50 out door activities!
Parent Expectation Packs
Phonics at Leavening School
We have timetabled daily Phonics sessions where children are taught in the phase group matched to their ability. Phonics sessions are taught by highly skilled staff through a fun and practical approach.
Reading & Book Bands
Book Banding Information
At Leavening Community Primary School we have organised our reading scheme to make it easier for the children to take control of their choice of books, which should help to encourage their love of reading. The book your child is reading will be closely linked to the phonics phase that they are working in.
By colour banding our books we have been able to put a bigger variety of different scheme books in one level, providing children with greater choice of text and genre. As reading books from across several schemes have been placed together there will of course be some variation in style and challenge within the same band.
Your child will have been given a new reading book when there is evidence in their reading journal that they have read the book 3 times. We encourage them to read it the first time to focus on decoding and accuracy of reading the words. The second time we ask you to focus on the comprehension and meaning of what they have read (most of the books have prompts for adults) and we also have a sheet of suggested questions for you to ask your child. The third time a child read a book is to ensure they are reading with expression and/or fluency. Each time you read with your child please can you sign and date the reading journal as evidence they have read the book. Please feel free to write a comment but do not feel obliged. We also provide you with a list of suggested comments that you may wish to record.
When they need to change their reading book they will then be allowed to choose another book themselves from the appropriate coloured band under supervision from an adult. This way they are given control of their own reading within a controlled range and the book they choose is their choice.
Once your child is assessed to be confident in this coloured band they will be moved onto the next colour. Please note, they do not have to read the majority of the books in each band. We will progress them through the reading scheme in accordance to their progress within the phonics phases.
Please see This Document for further information about book banding.
At Leavening Community Primary School we actively encourage ‘learning away from school’ and one of the ways we do this is through our fantastic residential visits.
Here at Leavening we are proud of the fact that we allow all children from Year 2 upwards to take part in a residential visit each year.
We believe that residential visits can be an empowering and life-changing experience for children. The benefits of taking children out of their comfort zone (home/school environment) on a residential visit are immeasurable.
The children get to take part in outdoor activities which can help develop self-esteem, responsibility, problem-solving skills, teamwork, independence, tolerance, social skills and, of course, physical health.
The children have the opportunity of improving their teamwork skills and in some cases this time away from their families boosts self-confidence and encourages self-organisation skills.
These are vital life skills that will be needed as they go to secondary school and for life beyond.
Peat Rigg March 2019
What does our Curriculum Offer our Pupils
Please see below for further detailed subject information
What We Are Learning
What We Are Learning…
We have a thematic approach to learning here and our themed curriculum is pupil centred and responsive to our pupils needs as well as reflecting the world we live in today.
Our ethos is that if we provide our children with a personalised and meaningful curriculum tailored to their needs, they will be inspired and motivated to learn Parents can find out more about the curriculum by requesting to view the medium term planning for the class their child is in. In addition to this, regular curriculum evenings are held throughout the school year.
Please also refer to the Primary National Curriculum for information on broad coverage.
At Leavening Community Primary School we have mixed age classes. In order to ensure differentiation and challenge within a topic, we carefully plan using a progression in skills approach to our curriculum, enabling pupils not only to gain knowledge but to also work within greater depth in all subjects.
We are constantly reviewing our curriculum to ensure it is inspiring and purposeful. Please see our most recent (March 2019) Curriculum Charter as written by staff and pupils at Leavening Community Primary School.
For more information on our topics over the last few years please click on the links below.