At Ladybridge Primary school we to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. We ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary and develop an understanding and knowledge of grammar for reading, writing and spoken language
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use collaborative discussion in order to learn; they are taught to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
Developing the skills of English and Literacy allows children to access a broad and curriculum. All children take part in a daily English lesson. In Key Stage 1, this is through the structure of Read Write Inc: a scheme we use to raise levels of attainment in phonics, reading and writing. To find out more about Read Write Inc follow this link; for further answers to your questions, follow this link. In Key Stage 2, writing is taught through our bespoke writing process where high quality literature is used to promote cross-curricular links and engagement.
At Ladybridge Primary, Mathematics is taught with a focus on the aims of the 2014 National Curriculum; to develop Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving, which will enable our children to master and sometimes achieve a greater depth of understanding of the expected outcomes for Mathematics at the end of each year group.
Starting with E.Y.F.S, the Development Matters Framework is delivered predominantly through play based learning within the wider classroom environment. Weekly objectives from the Framework are taught in key group sessions and these skills are then embedded through play activities. Children are specifically taught; number recognition, shapes and early number facts through direct teaching before being given the opportunity to apply their knowledge through structured play. A visit to our Nursery and reception classes would reveal happy children playing in water whilst learning the beginning stages of capacity or creating collage style images from common 2d shapes.
Years 1 to 6 follow the FOCUS Maths programme of study. Children complete a pre-learning activity, which provides teachers with a pre-assessment of what the children already know well, and what needs to be covered in greater detail throughout the week. The same task is given to the children at the end of a unit of work as a post-learning task, which shows progress throughout the unit and provides the children with an opportunity for self-assessment. During the course of the daily Maths lessons, after the whole class input, children are provided with challenges to complete either independently, in pairs or as a group. These challenges are differentiated through difficulty and depth of understanding in a Chilli Challenge, starting with Mild, Hot then Flamin’ Hot tasks. Children choose the level at which they feel comfortable starting with and then move through the remainder of the levels when they are confident to do so. Reasoning is encouraged during every lesson, in every task, allowing children to demonstrate a deeper understanding of each Learning Intention.
In Years 2 to 6, and in the summer term in Year 1, children across the school have access to Times Table Rock Stars which encourages and develops instant recall of times tables facts, as well as the corresponding division facts, and increases the speed at which this happens. Each child has a username and password so that this resource can be accessed at home and in school.
To help parents follow the calculation methods taught in school, we have added links to our Calculation Policy.
Learning Challenge Curriculum
At Ladybridge Primary School, following the changes to the National Curriculum made in 2014, we decided to change the way our topics are taught to make it a much more exciting and meaningful way of learning. Our topic based work is now an exciting ‘Learning Challenge’ Curriculum.
The Learning Challenge approach is designed to develop thinking skills and encourage greater participation and involvement. It requires deep thinking and encourages our pupils to work using a question as the starting point. This means that our learning will be focused around questions.
Each half term the children will be introduced to a new Learning Challenge, which will be in the form of a question. A pre-learning activity will assess what they already know about this area and what they would like to find out. This is then used to plan for the rest of the half term. Each week will then begin with a further question that we will try to answer or solve. We will be researching, presenting, designing and making in order to answer and solve lots of question challenges. A homework project will be linked to the learning challenge each half term, these are displayed throughout the school for the children to share and discuss.
Our Learning Challenge lessons focus on Science, Geography, History, Art and Design and Technology but they also include links to other subjects that we are also learning such as Music, Dance, Computing, Maths and English.
Here are some example learning challenges:
- Would you rather be a penguin or a meerkat?
- Were the Vikings always victorious and vicious?
- Why do we love to be beside the seaside?
- Why should the rainforest be important to us all?
To find out more about the Learning Challenge Curriculum please visit the website
At Ladybridge Primary School we seek to develop children’s understanding of the world in which we live through their learning in Science.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
As with other subjects Science is now delivered as part of the Learning Challenge Curriculum. Following a two-year cycle that ensures coverage of the whole Science curriculum for each key stage – EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2. We provide WOW events linked to Science and have an annual Science week where the whole school learn about a specific area of the Science curriculum, with visitors from local industry and STEM Ambassadors helping to enrich the children’s learning.
In computing we aim to promote expertise and confidence in the use of digital equipment, including computers, tablets, recording devices, electronic mail and programmable robotic toys. There are three strands to the Computing curriculum that we deliver – computer science; information technology and digital literacy. This ensures that the children receive a broad understanding in their learning.
Computing is also an essential tool for the delivery of other areas of the curriculum. The school is fully networked and has broadband connectivity. There are opportunities for Computing to be taught as a discrete subject or as an integrated part of the Learning Challenge Curriculum. All classrooms and the computer suite have electronic whiteboards to support learning across the curriculum. We have recently invested in a class set of iPads and Lego WeDo kits to support the children’s understanding of programming.
From their entry into school children are taught about how to use computers and other technology safely and respectfully and we recently had a whole school day focussing on internet safety and cyberbullying and what to do if it happens to you.
At Ladybridge Primary school History is now taught through our Learning Challenge Curriculum. Throughout out two year cycle History is taught either as a driver or subsidiary subject and we plan ‘WOW’ moments eg. History based visits or visitors etc. when appropriate.
We aim to help our pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, and to also deepen pupils understanding of chronology and the process of change.
We encourage our pupils to ask questions, think critically, investigate sources and deepen their own judgements about events in the past.
At Ladybridge Primary school Geography is now taught through our Learning Challenge Curriculum. Throughout a two-year cycle, Geography is taught either as a driver or subsidiary subject. ‘WOW’ moments are planned when appropriate, which involve geography based visits or visitors coming into school.
Geography is about understanding the world by: comparing locations; investigating; researching different sources; writing and talking about places and asking and answering questions.
In EYFS, the children are provided with opportunities to see how they interact with their environment – and how the environment influences them. The Early learning goals at EYFS aim to guide children into making sense of their physical world and their community by exploring, observing and finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.
In Key Stage 1, children are asked to begin to develop a geographical vocabulary by learning about where they live, as well as one other small area of the United Kingdom and a small area in contrasting non-European country. The children will learn about the weather patterns in the UK and hot and cold areas of the world. The children will be provided with resources such as iPads, world maps, atlases and globes to enhance their geographical skills.
We aim to help our pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of geography through the use of observation and fieldwork techniques in order to collect geographical data.
In Key Stage 2, the geography curriculum is all about expanding on the children’s prior knowledge. There are three focus areas; locational knowledge, place knowledge and human and physical geography.
Locational knowledge examines latitude, longitude and time zones. Our children will use maps to focus on Europe, North and South America, concentrating on regions, key physical/human characteristics, countries and major cities.
Place knowledge examines similarities and differences by comparing the a region of the United Kingdom with a region in a European Country, and with a region in either North or South America.
Human and Physical geography focuses on describing and understanding key aspects of geography such as; climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, the water cycle, types of settlement, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources.
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology, children acquire the knowledge and skills required to design and make a range of products. By carrying out practical activities children learn to use a variety of tools and techniques safely and accurately.
Children also have the opportunity to investigate and discuss a range of made objects and evaluate their work to appreciate the impact of Design and Technology on their everyday lives.
Art, in line with other subjects at Ladybridge, forms part of the Learning Challenge curriculum. Projects are introduced through enquiry based headings and WOW experiences, including visits, themed events and visitors. The children progressively build on their art skills and understanding from the Early Years through to Year 6. Pupils are taught to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. They explore different media and materials and gradually expand their understanding of different art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Pupils also study the work of great artists, craft makers, architects and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
At Ladybridge Primary School we believe that every child is musical; we seek to develop our children’s creativity and sensitivity to music in its various forms. Children are actively involved in listening to music, composing music and performing music in class lessons and whole school performances. Where possible, visiting music specialists further enhance the curriculum.
Opportunities are provided for pupils to sing as a whole school on a regular basis. We take part in singing activities outside of school, performing regularly at our local church and this year we took part in the Stockport School’s Carol Concert.
Children in year 4 learn to play a brass instrument, the cornet. If they wish to continue to learn in years 5 and 6 they can have individual or group lessons.
The sporting aims of the school are to ‘ensure that every child is enabled to reach their developmental potential by the participation, co-operation and teamwork involved in playing sport. Every child will have the opportunity to take part regardless of their ability or Special Educational Needs.’
Children at the school take part in 2 hours PE each week in line with the Government guidance. In addition, we are currently developing our 30 Active Minutes provision to encourage active learning and opportunities for physical activity throughout the day outside of PE provision.
We employ specialist sports coaches from Stockport County Football Club Foundation. Not only do our coaches provide top quality sports provision in a wide range of areas including football, tag rugby, hockey and tennis, they also provide our children with aspiration: one day they too could be competing for their local sports teams.
Working in partnership, we plan weekly Games lessons to encourage the children to develop physical skills and improve body awareness through a continuous and progressive programme. We seek to develop the potential of each individual so that every child can experience the excitement of learning and performing new skills. We aim to develop children in terms of skills in movement, co-ordination and self-confidence and to provide the opportunity for each child to reach their full physical potential as a learner through a balanced programme of activities.
We also work in partnership with Stockport Schools’ Health, activity, Physical Education and Sport Alliance (SHAPES) to support our weekly PE lessons in Dance and Gymnastics. SHAPES provides us with high quality professional development which, in turn, ensures, high quality PE provision at Ladybridge. This partnership also provides opportunities for interschool competition: we have recently competed in rugby, boccia, athletics and winter sports fetsivals. The school plays competitive sport against other local schools, for example in football, and the staff have a number of coaching qualifications including football and cricket.
Children in Years 4 and 5 will have the opportunity to attend swimming lessons each year so that each child receives 12 months continuous swimming coaching provided by Swim Stockport.
Religious Education activities at Ladybridge follow the Stockport Agreed Syllabus of 2016. This syllabus enables us to prepare our children for active citizenship in a diverse and rapidly changing world, exploring some aspects of British values in relation to religions and world views. We recognise our local area as vibrant and unique, with much diversity of religion and belief, and we encourage all our pupils to share their experiences and to learn from one another. Pupils are supported to explore their own beliefs, values and traditions, and those of others, in engaged and engaging ways. Our aim is for children to develop positive attitudes and respect towards people from all religions and world views.
In line with the school’s Learning Challenge approach to curriculum delivery, Religious Education at Ladybridge is enquiry based, each term’s learning posed to the children in the form of a question. Across the year, children will explore the 3 strands of Believing, Expressing and Living in relation to different faiths including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. Our aim is to promote the cognitive, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all learners and, in so doing, ensuring they are able to make informed choices about how they want to live their lives whilst also understanding more about the faith of other people they meet.
Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship
At Ladybridge Primary School we believe that our PSHE curriculum and school ethos equips our pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding they require to lead happy, confident, healthy and independent lives. It encourages pupils to become informal, active and responsible citizens in modern British society.
We recognise that social and emotional well-being plays a crucial and important part in our school and that this is the key to effective learning and achievement.
Our commitment to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development encourages children to develop their behaviour, safety and well-being.
We recognise the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships between all of our pupils, through the implementation of the Restorative Ambassador scheme we strive to achieve this.
We achieve the above aims through following a whole school approach to PSHE – the matrix clearly outlines all the resources we use at Ladybridge – EYFS curriculum including Development Matters, SEAL, RSE, DATE, British Values, Healthy lifestyles, E Safety, ABCD (Anti-bullying).
PSHE underpins all we do at Ladybridge, however two sessions a week across the school are dedicated to delivering PSHE, during one session emphasis is placed upon ‘Circles’. Any written work that is carried out in PSHE is in the children’s Learning Challenge books.
Experiencing a language from an early age is enjoyable and helps provide the foundation for later learning. At Ladybridge, we teach French from Year 3 to Year 6 through formal weekly sessions supported by regular practice, such as answering the register.
We focus on speaking, writing and reading skills which we aim to develop in a clear progression following our own scheme of work.
International Dimension to the Curriculum
Ladybridge has links with schools in Abuja, Nigeria, and schools in Cape Town, South Africa. We have shared curriculum projects, such as letter writing and art/printing textile work.
These activities are designed to give our pupils connections with the lives of children, just like them, in other parts of the world. In the Autumn Term 2010 teachers and children from our partner schools visited us. In April and October 2012 a second visit by teachers occurred.
This project has been supported by the British Council and enabled us to achieve the Intermediate International Award in 2011.