The school follows the Statutory National Curriculum for England. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by our My Personal Best Values (see below on this page) and the British values. (Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.)
An overview of the curriculum themes covered in each year-group is available below.
From Years 1 to 6, the school organises the day into discrete ‘lessons’. An example timetable is here. It should be noted that this is a ‘base’ for the delivery of a balanced curriculum over time, and teachers have the discretion to ‘block’ lessons together from time to time when this proves educationally beneficial to the learning outcomes. As such, exact timetabling will vary from week to week.
Our My Personal Best Values
These values and qualities permeate everything we do in school – they are the central drivers for our pupil’s personal development.
Assertive Mentoring is a powerful tool we utilise for ensuring excellent progress for every pupil.
At Penwortham Primary School, we use Assertive mentoring throughout school. This covers both English and Maths, with weekly skills tests in both Maths and Grammar, as well as half termly assessments in reading, writing and Maths. Assessment data is collected and used as a formative tool to ensure accurate next steps progress for each pupil.
Reading assessments are undertaken on a termly basis, with some pupils being assessed on a half termly basis. These are stage / level based, where pupils read a text independently and then answer appropriate questions orally by the class teacher. Outcomes also guide our guided reading focus.
Writing, including Grammar and Spelling.
Pupil’s writing is assessed on a half termly basis using Level criteria from the Assertive Mentoring framework. A sample of this work is then moderated by all teaching staff across the key stages and a level agreed.
Grammar Hammer – this skills check for pupils in Key Stage 2 is used on a weekly basis. Achievement is banded into 3 areas, red, amber and green. Once children have achieved green on a stage for at least 4 weeks, then they are moved up to the following stage. This can be at any point in the year at the teachers’ discretion.
Spelling Spy – all pupils in Key Stage 2 now use Assertive Mentoring Spelling Spy sheets as a progressive system. Pupils are given spelling sheets as homework, on which they also record their previous score. These are recorded onto their spelling Spy sheets to ensure consistency throughout that stage. Currently, stages generally fit with Year groups – Stage 3 = Year 3.
Pupils’ undertake two elements of maths assessment within Penwortham Primary School. On a weekly basis, children complete Maths Basic Skills tests – these are short 25 question tests which pupils answer questions on number, multiplication/ division / fractions and shape / data.
Pupils’ also complete half termly assessments. Pupils’ strengths and weaknesses are presented in the form of their Maths targets and assessment data is used by teachers to ensure effective assessment for learning and provide accurate next steps learning.