The Grange curriculum includes the ‘National Curriculum’ and the subjects contained within this and religious education for which we follow the Hartlepool agreed syllabus. It also includes extra elements that we at Grange feel are important to support our Vision, Core Values (Passion, Respect, Determination, Honesty, Team Work, Self-Belief, Self-Awareness and Kindness, Care and Compassion) and Mission. We ensure that our curriculum provision for pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development promotes tolerance of and respect for people of other faiths, cultures and lifestyles, in order to prepare them for life in our ever changing world. As part of our ongoing curriculum evaluation, we explore what our curriculum should achieve, which drives our planning of lessons, experiences and opportunities for children at Grange.
Due to the situation brought about by Covid-19, we ensure that remote education is able for children who may not be able to be present in the school building.
We want the children at Grange Primary to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning and spark a desire for life long learning.
If you would like to find out more about the curriculum at Grange Primary School, please contact S. Musgrave (Deputy Headteacher).
Why is learning to read so important?
Ensuring all children become confident, successful readers is a high priority here at Grange. We believe that developing fluent reading skills enables children to succeed in their learning, gaining knowledge and understanding from the world around them. We believe that developing a love of reading from an early age is a key factor in ensuring success as a reader.
Phonics and Early Reading
In EY and Y1 children have a daily synthetic phonics session following Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised 2021 programme. The aim of this is to teach children to become skilled word readers by enabling them to recognise each of the 44 sounds in the phonological alphabet and to use this knowledge to decode words fluently.
As part of our phonics programme, children are introduced to word reading during our daily phonics lessons and reading practice sessions 3 times per week. When children are developing their word reading skills, the reading books they access mirror our phonic scheme and ensures children are only introduced to reading books once they have been taught the sounds to make the book fully decodable. This supports children to apply their phonic understanding to become skilled word readers as well as developing their confidence. Once the three reading practice sessions have been completed, children will bring home their reading practice book so they can shared their reading with an adult. Children will also bring home a sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This is for you and your child to read and enjoy together. For more information see our Phonics and Early Reading Policy (add link)
Reading is introduced through shared stories, rhymes and discussion with the youngest children in our provision. This is to ensure children can explore the layout and structure of books, hear and join in with story language, discuss characters and plot and make predictions to support a developing love of books. Books form the basis of activities in the different areas of learning throughout EY and this high profile continues throughout KS1 and KS2.
Once children have developed a secure phonic understanding and decoding skills, they will move to our Accelerated Reader system. This is a computer based programme that supports children to choose from a wide range of texts which are closely matched to their reading level as well as allowing them to explore their interests and develop their love of reading. AR also supports the development of children’s comprehension skills as children complete online quizzes at the end of each book to help teachers monitor children’s understanding.
The role of Parent’s and Carers’
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home. You have a key role in supporting your child as they learn to read and develop a love of reading. All Children will bring home books to share and read at home and spending time each day listening to your child read or talking about what they have read will support them to make progress.
If your child is accessing our phonics programme (Little Wandle) There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
A reading practice book/ Ebook - this will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
A sharing book - your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together. Reading at home encourages a love of books, along with developing vocabulary and discussion. Parents should use voices, expression, discuss unfamiliar vocabulary, talk about the pictures, and predict what might happen next.
If your child is accessing our Accelerated Reader programme, they will choose their reading book from our selection in the library. They will be supported by their class teacher to choose a book matched to their reading ability but also linked to their interests. Children will be encouraged to read books covering a wide range of topics and interests. You can support your child by listening to them read as well as talking with them about what they have read as well as their likes and dislikes.
Click on the link below to access question ideas to help you support your child
We carefully monitor reading at home in school so please ensure you sign your child’s reading card each time they have read or shared their reading with you.
Please see your child's class page for more information on how to support home reading.
We continually celebrate reading at home across school through giving out Dojos, our classroom displays as well as using our reading reward scheme. For each reading reward children earn, they choose a book to keep from a wide selection selected by the children.
Children accessing Little Wandle Revised (phonics scheme) earn a book prize for each full reading card (reading / sharing a book at home 68 times). Please ensure you sign your child’s card each time you read with them at home.
Children accessing Accelerated Reader earn a book prize for the points they earn when completing the comprehension quizzes at the end of each book.
Children will earn a book prize for earning the following points: 25 points
In September 2020 a new statutory framework for Relationships and Health Education was introduced. In order to deliver this at Grange, as part of our bespoke Curriculum, we opted to use a scheme of work known as 'Jigsaw' and we have been implementing this across the school. The new Relationships and Health Education is designed to support the social and emotional development of our children and support them to make healthy choices as they develop. The attached policy below captures how we, at Grange, will deliver this and the associated documents share what is taught as part of this curriculum.
As part of the statutory 'Health Education' we will now be delivering lessons throughout school around the changing body in the final term of each year and this will include naming the body parts using the correct terminology, knowing that they are private and then learning about puberty and menstruation in KS2. You can see how and when these will be covered in the documents below.
Although not statutory, we have chosen to deliver 'Sex Education' in it's simplest form of 'Human Reproduction' and this is described in more detail in the attached policy and guidance from the Jigsaw Scheme of Work.
Religious Education in Grange Primary School is an academically rigorous subject which is inclusive of all, whatever their religious or non-religious views.
We follow the Hartlepool Agreed Syllabus. This encourages pupils to ask challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issue of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
As they progress through school they deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and non-religious worldviews and begin to understand the complexity, diversity and plural nature of religious and non-religious worldviews. Religious Education in Grange Primary School school plays a key part in developing critical thinking and personal reflection.
The syllabus recognises the place of Christianity and the other principle religions in the UK and includes non-religious world views. It is not designed to promote a particular religion or religious belief on pupils but does makes a significant contribution to the active promotion of mutual respect.
All parents do have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education. Any parent considering this is asked to contact the headteacher to arrange a discussion.
Collective worship in Grange Primary School is educational, inclusive, invitational and reflective. It is not the same as ‘corporate worship’ which takes place in churches, synagogues, mosques, gurdwaras and temples etc.
Collective worship provides an opportunity in the school day for pupils and staff to reflect together on what is important in life, what it means to be human, ideas of right and wrong, how people live and work together as communities, both in school and beyond and the ways in which people in different places and times have experienced, responded to and expressed these issues and values.
All parents do have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship. Any parent considering this is asked to contact the headteacher to arrange a discussion.
As a school, we use a Mastery approach to teaching maths. Mastery of maths is when a concept or skill can be applied over time in lots of ways and to unfamiliar situations.
Maths lessons at Grange involve the use of concrete objects, such as cubes and counters, to give children lots of opportunities to really understand the new skills they are developing. They then represent their ideas in pictures before moving on to numbers and symbols. There is also a lot of emphasis on vocabulary, discussion and group work, to make sure that our children are able to explain their learning and find ways to check their answers.
An important part of this approach is to study key ideas in greater depth, particularly number and place value. Children then use their knowledge to solve problems and puzzles to show that they understand how to apply their learning in a variety of ways.
To really ‘master’ maths, children need to be very secure with key facts such as number bonds and times tables. We would appreciate your support in making sure that your children are frequently practising these skills at home.
For more information on the mastery approach, please see the link below:
Equality within the Curriculum
The curriculum at Grange Primary School ensures equality and is accessible to all including pupils with SEND and disabilities. Further information can be found in the following sections.