Key Files, Policies & Reports
The School operates a Creative Curriculum, which incorporates all the knowledge, skills and objectives of the National Curriculum, while also offering a carefully planned, thematic approach to teaching and learning. For example, recent work covered by ‘In Space, You Can’t Hear Me Scream’ included a special focus on topics including: the Solar System, space travel, the history of space, gravity and a trip to The Science Museum in London. Our detailed curriculum information can be found in the sidebar.
At Pytchley, each class’ History and Geography learning is based upon a specific country. These countries are chosen carefully to enable us to cover the NC objectives.
At Pytchley Primary School, our Science curriculum is taught over a 2 year cycle. Science is taught weekly and linked to a unit of work from the 2014 National Curriculum. Through these units, children have opportunities to become scientists; asking their own questions and carrying out their own scientific enquiries.
At Pytchley school, we want our children to enjoy being creative and to produce work they can be proud of. To achieve this, the children are taught a set of skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and clay. Beginning in Reception and continuing through to Year 6, children are taught to use a variety of pencil marks to show texture, light and shade. In addition, Key Stage 2 children are taught to use perspective and proportion. From Reception through to Year 6 children are taught skills in painting, such as mixing their own paints, learning to mix a range of colours, and using a variety of brush strokes and shades to create texture and depth.
Themes in Art may be based on the class topic, on seasonal themes or on the work of famous artists.
The children also experience a range of craft activities in their topic work, such as textiles, mask making, collage, batik, papier-mâché and weaving.
Throughout school we use the PSHE association resources to teach the key areas of 'Relationships', 'Health and Wellbeing', and 'Living in the Wider world.' These resources cover all the important topics including feelings and emotions, how we can have healthy relationships, resolving conflict, how we grow and change, different rights and responsibilities, how we can take care of the environment, matters around money and how we can keep safe. These are all addressed at age appropriate levels.
We also take part in other key events during the year such as Anti-Bullying week.
Our PSHE lessons are tailored to each individual class and lessons will cover issues that the classes are facing as well as ensuring coverage of key objectives.
Foundation stage - Music in the foundation stage focuses on exploring how we can make different sounds both inside and outside the classroom. We explore rhythm and rhyme and use different percussion instruments.
Year 1/2 - We explore different areas of music using Music Express as a base. Using our voices and different instruments we look at duration, pulse and rhythm, pitch, tempo and how we can make different sounds. We also do a lot of work on developing our listening skills.
Music in Key stage 2 focuses on three key areas. During the first term we listen to a range of music by key composers and also learn songs and practise singing as part of a larger group. The second term is spent learning how to play an instrument. Year 3/4 are learning to play the ocarina, and year 5/6 are continuing with the ukulele. The final term will have a focus of composition with children exploring how notes and instruments fit together and learning about different musical notations.