Stanley Road Curriculum
As of September 2014 primary schools are teaching a new National Curriculum set out by the government. The National Curriculum document can be found by clicking the link below. This shows the statutory objectives for the knowledge and skills we teach at Stanley Road from Year 1 to Year 6.
At Stanley Road we offer a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum for all our learners. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS framework with an emphasis on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding through structured child-led play. Topics are introduced through an Entry Day where the curriculum is really brought to life through a range of engaging experiences that set the scene for the topic and provide a context for future learning. Please scroll down to see a selection of photos from our Entry Days.
The new statutory national curriculum is taught across Key Stages 1 and 2. We have a topic based approach to our curriculum to ensure that children find the work relevant and engaging. This means that children will study a different topic each half term and the majority of their learning will take place in the context of the topic.
Alongside the statutory curriculum we also offer additional experiences to enrich children’s development. As part of our Forest School programme groups of children learn about nature and the environment while exploring local woodland areas. We have three themed weeks throughout the year - these are our Dream It Week, Believe It Week and Achieve It week....
November – ‘Dream It! Week’
Across school we have a focus on children’s aspirations for the future. As part of this each subject leader invites people in from different professions to talk to the children about their jobs, what motivated them and what they needed to do to achieve their dream. We have inspirational speakers to motivate the children to ‘dream big’. (Lead Person – A Percival)
March – ‘Believe It! Week’
Across school we have a focus on building children’s self esteem and resilience. As part of this we plan workshops to help children to further develop a positive attitude and a growth mindset (as defined by Carol Dweck, 2006). We work with organisations such as MIND to deliver an engaging week of activities. Children learn strategies which can promote positive mental health including relaxation techniques. (Lead Person – R Tracey)
July – ‘Achieve It! Week’
Across school we have a focus on children working together to produce a service or product to sell at our Summer Fair. The children see an ‘enterprise project’ through from having the initial idea to planning then making their product and eventually marketing and selling the product at our Summer Fair. Children gain a real sense of achievement from these activities. (Lead Person – R McGladdery)
We follow the Letters and Sounds approach to phonics from the Primary National Strategy. Alongside this we use additional teaching materials from Ruth Miskin's Read, Write Inc scheme to supplement our teaching.
We use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme to teach reading in Key Stage 1. Alongside this we use other resources from Oxford University Press and 'real books' to supplement our teaching and extend the range of books that children read. Children will be given a reading book to take home each week and it is helpful if parents can make a brief comment in the child's reading record to let us know how they are getting on with their reading at home. We expect children to bring their reading books into school everyday. All children in Reception are given a free book bag, if you would like to purchase a new one they can be bought from the school office.
Children in Key Stage 2 will be given a book to take home each day which is at their individual reading level. These books may be from a scheme or may be a general reading book. It is helpful if parents can write a comment in the reading record books to keep us up to date on how children are getting on with their reading at home. We expect children to bring their reading books into school each day.
To help children develop quick recall of maths facts we have introduced something we call Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs). Each half term every year group focuses on a particular maths skill. We have created a KIRF pack that explains the maths facts for each half term and gives ideas on how to help your child achieve these. We also send these home on the back of our half termly curriculum newsletters. Please look below to download the KIRF pack if you would like to find out more.
Children can also log on to the Mathletics website with their own usernames and passwords to complete the tasks set by their teachers and take part in further activities to help them make even better progress in their learning. We use the White Rose Maths Hub plans to ensure that there is appropriate breadth and depth in our maths curriculum.
When the children enter Key Stage 2 they begin to learn about the Spanish language. This is a statutory part of the national curriculum and helps the children to improve their understanding of how language works and helps to broaden their horizons. We are lucky to have a teacher from the local secondary school who visits weekly to share her expertise with our children and their teachers.
At Stanley Road we follow the Agreed Oldham Syllabus for Religious Education. The aim is to develop an understanding of different religions and promote tolerance of others. If parents have any questions about our RE teaching please ring the school to make an appointment with our RE leader.
Rights Respecting School
Our work as a Rights Respecting School is one of the defining characteristics of Stanley Road. We make sure that our children understand their rights laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the responsibilities we all have. For more information please visit our RRS webpage which can be found here.
Wider Opportunties Music
Our children in Year 4 take part in a programme of intensive music tuition provided by specialist music teachers to help them learn the clarinet or flute. Children who show a particular aptitude to music are able to carry on this specialist teaching in a small group in Year 5 and 6. For further information on the details of the curriculum studied by our Year 4 children as part of the Wider Opportunities Music programme please click the PDF download below.
Our curriculum promotes diversity through the study and celebration of a wide range of famous people. Here are some of the curriculum elements that help to promote diversity at Stanley Road...
In Early Years children learn about different types of families.
In Year 1 children study the life and achievements of the famous female pilot Amelia Earhart.
In Year 2 children study the life and works of Enid Blyton, Jill Murphy and Beatrix Potter.
In Year 3 children study the achievements of swimmer Gertrude Ederle as part of their Blue Planet topic.
In Year 4 children study Africa and read Beverley Naidoo's book 'Journey to Jo'burg'. They also study the Egyptian queen Nefertiti and the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
In Year 5 children study famous female inventors such as Stephanie Kwolek and famous Oldhamers such as suffragette Annie Kenney.
In Year 6 children study the role of women in World War 2 and investigate the life of Anne Frank and her impact on the world. They also study the work of famous scientists such as Marie Curie.
Alongside this curriculum work we teach a wide ranging PSHE curriculum including Relationship and Sex Education.
As part of our Dream It week in November 2016 we were able to invite a wide range of people in to school to talk to the children about their careers and achievements these included- Andy Walker (an extreme sports enthusiast who is paralysed from the neck down),
Mel Buchanon (one of the UK's only female commercial pilots),
Dr Rachel Isba (Head of Lancaster Medical School),
PC Haroon Akram (local police officer),
Joanna James (head of a local construction firm)
and a Bollywood Dancing Team.
Our Curriculum Themes
Please see the downloadable PDF documents below for an overview of our curriculum in each year group for each subject.
For further information on our curriculum please contact school to make an appointment to speak to our curriculum leader (A Percival).
The document below shows you how we have organised our curriculum into exciting and engaging topics for children to study (Please note - if you are viewing this on a mobile device please click the download links at the bottom of the page)
Here is our topic cycle including the range of books we study throughout school. We ensure that books are high quality and help to inspire the children to produce excellent writing related to what they have read in class. (If you are viewing this on a mobile device please click the download links at the bottom of the page)
This is our Visual Calculation Policy which gives a clear structure to the calculation methods used throughout school.
Please click below to download our curriculum overview (topic cycle), a guide for parents to help them understand the requirements of the new national curriculum and some information about teaching phonics.