Fiddlers Lane Community Primary School
Fiddlers Lane, Irlam, Manchester M44 6QE
TEL: 0161 775 2490
EMAIL: fiddlerslane.primaryschool@salford.gov.uk

Curriculum

English

All year groups 1-6 use the National Curriculum document as a basis for English, following Lancashire Grid for Learning suggested genres to ensure full curriculum coverage (see English year group overviews).

Often texts used in English link with topics in the Challenge Curriculum (see Challenge Curriculum English links).

Pupils in Reception and KS1 have daily phonics lessons where pupils follow Letters and Sounds phonics scheme and Fast Track phonics, supported by LCP planning.

In KS2 pupils have daily SPAG lessons where spelling strategies, punctuation and grammar are taught. Pupils are expected to learn spellings for a test every two weeks and read regularly at home. SPAG based written homework is also set, which re-enforces learning covered in class. Spelling lists can be found on year group pages for class.

 

Reading

We have a wide range of books which are banded according to reading ability. Schemes included in book banding include: Project X, Oxford Reading Tree, Dandelion and Ginn.  Our extensive library includes fiction and non-fiction, poetry and picture book sections.

Pupils are encouraged to read often, for pleasure and across a wide range of genres.

‘Read around the World’ and ‘Recommended Reading’ awards celebrate the reading achievements of our pupils.

 

Mathematics

All year groups follow the new 2014 National Curriculum for mathematics.

Each year group follows Lancashire Grid for learning maths objectives to ensure full curriculum coverage (see Key Learning in Maths Yr1 – Yr6).

Pupils are taught maths daily and teachers plan in where links can be made with other curricular areas (see Challenge Curriculum overview document Maths Links)

Pupils are expected to know times tables up to 12 x12 by the end of Year 4. They are taught mental maths strategies as part of their daily maths lessons.

Maths homework is given weekly, which re-enforces topics covered in class. Pupils are also encouraged to work on number bonds and times table skills at home.

 

The Challenge Curriculum

Years 1-6 follow the Challenge Curriculum in the afternoons. Topics are based around history, geography or science. Design technology, art, music, computing and dance are incorporated into each topic. All National Curriculum objectives are covered (see Challenge Curriculum document for topic overviews for each year group). RE is as taught using the Salford Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education Curriculum through question based topics using RE Today resources.

PE is delivered weekly by class teachers and external providers. Pupils in lower Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to learn to swim. Upper KS2 pupils are coached in football by Manchester United Foundation. Upper Key Stage 2 pupils also have the chance to experience outdoor and adventurous activities, through a residential.

French is taught weekly to KS2 pupils.

Computing is taught both discreetly, including Espresso units on coding, and also integrated into Challenge Curriculum topics. Using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, as well as how to report concerns is central to our ICT teaching.

In Year 3, all children learn a musical instrument. This is part funded by the Wider Opportunities fund, and part funded by school. The lessons  are delivered by MAPAS (Salford’s music and performing arts service), and the children can continue with private lessons in Year 4 if they wish to do so.

 

Empowering Learning

Empowering Learning is an integral part of our curriculum at Fiddlers Lane. It involves working on a range of ways to develop and progress ‘learning to learn’ skills. Over a year each class works on a different area of Empowering Learning. For further details see year group pages and Empowering Learning document.

To find out more information on the curriculum followed at FLCP look on our links page or arrange to speak to Ms Cooper in school.