Curriculum Arrangements

Maths Curriculum

Reception and Year 1 follow the Maths Mastery approach. This is largely focused on problem-solving, and aims to teach fewer topics in greater depth to ensure pupils develop a strong understanding of their work.

Maths Mastery functions as a long-term program and is fully in line with the 2014 National Curriculum.

Leopold Primary School adopted this approach in 2016 after recognising its positive implementation in other schools.

Find out more about the scheme by watching our presentation below, or clicking here.

Parents and carers are regularly invited to the school to attend workshops or one-to-one meetings about the curriculum, providing them with the information they need to support their child’s learning at home. These sessions receive consistently good feedback.

“It’s very encouraging that parents are been kept abreast of development”

“It’s very valuable to know about learning techniques used at school so we can continue the important work at home”

“I am very proud of the fact that Leopold has been chosen for Maths Mastery. It sounds very encouraging for all the children that attend Leopold and all parents”

From Reception to Year 6, there is a 15-minute Maths Meeting every day, during which the teacher focuses on basic maths skills.

The following PDFs contain examples of the activities children may participate in during a Maths Meeting.

From Year 2 to Year 6, Leopold follows the National Curriculum launched in 2014.

Further information, and objectives covered for each year group, can be found here.

During Key Stage Two, teachers use a combination of textbook practice, IT, individual book and whiteboard work. The lessons are differentiated to best support all children’s requirements.

Children use both practical work and theory as part of the lessons, and this is supported through weekly homework activities.

All children, from Reception to Year 6, are given a personal login to access IXL online maths resources. The website complements all of the skills taught in class, and teachers are able to view reports showing children’s IXL usage and progress. The site can be found here.

For any further information on Leopold Primary School’s maths curriculum, please contact Mr Hacking (Hawkshead Road) or Ms Lau (Gwenneth Rickus).

English Curriculum

On entering Nursery, children use the first phase of the Letters and Sounds programme to develop a basic grounding in phonics and sound skills.

Reception, Year 1 and selected Year 2 pupils are working under the Read, Write, Inc scheme of learning. The programme guides children on their reading journey, and helps them to establish skills in writing, spelling and phonetic work.

By the end of Year 1, all children utilising the Read, Write, Inc framework have progressed into accurate and well-practiced readers.

Further information, and introductory videos for parents, can be found here, or find out more by viewing our presentation below.

Pobble

Leopold Primary School’s ethos reflects our core belief that all children should be given the opportunity to learn and to excel. One of the ways that we celebrate hard work is through our schoolwide use of Pobble. This is an online resource which allows teachers to display children’s schoolwork on an ‘online classroom wall’, thereby extending its reach beyond the grounds of the school. By selecting the best pieces to be showcased, exceptional work becomes accessible not just to school staff and parents/guardians, but to those across the world too – as Pobble is used by educators in over 100 countries.

To date, the work of Leopold Primary School pupils has gained over 168,000 views on Pobble.

You can view our work here.

Creative Curriculum

Leopold Primary School has implemented the Creative Primary Curriculum offered by Cornerstones throughout all year groups and Key Stages. This programme of teaching offers a knowledge- and skills-based curriculum with a focus on creativity and a balanced approach to learning.

Nursery and Reception students study twelve topics per academic year. Years 1 to 6 pupils study six topics per academic year. A timetable of the 2015-2016 areas of study can be viewed below.