Curriculum and Learning

Curriculum and Learning

At Robert Le Kyng we pride ourselves on offering a broad and varied curriculum.

Wherever possible we embed learning within a topic in order to catch, or hook, children’s interests therefore leaving them eager to learn and find out more. We use this to inspire quality writing from the children and to develop a range of skills across the curriculum. We like to include many first hand experiences, whether this is through using our local environment – we are very lucky to be situated so close to the railway village and the history that Swindon offers – or a trip further afield. We also invite visitors in to support children’s understanding. We also provide a wide range of enriched educational opportunities including expert PE tuition form Mr Barnett, learning a musical instrument, specialist French teaching, taking part in school productions or designing and creating a work of art. Expanding and celebrating every child’s strength is a key aim of Robert Le Kyng.

Please ask if you would like further information on our Curriculum.

ICT @ Robert Le Kyng

At Robert le Kyng we recognise the increasing importance of ICT in everyday life and we understand the need for staff and pupils to be given the opportunity to develop their ICT skills. Our vision is for staff and pupils to be given the skills and knowledge to use ICT in a way that is safe, secure, inspiring, effective and encourages the use of ICT as an integral and essential part of everyday life.

In order to deliver our vision we have the following aims:

  • Access to resources: Staff and pupils should be able to have access to a wide range of ICT resources including programming tools, desktop and tablet devices, office automation software and on-line libraries.
  • Proficiency of training: Staff and pupils should be trained to be confident and competent in the use of different ICT technologies that will enable them to not only cope with essential day-to-day activities, but enhance their learning experience and prepare them for the future.
  • Safety and security: Staff and pupils should be able to enjoy the benefits of ICT while understanding its vulnerabilities and how to cope with them and specifically how to stay safe on-line.

Reading

At Robert Le Kyng Primary School, we aspire for all children to be successful readers, with a lifelong love of reading.

We have a wide range of reading scheme books such as Rigby Star Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat and Project X to support the early development of reading. All our early reading books are colour banded. From Reception, your child will be given a colour band to choose their home reading book from which will help to ensure that the book they select is at the right reading level for them. The majority of books within the early book bands can be decoded using phonics skills and knowledge. Home reading books are generally at an independent level so reading can be practised at home with confidence. Questions are a great way to further support your child so that they can develop their comprehension of what they have read.

Weekly guided reading sessions use an instructional level text to teach decoding and higher level reading skills.

RLK’s Reading Challenge

We have created a recommended reading list for each year group. By reading these books or sharing with an adult we hope each child can experience a wealth of adventures and new vocabulary.  We will be encouraging children to read as many of these as possible.

View Recommended Reads Year 1

View Recommended Reads Year 2

View Recommended Reads Year 3

View Recommended Reads Year 4

View Recommended Reads Year 5

View Recommended Reads Year 6 Reading List A

View Recommended Reads Year 6 Reading List B

View Recommended Reads Year 6 Reading List C

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.

At Robert Le Kyng, we strongly believe this is a very important stage in a child’s life as it helps get your child ready for school as well as preparing them for future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure. We support this by using responsive planning and responding to the interests of the children; enabling us to plan exciting events that capture the children’s imagination and make school a fun place to be.

We follow the legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

The EYFS sets the standards that schools must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The children are encouraged to play and explore, to investigate and experience things and to ‘have a go’. They are given the opportunity to be active and develop their ideas.

The areas of development in the EYFS have been divided into 2 groups

The 3 Prime areas

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in

4 Specific areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities according to their unique needs. Our curriculum is designed to be really flexible so that we can plan to follow your child’s needs and interests.

At the end of reception the children will be assessed against the 17 Early Learning goals and their progress will be shared in an end of year school report.

The 17 Early Learning Goals assess Listening and Attention; Understanding; Speaking; Moving and Handling; Health and Self care; Self confidence and self awareness; managing feelings and behaviour; making relationships; reading; writing; numbers; shapes, space and measures; people and communities; the world; technology; exploring and using media and materials; and being imaginative.

For more information please see the booklet below (Parents Guide to EYFS Framework) for parents in this section and follow the links.

Provisional Year Group Plans

Learning Log Homework Task

Over the year, we have been incredibly impressed with the effort that has been put into our learning log homework tasks. Children have had opportunities to play games, make models, design posters and be creative in how they present their ideas. This has included: letter writing, producing fact files, writing stories, labels and instructions just to mention a few! Some children have chosen to use technology to either present their work or to record news reports or videos. Others have drawn pictures, made collages or taken photographs to show what they have been doing. Please look at the photos to see some of the work that has been produced.


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