Tristan 2014-2015 Curriculum Plan (Key Stage 1 & Reception Equivalent)
The following represents the plan we have for our youngest sons education for the academic year 2014-2015. If he attended mainstream school he would be starting in the Reception class so the majority of the work is set at this level and higher depending on the subject. The subjects and topics will be time tabled and we aim to have the structured learning for each day completed by lunchtime or shortly thereafter.
There will, of course, be days where we will continue for much longer and days where we go on a trip, gallery visit or simply choose to have a day off to pursue another interest. Tristan is itching to get started this year. He has developed a keen interest in books, learning to read, numbers and is generally curious about the world around him. We feel that he is now at the right age (4 almost 5 years old) to embark upon some more structured learning.
We have opted to use workbooks for the core subjects as these will provide him with a more focused approach to each topic area. Workbooks are ideal for him as he can practice his writing and enjoy colouring in the many illustrations contained within the books we have chosen as he learns.
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- Schofield & Sims Daisy Lane Home-School Readers. He will begin with the foundation series and we will focus on the key words within each book. He will develop his language skills through discussion with me and retelling of the stories. We have the next level which comes with a reading profile which I can complete for each title. By using the profile I will quickly be able to see where he is struggling and will be able to devote more time to helping him with that word or sound.
- Schofield & Sims Sound Phonics Phase One – Phase Six (10 books in total).This series will help him become fluent in reading, writing and spelling. Accompanying this series I have Schofield & Sims ‘Sound Phonics Rhymes for Reading” which comprises of a range of simple poems. It is designed to be dipped into and provide young children with the opportunity to practice their reading skills and memory skills. The Schofield & Sims Teachers Guide is incredibly detailed with ideas for multi-sensory play, fun games and activities and helpful notes to support the teaching of the Phonics resources. I also have the Schofield & Sims ‘Teachers Resource Book which is jam packed with photocopiable masters to support the activities suggested by the Teachers Guide. There are also record keeping resources included in this book which will make keeping track of his progress very simple.
- Schofield & Sims Spelling Series Workbooks 1 & 2. These are from the same series that I will be using with his older brother. The spellings will be introduced slowly and will increase in frequency, as he becomes a more confident reader. The Teacher’s Guide and the Teachers Resource Book will supplement this course extremely well. The resource book contains copyable work sheets and word lists which can be used for playing games and other fun activities. The guide will keep me on track as I take him through the programme. It contains notes for the teacher and activity suggestions including dictations, which I will use to help him remember the spellings.
- Schofield & Sims Early Comprehension Books 1-3. The workbooks are graded activity books to help develop his ability to make sense of pictures and text. The books offer sequencing and reading activities and they are an opportunity for him to practice his writing.
- LEGO Story Starters. This will form a bigger part of his English work than it will for his older brother. The LEGO provides the opportunity to learn through play. He will use a selection of mood cards designed by us to randomly select the mood of the story. He will be asked to tell us a story using the LEGO pieces, which is appropriate to the mood. He will write his story in his storybook.
- Shakespeare we have chosen to study the Merchant of Venice this year and whilst he will not be looking at the play in the same level of detail as his brother he will still be involved in the topic.
- Reading. I have not complied a reading list because I prefer for him to choose his own. We read every day both during the day and at bedtime, which he really enjoys. This will, of course, continue.
- Schofield & Sims Number Books 1-5. Each workbook will help him learn basic calculation skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The books are a good transition for him from his early maths learning and will offer him a little more challenge.
- Schofield & Sims Key Maths 1-5. These are similar to the Number Books but with more focus on trickier mathematical concepts such as algebra, money and measures. There are lots of fun activities to complete, which he will enjoy.
- Schofield & Sims First Mental Arithmetic 1-3. The books are aimed at KS1. The workbooks are visually stimulating and provide activities to test his understanding of mathematical concepts.
- Additional resources will also be used and will mainly center on play.
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Schofield & Sims All About Me series. Whilst he will join in with many of the topics being studied by Theo, we have also chosen these books to supplement his learning. There are four workbooks in the series; Parts of the Body, Using Sense, Favorite Things and Looking After Yourself. They are cross curricular books designed to reinforce early skills and conceptual understanding.
Healthy Eating and the Eat Well plate will be studied as a topic with resources built up from various sources including The Food Standards Agency (food-gov.uk), The British Heart Foundation and the Grain Chain.com. This topic will sit alongside the Schofield & Sims ‘Our Bodies’ Understanding Science Workbook and will cover aspects of PSHE (Personal, Social & Health education). Tristan will carry out tasting, smelling and other sensory activities.
Electronics and circuit building practical sessions using a variety of components such as switches, sensors and LED’s. This will sit along side the Schofield & Sims Forces & Electricity Understanding Science Workbook.
Space. Tristan will learn more about the solar system.
Classification. Looking at how species are classified and going on to attempt to classify a platypus. Tristan will have easier differentiated work for this topic. We will study Carl Linnaeus and Charles Darwin as part of this study.
- Introduction to the piano.
- Composer studies – completing an easier composer worksheet sheet designed by us for each. He will be more concerned with how the music makes him feel and what instruments he can recognize. The first composers on the list are; Ron Grainer, John Williams, Edvard Grieg, Mozart and Danny Elfman.
- Music Theory. Introduction to the stave.
- Famous artists – He will study various artists and complete a famous artists worksheet designed by us for each one. The first artists on the list are Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Edgar Degas, Anthony Gormley & Mark Rothko.
- Create an artwork in the chosen artist’s style. He will learn about the techniques and materials used by the artist.
- Observational drawing. He will join in with observational drawing sessions looking at the shapes and colours he can see.
- Mark Making. We will help him to explore a variety of mediums including paint, pastels and methods for making junk sculptures.
- Conservation. He will look for pollution in local ponds and rivers as part of a field study. From the information obtained he will look at why pollution is bad.
- Useful Plants. We will consider how plants were used historically, in medieval medicine for example, and discover which plants may be still considered useful today and which are dangerous. He will learn to identify more plants in the local area.
- Map skills. We will look at why we need maps. He will practice map making.
- Countries and Continent studies. He will complete an easy ‘ All About’ worksheet designed by us for each country looked at. Some of the key areas for study will be the language, flag, customs and religions of the chosen country. There will be opportunities for food tasting.
Tristan will learn about the same topics as his brother. Any written work will be differentiated for him with a greater emphasis on role-play and creative learning methods.
- Galore Park History Book 2 will be used as a guide for this unit of study initially. We may move on to ‘So You Really want to Lean History’ by Galore Park if we deem it necessary. Study will be largely based on research of both primary and secondary sources. We will be covering as much ancient history as we can during the year including:
- Ancient Greece
- Roman Empire
- The Zhou Dynasty
- Persian empire
- World War 1 study for the centenary year with the goal being to create a ‘How We Lived & Events’ booklet in any medium he chooses. Some of the resources we will be using are from the Royal British Legion, newspapers from the time, various books including QED’s ‘50 Things You Should Know About The First World War’ by Jim Eldridge.
Weekly skills session including skipping, bean bag activities, exploring balance and body weight, body shape games and ball skills.
- Tree climbing. Awareness of his own body and balance.
- Compass skills. How to use a compass.
- Constructing dens. Basic engineering strategies such as creating strong structures and loads.
- Watching the changing seasons. An awareness of how the local area changes as the seasons change.
- Personal expression. Using outdoor experiences to compose stories and artwork. Thinking about aesthetics and his emotional responses to nature.
- He will build various models to support other subjects.
- Engineering studies. He will look at making bridges and strong structures.
- He will use the BBC Schools website to play educational games.
- Allocated Minecraft time will help his hand eye co-ordination and computer skills.
We will discuss various religions as we come into contact with them. His history & geography studies will introduce him to various religions and philosophies, which we can examine as part of those topics.