Theo 2014-2015 Curriculum Plan (Key Stage 2 Equivalent)

Schofield and Sims A Time to SpeakThe following represents the plan we have for our eldest sons education for the academic year 2014-2015. If he attended mainstream school he would be starting Year 5 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. Theo is very positive about the resources we have particularly as he requested that we adopt an even more structured approach this year. We have opted to use workbooks for the core subjects as these will provide him with a more focused approach to each topic area whilst remaining rigorous in content. He is delighted with the books, which is very promising.

  • Schofield & Sims English Practice KS2 Workbook which goes hand in hand with 7 topic workbooks which are; Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, Vocabulary, Reading & Writing Poetry, Reading & Writing Fiction and Reading & Writing Non Fiction. The Practice book contains the type of information that you would find in a textbook. It has workbook style activities, which will enable me to break the sessions into bite-size chunks to ensure that Theo is not overwhelmed. The targeted topic workbooks will keep him focused.
  • Schofield & Sims ‘A Time to Speak’ Poetry Course with poems selected by Celia Warren. I will be using this book along with the teacher’s guide. The poems are all selected to sit around the central theme of time including birth and death, war and peace and weeping and laughter. The book itself is beautiful and contains some of my favorite poems. I will be using ‘A Time To Speak & a Time to listen’ Teachers Guide, which is going to be invaluable for me as I introduce Theo to appreciating poetry. There are excellent activity suggestions and detailed speaking and listening notes contained in the teachers guide.
  • Schofield & Sims Spelling Series Workbooks 3-6  which will give him extensive spelling practice.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 Ks2 Comprehension Book 4 and the Teachers Guide to support this. Theo’s level of comprehension is quite high so we have started at the highest level in this particular series. The teachers guide has detailed notes for each text and further activities. There are also clear record sheets, which I can complete for each activity so that I can easily see how he is progressing.
  • Schofield & Sims English Skills 5 & 6. These are books of tests to help children apply their knowledge of word roots and origins. The accompanying Answer Book is a very useful tool, which gives the key focus for each text, answers and sample answers for questions where the answer is open to interpretation by the child.
  • LEGO Story Starters as warm up exercises. Both non-fiction and  fiction based. This will provide a light, fun activity for him and help him to hone his story telling skills.
  • Shakespeare we have chosen to study the Merchant of Venice this year with the final goal being for him to recreate the play in any medium he chooses.
  • He will continue to write his blog independently. This provides valuable creative writing practice and also covers writing for a purpose and a specific audience.
  • Reading. I have not complied a reading list because he is capable of choosing his own titles. The only book I have requested that he read is War Horse by Michael Morpurgo to sit alongside his WW1 study. I may suggest other titles as we progress. He will complete a book report for each book read this year.
Our English Curriculum Set
  • Schofield & Sims Math’s Practice Workbook which goes hand in hand with: Adding & Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing, Fractions, Decimals & Percentages, Number, Pattern & Early Algebra, Problem Solving, Shape, Space and Measure, Graphs, Charts & Data. The practice book contains textbook style information along with workbook style activities.
  • Schofield & Sims Mental Arithmetic Books 5 & 6. The books will help him develop his mental arithmetic skills and comprise of number based questions, questions using number vocabulary and word based problems. The Answer Book also has progress tests and the correct answers.
  • Schofield & Sims Maths Progress Papers books 1-3, which are aimed at getting a child ready for the 11+ ages 10-12. There are over 80 topic areas covered in the books through which mathematical knowledge and skills are developed and consolidated. There are progress charts included with the tests, which we will use periodically to asses his over all mathematical progress.Additional resources will also be used such as the ‘Brain Box Division Explorers Book’, Usborne Maths Puzzles Activity Cards, various games and online resources such as Khan Academy.
Our Maths Curriculum Set
  • Schofield & Sims Understanding Science Workbooks: Our Bodies, Animals and Plants, Using Materials, Changing Materials, Light, Sound and Space and Forces & Electricty. The workbooks contain textbook style information and also have workbook style activities, which appear to be very engaging. We will use these alongside conducting practical experiments in these topic areas.
  • Anatomy studies as warm up exercises. These will be short focused exercises to introduce him to a greater understanding of the body.
  • Fizz, Bubble & Flash!’ By Anita Brandolini, Ph.D. This book will be used to continue his exploration of the Periodic Table of the Elements.
  • 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).
  • 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 & Electricty Understanding Science Workbook.
  • Space. Theo has a keen interest in physics so this topic will be used to discuss the Big Bang and the work being carried out by CERN ( Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire/ European Organization for Nuclear Research). The Schofield & Sims Sound & Space Understanding Science Workbook will be used alongside this unit of study.
  • Classification. Looking at how species are classified and going on to attempt to classify a platypus. We will study Carl Linnaeus and Charles Darwin as part of this study. The Schofield & Sims Animals & Plants Understanding Science workbook will be used alongside this topic.
Our Science Curriculum Set
  • Schofield & Sims Math’s Practice Workbook which goes hand in hand with: Adding & Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing, Fractions, Decimals & Percentages, Number, Pattern & Early Algebra, Problem Solving, Shape, Space and Measure, Graphs, Charts & Data. The practice book contains textbook style information along with workbook style activities.
  • Schofield & Sims Mental Arithmetic Books 5 & 6. The books will help him develop his mental arithmetic skills and comprise of number based questions, questions using number vocabulary and word based problems. The Answer Book also has progress tests and the correct answers.
  • Schofield & Sims Maths Progress Papers books 1-3, which are aimed at getting a child ready for the 11+ ages 10-12. There are over 80 topic areas covered in the books through which mathematical knowledge and skills are developed and consolidated. There are progress charts included with the tests, which we will use periodically to asses his over all mathematical progress.Additional resources will also be used such as the ‘Brain Box Division Explorers Book’, Usborne Maths Puzzles Activity Cards, various games and online resources such as Khan Academy.

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  • 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 learn about the skills required to create a good observational drawing.
  • Pencil technique. He will learn about the different types of pencils available and the marks they produce.
  • Exploring mediums. We will help him to explore a variety of mediums including acrylic paint, oil paint, pastels and methods for making sculptures.
Our Art Curriculum Set
  • 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 how pollution impacts on local wildlife and suggest ideas for reducing it.
  • 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. He will learn to identify more plants in the local area.
  • Map skills. Understanding an Ordinance Survey map.
  • Countries and Continent studies. He will complete an ‘All About’ worksheet designed by us for each country looked at. Some of the key areas for study will be the population, exports, language, flag, customs and religions of the chosen country.
Our Geography Curriculum
  • 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 Learn 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.
Our History Curriculum Set

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.

  • 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 how pollution impacts on local wildlife and suggest ideas for reducing it.
  • 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. He will learn to identify more plants in the local area.
  • He will build various models to support other subjects.
  • Engineering studies. He will look at making bridges and strong structures.
  • He is working through Khan Academy’s Coding Lessons, which he will continue to do independently.
  • He is also learning how to use various Adobe programs, HTML and an animation package.
  • Introductions.
  • Asking questions.
  • Directions.
  • He will continue to use the Skoldo books from Galore Park and Duolingo on ipad.
Our History Curriculum Set
  • Athletics club. Weekly sessions.
  • Weekly skills session including skipping, ball control, running activities.
  • Using a penknife correctly and for purpose (obtaining tinder and making fuzz sticks).
  • Tree climbing. Awareness of his own body and balance.
  • Compass skills. How to use a compass with a map. This also fits in with Geography.
  • Constructing dens. Basic engineering strategies such as creating strong structures and load baring.
  • Watching the changing seasons. An awareness of how the local area changes as the seasons change. What impact this would have on outdoor survival.
  • Personal expression. Using outdoor experiences to compose creative writing and artwork. Thinking about aesthetics and his emotional responses to nature.

Additional

Dr Who BBC online game and BBC schools activities to be completed independently.
Game playing. Time will be built in for board games and activity kits.
Current affairs – reading newspapers. He is at age where an understanding of the world he lives in is important, he will have the opportunity to view daily newspapers and discuss various news stories.
Home-Education Group – the opportunity to learn in a group setting each week and meet up with friends.
Socialisation .Theo will meet up with friends and peers at his local athletics club, orchestra, Home –education group and spend time at local friends houses and in the local park.