Our Phase 3 Curriculum
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A Day In Phase 3
Each morning the children start the day with focused and purposeful morning work. This can range from handwriting practise to reading for pleasure. During the morning all year groups have English and Maths lesson that follows the same consistent structure throughout each year group.
Maths in Phase Three is taught through progressive, interactive lessons with lots of whiteboard work. Each session has a mental maths objective, main learning objective and a challenge objective which are referred to throughout the session. Teachers assess the learning of the pupils as individuals throughout the session and extend or consolidate the learning, where it is needed, to ensure each child makes good progress against the objectives. Every Monday each class has an arithmetic session, which focuses on formal written methods for all four operations and operations with fractions. These sessions give the children a solid foundation in which to build on in other maths areas.
The calculation policy below is designed to give pupils a consistent and
smooth progression of learning in calculations across the school.
In English, the children study a genre specific unit of work created by the teachers. This could be Science Fiction based stories in Year Six, Newspaper reports based on a crime most foul in Year Five or Fantasy tales in Year Four. To immerse the children in the genre they will spend time exploring the genre and identifying genre specific features, styles and vocabulary. Each unit ends with an independent Big Write, which gives the children the opportunity to show all they have learnt. Between each unit of work, the children will have a reading week looking at a variety of different texts, analysing them and answering questions.
A 15-minute Punctuation and Grammar session also takes place during the morning. Here the children learn about age specific areas of Punctuation and Grammar though pacey, interactive sessions. Each session focuses on one area of the punctuation and grammar curriculum and teaches key concepts and success criteria. The children then have the opportunity to practise the new learning through focused questions on that area, preparing them for future assessments.
The afternoon sessions in Phase Three are a chance for the children to experience our creative curriculum. Each year group learns about the world around them through creative, exciting opportunities that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In the past, the children have acted out Shakespearean plays on the Royal & Derngate stage, been visited by Raptor Owl Foundation and the National Space Centre and created graffiti murals for the school based on our Modern British Values with the help of a graffiti artist. In addition to this, the children have one afternoon dedicated to PE per week.
There are three core strands to the Preston Hedges Computing Curriculum.
- Integrated access to mobile technology to support and enhance the core curriculum, enhancing core life skills.
- Basic Skills Development, which is assessed annually against the Preston Hedge’s Driving Licence in term 1 and supported by basic skills IT sessions.
- Curriculum sessions built around core skills development in Phase 3 linked to the Computing Curriculum.
Computing Curriculum Units
Year 4 – Introduction to 3D Modelling & Stop Start Animation
Year 5 – Podcasting with Audacity & Programming with Logo
Year 6 – Web Design & Kodu Game Designing
Modern Foreign Language
In January 2018 we introduced weekly Mandarin sessions to Phase 3.
The Mandarin is taught via Skype from China by a teacher.
Year 4 have Mandarin in Spring, Year 5 in Summer & Year 6 in September
Modern British Citizenship – Only at Preston Hedge’s.
At Preston Hedge’s we seek to empower our pupils to participate fully and contribute to life in Modern Britain
We prepare the students for life in Modern Britain with seven key values embedded within the curriculum and the ethos at
Preston Hedge’s. We also study famous Britain’s, learning how they shaped this nation and how they have contributed to national and international achievements.
Sir Isaac Newton
Professor Stephen Hawking
Sir Mo Farrah
Sir Winston Churchill
Music in Years 3-6 is taught by our own Music specialist Miss Philpott
The aim of the Music Curriculum is to provide a fun environment for the children to begin developing a musical understanding and a chance to progress throughout KS2 by building upon the skills and requirements as stated in the National Curriculum.
The strands covered include being able to:
- Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical
instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related
dimensions of music
- Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- Use and understand staff and other musical notations
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn
from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- Develop an understanding of the history of music
Each year will be split into the following themes, which connect the 6 strands into a single comprehensive unit of music for the children to enjoy as they develop these diverse skills.
Year 4: The Musical Wizardry of Harry Potter
Year 5: African Drumming and World Music
Year 6: POP! Britain Through the Decades
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