KEY STAGE ONE Coordinator’s message

 

Learning is the process of constantly updating in an ever changing world. The first five year experience the most rapid changes of life and are critical in a child's development.
Children develop rapidly during this time; physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
Also, the earliest years of a child’s life are a key to predicting ultimate success in their school and personal life.
The period from the age of three years until the beginning of Class 1 in a mainstream school is called the Foundation Stage of learning.
All children should be given the opportunity to experience the very best possible start to their education.
Learning at our school is based on the fundamental principles of life; teaching the children to be courageous, confident, disciplined, responsible and loyal.
Education at our school provides a foundation for a lifetime of learning and is great fun too.
Teaching at Pick Me Academy is a two-way process; where the teachers first try and understand each individual child so as to provide them with the most easy and adaptable techniques and a conducive ambience for them to learn what is delivered. We believe in teaching by following the child. We strive to keep our children busy with learning activities. Today the role of a school is not only to pursue academic excellence but also to empower its students to be lifelong learners. We try to provide the best possible environment for healthy development of young children by providing a carefully planned and structured environment in which the child grows and learns in a natural way. I also take this opportunity to thank the parents of our students for having bestowed their faith and confidence in us.
Your faith in us is our driving force.

I would like to end with the words of Albert Einstein – “Imagination is more important than knowledge, for while knowledge defines all that we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.”

Alina Britan
Warmest wishes Mihaela Stoian

KEY STAGE ONE Curriculum

Pick Me Academy pupils aged from 5 to 7 years old (the older nursery groups) become, by UK standards, ready to enter immediately into a UK primary school or, as the parent decides, a local Romanian school.
This affords children the possibility of academic success in either of the two educational programmes (British and Romanian) simply by studying at Pick Me Academy.
As our students enter our school, their passion for learning gained in the Foundation Stage will be encouraged and developed.
Our small class sizes ensure that each child gets the individual attention that they need to thrive as school starts to become more structured.
We believe that enjoyment, self‑belief, the ability to keep trying with tricky questions and the willingness to practice and try new things out are essential for each child’s success.

The framework of the National Curriculum is the basis on which learning is organised; this comprises of the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, and the foundation subjects of Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology, Music and Physical Education.
National Curriculum subjects are sometimes taught separately, at other times we adopt a more thematic approach.
We consistently aim to build on your child’s previous learning experiences and engage them in a level of work that is appropriate to their needs.

The framework:

English & Literacy

The National Literacy Strategy provides the framework for our teaching of Literacy. This is taught daily, and develops the skills of written and verbal communication. We aim to equip our children with the ability and confidence to express themselves with clarity. Through speaking and listening activities, we help children to sustain and develop their ideas and adopt active listening strategies.

Drama is used as a medium to learn across the curriculum, providing opportunities to improvise, work in role and perform. Children are encouraged to work collaboratively and join in group discussions; they are also taught the skills of critical analysis.

Children are equipped with the important skills necessary to read for both enjoyment and understanding. We aim to foster a love of reading and are currently re-stocking our library to include a broad range of both fiction and non-fiction books. There is a progressive reading scheme that is used to support the teaching of specific reading strategies such as using phonics, visual and contextual clues. Much time is spent during a typical week with reading opportunites, including individual, group and class reading. All children have a reading book that they will bring home on a daily basis for you to share and enjoy with them. Children are taught phonics through the Jolly Grammar Program.

Writing is taught to enable children to coherently communicate their thoughts, ideas and experiences. Grammar, punctuation and spelling skills are taught in a structured way enabling children to write effectively for a range of audiences. Much emphasis is placed on children being creative in their use of language, and they will learn how to write in a variety of styles and for different contexts.

Mathematics (Ma)

Through teaching Maths, we aim to equip pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. The children develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They focus on various aspects of number, shape, space and measures and data handling. Children are taught to identify mathematical relationships, apply mental skills with speed and accuracy, and acquire an ability to apply Maths skills in everyday practical situations.

All pupils have a daily lesson of Maths, although this is supplemented by using Maths in other curriculum areas, for example, drawing graphs in science or measuring accurately in Design and Technology.

Children are taught how to use and apply mathematics. They decide how to tackle problems. They record what to do using mathematical language, symbols and diagrams, and explain their reasoning.

Science (Sc)

We adopt an approach to science which aims to stimulate and excite the children’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. Through practical activities and investigations, children are taught to plan, hypothesise and predict; design and carry out their own investigations; interpret results and draw conclusions; and communicate their findings to others using scientific vocabulary.

Children learn and explore:

  • Life processes and living things, e.g. human bodies, plants and animals
  • Materials and their properties, e.g. how materials are used
  • Physical processes, e.g. electrical circuits, forces, facts about the Earth, Sun and Moon

Through work in these areas, children are taught about scientific enquiry. The teacher and children ask questions, then the children work together to try to answer the questions by finding things out and recording data.

Geography (Ge)

Our geography curriculum aims to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. Children are taught to develop knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, and understand maps and atlases.

The children study places and themes including:

  • A small area in the UK/Romania
  • A similar-sized area in a less economically developed country
  • Water – how it affects landscapes and people
  • How settlements like towns and villages are different from each other, and how they change
  • How and why environments change and how we try to manage them

The children learn through an investigative approach, asking questions, gathering and recording geographical information and using various resources. Their study work is also enhanced by educational visits to places of interests.

History (Hi)

Children are helped to recognise that studying history is relevant and exciting. Pupils consider how the past influence the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised themselves, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. The children learn about local, British, European and international history, and the historical order in which people lived and events happened.

They learn about:

  • Local Romanian history
  • The Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in Britain
  • Britain and the wider world in Tudor times
  • Either Victorian Britain or Britain since 1930
  • The way of life, beliefs and achievements of Ancient Greeks
  • A past society, e.g. Ancient Egypt

We aim to bring history alive through an interactive approach including visits to places of historical interest. The children are also taught how the past can be shown and explained in different ways.

Physical Education (PE)

PE is taught to develop pupil’s physical competence and confidence and their ability to perform in a range activities including games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities. Children learn how to use physical skills for different purpose. As their skill level progresses, they begin to play adapted versions of adult games such as hockey, cricket, football or netball. As they grow in confidence, they learn how to improve their performance, and identify the types of physical activity they could enjoy in their own leisure time.

At Pick Me Academy we believe the competitive element of sport is important, although we recognise that taking part is of equal importance. Children are taught to play co-operatively and fairly fostering good sporting behaviour.

Our annual Sports Day contains both competitive and non-competitive elements.

All of these events are enjoyed by the children, and well supported by parents and families.

Music (Mu)

Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupil’s feel, think and act. Children are taught to sing and play musical instruments in a controlled way. They learn to perform music in groups, and see how their own contribution makes a difference to the whole performance. As children grow older, they begin to learn to express their ideas and feelings through their own music. They listen to many different types of music, picking out the detail and learning how it was created and used.

Piano lessons are offered to children from years 3 to 6 by Cezar Ouatu (for which there is a charge).

Places are limited so please let the School Office know if you are interested.

Art & Design (AD)

We aim to promote the arts in all its forms. The teaching of Art and Design is aimed at stimulating children’s creativity and imagination. Children are taught to:

  • Explore and develop ideas, by collecting visual information in a sketchbook, and choosing the ideas they want to develop
  • Mix different materials, tools and techniques to achieve effects
  • Review their own and others’ work, saying what they think and feel about it
  • Combine colour, patters and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space
  • Investigate the roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers in different times and cultures

Children do this on their own and working with others, using a range of starting points. Drawing and painting are recognised as fundamental, with an emphasis on good observation. There are opportunities to work with paints, printing, textiles and clay.

Design and Technology (DT)

Design and Technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies.

Children are taught to:

  • Look at products to see how they work and how they are used, and ask the views of the people who use them.
  • Practise practical skills and tasks, such as cutting, joining, fixing and connecting
  • Design and create their own products, using what they have learnt

Children are shown how to work safely using a variety of materials and tools. Learning is through practical activities and involves much collaboration and problem-solving.

Religious Education (RE)

Religious Education is taught in. Children learn about the main features and teachings of Christianity and other main religious faiths – Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam. Pupils are encouraged to respect other’s beliefs and values helping to promote tolerance and understanding between those of different races and cultures. Visits to different places of worship form part of the RE curriculum. School assemblies focus mainly upon issues of morality within a broadly Christian framework. Our local vicar leads one act of worship each month. Children may be withdrawn from RE and/or collective worship at parental request.

This request should be put in writing to the Head of School.

Personal, Social & Health Education & Citizenship (PSHE)

We aim to develop well-rounded pupils who show consideration for others, respect for their environment, have an ability to make healthy, informed choices, and recognise that they can make a positive contribution to society.

Children are taught personal skills, including how to:

  • Be more independent, confident and mature
  • Recognise their own achievements and mistakes
  • Share their views and discuss what is fair and unfair, what is right and wrong
  • Set themselves goals and try to achieve them
  • Keep themselves safe and healthy as they grow

Children also learn social skills:

  • They think about how the choices they make affect other people and the environment
  • They consider the different groups in society and how to get on with them
  • They think about how and why rules are made

We look for opportunities to teach these skills and ideas through the curriculum. Sometimes, the skills will be taught in a special time set aside for PSHE.

Our school has a strong and proactive School Council who meet at least once a month. They are involved in many school improvement initiatives and help make our school a better place.

Computing (Co)

The focus in the teaching of computing is very much based on preparing children for the future; helping them to see how technology can be used to solve problems, find, sort and present information, and to model, measure and control events. Computers are changing the way we learn, as well the way we work.

Children will be taught how to develop, control, predict, debug and evaluate programs. Moreover children will have regular use of technology during other lessons, ensuring that sciences are fully embedded into the curriculum.

Children will also be taught how to keep safe on the internet through comprehensive E-Safety lessons.

Primary School