Curriculum

At John Gulson Primary School, we deliver a bespoke and personalised Curriculum. This reflects the heritage of the city our children and families now call home. This will equip the children with knowledge, skills and understanding, both pastorally and academically, to thrive and contribute to life in Coventry and 21st Century Britain.

Maths

At John Gulson Primary School we aim to provide a positive learning environment, which reflects a whole school commitment to raising standards in Maths. We believe a sound structure of basic skills enables our pupil’s greater access to the whole curriculum and the world beyond.

We use Power Maths as a basis of our maths lesson. This is an exciting class mastery approach, which has been recommended by the DfE, that works for every child. It is based upon the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach.

Every lesson is divided into sections that involve plenty of discovery, sharing, collaboration, practice and reflection.

Children are encouraged to solve problems each day using concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract thinking.

Mastery means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure understanding of the subject. At any one point in a pupil’s journey through school, achieving mastery is taken to mean acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.

We aim to shape assured, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. They become independent and reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum.

Times Table Rock Stars is another program used to help children master learning multiplication and division facts. Fun and challenging, through regular practice, children become more fluent and consequently, swifter and more accurate, at recalling the facts to 12×12.

English  

English is taught in half term units based around a key text, enabling the children to access quality literature across a range of different text types. Through these lessons the children will also have opportunities to develop their understanding of grammar and punctuation. In Key Stage 1 more than one text per half term may be used.

Science

Science is taught through the Cornerstones units. The weekly science lessons are planned using the Love to Investigate resource and this enables the children to develop their investigative skills as well as learning key facts and concepts.

Details of the objectives covered in each year group can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

Foundation subjects

The Foundation Subjects are combined into 6 units of work over the year which cover the National Curriculum for Geography, History, Art and Design, Computing and Design and Technology. The use of ICT is encouraged in all subject areas and specific computing skills are taught separately as needed.

More information on the topics covered in each year group can be found in our curriculum plans.

RE is planned and delivered in accordance with the Coventry Agreed Syllabus.

Music is taught by discretely using the Charanga resource.

PE is delivered by teaching staff and is occasionally supplemented by additional specialist coaches. Swimming is taught by specialist teachers at a nearby leisure centre.

French is taught in Language lessons from Years 3 to 6