Here at Lime Academy Watergall, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum.
We follow the IPC curriculum (International Primary Currciulum). The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 5-12 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning.
We follow the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics scheme and ‘Literacy and Language’ for English. Read Write Inc is a cohesive and creative approach to teaching children to read and write. Lower down the school, pupils are grouped based on their phonic ability. They have a one hour phonic lesson focusing on reading, spelling and writing. These groups are assessed half termly and changed accordingly. As pupils get more confident with reading and writing, they move on to more focused writing lessons in their classes. Pupils study a range of writing genres and opportunities for writing are plentiful.
We follow the Primary Advantage Maths Programme. The Primary Advantage Maths programme supports progression throughout the primary years and has a strong Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) thread running throughout. This means that children are exposed to conceptual ideas at a concrete level with a range of apparatus (e.g. counters, beads, Numicon and Dienes) before moving on pictorial representations. This may mean diagrams, sketches or using the Singapore bar model. Doing so develops children’s deep conceptual understanding and skills proficiency which supports the next move into abstract mathematics, such as long division.
Maths lessons are designed to be interactive with a significant emphasis on children’s talk. Through discussing their ideas, children construct new understanding, engage in a supportive community of practice, take responsibility for their learning and allow the teacher a window into their thinking which enables appropriate action to help them progress. Fluency, reasoning and problem solving are three themes of the maths National Curriculum (DfE, 2014) and inform all maths teaching in Primary Advantage schools.