Acacia Junior school Curriculum Overview Sept 2018 (STORY OF THE WORLD…
Acacia Junior school Curriculum
Overview Sept 2018
All classes have daily Maths lessons
Grades 1 - 3 are using workbooks.
Some diversion away from workbooks and textbooks although some classes use workbook / textbook most lessons.
Problem solving happening but not consistently throughout school.
Grades 2 - 4 using words their way.
Grade 5 - kids are choosing their own spellings
K5 and Grade 1 are following jolly grammar.
Spelling differentiated from Grade 2 - 5
Not consistent content, activities
or amount of time being spent
on subject across the school.
Some teachers reading with every child every week ranging to some rarely hearing some children read.
Reading groups vary from not at all to daily.
Few teaching specific reading A_Z comprehension skills.
Reciprocal reading happening in
one class with 2 more hoping to start soon.
Reading A-Z individual accounts
bought for grade 1 and 2 and for
low students. ready to use now.
Most classes writing daily.
Most classes loosely following writers workshop.
Some classes are teaching discrete grammar
lessons and some within writing - no clear
grammar objectives are being followed,
Concern at top end of the school that children do not have adequate writing, grammar and spelling skills.
Between 1 and 3 sessions
being taught in each grade a week.
Everyone is following Core Knowledge.
A mixture of interactive, practical activities and more formal methods.
Enquiry based learning?
STORY OF THE WORLD
Classes involve a lot of reading from the book.
Used from K5 to G4. Between 1 and 3 sessions a week.
Most teachers report that kids enjoy the stories.
All teachers working on
missing some stories
and having more fun activities.
What percentage of this subject is facts and knowledge? Are History skills being taught? Critical thinking?
Grade 5 follow Core Knowledge
No official Geography being taught except in G5 and a little in K5
Science covers some of the British NC objectives.
No human geography being taught.
Concern that curriculum is worksheet heavy.
Most teachers are happy with how they've adapted the curriculum.
Most classes are having 2 Bible lessons a week.
G4 are using power points. Can the rest of school access these?
Are thinking skills being taught and encouraged?
Is asking questions encouraged even if there is no specific answer?
Most grades using DSS and making art cross curricular.
Are there enough art skills being taught?