Soho Parish Primary

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Science

Kitchen safety with CookieOur aim is to build on the children’s natural enthusiasm and curiosity to find out about the world around them and make better sense of their environment.

In the early years, science teaching is based on everyday observations and simple activities. As the children progress through the school, they are introduced to more complex scientific ideas. We aim to teach the scientific skills of observing, measuring, classifying, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting and interpreting discoveries.

Science visit to Westminster School

We also teach children to act in a safe and responsible manner when involved in scientific activities. The curriculum is governed covers experimental and investigative science, life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes.

 

As well as our regular lessons, we enrich our science curriculum in a number of ways, including:

- Visits to secondary schools (see above)

Liquid Nitrogen lesson (Y1)

- Trips to the Science Museum and other scientific establishments

- Inviting visitors, including parents, to demonstrate science in school (see right for our liquid Nitrogen lesson for Year 1)

 

 

 

COMPUTING

We use the 'Espresso' scheme of work to follow the Computing Programme of Study.  With the internet and social media use becoming ever-more accessible to younger children, we ensure that every half term unit begins with a lesson on E-Safety as outlined in our policy.

 

Subsequent lessons continue to cover the skills and knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum.

Lessons are usually delivered in our computing suite, which has a computer for each child with up to date operating systems and software.  We also have several stand-alone PCs in classrooms for student use, as well as a class iPad. In Years 5 & 6 we also have a set of laptops for research and editing.

Pupils with a particular interest in coding can join our long-running After-school Code Club.

 

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

 

 

HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

Socrates

Our History and Geography teaching follows the National Curriculum, developing both the skills and specific subject-knowledge set out within.

Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.

 

MUSIC

We are proud of our passion for music at Soho Parish, which grows bigger and livelier every year. Encouraged by our setting in the heart of the West End, with excellent access to some of the top music venues in the UK, music increasingly brings our curriculum to life.

Our specialist KS2 music teacher enables our children to foster an appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of a wide range of musical genres. The children are immersed in the knowledge and skills to develop as confident composers and performers of vocal, percussion and instrumental music.  In addition, every child learns to play a musical instrument. Currently Year 3 pupils are learning to play the recorder, whilst Year 5 pupils are learning the violin with a specialist violin tutor.

The school also hosts a number of peripatetic teachers who deliver weekly lessons in keyboard, drums and guitar lessons, enjoyed by over a 1/3 of our children. Additionally the school provides extra musical activities at after school clubs, including a school choir and 3 separate rock bands.

Our children perform at a wide variety of venues, including the South Bank Battle of the Bands, the Royal Albert Hall, the St James Quintessentially concert and a whole host of carol concert venues. WE also perform a termly music concert for parents.

 

LANGUAGES

Spanish lessons provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lay the foundation for further foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3. They enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

Pupils are taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the  spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to  those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are  reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are
  • introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • understand basic grammar, including feminine and masculine forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
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