In Vicarage we teach other subjects alongside the core subjects of Maths and English. Please click on the links below to see what our children are doing in each subject area.
At Vicarage, our maths curriculum aims to prepare enthusiastic, life-long learners of Mathematics. We provide our children with rich opportunities to problem solve, reason and make links, using contextual examples. We also aim to create cross curricular links by applying our knowledge of Maths in other subject areas, for example: creating graphs and tables in Science, reading coordinates in Geography and calculating periods of time in Physical Education. We want to ensure that our pupils have a solid conceptual understanding of the fundamental of maths, so that they can use these as building blocks to make mathematical sense of the world around them.
Our teaching and learning of mathematics extends beyond the classroom: we provide interventions and boosters for children who struggle in maths; we also offer maths club for pupils who like to explore all aspects of maths, in a creative way; and we take part in interschool maths bees where our pupils compete against peers from neighbouring schools. This year, we have participated in the ‘National Youth Mathematics Awards’ contest and came up to the regional finals.
At Vicarage, we support our pupils with lots of fun and engaging activities to take part in (in and out of school):
- Our mathletics subscription allows pupils to improve their maths skills and also complete with other children around the world;
- Times Table Challenge is something the children at Vicarage love. Pupils are tested regularly and are rewarded bronze, silver, gold, platinum or diamond badges.
- Peer- Teaching is a new concept that we will be embedding. During lunch times, our year 6 children will be running ‘Maths Help’ sessions for our younger pupils of Vicarage. We hope this will further facilitate our reluctant mathematicians, through creating interest and making progress.
12th March 2018: Maths Day- A celebration of numbers! Pupils will be solving practical problems in a fun, engaging way. Keep a watch for more information.
- KS1 and KS2 National curriculum
- Maths Year 1 overview
- Maths Year 2 overview
- Maths Year 3 overview
- Maths Year 4 overview
- Maths Year 5 overview
- Maths Year 6 overview
Mathletics – Your children have logins to access this webpage
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z826n39 – Useful videos on teaching calculation strategies to your child.
https://www.sats-papers.co.uk/ – Past KS1 And KS2 SATS paper
For Mastery help:
Please note some of these webpages need you to sign up. However the resources are free to access.
At Vicarage we teach Literacy in daily lessons across the school, with discrete phonics lessons being taught in the Foundation Stage and Year 1
In the Early Years and Year 1, we teach literacy using Read Write Inc. Phonics. This is a comprehensive literacy programme designed to help children learn to read and write quickly.
Our school has been appointed as a Read Write Inc. Model School because of our excellent practice of the programme.
Literacy and Language
From Year 2 through to Year 6, Vicarage use a literacy programme called Literacy and Language. This builds on from EYFS and year 1 RML; it ensures continuity and consistency for children’s learning.
Literacy and Language is in line with the new national curriculum. It is designed to develop reading, writing and speaking. It is taught using fun and creative tasks to engage the pupils. We incorporate drama opportunities to allow children to gain a deeper understanding of the text, to build rich vocabulary and to become articulate speakers. The input, along with structured writing tasks, allows children to use their new ideas and vocabulary to create final written outcomes. The teaching of spelling and grammar is incorporated throughout the units.
Year 6 is an exciting and challenging time of year! Children sit the end of school SATS exams for reading, grammar and spellings.
Throughout the year, children consolidate their learning and master a range of writing techniques to create several writing pieces for their writing SATs.
For reading, they master inference skills and use the P.E.E model (make a point, use evidence and explain) to comprehend and answer complex questions.
Children create a portfolio of extended independent writing. Each child has a “Progress in writing book” which contains a range of final, redrafted pieces of writing. This portfolio moves with them throughout school as they transition between each year group, and it ensures that skills are built upon year on year.
To promote the great writing that goes on at Vicarage, we subscribe to a children’s publishing website called Pobble. We upload and share our children’s fantastic writing. They can also view other children’s work to inspire them to become better writers!
Reading at Vicarage Primary School
Reading for pleasure
“Schools that take the business of reading for pleasure seriously, where teachers read, talk with enthusiasm and recommend books, and where provision for reading is planned carefully, are more likely to succeed with their pupils’ reading.” (Ofsted)
Reading for pleasure at Vicarage Primary School aims to establish each child as a lifetime reader based on developing a love of reading. We ensure our children are given a rich curriculum which encourages reading of books and other kinds of texts.
At Vicarage we aim to promote the concepts of reading for ‘fun’, ‘enjoyment’ and ‘pleasure’.
What Vicarage does to promote reading for pleasure:
- We have age-related fiction and non-fiction within each class via the class book corner.
- Through guided reading, we explore rich vocabulary and complete shared class reading to engage and give opportunities to discuss books as a class.
- Daily storytime sessions are held throughout the school
- Children have access to the school library during school time and after school.
- Reading takes place both in and outside of the classroom and in and outside of the school. We have reading trolleys out every lunchtime!
- The school encourages links with parents by ensuring every child has a Reading Journal’ that records all reading habits, signed by parents and monitored by class teachers.
- Promote the love of reading by subscriptions to the online subscription My Book Blog
- Authors come and run workshops to excite and engage our children on new books
- In addition, we celebrate reading through themed days e.g. World Book Day and Reading Festivals!
Vicarage children are very fortunate to have their very own library, with a librarian-Janet Noble! The library is very well stocked with many different books as well as new releases. Every child has the opportunity to regularly visit the library with their class. We also run after school clubs twice a week, when children can visit with their parents and take out a book.
So next time you are in school, why not stop by the library and enjoy reading a book with your child?
Reading Festival at Vicarage
Vicarage recently held a Reading Festival in which a variety of storytellers, authors and theatre groups visited and worked with the children, including award winning author Chloe Inkpen. The children engaged in a range of reading and writing activities, including an exciting short story competition led by the poet and author, Paul Delaney! The writing, which was produced, was published into our first ever Vicarage Anthology. The children were also asked to complete a “Reading Quest” booklet where they had a series of missions to complete over the course of the project. They also read for fun at random times in the day, even the staff!
Children enjoying story time with the author, Paul Delaney
Teachers stopping to reading anywhere!
Book launch at Vicarage!
Following on from our successful Reading Festival, Vicarage Primary School celebrated the London launch of author Paul Delaney’s new story “Norris Snoot.” Paul has been working with Vicarage over the year as part of the school’s work to encourage children to read more widely for pleasure. On Wednesday 21st June, Paul shared his illustrations and entertained the children with excerpts from his new book. He led three assemblies over the morning; the children and staff were thrilled to be one of the first in the country to find out about his exciting and funny new publication.
It was also a very special launch as Paul has featured Vicarage Primary school as the setting for his story!
Norris Snoot book launch at Vicarage
The relaunch of My Book Blog
At the start of the New Year, Vicarage relaunched My Book Blog. This online site gives children the opportunity to read and write blogs about a book. Not only that, but the children can complete fun activities to aid vocabulary knowledge and comprehension.
We kick started the launch by reading a class book and completing the activities together. Once the children were hooked and raring to go, they received their very own login details.
We have an entire section in our library dedicated to My Book Blog books. They are clearly labelled. Children can take out a book; enjoy the reading and online activities and then return the book once finished. So next time, when you are reading with your child, why not join in with the fun activities online?
To access My Book Blog, just click on the logo at the bottom of the page.
Our poetry festival will run from Monday 26th February to Friday 9th March.
Paul Delaney will be returning to Vicarage to kick start our festival. This festival will include local schools and will culminate in a borough competition and performance for parents in Easter.
We have many exciting activities lined up for the two weeks. Children will be writing and performing their very own work in a Poetry Slam. The best pieces will then be published in Vicarage’s very own Poetry Anthology. In addition, two popular poets, Alan Durant and Andrew Weale will be joining us to share their work and run engaging workshops. There will be competitions and challenges to complete too!
“Children should be taught how to think, not what to think.”
Margaret Mead (1901–1978: anthropologist)
Science inspires children, encouraging them to be inquisitive about the world and allows them to develop a wide range of skills that are useful across all subjects. At Vicarage, our vision is to provide a science curriculum that enables children to explore and discover the world around them, experience the awe and wonder of nature; as well as find out about different scientists, their work and discoveries, and various careers where science would be useful.
In Vicarage our high-quality science teaching gives children a good start in their understanding of the big ideas in science, and enables them to learn the skills necessary to be a scientist. The teaching of science begins with our very youngest children in the Early Years where they explore and experience different phenomenon, describing what they have seen. In KS1 and 2 we block science topics and plan from the National Curriculum Programme of Study (2014) for Science and are supported in our planning by the Scholastics and Twinkl Science Schemes of Work. As far as possible the science topic is linked with the term long theme.
Our science assessment is skills based and focuses on the ‘working scientifically’ skills for each year group. When working scientifically children will develop key skills such as data collecting, pattern seeking, identifying and classifying, measuring using various instruments (becoming more accurate as the children get older) and expand their subject knowledge and vocabulary. Through practical enquiries children will develop skills such predicting, experimenting and evaluating. Speaking and listening skill are developed through science, as children generate and answer questions, use scientific language and progress from describing events to predicting and forming more sophisticated conclusions based upon the data collect.
Due to the practical nature of science children are given every opportunity to explore their environment both inside and out of the school. We have a school garden which children have the opportunity to work in. This has ranged from collecting mini-beasts during a mini-beast hunt, to testing materials and how they are affected by the weather. Alongside practical enquires classes will take part in educational visits to stimulate further learning, for example to the Newham City Farm, Natural History Museum and East Ham Nature Reserve. They also may be involved in workshops delivered by outside providers.
Please click here to download the current national curriculum statements for your child’s year group.
Each year we hold an exciting science week where children have the opportunity to conduct exciting experiments and immerse themselves in science activities for the week. During the week children will conduct many practical enquiries working on their working scientifically skills as well as experiencing the awe and wonder of science, nature and the world around them. We have in the past had workshops, workshops, farm animals in school, hatched chicks, ducklings and experienced the metamorphosis of butterflies. The children relish the challenges set and use the skills learned during the year to predict, complete practical enquires and evaluate their enquiry.
Our budding scientists in Year 6 have been observing the dissection of an ox heart as part of their Heart and Circulation topic.They were able to experience the techniques used and observe the different parts of the heart. It really brought learning to life. Many of the children are now inspired to pursue a career in medicine.
Year 4 have been classifying animals and grouping them using a Venn diagram. This is part of their Living things and habitats topic.They have been using their classification skills and prior knowledge of animals and their characteristics to do this.
In term 5 we will be having our fantastic science week planned where children will have the opportunity to plan and complete science experiments, take part in workshops and learn about how science fits into the wider world.
Watch this space for further information and challenges.
Below you will find a range of websites that you might find useful.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z6svr82 KS1 science
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z2pfb9q KS2 science
At Vicarage Primary School, pupils and staff are linked to many parts of the world and come from a wide range of faith groups. We wish to celebrate this diversity and offer a welcoming and inclusive environment, for all of our pupils and families. We believe that Religious Education (R.E.) provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster awareness of these differences at the school and in the wider world.
Vicarage Primary School uses SACRE’s locally agreed syllabus as the basis for planning religious education and we make links, wherever possible, to the context of our themes. We celebrate the major religious festivals, including: Christmas, Eid, Diwali and Guru Nanak’s Birthday. As part of our school and community values we emphasise tolerance, respect and understanding as a significant aspect of the teaching of major world faiths and beliefs, including those without a faith, in Modern Britain and the world.
Each Year group focuses on a big question with regards to religion and over the years they will have learnt about all of the major religions which will involve an Educational Visit to a Place of Worship.
Religious education lessons are also supported by our daily assembly themes to celebrate religious festivals and celebrations.
Children in Year 1 are creating Diva lamps from clay and decorating them using paint and glitter. They have been leaning about why Diwali is important to Hindus.
As part of our Harvest Celebration at Vicarage Primary School Children brought in food for the Local Food Bank.
Reverend Sue from East Ham Parish Church visited Vicarage Primary School to talk to the children about Harvest in assembly.
What’s been happening?
There has been a lot of excitement about RE at Vicarage Primary school. We have had visitors and workshops across the school. The children have been exploring a range of big questions and using their skills to answer, looking at various religions and ideologies. In class, artefacts have been explored and visual resources have been used to help children understand the different faiths and belief systems.
Vicarage Primary School strives to use the resources we are so fortunate to have in Newham. Year 1 have luckily been able to visit ‘The Christmas Experience’ at St Georges Church in East Ham following their question ‘How do Christians celebrate Christmas?’ They received a sensory and hands on experience, participating in activities such as making bread, meeting characters of the Nativity and asking Christian believers questions about Christmas.
Children in Early years and Year 1 performed their fantastic Nativity performance we were thrilled to have such a brilliant turn out of parents and governors who enjoyed the performance.
RE matters, a local Charity has delivered informative and trilling lessons to children across KS1 about Baptism and Stories that Jesus told.
Assessment of RE has also changed this year and the children have book marks to use alongside their learning. They are able to reflect on what they have learnt and how they are progressing in the subject. The children have found it very useful and enjoy understanding what they are to do in order to move their learning on.
What is coming up?
Children across the schools will be visiting a Place of worship across Newham. The focus of the visit will be linked with the RE question of the term, for each year group.
We have an exciting week coming up! RE through Arts week is an opportunity for children to create a piece of Art following on from the Places of worship each year group will visit. This will be an opportunity for children to reflect on artefacts they have seen and concepts they have learnt about. Some art pieces will be submitted in the 2017-18 Places of worship competition run by RE matters.
Year 4 will be visiting a local Church to find out about how Christians Celebrate Easter and this will be a great opportunity for them to look at artefacts and meet characters of the Easter Story.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things – Steve Jobs.
Technology has propelled us to new and advanced notions and theories. We have been able to discover parts of the world we never thought possible through the advancement of technology. As a school, we feel it is important for our children to see how technology is used in the 21st century and to develop computing skills which tap into a passion for computer science, information technology and digital literacy. We aim to not only equip our pupils to be technologically able, but encourage them to be responsible digital citizens through practising online safety and using their technological skills to create a positive change in the world.
At Vicarage, we believe computing has an integral role in the learning and teaching across the entire curriculum. Consequently, computing is taught explicitly through isolated units of work across the year in line with the national curriculum. Computing skills are also interwoven in tasks across the subjects taught at Vicarage to support and encourage learning and for instance assembling scripted codes to create a game based on the Vikings leaving Scandinavia (computing skills taught though history topic). We encourage children to be proud of their work and publish their games or coded scripts on specific websites to celebrate this. Come and see some of our work by clicking here. The key computing skills taught at Vicarage are taken straight form the national curriculum. We ensure a greater depth of the curriculum through repetitive practise of fundamental skills in a progressive curriculum. The following link is the national curriculum suggested progression of computing skills from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4.
Here is a brief breakdown of what is taught at each Key Stage
Key Stage 1: Children will be learning what algorithms are, which will not always involve computers. When explained as “a set of instructions” teachers may illustrate the idea using recipes, or by breaking down the steps of children’s morning routines. But they will also be creating and debugging simple programs of their own, developing logical reasoning skills and taking their first steps in using devices to “create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content”.
Key Stage 2: Children will be creating and debugging more complicated programs with specific goals and getting to grips with concepts including variables and “sequence, selection, and repetition in programs”. They will still be developing their logical reasoning skills and learning to use websites and other internet services. And there will be more practice at using devices for collecting, analysing and presenting back data and information.
We are a well-resourced school with a computer trolley containing 15 computers in each classroom. Accompanying this, we have interactive whiteboards and iPads with dedicated apps to aid in the teaching and learning of all subjects. All computers are linked to the Internet, subject to our ‘Online safety policy’. All parents and pupils sign an agreement outlining their understanding of the Internet in school. As stated on the policy, we are also supported by the borough team for our curriculum and firewall, ensuring that children are protected from inappropriate content via filtering and monitoring.
Please also visit our E-safety page and the Online Safety policy for more information.
As a school we are driven to nurture innovation and creativity, alongside our encouraging our students to be the digital citizens of tomorrow. Consequently, we have developed a team of 10 young budding leaders to be part of an E-team. After a rigours selection process of an online application form and interview, the following students have been chosen:
The E-team is a council of pupils that meet with the Miss Iqbal regularly to discuss online safeguarding issues.
The school e-team is an essential unit that will link school with the rest of the community and model positive online behaviour.
They meet to tackle some of the following:
- managing online safety displays
- contributing to an online safety page on the school website
- providing a pupil voice
- creating an e-team newsletter
- being a point of contact for other children in school
- delivering key messages in sessions for parents
- helping to develop school rules and boundaries
- developing ideas for positive use of technology
- helping to develop and present key initiatives throughout the year, e.g. a Safer Internet Day
- holding regular drop-in session for children who may have concerns.
Keep an eye out on here to see some of their excellent initiatives come to life!
Useful links below to explore with your child
We at Vicarage love geography. A non-core subject that lets our children become explorers, enquirers, environmentalists and global citizens.
Geography is an incredibly powerful subject to help us understand the world we live in and feed our thirst for enquiry. We achieve this deep understanding by exploring physical environments, human interactions and how humans interact with the physical environments. Vicarage is fortunate to be situated in a diverse community and we utilise this opportunity by exploring and engaging with our world at school to learn to appreciate, connect and protect the world we live in.
Vicarage understands it is important for our children to understand how our world works and how the issues the world faces can affect us. The children are encouraged to think outside the box. Lessons are moulded around bigger questions such as how does the weather work? Why do earthquakes occur? How has climate change affected us? How can we become global citizens?
At Vicarage, links are made across the curriculum linking the children’s learning of geography with other subjects. Empathy is an important skill and we build this by encouraging children to empathise with people from other countries and how they would feel if they lived in a different place or time (linking to History and Religious Education).
Linking to British Values, children are encouraged to reflect on multi-cultural British society and show that they value and respect others’ viewpoints. At Vicarage we value the diverse ethnic background of all pupils and families and teach pupils the importance of tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Pupils are able use their learning about contrasting localities to reflect on their own and others individual liberty.
Some of the activities that have taken place since the beginning of the year have involved Year 3 and a Spain Day workshop where the children thoroughly enjoyed learning about Spain which tied in nicely with Geography. The children because mini-experts in identifying where Spain was and many of the traditions.
In this picture, you can see children taking part in a Flamenco workshop which was run all day. Children were dressed in red and yellow to get a real feel for the dance. They were also given some background history.
Here you can see the instructors showing the children some of the key movements in the Spanish dance.
The children took part in 4 activities throughout the day: flamenco dancing, cooking, learning about Spanish art and learning about the language.
Year 4 children have also been learning about the different climates around the world and the impact of human intervention. As an introduction, teachers decided to give the children a place somewhere in the world and then sent children away to do some research with some key focus questions. This empowered children and allowed them to take responsibility for their own learning and catered for all types of learners.
In this photo you can see children working in pairs finding where some of the key countries in different climates zones are. After this, children were asked to think why the climates zones varied and what human intervention might have led to this.
This shows a group where all four children had a different job function and they were all engaged in their job role. At the end of the project, they were all experts in their area which they shared via a mini-presentation and a poster.
Look back at this page to see what the children are doing throughout the year.
During History lessons at Vicarage, the children are encouraged to delve into the past and seek out the clues that artefacts and other sources can give us. They become Historians and Archaeologists themselves! The curriculum is carefully designed with the History Coordinator and class teachers to engage the children with History using a hands-on approach.
The pupils are given opportunities to experience History in a variety of ways, from interactive workshops, storytelling and writing, to drama, debating and art. They are given opportunities to learn in a fun and meaningful way. We also provide them with artefacts and replicas so that History is brought to life and is real for them.
Living in London, we also have a wealth of museums that we often take the children to, where they can see real artefacts and take part in workshops that are run.
Not only are the children encouraged to learn about the past and the specific period of time they are studying. But they are also encouraged to make links to other topics for example religion, culture and beliefs. Making links helps the children gain an understanding of where they come from and who they are. It gives our children the skills to understand a sense of time and place
Bringing History into the core subjects is also a large focus at Vicarage. The children are encouraged to use their Historical skills and Literacy skills together to create outcomes, such as, a Roman diary entry for Yr. 4 and a persuasive letter for Yr. 6.
We use a range of teaching methods, which should match the abilities, and interests of pupils.
- Teacher presentations, role play, drama and storytelling
- Group and collaborative working
- Question and answer sessions, discussions and debates
- Investigating artefacts and sources of evidence.
- Opportunities to learn through first-hand experience. This includes: visits to museums and sites of historical interest, handling artefacts, theatre re-enactments, oral accounts from visitors to school.
- Use of ICT (interactive whiteboard, internet, CDs, DVDs, database)
- Producing models, drawing, sketches, diagrams, maps, timelines
- Producing a range of written work including descriptive and narrative writing
Topics we cover
- The Gunpowder Plot
- Man on the Moon
- The Olympics (Local History)
- Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole
- The Great Fire of London
- Seaside from the past.
- Ancient Egypt
- Stone Age and Iron Age
- The Romans
- Anglo – Saxons
- Ancient Greeks
- Local History (WW2)
- The Vikings
- Ancient Islamic Civilisation
What’s been happening?
During history learning this year, there has been a buzz about school with lots of workshops and trips. The children have been exploring what has gone on in the past in many different ways. In class, artefacts have been explored and thrilling drama performed. The level of homework being brought in has also been outstanding. From posters and PowerPoints, to 3D models and dioramas.
Vicarage Primary School strives to use the resources we are so fortunate to have in London. Year 5 have luckily been able to work with the Museum of London during their topic on Local History. The Petrie Museum from The University of Central London is also going to be working alongside Year 3 during their Egyptian studies. These are very inspiring and interesting events in which the children are able to learn from experts in their fields.
Assessment of history has also changed this year and the children have book marks to use alongside their learning. They are able to reflect on what they have learnt and how they are progressing in the subject. The children have found it very useful and enjoy understanding what they are to do in order to move their learning on.
Year 5 have also had an incredible experience exploring REAL life artefacts found in our own Mrs Hussain’s garden. Gas masks and metal helmets from World War Two.
Year 2: Great Fire of London workshop
Year 5: Workshop from Museum of London
Year 5: World War 2 artefacts
Year 6: British Museum Ancient Islamic civilisations trip
What is coming up?
In the summer term, children at Vicarage will be learning many more exciting things in History.
Year 1 will be learning about the Olympics, Year 2 will be learning about Seaside from the past, Year 3 will be learning about Ancient Egypt and history around Newham, Year 4 will be learning about the Saxons. Finally, Year 6 will be learning through a thematic study across time using immigration as their theme.
Black History storytelling workshop
Year 2 Florence Nightingale Workshop
Year 4 Roman Day
Year 5 Ancient Greeks Workshop
Year 6 Viking Workshop
Design and Technology prepares children from KS1 and KS2 to take part into our changing world: they become inventors, designers and makers. Evaluating and amending their projects, enable them to solve problems and become critical consumers.
At Vicarage Primary School, DT is intertwined throughout all curriculum areas as well as being taught as a stand-alone subject all year round. Children will be given the opportunity to study the work of both local and international designers but also engage in various projects: preparing healthy meals, building reinforced structures, testing mechanical system or working with different type of fabrics. To realise their designs, children work with a range of tools and equipment to control different materials such as paper, wood, plastics and fabrics.
Every year, we organise a World of Work Week, a creative project in which children design and present an item. It provides them with an opportunity to design something for a real purpose. Alongside the development of their practical activities, children are encouraged to practise their wider mathematical skills by counting, measuring and calculating costs.
This year our children have been busy cooking, designing and making. Our Year 3 have been using all of their sense to elaborate a scrumptious Spanish meal during Spanish day. ¡Muy sabroso! In the meantime, Year 4 travelled back in time to all the way to the Roman Empire to trial some of the Roman delicacies! Year 6 was busy too, but this time no cooking involved: they have designed and made their very own version of the Baghdad House of Wisdom. Impressive DT skills involved!
Roman mosaic by Y4
Mixed Media by SEN Children
Autumn by Y1
Cubism by Y3
Year 2 children enjoyed exploring different textured materials on their weaving boards.
Year 3 are exploring techniques in creating a collage picture. They looked at skeletal hand to create their work.
Year 5 looked at an image of mountains and they explored by experimenting with different techniques to create a collage picture.
Year 6 Pupils exploring in the style of the artist Franz Ackermann. The pupils were evaluating their own and peers work.
The Mayor’s Newham Carnival 2017
Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children took part in The Mayor’s Newham Carnival in July 2017. Here are some lovely photos taken on the day. The event was very vibrant with colourful costumes, dance and music. Our theme was inspired by Venice to create props such as hats and fans.
Here are examples of children’s work in Year 1, learning to use pencils, pens and charcoal to create different mark making.
Year 5 project on Greeks has inspired the children to look at images of Greek vases and come up with their own design version. They will be producing their A3 Greek vase as their final outcome.
A small group of children from Year 1, 3 and 4 focused on recreating their own version of “Tree of Life” by the artist Gustav Klimt. To do this the children enjoyed using different mediums to create their own version.
At Vicarage, we have been proud to take part in and celebrate the work of children throughout the academic year. Here is a range of work produced from each groups from exploring 3D structure, relief work to watercolours.
The National Curriculum states that learning a foreign languages is now compulsory at KS2 and it should “lay the foundations” for foreign language learning at KS3. In order to meet these requirements, Vicarage Primary School has a specialist language teacher, Miss Jensen.
At Vicarage, Spanish is taught as a modern foreign language throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Our aim is to ensure that children develop a good basic understanding and a love of Spanish and of learning languages. Therefore, in order for the children to build up their skills and to make good progress across the two Key stages, pupils at Vicarage learn Spanish from Year 1. They greatly benefit from starting to learn a new foreign language at an early age.
Spanish lessons in year 1 and 2 are based on developing communication skills and are taught through fun and engaging songs, videos, games, and interactive activities.
It is our aim that KS2 pupils will be taught to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions, express opinions and respond to those of others, and seek clarification and help
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- 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, expressing their ideas clearly
- Describe people, places, things and actions in speech and in writing
Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures, deepens their curiosity and develops their understanding of the world. All children regardless of their background and ability are encouraged to reach their full potential in Spanish. All children at Vicarage enjoy Spanish because we create a safe, relaxed and respectful environment that encourages active participation and team spirit. Our stimulating curriculum aims to provide the children with a real love and appreciation of languages. The children become life-long lovers of language learning, as they can enjoy playing with language, whilst also maintaining high educational expectations.
Help at home
In order to support and extend your child’s language learning, it would be of huge benefit if you could discuss their learning and the topics covered and encourage them to show-off their new language skills. There are many fantastic, interactive websites that have been designed especially for children, which not only meet the curriculum expectations, but are also really great fun! Please encourage your child to practise skills learnt and to extend themselves.
Useful Spanish websites
We had such a great term in Spanish club!
We started by thinking about our place in the world and made visual representations to show how we fit into the universe in Spanish. We thought about where in the world Spanish is spoken and thought of some Spanish questions to ask someone about life in South America. Then a special visitor from Ecuador came. We asked him our questions and discussed the differences and similarities between life in Ecuador, life in the UK and other countries we knew.
We looked at lots of Spanish books, some fiction and some non-fiction and had a go at reading them. Some were easier that others! We also played lots of games: board games, team games and online games. We had lots of fun learning how to use lots of different websites to practise our Spanish skills. We also listened to Spanish music, including a rap to practise our greetings language.
The children in our club are from year 3 to year 5 and they are all extremely supportive and appreciative of everyone’s varying understanding and skills in Spanish. As a result, everyone was very proud to show off their knowledge in conversations, both with their peers and with children from other year groups.
Year 3 – greetings
Year 4 – asking questions
Year 5 and a year 4 – te gusta
Towards the end of term, we started researching what Spanish people do when they have parties (fiestas). We used the laptops to find out about traditional food, costumes, music, dances and games and then we planned our own end-of-term fiesta. Everyone made or brought traditional Spanish dishes. We had; paella, jamon, aceitunas, queso, patatas bravas, tortillas and salsa and even churros con chocolate.
The food was so good that lots of teachers came by to try it! After our feast and music, we went outside to have a go at smashing the piñata that was full of sweets! IT WAS GREAT FUN!
More able work
In Spanish, the children get really stuck in and some really strive to extend themselves.
Habib from 3C decided to show that he was able to have a simple conversation using Spanish questions and that he could answer in a variety of ways.
Gael in 4B showed that she is able to use the verb ‘tener’ (to have) in questions and sentences and then she extended herself to apply her knowledge in different ways.
Daniella from 4IB was able to show that she can both ask and answer a range of questions in Spanish now.
Dasani in 5C wrote about different sporting activities that she likes and dislikes and extended herself when writing about the various emotions people feel, using the appropriate gender agreements.
Personal, Social, Health and education
At Vicarage Primary School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship provide further opportunities to develop a broad and cross curricular curriculum in school. These cross-curricular dimensions, like spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is embedded throughout the school and draws attention to the need for pupils to develop an understanding about themselves and society around them and to become thoughtful and active members of the society. Our teaching develops the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We meet the statutory government guidance for our taught age groups concerning drug education and sex and relationships education (SRE).
Through PSHE, our ultimate goal is to foster the notions of responsibility and empowerment to promote a sense of achievement, enhance self-confidence and help pupils make informed and healthy life choices. PSHE education at Vicarage is guided by the core values of:
Furthermore, alongside class-based teaching, we also have whole school projects and events that support our values and goals. For example, we embed anti-bullying days throughout the year (one every half-term) focusing on different themes, run student school council, where pupils can practice their reasoning and debate skills and voice their opinions, host healthy eating week, walk to school week and water aid.
A brighter future: healthy eating
This year a group of our year 6 children have also participated in a National competition run by City Pitch. They have worked extremely hard to develop and finalise a social action idea, which they feel is prevalent in their community: obesity. Raising awareness about obesity and tackling the issues around it is significant for our children especially for our ‘Nobesity’ team!
Not only did they deliver a presentation for the whole of year 6, they have also presented to a panel of judges at City Hall, winning the full £1500 funding on offer to do their part in tackling the problem. They’ve decided to start off with a Fun Fit Fest day full of fitness and health related activities running in conjunction with the Summer fete and Healthy eating week in T6.
Researching as a team and coming up with creative ideas required a lot of concentration for the year 6 children!
Presenting in front of a panel of judges was no sweat for our ‘Nobesity team’!
|Receiving it with a smile, the children were honored with a medal and a check for £1500.||
Some of the year 6 children rehearsing their presentation for ‘Nobesity’ before they deliver it
video coming soon…
PSHE Association https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/
BBC PSHE http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/pshe.shtml
PSHE – Everyschool https://www.everyschool.co.uk/pshe.html
Primary Resources http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/pshe/pshe.htm
The children at Vicarage love music. As you walk around the school you will always hear music playing, children singing and instruments playing. Music lessons are taught in years 1-6 fortnightly by Mrs. Surridge, the music coordinator. During this session children have the opportunity to explore the building blocks of music such as rhythm, pitch and pulse, to sing songs and listen to music from a different time and place. The song choices used in curriculum music are varied in genre. They include selections from different countries, different times in history and a variety of languages. As the children enter the juniors they learn to play an instrument. Year 3 children learn to play the recorder, in year 4 they play the ukulele and as the children enter year 5 they can choose an ECAM instrument to study for two years (see below). The children have plenty of opportunities to perform on their instruments either in a group or alone. By the time most children leave Vicarage they are beginning to read traditional music notation fluently and can enjoy singing a number of songs either with lyrics or from memory. The comprehensive listening and appraising scheme means children can make valued judgments about music they hear from other times and places.
Music in other subjects
Music is also used for teaching in other subjects. It is well known fact that information is easier to remember in song. Songs are taught in Spanish to help children to learn the language, and in topics to remember historical facts about e.g. the Vikings.
ECAM is short for ‘Every Child a Musician’. It is a tuition scheme generously funded for children attending Newham schools by the Mayor of Newham. The scheme enables any child who wants to, to choose an instrument as they enter year 5, and have lessons for two years. This year at Vicarage children can choose from keyboard, guitar, flute and violin. The children have small group lessons after school hours, taught by tutors sent from ECaM. The lessons are 30 minutes long and run in 3 sessions between 3.25 and 4.55pm. The lessons are progressive and children evidence this by taking exams on their chosen instrument on a regular basis. Many of our children entered for these exams last year and all passed, with some gaining Distinctions and Merits. We are very proud of their achievements. Below is an extract from the Ecam web page stating the benefits from learning an instrument;
Every Child a Musician: how it works
Playing a musical instrument can improve your child’s learning experience. Research shows that learning a new instrument can:
- help to improve your child’s literacy, creativity and intellectual development
- develop your child’s self-confidence
- develop your child’s concentration to help him or her learn other subjects
- develop your child’s motivation
- help your child to take pride in his or her musical achievement
- enjoy music.
We provide a free 30-minute session each week and give your child a musical instrument as a gift.
Our results for stage one ECaM examinations were very impressive for the Autumn term. Children did their tests on Keyboard and Guitar. Every child passed their test. Most of them passed with marks exceeding 85% meaning they earned a Distinction. Of the Keyboard students 2% passed, 44% passed with Merit, and 44% passed with Distinction. Of the guitar students 88% passed with Distinction and 12% passed with Merit. All of these children have received their London College certificates and ECaM stage 1 badges. This Spring term we will have the first lot of violin students taking their stage 1 exam as well as our next lot of Keyboard students. I’m sure they will be just as successful and we look forward to their results.
“These students at Vicarage have a natural curiosity in music that you don’t see very often. They are a pleasure to teach”. Naufal Mukumi- ECaM Keyboard Tutor.
Historically there are three choirs at Vicarage; year 5 and 6, years 3 and 4, and year 2. Year 2 choir will start in January. The choirs sing in and out of school on a regular basis. The song choices are varied in genre, just as they are for curriculum lessons. The children sing on a variety of occasions including at school concerts, community events and at the local old peoples home. Once or twice a year the older children will sing with other choirs at the local secondary school or a London concert venue such as the O2 Arena, as part of a massed choir event. The next event of this kind will be at the O2 in January 2018 and choir members in years 4, 5 and 6 will be invited to attend. Children can go on to join community choirs as they move on from Vicarage. Many of our choir members have gone on to join ‘Extraordinary Voices’ run by the Newham Music Hub. Children who join the choir are expected to attend every practice, have excellent behaviour and show commitment and loyalty by learning words and supporting performances. Membership is by invitation only.
The Choir at the O2
Our school choir regularly perform in the local and wider community. On Monday 29th January the year 4, 5 and 6 children from the choir went to the O2 Arena to join the Young Voices Choir for a performance alongside 7617 children. We had so many songs to practice and have been learning the melodies and lyrics since before Christmas. Our performance seats were at the very top of the Arena but fortunately the organisers cleverly provided a special App called ‘Find my child’ so parents knew where to watch their child during the performance. The choir sounded fantastic and remembered all the actions and choruses very well. We heard an acoustic guitarist, watched The Urban Strides dancers and heard an a cappella group called The Magnets. Finally we accompanied a female vocalist called Natalie Williams. Best of all were the Young Voices Choir songs. We were exhausted by the end, but had a night we will remember forever.
Quote from Sujana 4C
“The choir had an amazing visit to the O2. There was a bustling crowd and we had to be courageous to sit at the very top. We sang heartily and Mrs Surridge gave us a huge ‘Well done!’ Over the last few months we have worked hard and concentrated on our singing. Mrs Surridge worked hard to train us. We owe her a huge WOW!”
Why is music important?
The benefits of music
Quote from British Psychological Society (BPS) investigation into how making music can improve behaviour and problem solving skills in young children.
Making music can improve both pro-social behaviour (voluntary behaviour intended to benefit another) and the problem solving skills of young children according to a new study. Building on existing research which found that making music significantly improves pro-social behaviour in young children) the current study investigated not only the potential effects of music making (singing or playing an instrument) on pro-sociability but also its effects on problem-solving and whether there was a difference between boys and girls. Rie Davies said: “This study provides support for prior research by Kirschner and Tomasello (2010) and also highlights the need for schools and parents to understand the important role music making has in children’s lives in terms of social bonding and helping behaviours.
Music and happiness
From a study by Vince Raison, commercial music writer
Humanity has been expressing itself through music for more than 40,000 years. It’s no wonder we are hardwired to be moved by music. Babies respond to happy, or sad, songs from a very early age and the intensity of connection only grows stronger as we develop.
Music activates several different parts of the brain – there are complex messages to take in. Melody, pitch, rhythm, language, emotion, even memory and visualisation, all being received, or generated, in unison.
Created by Mrs Surridge, October 2017
Learning to listen with Decoda- Live Music!
At Vicarage we regularly have live performances in school. Decoda are a group of fantastic musicians who we regularly invite in to play for the children. This year the group came and worked with our older children on learning to listen carefully and how motion is used in music to create and effect. A beautiful piece of music creating the image of a swan swimming on a lake was played for the children. The children were then encouraged to clap the busy rhythmic pattern created by the feet of the swan. They then learned to sing the smooth melody to recognise the contrast in sounds and how the combination told a story about the gliding swan on the rippling water. This kind of careful structured listening is useful in all areas of learning, not only musical understanding.
Sing Up Christmas 2017
The end of term at Vicarage saw the first Sing Up competition to be supported by our parents. The children were very excited to be performing their chosen songs for an audience of adults. Every chair available was taken by the parents and this was a wonderful show of support for our children. The standard of singing and performing was very high and the judges had a difficult task deciding the winners in each year group. The points were added up and the prizes handed out to the happy winners.
Our Sing Up competitions are always very competitive and are a great way of encouraging team work, engaging teachers and their classes in music and confidence in performing. Music has many positive benefits to learning (see above).
Physical Education at Vicarage Primary School
Vicarage Primary School is committed to providing an excellence in Physical Education for every pupil. We achieve the target of 2 hours of physical activity each week for every child. Our aim is to ensure that every child understands the importance of physical activity in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
The curriculum is taught through various sports such as dance, multi skills, football, athletics, gym, basketball, rounders, tennis and hockey. Within these sports children learn a number of skills including, creativity, flexibility, strength, balance, control, competitiveness and co-operation skills. These are learnt both as individuals and as a team.
In the Early Years children will learn how to:
- Move freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.
- Mount stairs, steps or climbing equipment using alternate feet.
- Walk downstairs, two feet to each step while carrying a small object
- Runs skilfully and negotiates space successfully, adjusting speed or direction to avoid obstacles.
- To stand momentarily on one foot when shown.
- Can catch a large ball
- Experiments with different ways of moving.
- Jump off an object and lands appropriately.
- Negotiate space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.
- Travel with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment.
- Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.
- Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.
- They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.
- Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.
- They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
In Key Stage 1 the children will learn:
- basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching
- developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- perform dances using simple movement patterns
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
At Vicarage the pupils will partake in swimming lessons throughout Year 4. Here they will learn:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Vicarage has an inclusive policy. We believe all children should have the opportunity to partake in Physical Education. We run a dance session called Rocking and Rolling. Starting in 2018 we will have SEND sports club, run by a specialist sports coach.
Vicarage runs a number of lunchtime and after school clubs including: Football, Cheerleading, Multi-skills, Dance, Cricket and Rugby, Basketball, Handball and Table tennis.
Vicarage partakes in a number of competitions including: Football, Athletics and we are going to enter the biggest competition in the borough: Newham Mini Games.
This is a great way to showcase the unique skills they have learnt and is a great way to encourage team work, fair play, healthy competition and improve self-esteem.
We have trained children from Years 5 and 6 to run activities and competitions during lunchtimes for the younger children. This gives the children a great sense of responsibility, boosts confidence and is of course a lot of fun.
PE Coordinator: Miss Hopkinson
Sports Coach: Mr Griffin
Richard Buck Visit
Vicarage Primary School had the privilege of having double Olympian champion Richard Buck spend the day in school. He delivered a whole school assembly and then various children across all year groups got to take part in a PE session with him. They practised various athletic skills, games and techniques. This really gave the children somebody to aspire to. They understood success comes with lots of hard work and dedication. The day was met with positive feedback across the school, from teachers, pupils and Richard included.
“The children really enjoyed it, they had so much fun. Even I learnt some new games I can try with the children.” Mrs Tanvir (Teaching Assistant)
“I loved it. We did loads of really fast running called sprints and played games too.” Remel Kellawan (Reception)
Royal Docks Adventure
Children took part in the Royal Docks Adventure Day. Here they did various water sports including rowing and sailing, run by the Sea Cadets. They thoroughly enjoyed their day as it gave the children an opportunity to enjoy sports they would not normally experience.
- Can kindness pass from one person to another?
- Are some people better than others?
- Why are we here?
- If you try hard enough will you always reach your goals?
- Would you survive if there was no such thing as happiness?
- Is it a higher power that causes bad things to happen?
Are all questions that you would hear being discussed if you were part of one of the Philosophy for Children (P4C) sessions at Vicarage Primary School!
Through P4C pupils are taught how to create their own philosophical or ‘big’ questions from a topic related stimulus such as a story, short film, poem, quote, object or picture. Democracy then ensues as children vote for the question they would like to discuss in class.
P4C aims to help children become thoughtful, caring, considerate, tolerant individuals. The sessions enable children to discuss topics that are important to them in a safe, caring setting where everyone’s opinion is valued. Children listen to one another ideas, are able to question assumptions, develop their own opinions and ideas, and most importantly learn that it’s alright to not agree with one another! Furthermore, pupils are enthusiastic about joining in the discussion as they know there isn’t just one ‘right’ answer!