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Paget Primary School, Paget Road, Pype Hayes, Birmingham

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Art and Design

Art and Design is taught through So What? and Big Idea themes.

Children learn various skills to help develop their artistic abilities. They draw from first hand observations and their own experiences using colour, pattern and texture. They are encouraged to review their own work and think about changes that could be made to improve it.

Children investigate a range of methods and techniques from the more basic painting and drawing to more complex processes such as batik, screen printing and mod-roc. Children learn about a range of artists and craft makers. They compare the work of artists and make links to their own work.

The Paget Curriculum Guarantee ensures that children experience some fantastic artistic opportunities in their school years here, from artists in residence to a visit to a local museum or art gallery.


Painting like Da Vinci – under the tables in 4M.
 
An art lesson in Panthers.

Cave painting in 3B.
 
Year 2 fantastic African mask creation.

Computing

Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. 'Computational thinking' is a skill we teach our children to help them become ready for the workplace and participate effectively in this digital world.

Children will learn to read and write algorithms and debug programs. They will learn computer language and use this to write programs as well as gaining an understanding of networks, routers and gateways.

E-safety is a key feature of Computing and is taught to every year group at an appropriate level.

We are rich in computing resources and are always looking for new technologies that may advance learning further. At current we have banks of iPads and notebooks as well as smart boards, web cameras and visualisers. These resources are used in computing lessons but also have a big impact on learning across the curriculum.


Programming a Pro-Bot.
 
Programming on the iPad.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is taught through So What? and Big Idea themes. This includes cooking, woodwork, textiles and modelling using a range of materials.

Children are encouraged to generate their own ideas and plan them effectively. They are given the opportunity to build their confidence using a variety of tools. Pupils evaluate their work and identify successes and areas for development.


Making pop up puppets.
 
Preparing food.

Geography


Practical lesson making volcanoes, beginning to understand damage and effects caused.

In Paget, Geography is taught creatively and is often taught in our 'So What?' or 'Big Idea' lessons.

We believe it is important that children gain an understanding and appreciation for their own environment and culture, and that of others. We encourage children to engage in Geography in a practical way to encourage critical thinking and problem solving, skills which children will use throughout their lives.

The children learn about where places are in the world, physical processes, patterns and change. Our children are encouraged to investigate, compare and contrast different places and processes in the world to develop a deeper understanding of how the world works.

History


Year 2 acting out the story of Florence Nightingale.

In Paget Primary School, History is taught in a variety of ways and is often taught through our 'So What?' or 'Big Idea' lessons.

Workshops are also booked so that children can experience for themselves what life would have been like in different eras, giving them a broader, hands on experience of the subject they are studying.

Our History curriculum teaches children about significant aspects of British history, world history, ancient civilisations, characteristic features of societies and their achievements and mistakes throughout the ages. We encourage children to think critically about past events and to gain an understanding of the methods used in historical enquiry. We also aim to give children an understanding of historical concepts so that they can use them to make connections, analyse and create their own accounts and perspectives.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)


Learning different colours in Spanish.

At Paget we learn French in Years 5 and 6, and Spanish in Years 3 and 4.

In Key Stage 1 we build the pupils' skills in learning and recognising languages, and also developing their understanding of the world around them. We help the children to develop different language learning skills that they can use later in life.

We intend to arm the children with the skills they need to continue their language learning in secondary school and as they move forward in life.

Music


Playing the violin.

Music is so important to our pupils at Paget that everyone is involved in making it as fun and engaging as possible.

There are singing assemblies each week and during music lessons pupils are encouraged to express themselves through performing and composition activities. Pupils listen to a variety of music and develop an appreciation for music from many different genres across the world.

The Birmingham music service provide a variety of peripatetic music lessons for pupils at Paget to participate in. These lessons are a combination of whole class and small group ensembles. Paget encourages pupils to become involved in instrumental tuition and have a good selection of instruments for pupils to play, including: flute, guitar, violin, steel pan, cornet and djembe drum.

In addition to this, Paget also run an after school singing club which is run by Standing Ovation, a group led by professional singers. It can cater for up to 60 children.

We look forward to another fantastic musical year, with many opportunities for pupils to engage with others through music.

Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSHE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.

Learning through PSHE, Citizenship and Values Education will help all pupils develop as individuals in a wider society. Pupils will learn to understand themselves physically, emotionally, and socially and understand that they have duties and responsibilities as well as rights, and we aim to set our children on the path of being more than passive observers. PSHE, Citizenship and Values Education supports pupils in creating links across the curriculum.

Our whole school approach to PSHE education provides pupils with the opportunities to develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. We aim to equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. We use a programme called Dorothy Dot Com to support the teaching and understanding of how to stay safe at school and at home. Through the programme the children learn about many aspects of staying safe including violence, drugs and health education.

We encourage the children to be enterprising and support them in making effective transitions. A critical part of PSHE education is providing opportunities for children to reflect and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. We do this through our Values based education.

We aim to contribute to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. Enabling them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better manage their lives.

Over the past three years a key feature of teaching at PSHE at Paget primary school has been the use of the teaching tool Dorothy Dot Com and we have become a flagship school for the Dot Com Foundation.

Physical Education (PE)

Our aim at Paget is to provide the children with a broad PE curriculum both during and after school, with an inclusive competition programme, involving intra and inter-school competitions.

In our lessons we develop the children’s fundamental awareness of physical literacy through the curriculum in areas such as games, gym, dance, athletics and swimming. Specific skills are taught as well as general skills and these include being able to work in a team, communication and wellbeing.

In addition to this, Paget is developing its community links with local clubs and coaches, for example Pype Hayes Tennis Club, to allow the children to continue to develop their skills externally and involving parents. We are also trying to give the children exciting opportunities such as visiting the Aegon Classic to see professional players in top competitions and continue our commitment to promoting health and well-being for all children.

We have worked hard to develop a well-structured competitive school sport programme that offers many opportunities for all young people to be involved in a range of sports and provide a meaningful experience. Having competitive sport in school develops a range of life skills, including the benefits of developing effective teamwork, resilience and leadership skills. Also, pupils gain skills by being an official or developing their writing skills as journalists.

PE at Paget aims to develop confidence and an enjoyment of sports for all children.

Religious Education (RE)


Year 4 make and decorate Diwali lamps.

Paget Primary School follows the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which focuses on values that are common to many religions in our multicultural city.

Our teaching of RE complies with both local and national curriculum requirements. During RE our children learn both about religion and from religion, focusing on the six world religions: Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Collective Worship is held on a daily basis and takes on a variety of forms including singing, stories and reflective time.

At Paget, we feel it is important to address values and beliefs of all faiths as our children live in a multi-cultural society and benefit from being culturally aware. We aim to nurture not only self-esteem but respect for and understanding of each other. Through RE sessions we cover 24 dispositions, developing following values: Creativity, Compassion, Choice, Community, Commitment and Contemplation.