English Faculty FAQ
How do I access Bug Club?
You access Bug Club at www.activelearnprimary.co.uk using your child’s log in which they will have been given by their class teacher. The school code is HKQG.
What do I do if I have no books/incorrect books?
Please speak to your child’s class/setting teacher and they will update them.
What does my child’s colour band mean?
Information regarding book bands and progression can be found at http://www.rounddiamondprimary.net/subject-information/
When will my child move to the next colour band?
At Round Diamond we use a ‘miscue system’ to identify when a child is ready to progress to the next book band. The miscue focuses on both word reading and comprehension. In order to make the best progress your child should be reading at 95% accuracy.
What is All-Write?
All-write is an opportunity for children in years 1-6 (reception in the summer term) to write about an experience which has been provided by the school. This often forms part of our cross-curricular days. The writing is used to help inform teacher assessment and moderation. These are carried out termly.
How is handwriting taught?
Handwriting is taught in all year groups across the school. Teaching is supported by the PenPals for handwriting scheme. Teachers deliver handwriting lessons at least 3 x per week. Modelling of letter formation and joins is accompanied by fine and gross motor skill activities. Further guidance can be found at http://www.rounddiamondprimary.net/curriculum-guidance/
When will my child start to use a handwriting pen?
Children use handwriting pens from Year Four.
What is SPaG?
SPaG is short for spelling, punctuation and grammar. At Round Diamond it is taught in both isolation and as part of English lessons. Every teaching space has a grammar wall so that the children receive a consistent approach.
How many of lessons of PE per week?
Your child will receive 2hrs of PE teaching per week.
What will my child learn in PE?
At Round Diamond we provide the children with sporting activities that develop basic skills of balance and co-ordination (KS1) To gain more competence in sport using skills such as aiming, kicking striking and throwing (kS2) Personal fitness, co-operate and competitive skills, as well as we value sporting opportunities of both a competitive and non-competitive nature. We provide a varied curriculum across the whole school, which includes an element of theory within P.E.
How will my child be supported in PE?
We have three members of the Round Diamond P.E. Team: Mr Stephenson, Mr Wickens and Miss Parry (Sports Apprentice).
Our team deliver enhanced PE lessons and provide outstanding teaching and learning opportunities. Within our County Review (March ’16), it was stated that ‘The activities which teachers plan maximise lesson time and make every second of learning count.’ ‘Flexibility of teaching groupings allows pupils to take control of their own learning and be prepared to challenge themselves.’
The P.E. Team has a flexible approach to setting in KS2; this can be based on ability, confidence, interest and gender. This approach allows for differentiation for less able pupil and challenge for more able pupils to take place. Our PE lessons are communication friendly and inclusive, the staff use visuals to support all pupils to access the lesson and make progress. If your child requires additional support in PE, they may be chosen for our “more active” club, or receive input/advice from Stevenage Sporting futures.
Here at Round Diamond School we have the luxury of an all-weather surface which helps provides us to run Physical Educational lessons in all conditions safely. Outside kit is required to be worn by all Pupils.
How will I find out how my child is progressing in PE?
Information will be shared about PE attainment and progress in the annual report in July.
How can I find out about sporting events/clubs?
This information is on our newsletter, website and Facebook pages. Round Diamond P.E team can assure all parents that as soon as final details have been confirmed to us by opposing Schools letters are given to the relevant Pupils. All Children are given the option to sign up to our wide range of sporting clubs termly, offered on a first come, first served basis. Free of charge.
What is covered in the RE/PSHE curriculum?
PSHE is adapted to the needs and age of the children but the majority of PSHE learning is based around three core areas: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
In RE, there are two attainment targets which set the broad objectives of all RE teaching: Learning about RE and Learning through RE.
This learning is based around 6 key areas:
How will I know what my child is learning in RE/PSHE?
Curriculum overviews are available on the website and are updated termly.
If I want to speak to a member of staff about the curriculum/learning, who do I contact?
Please speak to the Class Teacher in the first instance and they can direct you to a member of the faculty (Mrs Evans – Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion, Mrs Dring - RE lead, Mrs Cottle - PSHE lead, Mr Stevenson - PE lead).
What equipment do the children use in their Computing lessons?
Every child from Year 1 to Year 6 has a timetabled computing lesson where they have access to laptop computers to help them with their Computer skills. There are also a set of iPads, a set of iPad Minis and a set of iPods that are available to be used. Available for use with the laptops are a mouse, so that children still get to develop these skills. In each classroom there a selection of desktop PC’s. In the Early years, there is a timetabled slot for the iPad trolleys to be used for their computing sessions. There are also class based iPads for use throughout the day. Extra equipment that is used consists of Flip Cams and Bee Bots for creating short videos and controlling devices.
Are children assessed in Computing?
All children in Years 1 to 6 are assessed once a term in Computing at the end of a unit of work. This will be reported at the end of the year in their school report where you will be informed whether they are working below, at or above age related expectations. In the Early Years their Computing learning goes towards their assessment in the Understanding the World section.
Where is any learning the children produce in computing?
Children have an individual log on for the school server which provides an area where they can save their learning not just from computing lessons, but for whenever they use technology for their learning across the curriculum. This is sometimes printed off and displayed in their subject books, or if they would like, take it home. The rest is stored on their network area.
What areas of Science are taught at Round Diamond?
Throughout the school, all three subject areas (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are taught. This can be through discreet science lessons or part of an IPC topic. The school also takes part in British Science week where we focus on Science through investigations which create awe and wonder.
How is Science covered in the Early Years?
Science is covered within 'Understanding the World' of the EYFS curriculum. As a school we also encourage the Children to explore e.g. the outside nature area has stimuli in place to provoke discussion around science.
How is Science assessed at School? Do Children do Science SATs?
Science is teacher assessed across the school. The school use the Herts Assessment Framework to aid this. In year 6, some schools are selected to take part in a Science SATs test, however, the results of these are not shared with the school and are used for data purposes only.
International Primary Curriculum