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West London Free School - Kensington Primary Academy

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We aim to provide children with a classical liberal education, regardless of background or ability.

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Curriculum Overviews

Kensington Primary Academy aims to be one of the best primary schools in the country, renowned for academic excellence and for creating the desire to succeed in all its pupils, no matter what their background.

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Key Stage 1

Nursery

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RECeption

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Year 1

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Year 3

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Reading

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. It is a central part of every pupil’s life at our school. Every child in our school is a reader and so are their teachers.

We want to instil a love of reading for our children from the very beginning of school life and we do this by ensuring that we deliver a high-quality Reading curriculum using carefully selected texts and by sharing a wealth of literature. Children build the knowledge and skills to become confident readers throughout their time with us and this is evident by their continuous engagement, desire to read for pleasure and their understanding of a range of texts, authors and illustrators.

For our children, learning to read and becoming a reader is a priority for us. We have developed our Reading curriculum to ensure all children have opportunities to and develop understanding in:

  • Using their Phonics to lift the words off the page
  • Developing communication and language skills particularly by learning new vocabulary and key/familiar phrases
  • Applying their Phonics to read words, captions, phrases, sentences and longer texts
  • Daily Phonics, Reading and English lessons in EYFS and KS1
  • Daily Reading and English lessons in KS2
  • Reading as part of the wider curriculum
  • Sharing books, authors and illustrators during daily read aloud sessions
  • Opportunities to independently read and be immersed in a book
  • Engaging in book talk: likes, dislikes, puzzles and connections

We are also currently in the process of developing a School Library, with the help of our dedicated PTA.

Phonics

Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) is our chosen Phonics programme. The aim of ELS is ‘Getting all children to read well, quickly’. It teaches children to read by identifying the phonemes (the smallest unit of sound) and graphemes (the written version of the sound) within words and using these to read words.

Children begin learning Phonics from the very start of Reception and it is explicitly taught every day during a dedicated slot on the timetable. Throughout the day, children will use their growing Phonics knowledge to support them in other areas of the curriculum and will have many opportunities to practise their reading. This includes reading 1:1 with a member of staff, with a partner during paired reading and as a class.

Children continue daily Phonics lessons in Year 1 and further through the school to ensure all children become confident, fluent readers.

We follow the ELS progression and sequence. This allows our children to practise their existing phonic knowledge whilst building their understanding of the ‘code’ of our language GPCs (Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence). As a result, our children can tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover. 

Children experience the joy of books and language whilst rapidly acquiring the skills they need to become fluent independent readers and writers. ELS teaches relevant, useful and ambitious vocabulary to support children’s journey to becoming fluent and independent readers.

We begin by teaching the single letter sounds before moving to diagraphs (two letters spelling one sound), trigraphs (three letters spelling one sound) and quadgraphs (four letters spelling one sound).

We teach children to:

  • Decode by identifying each sound within a word and blending them together to read fluently
  • Encode by segmenting each sound to write words accurately.

The structure of ELS lessons allows children to know what is coming next, what they need to do, and how to achieve success. This makes it easier for children to learn the GPCs we are teaching (the alphabetic code) and how to apply this when reading.

ELS is designed on the principle that children should ‘keep up’ rather than ‘catch up’. Since interventions are delivered within the lesson by the teacher, any child who is struggling with the new knowledge can be immediately targeted with appropriate support. Where further support is required, 1:1 interventions are used where needed. These interventions are short, specific and effective.

Religious Education

We believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Through religious education, pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We use the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Religious Education curriculum, in order to deliver weekly RE lessons to all our pupils.