Subject Areas

English

At Pennyhill, we believe in developing pupils’ abilities in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Pupils develop their skills within a varied English curriculum and are given opportunities to further apply this through other subject areas.

By the time the children leave our school, we aim for them to be able to read with confidence, fluency and understanding; showing an interest in books and reading for enjoyment. They should also develop a wide vocabulary, using this knowledge to write in a variety of forms and for different purposes. Discussion is an integral part of learning and children should be able to use this to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.

Upon this foundation, all future learning is built. Therefore, we believe in providing the best possible start to your child’s learning journey in English.


Mathematics

Mathematics at Pennyhill teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to use number, calculate, reason and solve problems.

Our approach to mathematics  enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. 

We make meaningful links to the wider curriculum and have termly “Real Life Maths” projects to encourage pupils to put their learning into a real life context.


Science

At Pennyhill we believe that Science should be one of the most enjoyable parts of the children’s learning. It is an integral part of the Learning Challenge Curriculum and through this children are given opportunities to explore and find out about themselves and the world around them. 


Our children are encouraged to not simply learn a set of facts but to think in a scientific way. Investigation is at the centre of all our Scientific learning and children explore scientific concepts using their existing skills and through problem solving and questioning


Computing

Computing at Pennyhill Primary School is an integral part of school life. Technology, such as computers, iPads and cameras, are used across school every day in order to engage pupils and maximise learning. 

During dedicated Computing lessons, children are taught a wide range of skills which are becoming ever more necessary in a technology driven world. For example: 

·        How to use a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and

   presenting data and information.

·        Maximising efficiency when using programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

·        How to plan and debug algorithms (instructions used by computers).

·        Useful strategies for staying safe online and how to report suspicious activity.

·        How to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals.

 

Alongside Computing lessons, children are given the opportunity to build on and strengthen these skills by using technology in other subject areas, such as Learning Challenge, English and Maths.

 

Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages is now a statutory requirement for all children in Key Stage Two.

At Pennyhill Primary School we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational and cultural experience.

Here at Pennyhill Primary School we are keen to promote French as a modern foreign language to our pupils.

We aim to integrate language learning into everyday school life, with teachers, teaching assistants and children using and experimenting with their knowledge of different languages whenever the opportunity arises. 

 

Geography

At Pennyhill we look to stimulate children’s interest in their surroundings and develop their knowledge of a variety of physical conditions.

We look to develop children’s sense of identity through an awareness of different cultures and human environments, which are found both locally and globally.

We use geographical skills and investigate through fieldwork which is incorporated through our learning challenges. 

 

Religious Education

The aim of teaching RE in Pennyhill Primary School is aligned with the 1988 Education Reform Act and the new SACRE 2012 RE Syllabus for Sandwell which requires that all pupils should have an education, which is balanced; promotes their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development; and prepares them for adult life.

These documents highlight clearly that all pupils must be taught five major religions including Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam in order to reflect the makeup of Sandwell.

Also schools are encouraged not to promote the claims of one particular faith or stance against any other faiths and stances. On the other hand it does imply respect for the identities, values and commitments that pupils bring with them into school.

 

Special Educational Needs and Disability

At Pennyhill Primary School we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and are able to participate fully in school life.

Every teacher is a teacher of every child or young person, including those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND)

We recognise that children may have special educational needs either throughout or at any time during their school career.


Physical Education

Here at Pennyhill the children have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports and physical activities during our PE lessons, extra-curricular clubs and active playtimes. 

The children learn new skills and experience a wide variety of sports including multi-skills, dance, gymnastics, swimming, athletics, tri-golf, tennis, badminton, orienteering as well as the traditional team sports of hockey, netball, football and tag-rugby.

The children also are taught the importance of being healthy and leading an active, healthy lifestyle.

Our PE lessons focus on ERA where the children can ENJOY, RESPECT and ACHIEVE through sport. They can:


Enjoy fun lessons where the children try new sports and skills, using a range of sporting equipment.

Respect others by promoting sportsman ship, following the rules of the games. Develop leadership, teamwork and collaboration through planning routines and using tactics. The children also have the opportunity to coach, umpire, assess and evaluate their own and their peer’s performances.
Achieve personal goals. The children develop and apply new skills to improve individual or team performances and can compete against others through intra-school and inter-school competitions.





  • Pennyhill Primary School
  • Hollyhedge Rd
  • West Bromwich
  • West Midlands
  • B71 3BU
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 0121 588 2230
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