At St Chad’s C of E Primary school, we recognise that English is a subject that should be intertwined across our Creative Curriculum and not just limited to daily English lessons. We aim to provide an English education at St.Chad’s where all children are fully literate and are able to read, write, speak and listen well. Speaking and listening skills, reading, grammar, writing, phonics and drama feature in all units to ensure that children are meeting all requirements and children are encouraged to incorporate these skills across our whole curriculum.
Phonics – High quality phonics teaching is vital in ensuring that children are well-equipped to become efficient, fluent and lifelong readers. In Reception and KS1, children are taught to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension by adopting the Ruth Miskin ‘Read Write Inc’ approach. As well as developing reading, it also provides opportunity for children to form each letter, spell correctly and compose their ideas step-by-step. Children are then regularly assessed so that they are working within the appropriate phonics group. When a child is in Year 1 (during the month of June), the Department for Education stipulates that children must undertake the 'Phonics Screening' assessment. If they do not meet the requirements of the assessment, they will retake it the following year. All information is submitted to the Department for Education and you will also receive the relevant information from school.
Reading – St. Chad’s aims to foster a real love of reading across all year groups to ensure that children become lifelong readers and as such there is ample opportunity for children to read daily, both through class reading and independent reading. Through careful planning and teaching, pupils develop the appropriate skills and attitudes towards reading that will ensure they can tackle challenging texts through our Forensic Reading approach. We are committed to developing a reading spine that ensures pupils experience a wide range of texts and genres to meet the interests of all, as well as developing stamina and skills that will support them into adulthood.
Writing - We ensure that all children have access to regular writing opportunities that are not just confined to English lessons, to ensure consistent development of the skills that are being modelled to them. Teachers provide engaging and exciting English lessons, based off of relevant, diverse and high quality texts which are both accessible yet challenging, to enthuse children to become competent writers across all subjects. Our targeted English writing lessons cover the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling National Curriculum objectives and these are used imaginatively by teachers to create unique unit plans, based around the requirements of the learners within the class. At St Chad’s, handwriting is taught regularly in order to hone children’s fine motor skills and to ensure that all of their writing is legible, allowing them to convey their ideas effectively.
At St.Chad’s we strive to provide daily teaching and learning experiences within Maths which are practical, purposeful and will ultimately lead to progression. Teachers plan such experiences using objectives from the National Curriculum and teach using active and inclusive strategies to ensure that Maths is a fun and enjoyable experience for all.
Considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. For this reason, teaching only moves on when a child clearly understands and can demonstrate this, practically, verbally or in a using and applying situation. Daily assessment from pupils and staff ensures this occurs. Teachers also make links across the curriculum so children have many opportunities to use and apply the skills they have learnt.
Structured and purposeful speaking and listening opportunities are used strategically to develop thinking and reasoning skills and to allow children to learn from each other.
To see our mathematics yearly overview click the link to the side.
Science plays an important part in everyday life. We aim, through challenging, exciting, well-structured situations, to make science interesting, accessible and enjoyable for all our children.
Enquiry is an important component of learning. Skills of enquiry are developed through research,
investigation, experiment, first hand experience.
Computing skills are not taught in isolation but are developed throughout all areas of the curriculum.
Children develop basic computer skills in the Foundation Stage and build on these each year. Computing is used to enhance learning and teaching in all subjects and develop skills which the children will need for lifelong learning.
We use various applications, topic related websites and interactive software to enhance learning experiences. We aim for each child to be confident in the use of the computer for multimedia creation, programming, data logging and online research. Internet safety is an important part of the pupils’ education and a programme is in place to support them to learn safely online.
We are well resourced for computing with a laptop and interactive whiteboard in every classroom and within the school hall. In addition we have a bank of iPads, laptops and netbooks available for classroom use. All classrooms, including the Nursery, have access to the Internet.
As well as using computers children are encouraged to use a range of technologies including Bee Bots, microphones, programmable toys, data loggers, electronic books, CD Roms, DVD players, digital cameras, digital video cameras, webcams, visualisers and electronic microscopes.
Religious Education is taught following the “Leeds Agreed Syllabus”. Although our emphasis is on Christianity, we also share festivals and stories from other world religions. Our aim is to understand, accept and respect each others’ differences and similarities. All children participate in daily acts of worship with a broadly Christian content. Any parents wishing to withdraw their child from R.E. or from worship on religious grounds should contact the Headteacher.
History develops children’s curiosity about the past and about the way things have changed over time. Pupils learn about people’s lives and lifestyles, events and places from the recent and distant past and develop an awareness of time. History is about people and helps children to understand past events and to make sense of the world they live in today.
Children are given opportunities each year to investigate their surroundings and develop geographical skills. We aim to help our children to understand the environment in which we live and the part they can play in it for future generations. We also believe it is important for them to develop an understanding of the world in which they live by studying a variety of different places at home and abroad.
Music is an enjoyable, practical subject. Children are encouraged to develop skills in singing, to appreciate different kinds of music, to compose and to play a variety of musical instruments. At St.Chad's we use the 'Charanga' scheme of work which is based on listening and appraising, creating and exploring and singing and performing.
The main focus of P.E. at St.Chad’s Primary is to enable the children to be physically active, thus developing physical fitness, strength and agility. We aim to develop children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination. During PE lessons, children are taught how to move their bodies safely, carry equipment sensibly and work co-operatively with others. The children are taught how to keep their bodies healthy by discussing the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. Once children are in key stage two they will have the opportunity to develop and refine the basic techniques in striking and fielding activities, athletics and pursue outdoor and adventurous activities. They will also attend regular swimming sessions in Year 3 and 4 allowing them to gain proficiency certificates as their confidence in swimming is developed. The school follows the REAL PE scheme.
As well as providing children with two hours of quality PE lessons a week, we aim to provide children with the opportunities to take part in physical activity on a daily basis. Staff provide a daily session of lunchtime and after school activities for children to participate in.
Children also have the opportunity to join clubs and are chosen to represent the school for various sports teams, e.g. netball, gymnastics, football, athletics.
Throughout the school year we celebrate physical activity and hold whole school ‘Health and Sports’ days once a term. Children enjoy spending these days in their house teams, participating in a range of fun and exciting health and sport activities.
Design and Technology is about children developing designing and making skills that they can combine with specific knowledge and understanding in order to make quality products. Children will be given opportunities to develop a greater awareness and understanding about everyday products. They will be taught skills to enable them to work safely with a wide range of tools and materials. They will also be given the opportunity to develop problem solving strategies to assist in the design process.
Children begin to learn French when they move into KS2. The language is taught through songs, action rhymes, games, role-play, stories, ICT and art. Children are also introduced to the written word by learning simple language structures and changing key vocabulary. Children look at some of the countries where French is spoken and compare everyday life, festivals and traditions with those in England.
In KS1 children’s awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity is heightened by activities such as taking the register in other languages and participating in whole school concerts with songs and stories from around the world.
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