We have designed a curriculum for the children of St.Chad’s that will help them develop a love of learning, activate their enquiring minds and develop as Global Citizens. We are a diverse Church of England school where we have a curriculum which develops children as responsible, knowledgeable and proactive school, local and global citizens. We fully support the children being involved in the design of their learning journey and favour a creative curriculum underpinned with a daily dose of basic skills. Each half term the curriculum will be delivered through a literature focus, be topic-based or through a current topical or global issue. We expect there to be lively and engaging learning experiences for all the children with visitors and first hand experiences to help bring the curriculum to life.
Our curriculum is underpinned by the following key concepts or “Big ideas”:
At St. Chad’s we have a shared pedagogical approach to teaching and learning which is research based. We believe that the most effective teaching and learning methods involve children being actively reflective on their own teaching and learning journey. We utilise a combination of Metacognitive strategies and Growth Mind-set approaches within lessons in order to support our children in making the most of every learning opportunity. As part of each teaching and learning journey there will be opportunities for: drawing on prior learning, being introduced to new knowledge and concepts, teacher modelling, opportunities to discuss and ask questions, guided practise, independent practise and reflection on learning using success criteria.
In order to support teaching and learning we have progressive schemes of work which outline expectations in each year group which are linked to the national curriculum.
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.
Personal, social and health education and citizenship are taught as cross curricular themes throughout the school, within the framework of circle time. P.S.H.E. includes the concepts of:
children finding out about themselves
learning how to interact with others
learning how to live a safe, healthy lifestyle
Citizenship comprises of three main strands: social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy.
The aims of the curriculum inter-relate closely with the ethos of the school and promote each child’s personal, social and emotional development within the whole school environment, whereby everyone can feel safe, secure and valued.
In the Foundation Stage and KS1 and early KS2, sex education is taught within the framework of science and personal, social and health education. It includes concepts of: growing and changing, the life cycle, relationships and caring for each other.
In teaching sex education we aim to provide knowledge about the processes of puberty and reproduction, foster a positive approach to ourselves and to others, explore sensitively the emotional and moral aspects of growing up and forming relationships. We follow the ‘Living and Growing’ scheme of work. The governing body is aware that the teaching of sex education is a sensitive issue involving individual requirements, and give parents the opportunity to withdraw children from these lessons.
During the time the children are at St.Chad’s Primary, we offer the opportunity for them to go on many educational day trips connected with topic work, as well as walks, visits and studies within the local area. We believe in first-hand experience and believe that these visits play an important role in the children‘s learning.
Parents will always be informed of these visits and where there is a cost incurred, will be asked to make a voluntary contribution.
We recognise that children may have a range of special educational needs during their time at St.Chad’s Primary which may need short or long term provision. The Special Educational Needs co-ordinators have responsibility for the day to day operation of our school special needs policy, supported by all members of staff. We recognise the need for early identification and intervention. Class teachers are responsible for the beginning of this process and parents will be consulted about concerns. Other agencies may become involved at a later stage to determine the type of education and support each child requires to meet his/her specific needs. Parents will be kept informed throughout the whole process.
We keep a register of all pupils with special educational needs and their progress is monitored and reviewed regularly. Similarly we recognise that more able children also have additional needs and these children are included on our Gifted and Talented register. All children should be challenged and stimulated within lessons.
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