The Curriculum at St Andrew’s CE Primary School
The school follows the National Curriculum for children in Years 1 – 6 and the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance for children in the EYFS. We use an online resource, Cornerstones, to support our curriculum planning on a rolling programme.
The Cornerstones resource is a framework for developing a bespoke whole school curriculum. Each topic works through a sequence, designed to engage, educate and inspire its learners. The four elements of progression within each topic are explained below.
Personal, social and health education forms an integral part of the curriculum at St Andrew’s. It helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. We use the Jigsaw scheme as a basis for our PHSE teaching and learning. As Part of our Emotional Health and Behaviour Policy all members of staff are committed to encouraging the children to develop an understanding of right and wrong and to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
We build in opportunities to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of all our pupils, especially through our daily acts of Collective Worship and our Religious Education scheme of work. Children are encouraged to develop their own beliefs. There is a Worship Council who meet regularly, this year they are focusing on developing aspects of our distinctiveness as a church school..
Homework is used to extend school learning and also encourages children as they get older to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own. It provides opportunities for parents and pupils to work together and to enjoy learning experiences.
We are very proud of the wide range of extra-curricular clubs we are able to offer at St.Andrew’s. These are run after school and are all well attended. Some clubs are run by our dedicated teachers and teaching assistants but we also have some clubs run by external coaches, for which there is sometimes a small fee.
At St.Andrew’s we have a very popular breakfast club which caters for about 40 pupils a day and an After School Care provision. We also have lunchtime clubs for children who struggle with play times and/or their own self-esteem.
We firmly believe that the education of the children is a partnership between children, staff and parents. Support from home is vital in maximising children’s chances of fulfilling their potential. In order to facilitate this partnership, we offer an open-door policy where parents are welcome to visit school to discuss their children’s progress with staff at a mutually convenient time. Each class provides opportunities for three parents’ meetings per year. Detailed reports are currently sent home mid year, whilst summary reports are provided in July .
Curriculum evenings for each pod will be taking place at the beginning of the Autumn term.
Parent Consultation Evenings for 2019-2020;
Autumn Term - week beginning 4th November 2019.
Spring Term - week beginning 24th February 2020
Summer Term - week beginning 15th July 2020
In summary, our school curriculum aims to inspire each pupil, to give them the self-belief needed to ultimately achieve their full potential and to simply 'make a difference' !
Each class page has more information about their current curriculum - please follow the links through 'our classes' to find out more.