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.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In our Reception base a variety of structured play and practical activities are planned to help children work towards completing the EYFS Profile. Attainment is based on ongoing observation and assessment in the three prime and four specific areas of learning, and the three characteristics of effective learning:
Characteristics of effective learning:
The framework can be found here EYFS FRAMEWORK.
We teach this framework through topics that excite the children; we plan together and teach inspiring activities according to their needs and interests.
Key Stage 1 and 2
At Key Stage 1 and 2, children have a daily English and Mathematics lesson.
Read, write, Inc is used across the school, starting with a structured phonics programme and developing into a spelling focus from Year 2.
The scheme starts in Reception and continues into KS1. It is a phonics based programme which extends into children's English lessons too.
Take a look at this introduction to RWI phonics;
From Y2 and into KS2, Read,Write,Inc is focused on developing an understanding of spelling patterns and strategies.
To find out more, follow this link to the Read,Write Inc parents' page!
As a school, we recognise the importance of reading for all children and have therefore, recently reviewed our current practice in order to improve the teaching of reading. Reading forms an integral part of our school life, and pupils across the school have reading diaries to record their reading both at home and school. Reading is encouraged at home and forms part of our home learning expectation.
At Key Stage Two we teach reading through specific planned lessons 'Teaching of Reading' lessons with six high quality texts being studied in each year. During these lessons, pupils are introduced to a wide repertoire, enabling them to develop their language skills and their ideas.
Writing is taught through a topic-based approach, as much as possible, in order to provide purpose and audience for the children. Grammatical accuracy is embedded in the teaching of writing but also as a discrete element of the English curriculum.
Handwriting - Our handwriting scheme makes it much easier for pupils to develop a fluent and coherent joined style. Have a go at it yourself!
The new mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamental areas of mathematics including the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children at St Andrew’s are taught to reason mathematically, solve problems and apply their mathematical skills in a variety of real life contexts. Please see below for the visual calculation policy which each year group uses.
Other Curriculum Areas
In addition to English and mathematics, children are taught to develop their skills, understanding and creativity in a wide range of subjects including science, computing, history, geography, design technology, music, art, physical education and religious education (which uses the 'Discovery' syllabus). Additionally, French is taught in Key Stage 2.
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 a Rights Respecting School 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 2018-2019;
Autumn Term - week beginning 15th October 2018.
Spring Term - week beginning 4th March 2019
Summer Term - week beginning 15th July 2019
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.
To find out more about the primary curriculum, visit the National Curriculum Website