The New Primary National Curriculum (2014)
Our curriculum is creatively and innovatively designed to engage and enthuse pupils. Skills are developed through content, real life scenarios and enhanced by a range of visits and visitors. In order to give the National Curriculum maximum coverage, the teachers’ planning involves:
- long term, where they consider the programmes of work over a 12 month period.
- medium term, where they consider half-termly programmes.
- short term, where they forecast weekly.
This means that at certain times, subjects will be taught individually and at other times within a programme of integrated studies. Modern Foreign Language is taught throughout school; our All Saints partnership allows us to draw upon their expert French teacher who teaches Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 each week.
The ‘topic-based, creative curriculum’ approach which we follow at St Patrick’s means that wherever possible, we link our subjects around a theme. The topics we choose depend on three factors:
At St Patrick’s there are three phases in total:
For Key Stages 1 and 2 there are three core subjects:
In addtion, there are foundation subjects for Key Stages 1 and 2, these are:
Key Stage 1 children use the following phonics schemes:
The whole school follow the Book Banding reading scheme.
THE ORGANISATION OF EDUCATION
Generally, children are taught in age groupings. Teachers plan for matching work of different abilities within their own class. At times, they work with groups of children; on other occasions, they may teach the whole class.
Children in the Nursery and Reception classes are known as the Foundation Stage, and this is the first part of their education.
Children at Key Stage One should reach a level between 1 and 3. Children at Key Stage Two should reach a level between 2 and 5.
Children at both Key Stage 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum for all subjects. This includes the Literacy Hour, the Numeracy initiative and the increased teaching time in I.T.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH EDUCATION AND CITIZENSHIP
PSHE and Citizenship do not have a specific timetabled time. Aspects are included right across the curriculum but especially in Science, P.E. and R.E.
Governors have an Education for Personal Relationships policy which is delivered at age appropriate level and in line with the guidance from the Nottingham Diocese throughout school.
RE and Science as well as other areas of the curriculum are delivered by way of a cross curricular, integrated approach.
All elements of PSHE and Citizenship, whilst non-statutory at Key Stage 1 and 2, are covered.
We also acknowledge that every area of the school life can potentially contribute to RSE as the school, of its very nature operates through positive human relationships.
All staff realise the obligation to deliver RSE in their role as class teachers or support staff. Staff also recognise the need for close co-operation with each other and other subject areas in order to ensure an holistic approach to RSE.
We recognise that RSE requires sensitive teaching which is matched in particular by the specific needs and concerns of pupils.
Teachers will use their professional judgement when addressing issues in RSE and careful consideration will need to be given to the inevitable wide and varied experience and backgrounds of the pupils in the class.
All teachers involved in RSE are required to be sensitive, credible and consistent.
All pupils are given equal access to RSE within the curriculum.
We do have a Homework Policy and the teachers do regularly ask the children to carry out certain tasks at home, usually involving the parents in some way.
In the early years, children bring home their reading book and reading diary. The quality of time spent by parents and children together is an essential factor in the success of our reading development programme. We also recommend that parents take their children to the Library to borrow fiction and reference books and, therefore, help with the wider development of their reading.
Comprehension and spelling, together with aspects of Mathematics, such as mental maths and times tables, form the basis of the Key Stage One and Two programme.
In Religious Education, children are often asked to discuss some aspect of their lives and their faith with parents/carers, and to pray with them. On occasions, completion of topics, especially at Year 6 when the children are preparing for All Saints’ School.
The amount of time spent on teaching during the normal school week, including Religious Education, but excluding the daily act of worship, registration and break (including lunch,) is: KS1 22 hours and 30 minutes KS2 23 hours and 45 minutes.