In September 2014, All Saints introduced the new primary curriculum. Some subjects are taught discretely, whilst others are planned and delivered in a cross-curricular thematic approach where appropriate links can be made.
Our curriculum threads SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development across the whole curriculum and underpins our Christian ethos. This ensures all children are fully equipped for their future life in modern Britain. The British values of democracy, rule of law, freedom, respect and tolerance are taught alongside our core Christian values of forgiveness, love and compassion. RE, Collective worship and PSHE together with the ethos of our school support this development and actively engages children with opportunities to consider their role in the wider community and on a national and an international scale.
English consists of reading (word reading and comprehension), writing (spelling and handwriting and composition), grammar and punctuation and speaking and listening. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 phonics is also taught on a daily basis.
Phonics is taught in small groups across Early Years and KS1 in a lively, fun, engaging and challenging way. The focus is on hearing sounds, blending and segmenting sounds to aid reading and writing. This synthetic phonics approach is supported by the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme and is planned to meet the needs and abilities of all children. Some Jolly Phonics resources are used to accompany the DFE recommendations.
English lessons are generally taught on a daily basis, but is also threaded through other subjects to encourage consolidation and transferring of skills.
Reading is taught through a structured approach to develop a child’s decoding skills alongside inference and deduction skills. Guided reading takes place during the school day and links in to the children’s individual reading books taken home to share with parents. Oxford Reading Tree, Jelly and Bean and Lighthouse are the main reading schemes used until a child is ready to move to free reader books.
In mathematics we encourage children to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, reason mathematically and solve problems. Maths is made up of the following areas:
Mathematics is taught daily and where appropriate within other subjects so that links can be made to consolidate learning and transfer skills.
Building on from Early Years work on understanding the world, we aim to support children to develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding in the different elements of Science and to equip them with enquiry based skills to investigate, compare, classify and research concepts. This is achieved through work on plants, animals (including humans), everyday materials, seasonal changes, rocks, light, forces and magnets, electricity; all under-pinned by working scientifically.
Computing education focuses on the principles of information and computation, digital systems and programming. Computing skills are also used to enhance other areas of the curriculum.
We aim to develop a child’s geographical and historical understanding through engaging and meaningful topics.
In Geography, children will gain an understanding of different locations (locally, nationally and internationally) as well as investigating human and physical geography.
In History, children will gain an understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world. It should inspire children to know more about the past. In Key stage 1, children are taught to consider changes within living memory, events beyond living memory and lives of significant individuals in the past. In Key Stage 2, children develop their sense and understanding of chronology through local, British and world history.
In PE, class teachers individually or alongside specialist coaches plan a broad curriculum to ensure competence in physical activities, encourage children to engage in competitive sports and competitions and to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. This is taught through a series of activities based on gymnastics, multi-skills, dance, competitive games (e.g. hockey, football, tag-rugby, tennis, rounders, cricket), athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming (year 2/3).
Art and Design work encourages children to be creative, inspired and challenged as well as to think critically. Children are taught to sue a range of materials to draw, paint and sculpt whilst developing techniques in using colour, texture and pattern. Art and Design is taught in a cross-curricular way and often focuses on works of famous artists as an inspiration.
Encourages children to develop their practical skills whilst being creative and productive. Design and Technology work will focus on designing products, making products and evaluating them. They will also learn fundamental skills of cooking, nutrition and hygiene.
Music is taught throughout the school developing a child’s critical engagement with music through composition, performance and the understanding of pitch, duration, tempo, duration, texture, structure and notation.
As a Church of England (Voluntary Aided School) the Diocesan Agreed Syllabus is followed. Work in RE is centred around the Christian faith with Key stage 1 children also studying Islam and Key stage 2 children studying Islam and Judaism in addition to Christianity. RE is taught weekly as a discrete subject with a balance between learning about a religion and learning from a religion. Thinking skills are a key strategy used to develop a child’s enquiry based thinking and questioning skills.
PSHE is taught across the school through circle time, PSHE lessons and as part of the wider school curriculum. We believe that with a supportive and considerate environment, children are able to discuss issues relating to relationships, health and well-being and being a member of the wider world. We strongly feel that we need to equip children with a good level of empathy, understanding and key skills to become a full member of society.
To find out more about the curriculum we are following please contact us.