Whole School Curriculum:
At St Paul’s C of E Primary School, we offer a curriculum which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our schools. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, to improve possibilities and give pupils the necessary independence and motivation as learners in readiness for their next stage of education and to fulfil their aspirations beyond education.
PSHE is at the heart of our curriculum and opportunities are afforded to children to develop their emotional and social learning. We promote mindfulness and growth mindset. All children start the day with a bagel breakfast followed by 10 minutes of mindfulness to allow children to prepare calmly for the days learning ahead. We are a trauma informed school and we see good mental health and well-being as fundamental part of our ethos. We provide in house counselling with our own Younger Minds Counsellor as well as two additional Learning Mentors, who offer many supportive programmes. We have built good relationships with Diamond Families and In-Tuition, with some children accessing their therapeutic farm. We also offer Forrest Schools to children across key stages. We have recently offered short term residentials for pupils to Abbey Farm, which is a therapeutic organic farm where children learn all about where food comes farm, caring for animals, cooking and much more. We have developed our PSHE/British Values curriculum internally we focus weekly on a specific theme from E-safety, Values v Violence, Careers and Aspirations, Core School Values and British Values in order to develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society to encourage them to be active members of our school, local and wider global communities or the world.
The English, mathematics and science curriculum have been developed internally using the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum as a guide, as well as being supported through our external links with the Maths Hub, English Hub, Science specialists and our local advisor. English and Maths are taught discretely but where possible link to foundation subjects and topics. These subjects are taught in mixed ability classes throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In English we teach using an Immersion in Text approach. Each class from Nursery to Y6 study using a specific focused text. Each child is given a copy of the text to keep. All writing and grammar is taught using the text and reading comprehension is taught not only with the text but also using linked texts, non-fiction texts and weekly news texts in guided sessions. Early reading and phonics are taught using the Read Write Inc. scheme. Children have access to books that are decodable and more advanced books from our reading schemes.
Our Maths curriculum has been developed around the teaching for mastery (T4M) approach. Lessons are very structured to include; in focus tasks, teacher taught section, independent skills, revisit via in focus task and the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches across all key stages. We don’t use a specific scheme but have developed various approaches to meet the specific needs of our pupils, including; Power Maths and White Rose. Times Tables Rock Stars is used within Y2 to Y6.
Science focuses on the 3 scientific areas of biology, chemistry and physics we are working with our science support partner to ensure that scientific enquiry and practical science are fully developed. Currently we are starting our journey to PSQM and with the support of our science specialist and researching the use of floor books within the classroom.
As a Church of England Primary School, we ensure that the teaching of RE is a core part of our curriculum. We follow the RE syllabus developed by the Diocese but also have support from our Christian Distinctiveness Advisor to ensure that our core values are also embedded within not only lessons but also throughout all aspects of teaching and learning in school.
The National Curriculum is delivered through the school’s curriculum which has been developed to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s vision and values (Learning, achieving and growing with God) (Compassion, Endurance and Friendship) and these are embedded through many areas of the curriculum, including worships.
All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. All teaching staff and some support staff have received specialist training support from sports coaches to ensure that their skills and knowledge are enhanced. Specialist Music teachers are employed to teach music from EYFS to Year 6. Theme days, weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality. Some subjects are taught in blocks to ensure learning is meaningful and children can more readily apply learnt skills.
Key transition points in a child’s educational journey are carefully considered we have effective links with the local preschools and the local secondary schools and work closely with them to ensure smooth transition in and out of school.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school. Residential visits, trips, visitors to school and real-life experiences all enhance the curriculum for our children. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
In the Foundation stage we provide the initial groundings for the school’s curriculum. This being broad and balanced, which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, being provided through meaningful learning and other experiences which best meet the developmental needs of the pupils in our care. The aim of the Foundation Stage curriculum is to prepare pupils for their next stage of education. This is achieved through an enabling environment, positive relationships with the children and their families and understanding that each child is unique.
In the Foundation Stage we understand the great importance of a child’s positive emotional and social learning, prioritising this throughout our provision. Irrespective of their experiences, all children start the day with a bagel breakfast followed by 10 minutes of mindfulness to allow children to prepare calmly for the fun challenges that await them.
We focus on experiential learning weekly by looking at Picture News and discussing ways to stay safe and healthy (for example e-safety, ways to physical and mental well-being). This enables the children to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, helping them to understand the core values of our society. In time this will prepare them to be active members of our school, local and wider global communities or the world.
Literacy and mathematics are taught discretely, however all areas of development are taught and modelled through play and continuous provision. Literacy is taught using the Immersion in Text approach, with books specifically chosen to enhance multiple areas of development. Early reading and phonics are taught using the Read Write Inc. scheme.
To support our children with their forthcoming learning, we teach mathematics that will provide them with the skills and knowledge. To achieve this we have developed a maths curriculum utilising guidance from White Rose Maths and NCETM early years instruction.
Throughout the Foundation Stage, the children take part in a Communication Screening which enables us to provide tailored speech and language intervention if required.
The children attend worship three times a week and have a class worship weekly. This is alongside additional standalone RE teaching. We provide play and provision that is underpinned by the school’s vision and values (Learning, achieving and growing with God) (Compassion, Endurance and Friendship).
The children in the Foundation Stage are taught music by an external music teacher, and the early years staff have been trained by an external PE provider to deliver high quality PE sessions.
We pride ourselves on planning carefully for any transitions that our children experience, as this is something that requires thought at this time in a child’s development. Both classes work closely with each other so that positive relationships are formed prior to the transition from nursery to reception. Sessions are held with KS1 staff to aid the children moving from reception. We have positive relationships with local settings and converse with staff in preparation to the children joining our school. Children that attend our nursery are offered stay and play sessions and a home visit prior to becoming a St Paul’s pupil. This enables the staff to see the child in a familiar setting and to help build a positive relationship with the child and their family. We continue these positive relationships through informal discussions and by using Class Dojo.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners throughout school. Learning is enhanced by trips and regular visits from external groups/companies. We also offer a Forest Schools approach which is led by one of our EYFS teachers. This, along with other opportunities, helps to develop the children’s independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
Assessment Information for parents
The Standards & Testing Agency have produced some guidance for parent’s regarding the assessments. Please see below to access this information for the relevant Key Stage.
To view results for St Paul’s, please see our School Performance section