THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The curriculum refers to all learning experiences planned for the children during their time at St Patrick’s. Our curriculum promotes our school ethos aiming to meet the needs of every individual child, allowing each to learn and achieve whilst preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. We take full account of the National Primary Curriculum starting in Foundation Stage with the Early Learning Goals and concluding in Year 6 at the end of Key Stage 2 and we cover all the recognised National Curriculum subjects.
Whilst all the subject specific skills are taught, we have sought to integrate aspects of our curriculum, tailoring it to the needs of our children. In this way, children may use English writing skills to write a report in a History lesson or graphing skills within a Science lesson. This integration of curriculum areas allows lessons to be more interesting and the children can see the relevance of their learning.
Areas of Study:
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY (DT)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE)
PERSONAL SOCIAL HEALTH AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION (PSHCE)
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE (MFL)
The Catholic Christian ethos of the school is the foundation upon which everything we do is built. RE is more than a subject - it is implicit in all that we teach and how we teach. The children learn about the Catholic religion and learn about other traditions and faiths.
As is the case in all schools, parents have the right to withdraw their children from all, or part, of religious education or religious worship. If you wish to exercise this right, you must arrange to discuss this with the Headteacher.
During English lessons children engage in a number of activities, which include speaking and listening, reading, writing and spelling. Children are encouraged to embed these skills in other subject areas.
We follow the guidance of the Primary National Curriculum for mathematics with time given to both mental and written strategies and plenty of hands-on practical experience. All children are taught to apply their learning through reasoning and problem solving activities.
The teaching of the science is topic based and children are encouraged to develop enquiring minds by investigating, experimenting and questioning the things in the world around them.
Computing is taught across the whole school, both as a separate subject area and also through other subjects (e.g. the use of spreadsheets in Maths, word processing in English.)
The school currently has a computer suite of 6 networked PCs as well as portable laptop trollies with 15 wireless laptops in each trolley. There is also a set of 30 tablets and each classroom has an interactive whiteboard.
The teaching of history is topic based and the children learn about past times both in our own culture (the Tudors) and in the wider world (the Romans). Whenever possible, the learning is enhanced by educational visits and participation in themed days, which incorporate a variety of activities such as drama, art and cookery.
Geography is also topic based and children are taught key skills such as mapping as well as developing an awareness of how places differ. They learn about localities in Britain and the wider world. Visits within our local area are undertaken and the children enjoy special themed days.
The children learn about particular artists and styles whilst being given plenty of opportunity to develop their own techniques and skills. They have access to a wide variety of media and both individual and class work is displayed throughout the school.
Special projects take place throughout the school, giving every child a chance to experience the various aspects of this subject from model making, to textiles and cookery. The children are encouraged to plan and evaluate their activities and to share their results with others.
St Patrick’s has a full, varied music curriculum. Class-based lessons ensure coverage of the national requirements but, in addition, there are plenty of opportunities for children to develop musically. Musical instrument lessons are arranged by an outside service - Gracenote Music Services.
This covers a variety of areas including gymnastics, dance, team games, athletics, swimming and outdoor adventurous activities. Most aspects are offered throughout the school although swimming and outdoor adventurous activities are confined to the upper juniors.
Educating our children about PSHCE is a very important task and it is a continuous process from when children are very young through to adulthood. The school has an active involvement in this task through the PSHCE programme. When the children reach Year 5 and 6, parents are invited to a meeting to see the materials we use in Year 5 and 6, which specifically address the sex and relationships education content of the curriculum.
Modern Foreign Language
Children in KS2 learn French and Spanish following themed units focussing on conversation. Teaching is delivered through a range of interactive activities which include games and songs.
We use the Big Maths programme to support our teaching of the basic skills and all children are regularly assessed using the Steps of learning. You can download the steps for the 4 operations here: