Curriculum

Parents Guide to the National Curriculum.

Back in September 2014, a new National Curriculum was introduced.  We have adapted this over the years at St George’s but our teaching is geared to achieving all of the objectives set out in this curriculum.  Here is a detailed report on the new National Curriculum.

Parents guide to the National Curriculum

Literacy at St George’s Lower school – “Stage not age”

Literacy is planned using the Read Write Inc  Programme.  The scheme is currently being taught in almost 6000 schools, of which only approximately 60 have ‘Model School’ status.  We have be recognised as a model school for the last 3 years because of the incredible success we have had with our early years phonics results over the past few years.

Children across the school start on the programme in ability streamed groups. We concentrate on  the level of the child, not their age. They  progress to the “Off the programme” group. Our aim is to get most children off the programme by the middle of year 2 and all children are off the programme by the end of year 2.

A proven synthetic phonic approach

Why it works…

Read Write Inc. combines 5 clear steps to ensure real success in literacy:side_books

  • A systematic and dynamic whole-school approach
  • High quality literacy teaching
  • Inspiring whole-school literacy training
  • Effective assessment and grouping
  • Keeps parents fully supportive

Once off the programme they then move onto a literacy and language programme. The children cover this programme until they leave in year 4.

Read, Write Inc Phonics help for Parents

Literacy Policy

Numeracy

At St George’s we follow the Abacus scheme of work incorporating the new numeracy curriculum.  Please see a detailed outline of numeracy teaching within our maths policy below.

Maths Policy 

Calculation Policy 2017 

LC2 is a group of more than 20 Lower Schools in the region that work together to provide a better education for our children.

This policy was created in response to a need across Central Bedfordshire schools and after discussion between Headteachers; to have a standard calculation policy that met the National Curriculum guidelines and provided a consistent approach to calculation that could be used within year groups across approximately 20 Lower  schools and as a progression through the phases.

The policy has been developed with a concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach in order to scaffold and develop pupils’ understanding. The CPA approach is relevant across all ages in order to secure understanding and gain conceptual and procedural fluency.

If children are not at age related expectations for their year the policy will be helpful in tracking back to previous learning. This will enable pupils to develop understanding of calculation methods rather than to have to memorise procedures.

We have given an indication of pitch for the stages in our calculation policy.

The policy covers Early Years to Year 6 and we have deliberately left the Year 5 and 6 calculations in the policy so that parents can see where the next step targets are, after the children have left St George’s Lower School.

Our bespoke iCurriculum

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Our curriculum reflects our desire to make learning fun, exciting and memorable. All staff are highly skilled in providing a rich and diverse curriculum that captures our pupils natural curiosity, imagination and inspires them to engage in a journey of discovery and personal interest. Over the years, the school has been working on delivering a stimulating curriculum and developing strong links with the local community to enrich the learning experience, making learning relevant to our young learners.

The School has established a 3 year rolling programme with themes that braid and blend many of the curriculum subjects together. We feel this provides a sense of purpose behind the learning and provides many more opportunities for the children to apply knowledge of one subject into the learning of another.

There is a strong focus in school on active and creative activities and the school has a long tradition for working with creative partners from outside school to enhance the learning experience for children and teachers alike. The school’s active involvement in working with external partners results in some of the most memorable experiences throughout the year such as story tellers, artists, scientists, film makers, animators, photographers, wildlife experts, IT experts, historians and chefs.

In these times of budget cuts, the school is becoming increasingly creative in ‘acquiring’ expert help, with many wonderful members of our learning community donating their time to support our learners. This valuable contribution provides an opportunity to pass on a passion or an interest in their specialist subject, inspiring our children, giving them the ambition to become the best that they can be.

I Curriculum policy

Science

Art

Work in art will sometimes develop a particular skill e.g. colour mixing, or the study of a particular artist. Other work will complement other areas of the curriculum eg their topic or language work. Children will have the opportunity to develop their skills in painting, drawing, printing, collage work, modelling, pottery and needlework .

Design and Technology

Each year the curriculum will include the teaching of specific skills, eg electric circuits, and provide opportunities to apply children’s skills in a “design and make” project.

Music

In addition to a weekly class music lesson and whole school singing, children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of musical activities. All children in years 3 and 4 have the opportunity to learn the recorder as part of the extra – curriculum clubs.  We put on a yearly whole school performance and music is at the heart of these fabulous productions.  There is also a school choir, which is a popular choice for one of our lunch time activities.

Physical Education (PE)

All children have regular PE lessons both with their class teachers and specialist sports and dance teachers. These include indoor gym and outdoor games lessons which focus on particular games or skills (such as dance).  Children in Year 3 swim once a week for the whole year. A voluntary contribution is requested to cover the cost of swimming.  The children’s achievements in PE are celebrated in a whole school Sports Day at the end of the summer term.  We work closely with a partnership which allows us to compete in a wide variety of sporting events, competing against many of our local schools.  We celebrate all of these successes in assemblies.

Computing

Computing is increasingly integrated into the curriculum. We have 16 notebook computers are shared throughout the school, and these can be used by the children within the classroom.  Computers are seen as an aid to learning, rather than as an end in themselves. We have a selection of software which supports a range of curriculum areas. In particular, the children will have opportunities to develop their word processing and graphics skills as well as learning about coding, programming and using social media.  The computer suite is also used by children to complete their maths Abacus homework, should they have limited access to the internet at home.

SMSC

Defining spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

At St Georges we strive to promote the wellbeing of the whole child. We aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school. We aim to facilitate and prepare pupils at our school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

 

At St Georges we have developed a whole school approach to SMSC. We have implemented a bespoke curriculum which can be adjusted to accommodate all forms of SMSC running parallel to explicitly timetabled activities. The bespoke curriculum remains cross curricular, with every subject offering opportunities to explore SMSC. Planned, adapted and implemented by the Teaching team based on their expert knowledge and understanding of their pupils prerequisites, experiences and interests.

The school has built on the “House group” system. The House groups encourage pupils to practise art, debate, discussions, team building and charitable activities. These activities build confidence, social awareness, communication and empathy across the schools age ranges. The house groups provide ample opportunities to develop British Values, explore our opinions, morals and religious belief. Themed activities: anti bullying week, road safety, healthy eating, mindfulness and cultural festivals are included in the planning.

Pupils are keen to engage in enrichment activities such as charitable works, musical productions and educational visits. Pupils recognise that the school encourages them to have enjoyable experiences as well as working hard at school. SMSC content is developed in conjunction with pupils, who are encouraged to contribute through the School Council.

Parents and the wider school community are encouraged to contribute to the development of the SMSC via the PTA and parent voice.

 

Marking Policy

Assessment Policy

Physical Education Policy

Teaching and Learning Policy 2016