At St Paul’s CE (VA) Primary School, we have moved from our 2-year rolling programme into a 1-year programme, in order to ensure that the children's skills are progressing each year.
Each term or half-term, every class's learning will be built around a theme, which is usually based on the history or geography topic. Many subjects will be linked to this theme (for example, Year 3 children studying the Stone Age in history lessons might have Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age as their class text in English, whilst also learning about cave paintings in art lessons). This will help the children to put their learning into a variety of contexts, in order to better understand it as a whole.
Reception Class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
Please speak to your child's class teacher if you require further information regarding the curriculum for your child's year group. Topic overviews will be saved on each class page once a term.
Maths at St Paul’s
At St Paul’s we all work hard to enjoy and achieve in maths. Our lessons help us to develop understanding of important maths concepts through creative and practical activities, which will help us in everyday life.
All lessons are focussed on helping our children to develop their skills and understanding in line with the aims of the National Curriculum.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
In Maths lessons at St Paul’s you will see:
Children taught in mixed-ability groups tackling activities with a growth mindset, which includes taking a positive attitude towards challenges.
Children developing their conceptual understanding by reasoning mathematically, explaining key ideas and giving examples.
Children learning through practical activities, using readily available resources and equipment.
Children solving problems involving measurements including money and time.
You will also see children using and applying their maths skills and understanding in other curriculum areas, such as taking measurements in Science or reading maps in Topic lessons.
It is our intention when teaching the English curriculum that our pupils acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners and linguists. We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when reading, writing, speaking and listening, which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve at St Paul’s and beyond. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts, to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination through our book-led curriculum.
To raise standards in the teaching of writing, we implement The Write Stuff approach. The Write Stuff’s systems enables teachers to teach the mechanics of writing explicitly. TWS influences how teachers sequence learning with a more practical approach to writing. This approach embeds a whole school approach by providing supportive structures for pupils to map out their writing and capture the process visually.
As part of TWS approach, all children are introduced to the Writing Rainbow. The Writing Rainbow is organised into three zones writing. The three zones help to teach sentence structure and different grammatical structures step by step by chunking a piece of writing and modelling each part.
The Teaching of Phonics
At the early stages of reading, the children are taught to decode texts by following a synthetics phonics programme (Letters and Sounds). At St. Paul’s, reading is taught alongside Letters and Sounds initially. This promotes a strong and systematic emphasis on the teaching of synthetic phonics to aid the teaching and learning of reading. Pupils also take home reading books to support home learning and promote the important partnership between school and home. It is important that children learn 'pure sounds' when starting on their phonic journeys (see link below for information).
At St. Paul’s children are explicitly taught the skills of reading (outlined in the National Curriculum and the KS1 and KS2 test domains) through the use of VIPERS, which were created by Rob Smith (The Literacy Shed) The Reading Vipers can be used both in KS1 and KS2 with a little adaptation.
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