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Curriculum Rationale

Determination – Faith and Forgiveness – Curiosity – Aspiration - Respect – Trust

 

The Curriculum at St George's

 

At St George's we believe that all children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum which is interesting, engaging and provides a range of differentiated learning opportunities that help challenge all children and develop a life-long love of learning.

 

KEY STAGE 1 & KEY STAGE 2

The National Curriculum in England Framework (September 2013) sets the standards that all primary schools must meet to ensure that they provide their pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. Through Programmes of Study the National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.



The National Curriculum 2013 Programmes of Study cover the following subject areas;
 

Core Subjects

  • English (spoken language, reading and writing)
  • Mathematics (number, measurement, geometry, statistics, algebra, ratio)
  • Science (scientific knowledge, working scientifically)
  • Religious Education

 

Foundation Subjects 

  • Art & Design
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages (for Key Stage 2)
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE).

At St George's we have adopted a topic approach where Foundation Subjects History, Geography, D&T and Art are connected through a topic and mapped to The National Curriculum requirements at KS1 and KS2. In KS2 the topics are set on a two year cycle to ensure progress and avoid repetition. Our Curriculum Map for 2015 -2016 shows the Learning Units children in each phase of school will be experiencing throughout the year. The maps also show the focus subjects that will be covered during each topic.

 

As one of our school values is aspiration, we want our children to know as much as possible about the world around them both here in Littleover and Derby and beyond and to know that they have a significant role to play in their community and the wider world, both in school and when they grow up and reach adulthood.  We believe our children show curiosity and develop a growing understanding about people and places so that they can make more informed choices about their own future. To do this we plan regular trips and visits including residential experiences to enhance and stimulate learning. We also invite visitors into school and members of our local churches to enrich the learning experience.  

 

To help our children to learn best by developing their trust in others and determination we teach additional skills alongside our topics and English and Maths. We call these skills ‘Core Learning Skills’ and we believe they give children the power to learn well. We teach one skill a term starting with ‘Learning with Others’ in September so that the children can quickly settle into their new classes. Other skills include ‘Thinking Skills’ which the children love as they get to really unpick how, why and what if? More information on our ‘Core Learning Skills’ can be found on a special page!

 

We believe in providing equal opportunities for our children and work hard to ensure access for all. All our decisions are influenced by our commitment to our school’s values. We teach faith, forgiveness and respect for others and in doing so we support every child to understand how this contributes to British Values. We have timetabled lessons on this in addition to our other topics.

Our school values that we teach and promote within school and therefore the British values that we promote are; tolerance, equality, respect, co-operation, responsibility, compassion and democracy. Practically these values are taught through our faith development programme and:

  • Assemblies, masses and liturgies.
  • Celebration different faiths and cultures
  • Whole school theme days events e.g. Anti- bullying, Cultural, fitness and science week etc.
  • School Chaplaincy
  • Prayer Group
  • Class learning Forums
  • Positive behaviour
  • Guidance and support
  • Charity work ( e.g. through our partnership with St Georges and All Soldier Saints Catholic Church and CAFOD)
  • Appreciation of rules and laws to protect people
  • School trips
  • Enterprise day Year 6       

 

Please look at our class pages where an overview of the plan for the year can be found.  Class curriculum letters are also sent out very half term which introduce the new topic.  Many photos can be found on our website and on display in school – check them out!

 

If you would like to know more about the curriculum at St George's Primary School, please speak to the children or any of the staff in school or come along to our coffee mornings for parents and guardians. We are always happy to talk about the learning taking place here at St George's. We are proud of the achievements and progress our children make during their time with us.

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