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Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Curriculum Statement

 

What is the curriculum?

The curriculum consists of the planned activities that we organise to promote learning and personal development. It includes the formal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and the 2014 National Curriculum as well as the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, that is, what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and cooperate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.

In the Foundation Stage, all children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is centred around a child initiated ‘play’ approach. Very young children, who cannot read and write, express their feelings through play. Learning happens through play, it is the way to discover new things about the world; develop new skills and build new relationships. When children begin school they rapidly gain new knowledge and learn new concepts and skills. As they progress through school their work becomes more demanding and challenging.

All children in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two are taught the 2014 National Curriculum, which consists of the core subjects of English, Maths and Science together with the foundation subjects and RE.

You can find more details of the curriculum your child studies in each year group by clicking on the relevant year group and on the class pages.

The arts, sports and music are vital parts of school life at Sacred Heart. We want to give your children an education they will remember. We want them to be proud to be a pupil at this school. Above all, we want them to mature into caring, responsible members of society with a passion for learning.

Religious Education

The scheme used to deliver the content of the Curriculum Directory is ‘The Way, The Truth and the Life’. There is a whole school approach to using the scheme. Christ is at the heart of the programme. It is centred on Jesus who said that He came that, ‘we might have life and have it to the full.’ The children are helped to understand all that He means to us and how we live as his followers.

(Please see the Religious Education tab on the Curriculum Page.)

English

The children follow the 2014 English programme of study and are supported by a wide variety of resources, which are matched to the needs of the children. The teaching staff develop the children’s literacy skills to the highest possible standard, through an exciting and stimulating programme.

Our curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing

In reading, teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both word reading and comprehension.

In KS1 the programme encompasses a daily phonics lesson based on Letters and Sounds. We use a mixture of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and Phonics Bugs The teaching of phonics continues into KS2 where necessary. For all year groups, daily guided reading sessions through the form of Reciprocal Reading take place in addition to an English lesson.

In writing, teaching focuses on developing children’s competence in both transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

Grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught both discretely and within the context of reading and writing, so that learnt skills are applied to good effect. In writing, children are given the opportunity to complete a piece of extended writing every other week which allows them to display the knowledge and skills they have developed over a teaching sequence of an English unit of work.

Maths

We want the children to enjoy learning new skills in mathematics, through practical challenges and problem solving as well as through more formal Maths lessons. They are expected to become confident and competent mathematicians, understanding how to use numbers in their everyday lives. We follow the programme of study as set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2.

The focus of mathematics teaching in KS1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources. At this stage, the curriculum develops children’s ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching also involves using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.

By the end of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency.

The focus of mathematics teaching in Lower KS2 (Y3 and Y4) ensures that children become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers. At this stage, pupils develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Teaching also ensures that pupils draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them.

Children are taught to use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number.

By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.

The focus of mathematics teaching in upper KS 2 (Y5 and Y6) ensures that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This develops the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation.

Children are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures consolidates and extend knowledge developed in number. Children are also taught to classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.

By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.

Science

In Science, we aim to

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • equip learners with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
  • We follow the 2014 National Curriculum programme of study for KS1 and KS2Science teaching encourages children
  • to develop their problem solving skills, by finding ways to answer scientific questions. It also encourages them to reflect on and evaluate what they have done.

Computing and ICT

Through the computing curriculum and the use of ICT within the school, we teach children to

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

The school is wireless networked and has 2 trolleys of laptop computers, computers in each class and 16 iPads.

Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard. All have internet access. We also use an internet filtering system so that children can only access appropriate websites and e-safety is taught across all year groups.

Design and Technology

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils in KS1 and KS2 are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing and making. Children are taught to design, make, evaluate products and increase their technical knowledge in structures, electrical and mechanical systems and apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

As part of their work with food, children in both key stages are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

Geography

In Key Stage 1 children develop their knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They learn to understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness. In Key Stage 2 children extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

History

In KS1childrren learn about

  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
  • changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

In KS2 children learn about

  • changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • a local history study
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • the achievements of the Ancient Egyptian civilization
  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
  • a study of the Mayan civilization

Music

We are fortunate to have a specialist music teacher at Sacred Heart who teaches all the year groups.

In KS1 children

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • In KS2, children
  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with
  • increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.

The school has a large supply of tunes and unturned musical instruments. We offer music tuition in guitar, piano, and brass and children are given many opportunities to perform in assemblies and concerts.

Children in Years 3 and 4 are taught to play the recorder as part of their music lesson.

Art

In KS1 children are taught

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
  • In KS2, children develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

They are taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Physical Education

The PE curriculum is made up of three different areas: games, gymnastics and dance. All children have 2 hours of PE, enjoying gym or dance indoors and games or athletics outside as much as possible. Children also take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team

The school is well resourced with large and small apparatus. There is a wide varied selection of sports clubs on offer

e.g. multi sports, football, gymnastics cross country, basketball and karate etc. Sacred Heart is an active member of the local Sports partnership which arranges many sports activities including competitive inter school events. We hold the

Sainsbury’s GOLD Kitemark for PE and School Sport.

Languages

Children in KS2 are taught French. This teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

We ensure that the children

  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to
  • say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their
  • pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures
  • that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

Residential trips

During Year 4 children spend two nights at Aylmerton Residential Centre in Norfolk to enhance their knowledge of coastal erosion as part of their geography curriculum.

In Year 6, pupils visit the Opal Coast in France to enhance their studies on a European country as well as have an insight into the First World War with a day trip to Ypres.

Homework

Homework is given from Reception onwards in the form of Learning Logs. Learning Logs are a creative and fun way to do homework; they allow more scope for independent thinking and support the work completed in class to give children more time to reinforce learning. Learning Log tasks are given to children every week and children are asked to respond to these tasks in a way they choose and prefer. Because they are open ended in style, there is no right or wrong way for them to be completed. Learning Logs also allow parents to become more involved and discuss the learning tasks with children

In addition to Learning Log tasks, all children need to read regularly to an adult and benefit from adults at home reading to them. They will also be required to work on spellings and multiplication tables. Key Stage 2 pupils also have maths homework through Mathletics.

Year 6 have a more structured homework to prepare them for secondary school.

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