The school’s curriculum is operated within the terms of the National Curriculum. The subject areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science, ICT and R.E. are recognised as core areas. In addition to these core subjects, all the foundation subjects are included in the school’s curriculum. These are History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art and Design, PSHE and Citizenship and Physical Education. A Modern Foreign Language (French/German) is taught across KS2, with each cohort learning a specific language for four years.
Stages within the Primary School
Foundation Stage: Nursery and Reception class
Key Stage 1: Year 1 - Year 2 (6-7 years)
Key Stage 2: Year 3 - Year 6 (7-11 years)
How the subjects are taught
All subjects are taught with regard to equal opportunities and reflect our values of the importance of inclusion. The timetable is constructed to meet the needs of statutory requirements. A variety of teaching styles are adopted matching the age and needs of the children.
Each child has regular access to the computer suite in addition to the cross curricular links afforded by ICT within the classroom.
One afternoon a week is timetabled for activities when all children from Year 1 - Year 6 have the opportunity to take part in creative / practical sessions. This organisation allows for teachers with a particular interest or expertise in a subject area to work with smaller groups of vertically grouped children. Subjects delivered in this way include drama, dance, music, DT (structures, textiles, pottery, food), woodland activities, yoga and art. The subjects are delivered in modules and vary according to the Key Stage.
We have adopted an SRE Policy which includes elements of the Science and the PSHE National Curriculum programmes of study. Health Education is included as part of the ‘Ourselves’ topic in Science. This particular topic is repeated at different levels as the child progresses through school. At the upper junior stage of this topic, sexual development and bodily changes are discussed, questions are answered as they occur. Parents will be informed at the beginning of the year prior to their children commencing this programme of work.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from elements of sex education which are not part of the accepted Science programme of study.
There is a tradition of high standards in music and the performing arts at St Paul’s, with all children having regular music and singing lessons. At Key Stage 2 all children are given the opportunity to learn to play a tuned instrument, upper juniors who show an aptitude for music are able to participate in brass instrumental tuition. A drumming group meets on a regular basis and is open to all pupils from year groups 4-6. We have a school choir who are able to enhance school provision as well as taking part in regular performances in the wider community. All children are able to participate in at least one school performance in each academic year, as well as termly opportunities to take the lead in acts of Collective Worship.
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