St. Andrew's Church of England Methodist Primary School

St. Andrew’s
Church of EnglandMethodist Primary School

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Curriculum

The overview of our curriculum at St Andrew’s

Click on any class below to see an overview of the curriculum for the Autumn term.

Curriculum Overview for Reception Class
Curriculum Overview for Year 1
Curriculum Overview for Year 2
Curriculum Overview for Year 3
Curriculum Overview for Year 4
Curriculum Overview for Year 5
Curriculum Overview for Year 6

These overviews give a clear picture of how we organise our curriculum. Please make yourselves aware of these so that you can be well informed to discuss your children’s learning with them.They are taken from a document based on the September 2014 National Curriculum as published in 2013 and organised by Michael Tidd.

For information on National Curriculum tests at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 please click here.

The School Curriculum

At St Andrew’s, we put the needs of each child first so that every individual can be the best that they can be. Our broad, balanced skills based curriculum makes many links between subjects so that children can use and apply their skills and values in all that they do.

Our school curriculum is underpinned by the following drivers:

  • Well-articulated distinctive Christian values.
  • A focus on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the whole child.
  • A skills based focus that instils positive attitudes towards learning in all our children.
  • The premise that all children will receive a personalised curriculum that challenges and extends.

Our curriculum is delivered through: 

  • A combination of a thematic project based approach in 6 half termly units, with the freedom to work outside of rigid subject boundaries AND discreet teaching of reading, handwriting, grammar and maths, to meet individual needs effectively.
  • A child centred approach, with enjoyment as a key feature.
  • A clearly mapped curriculum that builds on previous learning.
  • A text rich environment that builds children’s range of vocabulary.
  • A clear progression of skills that run through the whole curriculum including:
    • Social and emotional skills to build independence and resilience.
    • Enquiry skills, including questioning and time management.
    • Problem solving skills.
    • Computing skills.
  • A structure that facilitates quality ‘next steps’ feedback to pupils through conferencing and marking.
  • High quality support and intervention to meet identified needs quickly, including focus writing groups, phonics groups and ‘CLIC Maths’ groups.
  • A culture of working together and sharing of ideas, with time for teachers and support staff to plan and evaluate together.

The Primary Curriculum divides the whole curriculum into subject areas as follows: –

Core Subjects - please see separate pages for more details

Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science and Computing.

 Foundation Subjects

History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology, Personal, Social, Health Education and Physical Education

Modern Foreign Languages

French is currently delivered in Key Stage Two classes by teaching staff.

The Planning and Delivery of the Curriculum

The time children spend at school is limited therefore we must plan for them to use this time in the best possible way. We use a variety of teaching methods including whole class teaching, group work and individual programmes of study integrated across the curriculum, based on the needs of the individual child. We aim to provide a curriculum which reflects the requirements of the New National Curriculum, is broad balanced and skills based and offers stimulating and memorable learning opportunities.

The learning situations we present will be relevant to the children’s interests and stage of development. Wherever possible they will be stimulated by practical and visual experiences. Our school curriculum is based on the belief that a child learns through listening, seeing, smelling, touching, tasting and experiencing through their many senses, the richness of life. It is the richness that we endeavour to mirror in our School Curriculum.

 

Parents Guide to the New National Curriculum