At St Cuthbert's we believe that all learning is about God. As such, the teaching and learning of Religious Education is at the very heart of our curriculum. While RE exists as a discrete subject area in its own right, the skills, concepts attitudes and beliefs learned in the subject permeate every area of life at St Cuthbert's.
Through RE we aim to:
Enable each child to form a strong, sure relationship with God through Jesus Christ
Foster and deepen the children's faith and reverence for God by developing their understanding of the Gospels and by creating an environment which reflects the Gospel values
Teach RE in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church
Provide opportunities for children to celebrate their faith through liturgy, sacrament and prayer
Develop a respect for each other and all people, including those of different faith and cultural backgrounds
Explore the religious dimensions of questions about life, dignity and purpose within Catholic traditions
In Reception class, we want children to feel happy and safe so that they can play, explore and learn. We enjoy getting to know each child and helping them to achieve their potential.
Teaching in the Reception class follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Learning and development is underpinned by the three characteristics of effective teaching and learning. These are; playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’; active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things. (Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2012).
There are seven areas of learning and development. The prime areas run through and support learning in all other areas; Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional development.
The specific areas are; Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Within each area of learning there are Early Learning Goals. We recognise that every child progresses at a different rate and by observing and working with the children we are able to assess progress and plan for next steps in their learning, providing support or extra challenges.
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Throughout St Cuthbert's we teach Computing using the iCompute programme of study. Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science, and Design and Technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of Computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. In Key Stage 2, building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. E-Safety plays a major role in our curriculum, we teach the children how to use the internet safely, and warn them of the dangers of talking to strangers online. Using their understanding of how to navigate technology safely, we encourage the older children to use the internet independently for research purposes throughout the curriculum. At St Cuthbert's our children are also taught basic computer skills right from the very beginning of their time with us. This allows them to learn life skills such as typing , that will benefit them in the greater world.
At St Cuthbert's we aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. During our daily English lessons we follow the Pie Corbett 'Talk4Writing' approach, this 'enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version' (Pie Corbett Talk4Writing). In EYFS and Key Stage 1 we also teach skilled word reading throughout, using the ‘Song of Sounds’ phonics programme. At St Cuthbert's pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.
At St Cuthbert’s we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’
· Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
· Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
· Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
· Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
· Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
· Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
· Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
It is known that an understanding of numbers is a key life skill. At St Cuthbert’s we aim to develop children into enquiring and confident mathematicians. We use the Abacus scheme of work as the basis of our learning in KS1 and KS2. EYFS use Magical Maths as a starting point for their formal understanding of maths. A mathematics policy and separate calculations policy have been written to demonstrate how the learning and implementation of skills occurs within St. Cuthbert’s.
The information below is taken directly from the statutory guidance, ‘National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study’ (updated 16 July 2014).
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
· become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practise with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
· reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
· can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
At St Cuthbert’s Science is a valued and important core subject. The children are taught throughout the school to develop an enquiring mind to make predictions and to investigate for themselves, to make scientific discoveries and to record their work in an interesting and informative way. The four areas of science that all pupils study are:
Life processes and living things
Materials and their properties
At St Cuthbert’s we have found that Science both stimulates and excites pupil’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. Children leave our school in Year 6 with a broad and balanced understanding of scientific ideas coupled with practical experience. Over the years our end of year assessments and National Curriculum results have always been of a high standard.