Curriculum

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Religious Education

Religious Education

Sacred Heart is in the Diocese of Lancaster and as such uses schemes of work recognised by the diocese. The children follow the work in The Way, the Truth and the Life. We share in parish celebrations of major Festivals such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education.

Literacy

Literacy

Listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and word processing. Drama and music productions are a regular feature of school life.

French

French

The aim of the French lessons in Primary school is to make the children's experience of learning a new language as fun and exciting as possible. The lessons follow the new DfES scheme of work, meet the objectives of the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages (DfES, 2014) and link with literacy, numeracy, ICT and other areas of the primary curriculum, and vice versa.

Each junior class (Year 3 to 6) has on average 60 minutes of French a week. The activities range from learning how to greet people to being able to hold a conversation on for example family members, animals, weather and food. They develop their intercultural understanding by listening to and learning French songs and poems with a native speaker, increase their cultural awareness by learning about different countries and their people, and working with materials from those countries and communities.

Numeracy

Numeracy

Mental calculation, exploring numbers and algebra, shape, space and measurement, handling data, problem solving and investigations.

Information and Communication technology

Information and Communication technology

Sacred Heart Primary School is equipped with a range of the latest computers and software. Every class has access to computers which are located in our computer trolley and in each classroom, to a digital camera and the Internet. ICT (Information and Communication Technology) lessons are prepared to develop the children's IT capabilities, including their knowledge and understanding of the importance of information and of how to select and prepare it.

Teachers also focus on developing their ability to apply their IT capabilities and ICT to support their use of language and communication, and their learning in other areas as well as exploring their attitudes towards ICT, its value for themselves, others and society, and their awareness of its advantages and limitations. Our ICT coordinator keeps tracks of the children's progress through regular assessments and ensure the safety of the children while using the internet. All Internet access at Sacred heart Primary School is filtered through a proxy server to screen undesirable sites at source - this facility can only be disabled by the ICT coordinator. Children are only allowed to use links provided by the teachers. The free use of Search Engines, is not permitted, unless in the presence of a teacher or other adult in school.

Science

Science

At Sacred Heart Primary School we encourage children to be curious about things they observe, and to experience and explore the world about them with all their senses. Through their experiences children develop an understanding of key scientific ideas and make links between different phenomena, experiences and think critically about claims and ideas.

The school teachers plan various activities to support the science curriculum and regularly use the nature reserve and the surrounding areas of the school to develop a respect for the environment and living things and for their own health and safety. Science lessons cover for example the human body, materials and their properties, life and physical processes as well as habitats and the solar system.

History

History

Teaching history in primary school helps children develop their sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world. In key stage 1, history is about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from British history.

In key stage 2, children learn about people, important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world. Throughout their primary years children will learn about the experiences of people in the past, and why they acted as they did, develop respect for and tolerance of other people and cultures and learn how people in the past have changed the society in which they lived.

Geography

Geography lessons stimulate children's interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth's surface. In key stage 1, geography is about developing knowledge, skills and understanding relating to children's own environment and the people who live there, and developing an awareness of the wider world. In key stage 2, geography is about developing knowledge, skills and understanding relating to people, places and environments at different scales, in the United Kingdom and overseas, and an appreciation of how places relate to each other and the wider world.

Design Technology

Design and Technology develop children's designing and making skills as well as their capability to create high quality products through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding. Children acquire and apply their knowledge of materials and components, structures, existing products and quality as well as health and safety and work both independently and with others, listening to others' ideas and treating these with respect.

Art and Design

Art and design lessons stimulate children's creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. They also develop children's understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings.

During key stage 1, art and design is about developing children's creativity and imagination through providing art, craft and design activities that relate to children's own identity and experiences, the natural and made objects and materials with which they are familiar and the locality in which they live.

During key stage 2, art and design is about developing children's creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes through providing more complex activities.

Children's experiences help them to develop their understanding of the diverse roles and functions of art and design in the locality and in the wider world. Each class provides various activities for the children to enjoy according to their age and skills. Teachers also display art and design items the children have made throughout the year.

Music

Music

By engaging children in making and responding to music, music teaching offers opportunities for them to develop their understanding and appreciation of a wide range of different kinds of music, developing and extending their own interests and increasing their ability to make judgements of musical quality.

Children acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make music, for example in community music-making, and, where appropriate, to follow a music-related career. As well as music lessons taught by the teachers as part of the curriculum, the school offers extra lessons in keyboard, flute and guitar. Mrs Bowden, our music coordinator also introduced choir practice this year for junior classes as well as a drama club.

Physical Education

Physical Education

P.E. (physical education) offer opportunities for children to acquire, select and develop skills, tactics and ideas to suit activities that need different approaches and ways of thinking. Children can set targets for themselves, compete against others as individuals or as part of a team and understand what it takes to persevere and achieve their goals. They also learn to acknowledge other children's achievement and success and be fair players. Team building activities in our school include netball, football, cricket, rounders, outdoor pursuits and tag rugby. The sport coordinator also provides lessons in gymnastics, athletics, tennis, golf, swimming and dance.

Special Needs and learning Support

At Sacred Heart School we are committed to meeting the Special Educational needs of all our pupils ensuring that they are all given the opportunity to reach their full potential in line with our mission statement. We strive to create an atmosphere of love and care for all our children whatever their needs and abilities within a secure, stimulating and happy learning environment.

Our Special Needs Co-ordinator ensures that the individual needs of our children are met and that individual educational programmes are drawn up in liaison with the class teacher. We believe that parents play a vital role in the success and development of their children and the special needs co-ordinator meets with parents formally three times a year to review IEPs and progress, but also ensures she establishes informal relationships with parents, so that any concerns or worries are quickly discussed and addressed. The Special Needs co-ordinator works closely with the teaching staff to ensure that the learning needs of pupils with special educational needs are identified and assessed as early as possible, and their progress is closely monitored.

The school follows the guidelines established within the Special Needs Code of Practice and when needs cannot be met solely within the class the Special Needs co-ordinator liaises with special schools and outside agencies to ensure the needs of staff and pupils are met effectively and specialist advice is gained. We have in place in school the following initiatives/programmes to support our children's learning

  • Early, Additional and Further Literacy Support
  • Pivats/Pivots
  • Wolf Hill
  • Quest

Cross Curricular Themes

Cross Curricular Themes

The children enjoy whole school initiatives such as Poetry days, Citizenship week and themed weeks / days

Personal and social education includes health education, citizenship, economic and industrial understanding, environmental education and European awareness.

Citizenship and PHSE

Cross Curricular Themes

Citizenship and PHSE activities promote pupil participation. The activities set up by the different teachers in our school enable children to begin to develop the skills of participation and responsible action that they will need as they prepare to play an active role as citizens. The activities can either take place in the classroom, in the school or in the wider community (or a mixture of these locations). Various aspects of knowledge, skills and understanding in the PSHE (Personal, social, health and education) and citizenship framework for key stages 1 and 2 are covered.

At the beginning of the year, children in each class discuss and agree on class rules to create a pleasant classroom environment. The rules are displayed and can be added to or amended as work in citizenship progresses. The school monitor system develops a range of monitoring responsibilities throughout the school for younger and older children alike. These evolve from the classroom (milk, paper bin, book, cloakroom) through to whole-school areas, for example lunchtime office monitors, lunchtime helpers, playground buddies (mainly year 5 children) and PALs (play at lunchtimes).

Individual children also demonstrate their talents to the class or to the school through show and tell and assemblies. The presentations of certificates, medals or other awards are usually shared during school assemblies on Mondays and Fridays. Drama, music and dance are performed regularly throughout the year. The SEAL scheme of work has been introduced within the school and children take part in themed weeks such as 'good manners week', 'lunchtime behaviour week', 'playground week' 'listening week', 'anti-bullying week' and 'different faith week' to highlight specific issues. Older children introduce the themes in assemblies and take responsibility for supporting younger children in maintaining the theme.

Moreover, children engage in the life and the organization of the school by taking part in school councils (2 members of each class in the juniors). Class councils provide an opportunity for all children to take part in consultation and decision-making activities, during which they learn about the democratic process and see the effect of their involvement. Class councils address class, year-group or whole-school issues. The council can commission action teams to involve more children in the class. Finally children can work with children from different schools or members of the wider community by taking part in activities that offer support and opportunities for mutual learning and joint working. Children in Year 1 this year are visiting The Red Marsh school weekly and get involved in music lessons.

EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

The following areas of development are covered during the children's first year at school:

Personal and Social and Emotional Development
Within this area our practitioners aim to develop the children's confidence with their own abilities and skills and also to relate positively to other children and adults. Sharing and learning to be a member of a group are vital lessons learnt in their early years and build the building blocks of life.

Communication, Language and Literacy
Learning the early skills of Communication, language and literacy are vital and we plan our work around many games, phonetic and early writing activities. These build up the necessary skills needed for the structure of the literacy hour.

Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Children work initially in a practical way to learn the early stages of mathematics; comparing, sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting in number as well as recognising patterns and shapes in the wider world.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Our modern world has so much to offer and within this area the children explore mainly through a practical play activities that will help them to understand its complexities and wonder. The children will have access to computers from their first arrival in class and we will endeavour to use modern technology wherever we can.

Physical Development
Through dance, movement, gymnastics and outdoor activities children are encouraged to explore their abilities and potential in this area of learning. The children not only concentrate on gross motor skills but also on fine motor skills. We aim through this area of learning to make your child more independent in their everyday life from zipping up their coat to holding their pencil correctly.

Creative Development
Through art, music and role play, children are encouraged to explore and use their imagination to communicate their ideas.

We ask all parents to support their children in their learning especially in their reading in their first years in school and to talk to them about their day at school

Collective Worship

There is a daily act of worship for all children that is suited to their age and stage of personal development. Individual parents may withdraw their children from acts of worship in consultation with the Headteacher.