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Curriculum Offer – St Luke’s

In the light of the changes to the National Curriculum, St Luke’s have made some changes to our curriculum in school.  Our vision is to keep the children’s’ needs, interests and ‘Learning for Life’ at the heart of everything we do which gives us a rich, broad and balanced curriculum.  We actively teach the skills and knowledge children need to prepare to prepare them for life, as well as the essential attributes of resilience, endurance and enquiry.  Our core Christian values encourage fellowship, trust, thankfulness, compassion, perseverance and service.  We have extremely strong provision for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education.

For English and Mathematics, we will be following the New National Curriculum whilst still adopting a unit based approach, e.g. in English, pupils will spend a number of weeks immersed in a particular text type like adventure stories.  In Maths they may spend a week or so learning about a topic like fractions or shape.  All will be in line with the new expectations set out in the National Curriculum and so there may be a period of transition to meet these standards.

We will continue to use the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) for Art, Design and Technology, History, Geography and International aspects of the curriculum.  In addition this year, Science will now be taught as a discrete subject.  Some topics have changed, but we feel this is still the most engaging way to get pupils involved in their learning.  

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) will be taught using the updated scheme of work from Islington, and Religious Education (RE) continues unchanged to be taught through the LDBS scheme of work.  This has a Christian basis, but pupils also study other major world religions.  Children also have a weekly Philosophy for Children lesson (P4C) which encourages them to think deeply and question the world around them.

The new ICT curriculum will be covered through cross curricular work, as well as discrete computing lessons.

Our curriculum map is currently under review to ensure that it is the best that it can be for our children. 

We are very fortunate to have many specialist teachers who add great value to the curriculum.  We have teachers for music, dance, and PE.  In addition, all pupils in from Y3 – 6 have swimming lessons for at least a term in the year.

Topics offered at St Luke’s Primary (topics may happen at different times from below):

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 1

People of the Past – e.g. Florence Nightingale

 

Flowers & Insects

 

Hooray... Let’s Go On Holiday!-

The Places People Go

 

Year 2

The Magic Toymaker –Toys and Games

Super Humans Human Body

Nativity

Time Travellers – Great Fire of London

Our World –

The Environment

 

Year 3

Active Planet – Earthquakes and Volcanoes

 

Scavengers and Settlers– Early Man to Iron Age

 

Material World –Grouping and Classifying Materials

Digital Gamers –

 

Gateway to the World –Airports

 

Year 4

Land, Sea and Sky –Habitats

 

Treasures, Temples and Tombs – Ancient Civilisations: Egypt and Sumer

 

How Humans Work – The Human Body

Living Together –Community

 

Year 5

The Great, the Bold and the Brave – Classical Civilisations: Greece, Rome and Beyond

3D Designers

Space Explorers –Astronomy and Space

 

The Holiday Show –

Location and Tourism

 

Year 6

AD 900 –History of non-European Cities

Being Human– The Human Body

Making New Materials –Materials

Out of Africa – Evolution and Inheritance

Fairgrounds – Energy, Forces, Sound and Light

Production – End of Year Show

             

All classes will also have one topic linked to their interest – chosen with their teacher.

 

 

 

St Luke's Full Curriculum Map

Assessment

For all year groups, we will be assessing against the new National Curriculum attainment targets.  Teachers then make a judgement (based on the proportion of statements the children can do) as to whether the children are beginning, working within or secure in their own year group targets. 

 

We have high expectations of our children and for our children as we strive to ensure they reach National attainment expectations, as well their own individual potential.  We actively value every child as an individual and do our very best to tailor our curriculum to support and enhance their learning.

 

Expected EOY National Curriculum Levels for each year group

End of Year

Not on track

Just below

Expected

Above expected

Year 1

1B or below

1W

1S

1S+

Year 2

2B or below

2W

2S

2S+

Year 3

3B or below

3W

3S

3S+

Year 4

4B or below

4W

4S

4S+

Year 5

5B or below

5W

5S

5S+

Year 6

 

6B or below

6W

6S

6S+


These are challenging expectations and so not all pupils will be within their expected range as yet.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

at St Luke's

The Early Years at St Luke's provides a warm, safe environment for all children both physically and emotionally. It is a place where all learning is valued and where children can lay the foundations for a lifelong love of learning and reach their potential across the 5 Every Child Matters Outcomes; staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, economic well being and making a positive contribution.

This happens through:

  • An imaginative and inviting learning environment that provokes curiosity, stimulates enquiry, provides appropriate risk and challenge, encourages independence, allows children to make decisions and promotes problem solving. This enables children to become self motivated learners and to develop the characteristics of effective learning that are essential for success.
  • A curriculum rooted in play that provides children with meaningful, enjoyable and challenging learning experiences.
  • Developing children’s resilience through a focus on building a “growth mindset”.
  • A key person system that is underpinned by a knowledge of attachment theory and ensures all children feel emotionally secure and settled and ready to learn.
  • Adults who are alert to the individual needs and interests of children and respond to these through careful observation and planning that builds on previous knowledge and takes account of children’s next steps in their learning to maximise progress.
  • High quality interactions between adults and all children that encourage sustained shared thinking and allow children to reflect on their learning.
  • Close working with parents and carers, recognising that they are their child’s primary educator and that working together in partnership will provide the best outcomes for children.

 

How Children Learn in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

What is the EYFS?

Children in the toddler room, nursery and reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This is a framework which supports children’s development from birth to the end of their Reception year. The EYFS is based on 4 important principles.

  • A Unique Child

Principle: Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

  • Positive Relationships

Principle: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

  • Enabling Environments

Principle: The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

  • Learning and Development

Principle: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum consists of the Characteristics of Effective Learning and seven areas of learning and development which are interconnected. More information on the EYFS is available here http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf

How do children learn?

Young children learn best through multi sensory play based experiences. All the children in the EYFS at Moreland learn through a mixture of child and adult initiated play. The classrooms are organised into workshop areas to promote independent learning and children have access to both indoors and outside for most of the day. Learning which takes place outside is of equal value to that which occurs inside and reflects all areas of learning.

 

How do children learn English and Maths in the Early Years?

Children are introduced to early skills in reading and writing and maths at a developmentally appropriate level. Children’s love of books, stories and rhymes are developed from the moment they enter St Luke's to promote a lifelong love of reading. Children follow the Letters and Sounds programme from Nursery onwards to ensure a structured approach to learning the technical skills of reading using synthetic phonics. We offer a reading workshop for parents to attend in the Autumn term of each year to enable parents to support their children with reading and writing at home. All children are encouraged to be mathematical thinkers and we provide children with concrete mathematical learning experiences that enable them to be secure in basic skills but also to apply these skills in play and other everyday activities.

 

Planning in Nursery and Reception

In Nursery and Reception medium term planning takes the form of seasonal themes and reflects settling-in, the seasons and time of year, the major festivals and celebrations, favorite stories and the interests of the children. It ensures that all areas and aspects of the curriculum are experienced over the year and identifies learning possibilities (attitudes, knowledge and skills) within each area of learning. These plans are intended to be guidelines and have the flexibility to respond to children’s changing needs and interests.

 

Weekly planning is based on observation of children’s learning needs and interests. This ensures each child is offered the experiences s/he needs to access the curriculum fully and ensures a responsive and flexible approach to the curriculum.