The national curriculum is made up of the following subjects: maths, English, science, art/design, computing, design/technology, modern foreign languages, geography, history, music, PE, PSHE, and RE. There are also extra-curricular activities offered at St Catherine’s, such as various sports clubs, sewing/gardening clubs, music lessons etc, which we organise in order to enrich children’s school experience.
There has been a period of huge change for all schools: during 2014 changes were introduced by the government to the national curriculum and staff have worked hard to ensure that relevant alterations have been made to the content of their planning and delivery of lessons. These changes are being constantly reviewed and updated as and when appropriate. The expectations of pupil achievement have been significantly raised by the government, particularly with regard to the content of mathematical understanding, and it is expected by all schools that this will reflect within levels of attainment this year. Assessment has also been altered, and the old system of levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 was changed to show whether a child is ‘age related, above or below’. St Catherine's staff assess progress made within a range of objectives, for each subject.
Teachers at St Catherine’s plan in year groups (currently foundation stage, KS1, Year 3/4, Year 5/6) in order to: maximise use of resources; develop challenging and creative lessons for their pupils; and to give further opportunities for differentiation across classes. Topics within each year group are the same; primarily the children are taught in mixed ability groups, with differentiation in a range of forms to support individual needs. Home learning supports the lessons being taught each term. Teachers will inform parents by class newsletter, at the start of each term, of the topics to be delivered and home learning questions, and this information can also be found on the school website.
St Catherine’s School places a strong emphasis, through daily life, on qualities and values such as respect, truthfulness, cooperation, and honesty, and this underpins all that we do at St Catherine’s.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the cross curriular nature of our learning, topics may not be taught in the order in which they appear in the documents below, but will be covered at some point in the academic year.
More detail pertaining to the curriculum taught in each year group can be found in the termly class letters given to families and on the 'class pages' section of this website.
Key Stage One:
In KS1, the children have daily phonics lessons in small groups. Teachers plan their own sessions supported by 'Letters and Sounds' (a systematic programme for teaching phonics skills). In these sessions, children learn how to segment and blend words for reading and writing. The also learn how to read and write the Common Exception Words. In Year 2, children begin the 'No Nonsense Spelling' scheme in order to learn and apply spelling rules.
In school and at home, the children read a wide variety of books from the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme and the 'Phonics Bugs' Series, as well as many others, all of which help them to develop their use of synthetic phonics and support them in building their own vocabulary. In guided reading sessions, children also have plenty of opportunity to develop their speaking, listening and comprehension skills.
Should you have any queries or questions which are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher directly for more information.
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