Curriculum


The curriculum is everything a child learns in school.

 

At St. Andrew’s Primary we aim to provide a broad, balanced curriculum, which provides for the social, emotional, spiritual, moral, physical and intellectual development of all our pupils.

 

Through the curriculum we seek to promote equality of opportunity so that all children have equal access to opportunities which enable them to fulfil their potential whatever their gender, ethnic origin, ability, disability or social circumstances.

 

 

Foundation Phase

 

There are seven areas of learning:

§   Language, Literacy and Communication Skills

§   Personal and Social Development, Well-Being and Cultural Diversity

§   Mathematical Development

§   Welsh Language Development

§   Knowledge and Understanding of the World

§   Physical Development

§   Creative Development.    

 

These are being introduced in classroom environments where there will be a trained adult for every eight children in Nursery, ten children in Reception and a trained adult for every fifteen children in Year 1-2. The seven areas of learning are used to provide a broad curriculum. Emphasis is placed on developing children’s skills across the areas of learning. This well planned curriculum gives children opportunities to be creatively involved in their own learning which build on what they already know and can do, their interests and what they understand. Active learning enhances and extends children’s development.

 

There is an emphasis on active play and child - initiated activities, with much learning occurring in the outdoor environment.

 

Play is about children learning through perseverance, attention to detail, and concentration – characteristics usually associated with work. Play is not only crucial to how children become self-aware and the way in which they learn the rules of social behaviour; it is also fundamental to intellectual development.

 

The National Curriculum in Years 3-6

 

The National Curriculum sets out a legal minimum of what is to be taught to children in every school in Wales. Where possible the subjects of the National Curriculum are taught through cross-curricular themes.  Each year group follows the same themes and therefore the broad content and skills development of the National Curriculum is similar for every pupil.  

 

The  core subjects

Maths

The content of the Maths scheme is based on the National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy. The staff are mainly supported with the    Newport LEA scheme, some resources from other schemes mainly Abacus in Years 2-6 and additional teacher made resources.

 

The school has adopted a more interactive method of teaching maths, which encourages the children to play a more participative role in their learning. Through such interaction and practical activities children are taught appropriate mathematical skills, language and mental strategies and then are asked to apply them to real life situations.  Structured mathematical investigations give the children the opportunity to develop problem solving skills.

 

Literacy

To develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, pupils are provided with a wide range of opportunities to encourage them to be confident in all these aspects of Language. 

 

The content of English is based on the National Curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy. The children are encouraged to read, understand and appreciate different genres and types of writing.

 

During designated reading time, the children are heard reading either individually, in pairs or groups according to ability.  They are supported by the teacher through guided reading strategies using a book that is considered appropriate to the level of the child’s reading ability. The children enjoy reading from a wide range of fiction and non- fiction books.

 

The children are taught, through teacher ‘scaffolding’, to understand the value of writing as a means of organising and developing ideas and information and as a source of enjoyment.  However, we also believe that to achieve high standards in writing, the skills of spelling, grammar and punctuation need to be equally focused upon. 

 

Speaking and listening skills are encouraged and developed through role –play situations and in discussion work, especially through cross-curricular links. 

Science

 
   

 

In science pupils are given the opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of science by exploring the familiar world around them in a safe, systematic and sensitive way. They are given the opportunity to relate their scientific understanding at first to domestic contexts and to their local environment and then to exploring and making new discoveries about the wider world. 

Initially pupils are taught to explore, investigate and relate their observations to simple scientific ideas. Later we encourage them to question and learn through structured investigations, which look for patterns and relationships in the evidence. They learn to design fair tests, measure results, draw conclusions using the results and their knowledge of the topic and communicate these in a variety of ways including written or verbal reports and use of graphs, tables and pictures.

 

Foundation Subjects 

As well as the Core subjects children are taught the foundation subjects - IT, Welsh, PE, History, Geography, Art, DT and Music mainly through a cross-curriculum topic based experiential , investigative approach.

 

 

Eco- Schools Green Flag Award and

Phase 3 Healthy schools award

 

 

At St. Andrew’s Primary the children also reflect on the aspects of Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development.  We have been proactive in encouraging our children to think seriously about the environment through considering issues such as energy saving, recycling, healthy living as well as ensuring that children understand

in the following areas:  Litter - Waste Minimisation, Transport, Healthy Living, that the school grounds are not just a playground but a rich source of learning opportunities. To attain the

Eco Schools / Healthy Schools awards, the school had to show good practice Saving Energy, Water, Developing School Grounds and Global Citizenship. 

P.E.

P.E. is very important to the normal, healthy development of a child.  Lessons are well planned, safe and FUN!  Children are expected to take part unless excluded on health grounds. During the year a wide range of sports activities take place in PE and Games lessons and in after school clubs.  During their time at St. Andrew’s the children will experience developing skills in rugby, football, netball, tennis, basket ball, athletics, cricket, country dancing, gymnastics, dance  and swimming. Through such sporting activities we also aim to foster team spirit and to give children of all abilities the opportunity to participate in competitive events.

 
   

Children wear the school P.E. kit in PE lessons and go barefoot in the hall and wear trainers outside for games lessons. This kit and P.E. bags are available to purchase from the uniform shops; Trutex and AJP.

Please help us by teaching your child to dress and undress him/herself. It is also helpful if young children wear clothes that do not have awkward fastenings that are difficult for them to manage without help.

 

Welsh

       
     
   
 

Welsh as a second language, is taught as part of the National Curriculum throughout the school and basic incidental Welsh is spoken by children and staff.  Children are also encouraged to become aware of the rich culture and heritage of Wales through the Cwricwlwm Cymreig.  It is celebrated in an Eisteddfod on St. David’s Day.

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Religious education is taught on a non-denominational basis and is centred on Christian belief.  Children undertake comparative studies of some world religions, mainly Judaism and Islam, during these lessons. 

 
   

Assemblies

Assemblies are held throughout the week and consist of hymns, prayers and a Bible, multicultural or moral story.  Parents are invited to share in class assemblies, which are centered on various themes. The school enjoys established links with representatives from other religious denominations in the local area.

 

The children come together daily for collective worship. The School Act of Worship is considered to be an important part of the school day when all the children come together as a family. This provides the opportunity to promote thoughtful attitudes regarding their relationship with each other, with others in their families and communities and with the world community.

 

 Parents wishing to exercise their right to withdraw their children from this curriculum area are asked to contact the headteacher or notify her in writing.

 

 

The staff and governors of St. Andrew’s Primary are fully committed to providing equal opportunities in education and will strive to take every step to implement positive policies to achieve this.

 

It is our aim to ensure that all children and staff have equal opportunities in all aspects of school life, regardless of race, gender, ability / disability or social/cultural background.  The school aims to develop and promote acceptance and respect for others and to foster each individual’s self-worth and personal identity as part of a caring community.

In compliance with our agreed aims, the school is committed to working towards race equality, promoting positive approaches to difference and fostering respect for people of all cultural backgrounds to enable all within the school community to achieve their full true potential.

The school is opposed to all forms of racial prejudice and discrimination. Language or behaviour which is racist or potentially damaging to any ethnic or racial group will not be tolerated and will be challenged.

The school recognises that Wales and the UK have diverse societies made up of people from many different racial, cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds.  It is important that all pupils are adequately prepared to live in such a diverse society. The school will, through vehicles such as ethos, curriculum and assemblies, promote racial equality.

 
Assessment

 

Your child will continually be assessed throughout their school life in all aspects of his / her development, personal, social and academic.

 

Class teachers make assessments during normal classroom teaching situations and when marking children’s work. From this a variety of evidence is gathered about each child’s progress and achievements in specific areas of learning.  The purpose of the assessment is to monitor progress, assess what each child has learnt and plan the next stage in his / her learning.

 

Each child’s language, mathematical and personal skills will be assessed during his or her first term in school.  This assessment of the child’s skills on entering school leads to a greater understanding of their abilities and needs.  It enables teachers to plan appropriately for children’s learning and to measure their progress in the first years of school. Regular consultation meetings provide parents with up-to-date information relating to their child’s progress.

 

From July 2012 pupils in Year 2 – Year 6 will undertake in May each year a National Reading and Maths test.  Parents will be informed of the results of these tests with the annual written report.

 

At the end of the Foundation Phase (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6) your child will be more formally assessed by the class teacher. The results of the assessments in English, Mathematics and Personal and Social, Well-being and Cultural Diversity in Foundation Phase and English, Mathematics, Science and Welsh in Key Stage 2 will be provided for Parents, the Local Education Authority and Welsh Assembly Government.   A typical Year 2 child will probably attain an Outcome 5 at the end of the Foundation Phase – but a significant number will attain an Outcome 6.   A typical Year 6 child will probably attain a Level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2 – but a significant number will attain a Level 5. 

 

As well as end of Key Stage Teacher Assessment, pupils in Year 1 and Reception will also undertake a standardised reading test.  Pupils in Year 1 - Year 6 will undertake an annual standardised spellings test. 

 

In addition to this, in Year 4 the pupils undertake the CAT (Cognitive Ability Test) during the Spring term. 

 

The overall purpose of this process is to monitor progress, diagnose weakness and to give staff indications for a child’s future work needs.  Therefore the data collected from these tests is carefully analysed by staff and used to inform improvement targets for individual pupils, groups of pupils, classes, year groups and the whole school.