Curriculum

At St. Patrick's it is our aim to establish strong links between school, parents and pupils, this section includes information about the curriculum we teach.

 

We are committed to creating a learning environment which is inclusive and relevant to our pupils and community. Through our creative topic based curriculum, incorporating all National Curriculum subjects, some aspects of the curriculum are delivered daily, weekly, half-termly or during special themed weeks.

 

English and Mathematics are taught as discreet subjects and link to the class topic where appropriate. Phonics, Spelling and Reading are also taught as discreet subjects across the school.

Our curriculum is enhanced and supported by:

  • A creative and interactive learning and teaching environment that supports and challenges individual learning, with many opportunities empowering the children to explore their own learning
  • WOW days
  • A timetabled programme of learning based on the National Curriculum 
  • Outside educational visits and trips to enrich subjects and topics
  • Outside speakers, visitors and theatre groups in school
  • Extra-curricular activities such as sports opportunities, drama productions, music and instrumental lessons

 

National Curriculum 2014

You can download the new National Curriculum here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum

 

How is The Curriculum organised and why have we planned it this way?

                                                                             

Religion

At St. Patrick's we follow the curriculum suggested by Salford Diocese: Come and See. 

To find out more about Come and See, please click on the link below.

http://www.comeandseere.co.uk/

 

SMSC Teaching and Learning

Our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum is delivered through Cartias in Action which delivers a range of scenarios, dilemmas and life choices to our children.  Together with their peers, children are encouraged to apply their knowledge and understanding of the Gospel values to arrive at an outcome suitable for all. 

 

Prayer and Worship

At St. Patrick's we use the Anam Cara scheme for our Prayer and Worship sessions as well as each class teacher composing their own based on the Liturgical year.

 

English

At St. Patrick's we use Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language to support English teaching in Years 2 - Year 6.  This is a complete literacy programme for fluent readers - all children read, write and discuss texts with maturity. 

Read, Write Inc. -  Literacy and Language:

  • Gives every child a deep understanding of what they read using the special 'three reads' approach
  • Fully prepares every child for writing using a planning, drafting and revising method
  • Teaches grammar in context so that children can apply it seamlessly in their own writing
  • Supports the grammar and punctuation aspects of the Key Stage 1 and 2 tests 
  • Includes practice tests to build confidence prior to statutory assessment
  • Creates articulate speakers where children justify their answers and learn how to debate.

 

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught as a discreet subject. The school follows the 'White Rose' scheme to fulfil the higher expectations of the new 2014 National Curriculum.  In Years 1 and 2 this is supplemented with Power Maths and in KS2 with CPG textbooks.

The programme has assessment at the heart and aims to ensure conceptual understanding and mathematical progression. It aims to reach the needs of every child, helping them to develop the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding they need to become competent and confident mathematicians.

To find out more about the 'White Rose' scheme that the school follows please click on the link below.

http://whiterosemaths.com/

 

Phonics

At St. Patrick's we follow Read Write Inc. in our Phonics lessons.

 
To find out more information on Read Write Inc. please click on the link below.

 
http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/read-write-inc-programmes/phonics/Phonics Scheme

 

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS    

YEAR 1 SCREENING CHECK  

  1. The phonics screening check is a statutory assessment for all children in Year 1.
  2. It takes place in June every year.
  3. It comprises of a list of 40 words (20 real and 20 nonsense).
  4. Current expectations from the Government are that pupils should achieve up to 32 out of 40 to reach the expected level.
  5. The check will take up to ten minutes per pupil and will be conducted by the KS1 Leader with the help of other staff.
  6. Children who do not achieve the expected level at the end of Year 1 must be considered for a retake in Year 2.
  7. Support has already been put in place to assist all our pupils to achieve their best outcomes.
  8. We will report the result of your child’s score out of 40 along with the % of children who have reached the expected level.  This must be reported to you by the end of the summer term hopefully by the second week in July.


 
PHONICS SCREENING CHECK - THINGS THAT WILL HELP YOUR CHILD READ

 

  • Let your child see you read and read to them.
  • Tell your child about interesting things that you have read in newspapers, magazines and books.
  • Visit the local library.
  • Visit bookshops.
  • Sit with your child every night and engage with them in their reading.

Please make comments in their reading record book to assist the teachers.

  • Discuss with them about what they have read in the book.
  • Ask them to retell the story.
  • Talk about interesting words and identify words or interesting phrases that they might use in their writing.
  • Occasionally ask them to write the sequence of the story and identify characters.

 

Foundation Subjects

 

At St. Patrick's we offer an exciting, deep, rich, challenging and experiential curriculum which engages learning, develops talents, promotes innovation and celebrates personal expression.


Our curriculum ensures that all our children become engaged, active and responsible citizens who recognise and value their contribution to British society and its institutions and that they gain a perspective of themselves as both local and global citizens.


Each year, staff from each year phase get together to plan review the year and  the long term topic plans. Here we will look at National Curriculum objectives and the children that will be taught in each year group. With this in mind, topics and themes are adapted to take into consideration children's interests and individual needs. During this time we ensure that there is a range of creative and active themes planned to allow all types of learners to be catered for. Subject leaders then revise these plans to ensure the children are receiving a broad and balanced curriculum that is innovative and creative.

 

Music is taught both through the themed units and as instruction - in Key Stage 2 all pupils learn at least one instrument and have the opportunity to perform.  In Key Stage 2 the children learn French.  PE is a taught discretely and all children have two hours of PE a week.

 

Any questions you have about the Curriculum can be addressed by Class teachers or Senior Leaders on request.

 

Curriculum Planning Tools 2018 - 2019

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