Delivery of The National Curriculum
At St Jude’s Primary School, our vision statement underpins the delivery of the National Curriculum. We aim to facilitate an atmosphere of independence, creativity and structure where each child will thrive and develop, knowing that their voice will be heard. Our school aims to provide a balanced and broad curriculum which promotes:
Our curriculum prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of their future lives. We seek to inspire enterprise, innovation and creative thought within our children.
At St Jude’s we are-
“Learning for Life and Aiming for Excellence; ready to take our place in God’s world”
The curriculum consists of the core subjects, foundation subjects and RE/SRE. The delivery of RE is guided by the Agreed Syllabus which is reviewed every five years.
We aim to provide parents with an overview of the curriculum for each year group so that the required coverage and end of year expectations are clear.
The overview indicates how subjects are delivered, consolidated and extended as the child passes from year group to year group. The curriculum promotes sequence and progression across the key stages.
Our aim is develop confident, passionate, and independent mathematicians. Through the delivery of the National Curriculum 2014 we strive to make maths lessons meaningful and linked to the world around the children.
Children are encouraged to problem solve within a context so they are able to make meaningful links between different concepts and develop their mathematical understanding within a real life setting. In order to access their learning, children are taught how to use a range of practical resources and independence of choice and use of these resources is promoted within our classrooms.
During maths sessions across the school, children are encouraged to articulate their thought processes, decision making and methods through the ongoing use of mathematical reasoning. From year 1 to year 6 the children express these thoughts and are able to talk maths in a range of contexts and for a range of purposes.
Within all of this, children develop their ability to become fluent mathematicians who are able to rapidly recall facts when needed and use them in an appropriate context. Mental maths is practised daily from year 1 to year 6, in which children develop their understanding and fluency of: number bonds, doubling and halving and times table facts to 12 x 12.
In the Early Years setting we encourage children to explore their surroundings with a mathematical outlook. We actively engage in learning opportunities that cover number, shape, space and measure and ensure there is opportunity for teacher and child initiated learning and maths talk. We encourage outdoor learning in mathematics to engage the children and help them develop a meaningful practical sense of mathematics.
The writing that takes place at St Jude’s is purposeful, well-thought out, improved over time and encourages children to think of their audience. We value writing like a reader and reading like a writer.
We do not cover genres specifically for extended periods of time, instead we write in a range of genres to suit our learning. All our writing (except RE and Science) goes into one writing book.
Our writing journey includes the teaching of punctuation, grammar and vocabulary - here we learn writing skills e.g. how to use adjectives, what brackets do, and how language choice can enhance our writing etc . We then apply the skills into various contexts. Our teachers mark our books in depth at least once a week and we also get the opportunity to evaluate our own and others work. The in-depth marking gives us feedback and we have specific tasks to move our learning on.
We read as writers and use reading opportunities to enhance the language choices, sentence types and themes of our writing.
Children read daily, this might be; short quiet reading, group, whole class or 1-1. We teach children the mechanics of reading and how to decode to read. We then also teach how to infer, retrieve, organise and respond to key question types. We encourage children to use the APE technique when answering questions. This is to Answer, Prove and Explain their reasons. We encourage children to read for purpose and pleasure..
We teach phonics daily in Early Years and KS1, then as needed (groups or individuals) from KS2. We follow Phonics Bug (supported by Portsmouth agreed actions). Some of our children also receive ‘Read-Write-Inc’ sessions. Our spellings come from the National Curriculum and the spelling lists are uploaded to the site.
Phonics - Phonics Bug
Spelling - No Nonsense
Reading - We do not use one specific scheme but a variety of texts including Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds, Bug Club, etc.
The school is well equipped for science and most of the work is practically based. We have achieved very good results in science and continue to support this work through investigative curriculum links.
Religious Education plays an important part in the life of the school. We follow the Hampshire recommended syllabus, Living Difference, alongside Understanding Christianity and Emma Yarlett's Big Frieze. Apart from the actual RE lessons, the children attend collective worship during the week, Neil Smart is the Vicar of St Jude’s Church and also a Foundation Governor. The children also visit the Cathedral and St Jude's Church a number of times during the year.
For more information on curriculum coverage and our foundation subjects please see the yearly curriculum maps or join us for our workshops, open evenings and parents evenings.
If you require further information about any elements of our curriculum please contact the leadership team through leadership@st-judes.