We use the Power Maths scheme of work. This involves allowing children more time to discuss ideas and investigate key concepts before applying their knowledge and understanding to solve problems.
Our aims are to encourage the children to think Mathematically to form sound concepts in number, all forms of measurement, length, weight, areas, volume, capacity, time, shape and data handling and to achieve competence in working with numbers not only in written work but to solve problems by using a range of mental strategies.
Continuing the learning journey at home
Parents can help by:
Looking for and discussing with their children Mathematical ideas in everyday things eg. cooking, decorating etc.
Counting with their children eg. objects, steps, number rhymes etc. using larger numbers as the child progresses up the school.
Allowing children to handle money when shopping.
Playing number and counting games eg. Snakes and Ladders, Cards.
Looking for different shapes, weights etc. when shopping with their children.
Encouraging their child to learn number bonds and multiplication tables.
Teaching children about time eg. the sequencing of the day, facts about time, reading the time.
At St. Edward's Catholic Primary School we offer a high quality education that teaches our pupils to write and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
The overarching aim for English in the new curriculum (2014) is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
Everyday children, at St Edward's school, have the opportunity to read and learn new skills whether it is learning about phonics or writing, or studying punctuation, grammar, spelling or handwriting. They read and write personal accounts, factual reports, reviews, stories, instructions, poems, newspapers, diagrams, charts and advertisements.
Listening and Speaking
Listening is closely linked to speaking. It is part of the two way process of communication. Children copy adults, particularly parents and teachers. Children will be provided with opportunities to practise purposeful talk to help clearer communication, to develop descriptive skills and to form questions. Spoken language is the foundation of reading and writing.
Giving, receiving and following instructions accurately, listening to points of view and expressing an opinion, sharing ideas, explaining, reporting and recounting are vital to successful language development. Children are encouraged to speak confidently and to extend fluency in language, through discussion, drama and role play. Parents can help by:
Discussing with and listening to their children.
Listening/watching programmes together and discussing them with their children.
Sharing books with children and discussing them.
Answering children’s questions and encouraging thought.
Encourage children to help with everyday activities e.g. cooking, shopping, gardening and to discuss what, why and how they are doing things.
Encouraging children to look at things in detail and to discuss joint observations.
Children learn to read in a variety of ways. Children will use their reading skills in all areas of the curriculum. For each child we have a Reading Record Book that acts as a channel of communication between home and school. Our reading schemes we use in school are the Oxford Reading Tree (KS1). We expect parents to make the necessary time available at home to help their child to read.
Parents can help by:
Encouraging their child to read.
Sharing books with their children in a comforting and encouraging manner.
Encouraging reading in all situations e.g. road signs, posters, logos, T.V.progamme guides, food labels etc.
Making their child aware of the letters of the alphabet and how together they form words.
Joining the local library.
At St. Edward’s we follow the letters and sounds phonic teaching programme from Nursery to Year 2. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
There are six overlapping phases. For more information visit the Letters and Sounds website.
Children are encouraged to write independently as soon as they are ready. As a child’s writing develops, particular attention is given to correct spelling, punctuation, syntax and vocabulary.
Children will be taught correct letter formation, joined handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Children will be provided opportunities to write in both literacy lessons and in subjects across the curriculum.
Parents can help by:
Providing a range of papers, pens, pencils and crayons for their child to use at home.
Providing chalk boards and chalk, and magnetic boards and letters for use at home.
Encouraging children to write at home eg. stories, letters, diaries, shopping lists, recipes etc.
English as an additional language (EAL) Children for whom English is a second language are supported in their learning by our class teachers and teaching assistants.
At St. Edwards we value science to be an integral subject, that offers students the ability to access a wealth of knowledge, obtain skills and information which will contribute to their understanding of the world around them and to develop their skills in problem solving. As such, we aim to inspire children to develop a curiosity surrounding science by asking questions about the world in which they live. As a result children are able to use this knowledge to understand new concepts, make well- informed decisions and pursue new interests.
We take an exploratory, practical and hands on approach towards Science education. This approach aims to encourage children to develop scientific skills such as; predicting outcomes, observing results, designing and recording investigations, carrying out fair tests and linking scientific evidence to real life situations.
We recognise that excellent science education builds the foundations for understanding the world through the specific subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Our planning and delivery of lessons are tied to the National Curriculum ensuring children receive the best Science education possible in order to for them to be able to predict, explain and develop a sense of curiosity and excitement about the world around them.
At St. Edwards there is a clear progression from each year and key stage. There is a deep-rooted focus on working scientifically which encourages children to make predictions, observe and explain their results. The subjects covered throughout the school build upon each other and are again revisited in later years for children to demonstrate prior knowledge and build up what they already know in greater depth. The curriculum is divided into key subject categories which are; Living things including humans, seasonal changes, materials, earth and space, forces, sound and electricity. These subject areas are then further broken down into specific topics and themes, enabling children to develop the above skills and understanding needed in order to explore and understand natural phenomena.
Throughout the school children are encouraged to develop an awareness of ways in which they can find out about the past and make sense of the world they live in. We start by looking at the local area and investigating any historical events. Pupils are asked to place themselves in the wider world and throughout their time in St Edward’s develop the skills and concepts of understanding and interpreting past events, thinking about the impact these events have on today’s society.
History is taught throughout the school both in KS1 and KS2. Pupil’s targets are in line with the National Curriculum and help ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are being met.
In KS1, the children take part in a variety of exciting topics such as the Great Fire of London, famous inventors and we are Britain – A history of Four Nations. These topics include lots of fun activities including storytelling, imaginative play, themed days and a visit from London Fire Brigade.
In KS2, we use a range of resources in topics such as; The Battle of Britain, Early Islamic Civilisation and Anglo-Saxons. There are also trips to museums, trips to the canal and our Year 5 children work on a special project alongside Cirque du Soleil and Rolls Royce, ensuring the children’s learning takes part outside of the classroom as well as in.
We aim to develop the children’s’ geographical knowledge with a study of the local area. Children look at their own environment and to compare it with other locations in the British Isles and abroad. Throughout the school, children study a range of geographical topics which incorporate all the geography targets in the National Curriculum.
Key Stage 1 Children take a look at the oceans and Seas in an exciting Atlantic underwater world project. Through this they are encouraged to use maps, atlases and globes. They also look at the UK’s four countries and capital cities. In KS1 children will start to use their investigative skills and study both human and physical geography, which continues into KS2.
Lower Key Stage 2 Children look at a variety of topics including mountains, rivers and coasts. They look in depth at research studies and create their own weather report. Children also look at modern Europe and combined some historical aspects within this topic. In Upper KS2, children look at the local canal and take part in an exciting project alongside the Floating Classroom, including looking at the infamous explosion which took place in 1874. Children record their learning in different ways, such as labelled drawings, sketches, plans, maps or writing.
Computing involves the use of a wide range of technologies, including computers. Computing is taught as its own subject but is embedded in all other subjects across the school curriculum.
Computing lessons are used to teach children a wide range of skills in a variety of contexts. This will include using different software programs on laptops to develop transferable lifelong skills. It will also include using other hands-on resources to help the children understand the practical uses of Computing . Children study a variety of topics throughout the year which involve finding things out, exchanging and sharing information, developing ideas and making things happen.
Interactive Whiteboards are used in some way in the majority of lessons and Computing is used in all other curriculum areas. Children will regularly use Computing to collect data in Numeracy and Science, record role play in Literacy, model and control things in Design and Technology and however else will engage and enhance learning. This embedded use repeatedly models and reinforces children’s computer skills so children begin to use Computing intuitively and are able to choose the best resource for the job.
Computing is all around us. It is used in all areas of life; by providing a solid understanding of the basics of Computing, children are well equipped to understand the constantly evolving technologies around them.
In Music we work to provide the children with experiences which enable them to:
enjoy a variety of music from their own and other cultures.
participate in music making activities using tuned and untuned instruments.
to develop the technical skills they need to use their voice and instruments.
to develop their understanding of structures in music.
to develop the vocabulary they need to discuss music.
Every class has a weekly music lesson. Piano lessons are available at the school, with Guitar coming soon.
At St. Edward’ s we offer a fantastic Art programme which follows the National Curriculum and allows children to learn about famous artists, as well as use a wide range of techniques and resources.
Art is valued at St Edwards and children’s work is celebrated in displays across the school. Throughout the year, children have the chance to visit important museums /galleries and artist come to our school to deliver workshops in class such as Rolls Royce and Cirque du Soleil and Courtyard Gallery. Furthermore, children’s work is accessible to the general public by participating in local and national Art competitions.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology describes a way of working in which children combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make products.
Through Physical Education we aim to develop the children’s social attitudes, their balance, co-ordination and dexterity. We encourage the children to achieve personal satisfaction, to participate in group activities, to accept the decision of others and to accept responsibility for themselves. To achieve this we offer games, gymnastics, dance and swimming. Children in Key Stage 2 have swimming lessons at Jubilee Sport Centre.
Teams participate in Westminster’s competitions including:
The playground surface is marked and equipment has been purchased for use at playtimes to ensure that the children have the opportunity to be physically active. Since Autumn Term 2007 pupils have been taught by a specialist PE coach.
Modern Foreign Languages
All children from Nursery to Year 6 taught Spanish. Spanish is taught by specialist teachers, lessons take place each week for a period of 45 minutes.