St Helen's Catholic Junior School Academy: Curriculum
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 Click here for the current list of Curriculum Responsibilities and Subject Coordinators

 
Click here to view The Whole School Curriculum Map for 2016-2017


THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM AND CLASS ORGANISATION

Classes are organised in year groups. Each class is organised into ability groups for Maths and English and mixed ability groups for other subjects.  There needs to be order and discipline in the classroom.  There are skills that the child needs to acquire and these skills are more easily learned within a structure proceeding by stages, relating to what has gone before and what is to follow.

The achievement of goals is important.  Teachers use a variety of teaching methods ensuring that children are motivated and that their learning is aimed at understanding and not simply memorising.

Children are given and are expected to complete on time formal homework.



RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The ‘Come and See’ Programme forms the basis of the religious teaching within the school.  This programme involves parents who are the first educators of their children.  Class assemblies, Class and School Masses, for the children and their parents, are means used to organise the life and worship of the school and through which we strive to link R.E. to the home in order to form a caring, Christian community.

ENGLISH

Since the ability to read opens the door to knowledge, great stress is put on reading and other Literacy skills.

Children have access to a wide range of material using a structured approach, so that all children get the help they need at each stage of development.  Children are encouraged to listen, to read and write for a variety of purposes, and in a variety of ways, to develop the appropriate vocabulary, appreciation of ideas and an attitude leading to confidence, enjoyment and enthusiasm for language.

Regular practice in the motor skill of handwriting is necessary.  The aim is a good legible hand and a style that comes easily.  Children are provided with regular handwriting practice.

Our aim in language teaching is for every child leaving our primary school, having enjoyed their years here, to be able to read fluently and with understanding, able to write and enjoy writing, and to be articulate and at ease with people they meet.  The school uses the National Literacy Strategy Framework for teaching English.

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MATHEMATICS
 

Through mathematics, knowledge of number combinations, order, pattern and concepts of space, time, estimations and the understanding of principles help a child to think logically and systematically.  At all stages skills and concepts are related to a variety of practical examples and situations.

Notation of natural numbers - place value, computation, fractions, money, decimal fractions, length, weight, shape, angles, graphical representation, time, sets, plans, area, symmetry, volume, percentages, number basis, measuring temperature, surface, solids and problem solving.

Constant revision both oral and written is required, and to vary the approach other aspects of number work may also be introduced.

In years 5 and 6 children are taught in 3 groups across the year group (top and 2 parallel groups).

The school uses the National Numeracy Strategy for teaching mathematics.

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SCIENCE

Science is concerned with a fuller understanding of the world we live in.  We aim to develop skills and positive attitudes in our children by developing their understanding.  Where possible we try to ensure that learning is a first hand practical activity where questioning is encouraged and investigation promoted.

Activities and experiences in science can be given either through a purely science-based topic or through a wider topic approach, where science is integrated with other subject areas whilst studying a particular theme.

Our aim can be fulfilled and our objectives reached through carefully and progressively developing skills and understanding and by fostering attitudes and working towards a core of knowledge.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

The school has a computer suite where ICT lessons take place.  In addition each classroom has two computers, which are linked to the school network.  The school is well equipped with various software to address the teaching and learning needs of the ICT and also other subjects which are taught using Information and Communication Technology.  The children are taught to become confident in the aspects of information technology such as word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, database, graphics, and modelling and control.

The school has a policy defining the pupils’ use of the internet and use of e-mail.  The school requires all parents to sign its home-school internet agreement.

HISTORY

Pupils are given opportunities to develop an awareness of the past and of the ways in which it is different from the present.  They are taught about important events, episodes and developments in Britain’s past, from Roman to present times, about ancient civilisations and the history of other parts of the world. 

GEOGRAPHY

Pupils are given opportunities to develop geographical skills and knowledge through the study of their locality and contrasting localities.  They are taught to use atlases and maps to build up a knowledge of physical geography, to investigate climates and seasonal weather patterns as well as learning about aspects of human settlements and changes to the environment.

ART AND DESIGN

Pupils are given opportunities to express their ideas and responses in drawing, painting and collage.  Artwork is used by children to illustrate other aspects of their curricular work and to display that work to its full advantage.

MUSIC

Pupils are given opportunity to explore their musical talents in a variety of ways.  The pupils musical experience and knowledge, as well as their application, is developed using instruments and songs from different cultures, styles and traditions.  They are encouraged to perform with others, to compose and communicate musical ideas and to listen and develop an understanding of music from different times and places.  All children in year 3 and 4 have regular recorder lessons.  Music making and singing also takes place during assemblies and liturgies.  Instrumental tuition in various instruments is available on a voluntary basis at school.  Parents are required to pay for the instrumental tuition.

Children are encouraged to join the school choir and those who play instruments, the school orchestra.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The school aims to encourage a lifelong enthusiasm for sport while promoting the physical and social benefits of exercise.  Children are encouraged to develop team work and enjoyment of sporting competition, together with a sense of fair play.  Through physical education children are guided to develop such personal qualities as co-operation, self-esteem, confidence, tolerance, empathy and perseverance.  The sporting facilities include a well equipped hall, football pitches and netball courts, playing fields and a 20 metre covered and heated swimming pool.

EXTRA CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES

Such activities take place before and after school or during the lunch hour. Information on school clubs are provided here, and also in the school’s newsletter at the beginning of each term about clubs and activities available.