At St William of York Catholic Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our schools. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
Pupils consolidate the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. Then over the first half of the Autumn Term the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout Key Stage 1all children continue to develop their phonic knowledge through the Read Write Inc. Programme which helps develop their fluency in reading. Elements of this are also continued in Key Stage 2 as part of targeted intervention.
The National Curriculum is delivered through the school’s curriculum has been developed with support and guidance from Liverpool School Improvement advisers to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. The more able are challenged further to deepen their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven into every aspect of school life.
Subjects are taught in mixed ability classes throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with a flexible group approach these are driven by pre assessment or cold tasks that assess what children do and do not know within a new concept. More targeted ability grouping is introduced in Year 2 and Year 6 as children prepare for external assessments. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.
All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme days, weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly science.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
The literacy curriculum is delivered to our children by means of a daily literacy lesson. When designing the curriculum, we considered all areas of study to ensure links were made across subjects allowing the transferral of knowledge and skills, along with maximising all writing opportunities. At the heart of the literacy curriculum, is the use of quality picture books and texts which provide engaging vehicles and opportunities for quality writing experiences. Grammar skills are woven into each unit to ensure age related expectations are taught; a daily spelling programme is delivered to both embed spelling rules and ensure spelling accuracy.
Alongside their literacy sessions, all children in our foundation stage and key stage one receive daily phonics lessons to support their reading, writing and spelling using a programme called Read, Write Inc. Children are grouped according to their needs; targeted teaching ensures maximum personal progress is made. Read Write Inc. reading books are sent home allowing our children to revisit and practice taught sounds which aims to build fluency and confidence.
When children complete the Read, Write Inc. programme, they progress onto the Oxford Reading Tree reading tree scheme until they are confident, fluent readers. When staff feel it is appropriate, the pupils will then be introduced to a range of contemporary and classic authors. Every child receives regular guided reading sessions during which their teacher will read, discuss vocabulary choices, and teach reading strategies as well as developing an understanding of a range of text genres, non-fiction and poetry. All children have access to a class based library.
In delivering the mathematics curriculum at St William of York, we follow the White Rose Maths scheme using the maths mastery methodology. Through fluency, reasoning and problem-solving, this involves using approaches that help pupils to develop a deep and secure knowledge and understanding of mathematics at each stage of their learning so that by the end of each school year, they will have acquired mastery of the mathematical concepts that they have been taught. Building on children’s knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a concrete (physical objects) way is at the heart of mastery. We then move on to pictorial representations, followed by solving maths problems using only number (abstract). We firmly believe in the ‘growth mind set’ philosophy and aim high for all children in order for them to be the best mathematician that they can be.
Teaching Science provides the foundations for our children to understand the world around them and enables them to develop scientific knowledge through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Working scientifically is embedded within these disciplines.
In Key stage 1 our main aim is to provide the children with first hand experiences and to observe phenomena. We want to develop our children’s curiosity and provide an environment where they are encouraged to ask questions and explain their observations .They will be supported in fostering their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, observing changes over time and using comparative information to find things out.
In Key Stage 2 the children will broaden and deepen their scientific view of our world and should begin to ask their own questions about what they observe. They will be supported to make decisions about the most appropriate type of scientific enquiry to be used to answer their questions. In upper Key Stage 2 our children will carry out comparative fair tests and begin to draw conclusions based on their findings and data. They will be helped to evidence and justify their answers.
Scientific Vocabulary is developed and extended each year through our progressive science curriculum. Children will be supported in articulating and writing scientific answers during our class discussion and written work.
We follow the Come & See programme, which sets out each year group and topic. Each topic takes around 4 weeks to complete and is broken down into Explore, Reveal and Respond.
This is when we introduce the topic, where the children’s life experience is explored, the question(s) it raises are wondered at, shared, investigated and their significance reflected upon.
This is the heart of the programme where knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith is revealed through the Word, in Scripture, Tradition, doctrine, prayers, rites and Christian living.
This is where the learning is assimilated, celebrated and responded to in daily life.
For further information, The R.E. Handbook is available under Key Information on the school website. This breaks down year group expectations, topics to be covered and links with other faiths.
In Year 1 the children will be expanding their basic geographical knowledge by knowing their own address and being able to locate Liverpool and the river Mersey on a map. They will explore contrasting environments, identifying hot and cold climates. They will be exploring seasonal patterns in the UK.
The children will have experience of a variety of maps and using a globe. Fieldwork will be conducted in the local area.
They will gain knowledge of key geographical concepts and words such as north, south, east, west, road, junction, shops, photograph, sketch map, left, right, up, and down.
In Year 2 the children will continue to work on their basic geographical knowledge. They will know the four countries of the UK and be able to locate their capital cities on a map. They will know that the UK is made up of a series of islands.
They will be able to locate 7 continents and 5 oceans on a world map and globe. They will explore the country of Kenya, looking at African culture. They will compare African climate and landscape with that of the UK.
Fieldwork in Year 2 will take place at Crosby beach. The children will be exploring why people visit Crosby beach.
In Year 3 the children will explore the geology and geography of the earth. They will make a study of volcanoes. They will look at the interior of the earth and why volcanoes and earthquakes occur.
Year 3 will look at how land in the local area is farmed and the reasons why it is farmed as it is. Fieldwork in Year 3 will take place in the school grounds. They will conduct an investigation into microclimates.
In Year 4 the children will be exploring the water cycle. They will be making a detailed study of the growth of Liverpool and the current regeneration of the dock area and trade links. They will be exploring the role of tourism. Year 4 will explore the function and processes associated with rivers.
Year 4 will be expanding their mapping skills by planning a route to Little Crosby.
Fieldwork in Yea r4 will take place at Formby point. The children will explore the flora and fauna of the area. They will try to discover why the sand dunes are shifting.
Year 5 will be conducting investigations to discover how diverse the biomes and vegetation belts are around the world. They will be making an in depth study of the Amazon rainforest.
Year 5 will be exploring weather around the world and they will be comparing the various climate zones.
Fieldwork in Year 5 will focus on an investigation on settlement hierarchy.
Year 6 will make a study of mountains and the water cycle. The children will explore the formation and erosion of mountains both in the UK and across the world.
Year 6 will be expanding their mapping skills through fieldwork throughout the year.
An investigation in glaciation will take place using examples found in Thurstaston and the Lake District.
History is about real people who lived and real events, which happened in the past. Throughout the history topics children are given opportunities to sequence events and place them in a chronological framework. Through local studies children will begin to understand the important contributions of significant individuals in Liverpool. Children will also consider what past societies were like and learn about their beliefs and cultures. They will evaluate evidence through primary and secondary sources. Children will then begin to distinguish between historical facts and different interpretations.
At St William of York RC Primary School, we want to inspire, engage and challenge pupils by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art. As they progress through the school they will develop a deeper understanding or art and design, exploring the impact it has on the contemporary life and that of different times and cultures.
The National Curriculum for Art & Design aims to ensure that all pupils:
· Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
· Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
· Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
· Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
At St. William of York Primary School, Design Technology is a creative, practical subject in which pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing, making and evaluating. Children are taught to evaluate existing products and use their imagination and creativity to design and make products, considering their own and others’ needs and wants and the requirements of the product. Children are taught to select and use appropriate tools safely and effectively to make products.
DT is planned across the school to ensure that children are continuously building on prior learning and are increasingly challenged as they move through our school. Each class undertakes at least three Design and Technology units per year. One of these must be a cooking and nutrition project and the others are selected from textiles, structures, mechanisms and electrical or mechanical systems.
Our music curriculum aims to provide all pupils with a high quality music education which engages and inspires children to develop a life-long love of music, increases their self-confidence, creativity and imagination, and provides opportunities for self-expression and a sense of personal achievement. Through the delivery of our scheme ‘Charanga’, children participate in a range of activities to develop in all aspects of music including rhythm work, instrumental skills, composition, singing and appreciation.
Music plays an important role in helping children to feel part of a community. We organise and collaborate in projects to enable children to share their musical skills at different events both inside and outside of school. Additionally, weekly instrumental lessons are delivered to specific classes by a visiting music teacher and opportunities are provided for extra-curricular activities by members of our staff.
At St William of York we feel that providing our pupils with an international dimension to their learning enables them to learn about different countries and cultures and empowers them to see the world as responsible global citizens.
A Specialist Languages Teacher from our linked High School delivers the MFL Programme of Study to all the children in Key Stage 2.Through this they learn about Spanish culture and customs as well as learning to speak the language.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is an important part of our curriculum and is delivered through the 1decision modular programme designed for pupils at Key Stages 1 (5-8) and 2 (8-11).
Our PSHE programme aims to provide a safe and supportive learning environment where children can develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding required to manage different influences and pressures in their lives and help them make safe and informed choices.
The programme will be delivered on a regular basis through a series of fun and engaging documentaries and videos with alternative endings, which enable children to explore various topics.
1decision is based on 3 core themes:
Also included in our PSHE curriculum are lessons which relate to the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, alongside sessions based on safeguarding and online safety.
Physical Education in school, which is a minimum of two hours a week, provides children with the opportunity to develop their co-ordination, skills, teamwork and confidence through gymnastics, dance, outdoor activities and games. Children in Year 5, 4 and 3 also go swimming, throughout the school year, for a term each while additional “top-up” lessons are provided in the summer term for any Year 6 children who haven`t met the expected standard.
St William of York Catholic Primary School has been awarded a Silver School Games Kite mark for the past two years. This is a reward for the commitment to the development of sport and competition across the school.