Our overall approach is designed to help pupils:
develop lively, enquiring minds where they question rather than merely accept
acquire knowledge and understanding which will equip them for future challenges
obtain skills that they can transfer to other subjects or situations.
We seek to challenge, inspire and support children to perform.
Implementation ( How we will teach)
At St Teresa's, we teach the National Curriculum, comprising the core subjects of: Religious Education, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Computing, along with the foundation subjects: History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education, Modern Foreign Language and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, together with our own 'Land Curriculum' based at our school allotment.
Our school brings the National Curriculum alive through a structured, cohesive curriculum, which promotes enquiry-based learning, using discrete subject areas. Our curriculum is designed to deepen skills and knowledge which will be consistently retained.
We place a strong emphasis on the development of basic skills, which are necessary for lifelong learning. Each year group has a set of ‘non-negotiable’ basic skills that are taught and expected to be applied. All children in KS1 and EY have daily phonics lessons ( using Read Write Inc scheme) until they are secure in their knowledge.
In order for children to know about their locality, community and heritage, some of our Learning Challenges are very specific to St Helens and the environs. We make use of the local area and local people to bring the learning alive.
At St Teresa's we follow 'Come and See', a programme supported by the Liverpool Archdiocese.
The curriculum plans for this year are below, with key dates and suggestions for parental involvement.
At St Teresa’s we develop children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Children learn to use language to communicate ideas, views and feelings. This enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively both verbally and through the written word. We aim to share with children the joy of reading and to help them to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts.
Reading and Phonics
Children are given daily opportunities to develop their reading skills. Children learn to read using Read Write Inc synthetic phonics. This is carried out daily in the Foundation Stage and KS1. Where necessary phonics will continue into KS2. Once children master accurate decoding, a greater emphasis is placed on comprehension. Through reading independently, guided, shared and paired reading children learn to read with confidence, fluency and understanding. Reading takes place with a variety of adults and peers. Home/school reading partnerships support every child to become an independent reader. At St Teresa’s we encourage a love of Reading through a well resourced library, special events, themed days, author visits and a very strong partnership with local libraries ( Eccleston and Peter Street)
As children enter the Foundation Stage there are writing opportunities in all areas of learning. In KS1 and 2 transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing) form the basis for what is taught. Children apply the skills they have been taught in all areas of the curriculum. Children are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. Writing takes place in many forms - through word and sentence level activities, independently, modelled, shared, paired and requires an awareness of audience, purpose and context.
Through synthetic phonics, children are taught the different ways of spelling sounds and then apply their growing knowledge to write words, captions and sentences. Alongside decodable words, the reading and spelling of common exception/tricky words (those which can't be sounded out) are taught. As children enter KS2 we encourage children to explore words and think about the origins and connections between them. Wordlists for Years 3&4 and Years 5&6 are taught and contain a mixture of frequently used words as well as those that children often misspell. We aim to embed spelling opportunities in all areas of the curriculum.
In the Foundation Stage children develop many pre-writing skills. Correct letter formation is taught in a variety of enjoyable ways. As they become able, children begin to write letters using a variety of materials. Children are taught how to hold their pencil correctly. Children learn to regulate the size of letters which leads to neatly presented work. When children are ready , they are taught to join letters which leads to fluent, legible and speedy writing.
Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
Through talk and reading, children's vocabulary is developed. Children are taught grammatical concepts and then encouraged to apply and identify these in the written and spoken word. Specific punctuation and grammatical terminology is taught in each year group.
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and listening are not taught as discrete subjects, but are embedded in all aspects of school life, across all areas of the curriculum and are part of everything we do. Pupils are provided with many and varied contexts for talk enabling them to communicate confidently and effectively.
The National Curriculum states that:
‘Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.’
At St Teresa’s , we promote the 3 main aims of maths as outlined in the National Curriculum, which are to ensure that all pupils:
become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
'Good mathematics is not about how many answers you know....it's about how you behave and persevere when you don't know'.
Maths Zone Free interactive Maths resources for use in schools, homeschooling or for homework arranged in the different maths topic categories.
Numeracy List of numeracy websites for 4-11 year old students, including games and activities and resources for teaches and parents.
NRICH Challenging maths games and activities
Count On Full of maths games, activities and further links