St Luke's CE Primary School

Learning together, supporting each other, with God's love.

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Curriculum
 

 

Intent:

Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure each and every child can ' flourish' by offering stimulating and awe-inspiring learning experiences with Christian values at its heart.

 

It is bespoke to the needs of the pupils at St Luke’s, not only by focusing on appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, but by developing individual and collaborative learning experiences, a positive growth mind set, a sense of responsibility and challenges that take them beyond the classroom.

 

We are a small school with a constantly evolving curriculum which responds to the needs of learners and their interests by enhancing learning experiences and raising awareness from the local area to national and global arenas. Thus, we will develop outward looking pupils who are able to engage in learning about themselves and have an understanding of the wider world and its complex cultures.

 

Ultimately our curriculum is intended to:

  • Develop our mind and body : What we learn

  • Develop our spirit and character: Who we are

  • Develop our actions and attitudes: How we live and learn

  • Develop our moral compass: Where we fit in the world.


    Implementation:

    Through quality teaching of knowledge, skills and vocabulary across core and foundation subjects, all children will be challenged to be inquisitive, compassionate, courageous and creative learners. They will have opportunities to influence their own learning through age appropriate and progressive themes and topics. Effective learning characteristics including being ambitious, reflective and imaginative will drive teaching and learning.

     

The Early Years
The Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) has its own curriculum, divided up as follows into three prime areas …Communication and Language,  Physical Development,  Personal Social and Emotional Development, … and four specific areas …Literacy,  Mathematics,  Understanding the World,  Expressive Arts and Design
All of the above aspects are taught through a topic-based approach, with a strong emphasis on learning through play (both indoor and outdoor based).

Key Stage 1 & 2
These classes follow the National Curriculum, divided up into subjects: English, Mathematics, Computing, Science, Design Technology, Art, History, Geography, Music, Languages and Physical Education.  Plus Religious Education and Personal/Social/Health Education.
 
Themed Weeks and Days
We complement the curriculum with a number of themed weeks and days throughout the year, these enable the children to learn in a cross curricular manner and deeply embed their learning. We have enjoyed maths, arts and science weeks over the last few years.
 
Curriculum Letters
Half-termly curriculum letters are sent home and also uploaded to the curriculum section of the St Luke’s website.  These contain details of the curriculum to be studied, and ideas for how parents can help their children raise their achievements.  If parents require additional information, they may ask their child's teacher

Spiritual, Moral and Social Guidance
Religious Education is an integral part of the curriculum. The lessons are based on Bradford’s Agreed Syllabus. We aim to make our pupils aware of the variety of faiths represented in Bradford. Pupils develop a respect for, and an understanding of, their own beliefs and the beliefs of others. We have a daily assembly, a focal point for meeting together as a school, key stage or class. Throughout the year every class lead assemblies which parents are invited to. These may be based around a particular religious festival, a residential visit or a showcase of the learning that has taken place in their class. We recognise the need to value the spiritual dimension in pupils who have no particular religious faith.

Phonics
St Luke’s follows a phonics-based approach to teaching children to read. Phonics is taught on a daily basis following the Letters and Sounds Synthetic Phonics Programme as the main approach. In Reception all children are taught to recognise and say phonemes (units of sound) and the corresponding graphemes (written letter/s) and then use them to blend and segment words for reading and writing. It is taught in a fun multisensory way using songs and actions. Children are also taught ‘tricky’ words which do not follow the phonic rules. Phonics teaching is differentiated and taught through both whole class and group work to meet the needs of all children. This approach to teaching phonics continues through Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2 as necessary.
 
Reading
We do not use one specific reading scheme in the early years, rather we use a range our own library of books. These include de-codable books (phonetically regular) linked to the phases in the Letters and Sounds Programme. The reading books are colour banded for different reading levels. The children also have access to a variety of other reading books. Each colour reading band includes a range of genres, authors and illustrations. Children are allowed to take these books home as home readers. Every child has a reading record so that parents and school can communicate about this essential life skill. The children read in Guided Reading groups led by an adult focusing on different reading skills. Follow up activities or discussions ensure they have understood what they are reading. A wide range of fiction and non-fiction books are also accessed weekly through the school library which again they are allowed to take home.
 

Impact:

Our children will have a confident set of skills, knowledge, norms and Christian values which can be used to get ahead in education and life more generally. In short they will learn more, remember more, enjoy more and develop more spiritually, socially and emotionally. Thus enabling them to flourish in our care and be ready for their next stage in education.


If you would like more information about the Curriculum your child is following please see your childs half termly curriculum newsletter or speak to their class teacher.