Teaching and Learning
At St. Paul’s we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all our children. Our curriculum is based on “The National Curriculum” and covers the following subjects:
- Religious Education
- Physical Education
- Design and Technology
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Maths homework is set regularly to enhance the learning carried out in class. Here at St Paul we have subscribed to MyMaths.co.uk to help our students continue their maths at home. The website allows children to complete homework online and have it marked at the same time providing instant feedback. Furthermore it provides revision lessons to help remind them of what they have been learning.
Your child will be given a username and password to help track their progress. If they have lost this they can ask their class teacher for a new one.
Foundation Stage Classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Guidance which encourages learning through play and offers a variety of experiences from six broad areas of learning. From Year One to Year 6 children follow the National Curriculum.
Phase leaders ensure that curriculum planning across their phase is consistent and provides equal opportunities for all children. Connections are made between subjects to make learning more meaningful and interesting. The curriculum is brought alive by projects, outings and events which are shared by all children within a phase. Phases often work together in one large group or swap classes and teachers for particular topics.
Parents/carers receive a termly sheet – Curriculum Information for Parents, which details curriculum to be followed. Parents/carers can use this information to support their children’s learning by library visits, trips and discussion.
St. Paul’s is a Church of England School and our values are based on our belief in the teachings of Christ. We are happy to admit children from other faiths and enjoy the diversity this brings to our community. We follow the religious education syllabus laid down by Southwark Diocesan Board which teaches children about Christianity while also helping them to understand other faiths, in particular Judaism and Islam. Religious assemblies are held daily and all children participate in our worship.
We are fortunate to have a new art block provided by Space for Sports and Art. All our children enjoy art and music lessons in this block. Our creative curriculum is enriched by an enthusiastic incorporation of art, music and drama.
Physical exercise is taught regularly to all children during the school day and several after school clubs encourage further participation. Swimming is provided in Key Stage Two. With a strong emphasis on a healthy lifestyle we encourage understanding about the good effects of exercise and the variety of sports available to our children. We reward good team players and believe that every child can gain pleasure and satisfaction from sport. All children are expected to wear St. Paul’s PE kit for lessons during the day and for after school clubs.
Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
Children are encouraged to care and show respect for themselves and for the thoughts and feelings of others. In class regular circle time discussions cover citizenship and other issues. During this time all children’s contributions are valued and pupils learn to accept that every individual has a right to be heard. Pupils are taught how the body works, how to keep it safe and healthy and about the dangers of unhealthy living. This is taught discretely and through science, religious education and literacy.
Relationships & Sex Education
Relationships & Sex Education is taught using a syllabus agreed by parents and governors. This is updated annually and parents are invited to sample the sessions before they start.
Special Educational Needs (SEND)
At St. Paul’s we cater for the needs of all our children. Some of our children have ‘Special Educational Needs’. This means that they need help to access the curriculum and to make the same progress as other children in their class. This may involve the provision of extra resources and materials or providing extra adults in the classroom. We work in partnership with parents and aim to keep them fully informed of their child’s education and progress by way of informal meetings, review meetings and parent’s evenings. Our SENCO works with several outside agencies to arrange the best possible support for particular needs. Parents who are concerned in any way about their child’s learning should speak to the class teacher who will alert the SENCO if necessary.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
St. Paul’s welcomes children from all over the world and enjoys the diversity that this brings. Different cultures and languages are regularly celebrated in a variety of ways. Those children who do not speak English or who speak English as an additional language are supported and carefully tracked to ensure progress is made academically as well as in the use of English.
We recognise that a feeling of confidence and self worth is essential for each child to make the most of the learning environment. With this in mind we provide an ethos where children are free to develop without being discriminated against by race, sex, gender, faith, language, ability or social class. We recognise that a child’s own culture and language are central to their identity and we do all we can to ensure that the curriculum reflects the many rich and varied cultural backgrounds found within the school.
Assessment and Testing
A stringent teacher assessment process is used which measures and compares progress of individuals four times a year. This information helps to plan for further development and to identify particular needs and attributes. Children in Foundation Stage are formally assessed at the end of Reception using the Foundation Stage Profile. In addition to our school based assessment all children participate in National Tests (SATs) in Year 2 and Year 6. The results of these tests are made publicly available.
Each child receives an annual school report summarising their year’s work. Parents/carers have the opportunity twice a year to meet formally with teachers to discuss their child’s progress. They are welcome to make an appointment to meet with class teachers or the headteacher if they have particular concerns at any other time during the year.
Regular homework is set in each phase. The most important homework is reading and this must take place every evening. Regular home reading makes a significant difference to a child’s progress and is essential. Each child has a reading record for parents/carers to sign and comment if they wish. A healthy balance should be kept between school study and leisure activities such as sport, other hobbies and personal study. Any parent/carer who is concerned about homework should meet with class teachers or the headteacher.