Teaching and Learning
Here at St Paul’s C of E Primary school we are committed to providing the very best curriculum for our children. As a result of this commitment we have spent the 2019/2020 academic developing our full curriculum to meet the needs of our children here in Walworth.
Core subjects of Reading, Writing, Phonics (in KS1) and Math’s are taught in daily timetabled slots across all Year 1-6 classes. The school uses text rich Literacy Tree and Literacy Leaves schemes for English and the White Rose Maths scheme to develop strong mathematicians. We follow the Read, Write Inc Program for our phonics sessions. We have a bright and inviting library that all the class use at least once a week for their Reading for Pleasure slot. Reading for pleasure is important to us as a school as we feel it feeds into so many other areas.
Downloads and more information:
Please see below, for an overview of curriculum content for each year group. If you require any further information about our curriculum, or for paper copies of curriculum documents please contact us here. For more information on the current National Curriculum, click here.
To download a document of interest, please choose from the following options:
- Maths Curriculum Overview – 2020-2022
- English Curriculum Overview – 2021-22
- Science and Computing Curriculum Overview – 2021-22
- Capital and Culture Curriculum Overview – 2021-22
- PE Curriculum Overview – 2021-22
- RE Curriculum Overview – 2021-22
- PSHE and Wellbeing Curriculum Overview – 2021-22
White Rose Maths:
At St Pauls we use White Rose Maths. To support learning, we also use their calculation policy which shows the steps that we follow when teaching the four operations. If a child is struggling with a concept, we would go back to the previous step before moving forward again. These documents will help you support your child’s learning when completing work at home.
Maths homework is set regularly to enhance the learning carried out in class. Here at St Paul’s 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.
As a church school we teach Religious Education weekly and as a discrete subject. We follow the Southwark Diocese Syllabus for Religious Education. We also have a daily whole school collective worship where our vision and values are shared and discussed alongside relevant scripture and festivals from Christianity and other faith’s.
For our non-core subjects, we have taken a strands approach so we can ensure that the learning and progression is as linked as it can be for our children. We want all of our children regardless of gender or ethnicity to do as well as they can. This is the area of our curriculum that is regularly reviewed to maximise the learning and engagement for our children.
Our strands are:
Science and Technology. This strand encompassed Science, Computing and Design Technology aspects of the National Curriculum. Where a topic fits these 3 subjects will be taught in a cross curricular way. Some lessons maybe taught discretely where needed. We have just started to use the Cocoon Computing Program and keeping children safe particularly to do with e-safety and online is at the heart of our teaching.
Capital and Culture. This strand includes the learning objectives from History, Geography, Music, Art and Spanish (for KS2 classes). The aim of this area is to learn about the wider world in creative and engaging ways. We have a dedicated room for Art lessons and Music lessons and try to have as many performances and art exhibitions to celebrate the children’s work.
Health and Well-Being. The strand includes Physical Education, Philosophy for Children (P4C), PSHE and SRE learning. This strand is a crucial part of our children developing the skills they need to have to be valuable members of our local and the wider community. Children have two sessions of PE as week and the Year 3 class going swimming once a week for the whole year. The two PE lessons a week consist of an indoor lesson that focuses on gymnastics and dance and an outdoor session that focuses on outdoor games and other key skills.
Each class from Year 1-6 has one afternoon as a minimum of each strand. The EYFS follows these strands and covers all the areas of learning for their phase.
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.