The Federation curriculum continues to cover a wide range of subjects but use is currently being made of existing flexibilities to create time to cover the most important missed content.
Prioritisation is being given to essential components within subjects to allow for maximum progression. The non-core curriculum is currently being used to contribute to the filling of gaps in core knowledge. Our aim is to return to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by Summer Term 2021 including the implementation of the mandatory ‘Relationships and Health Education (RHE).
Our school’s Curriculum Policy reflects the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum, which provides all our children with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, experience and understanding to the best of their ability.
Maths Curriculum Overview
In line with the New National curriculum, the School Calculation Policy has been amended. The policy has been designed to give a consistent progression of learning in calculations from Year 1 to Year 6. Calculation in Reception follows the 'Development Matters' Early Years and Foundation Stage Document. This policy has been designed to link seamlessly, in terms of progression, with the guidance on calculation in Early Years and Foundation Stage.
Please click here to download a copy of the calculation guidance.
English Curriculum Overview
Reading is highly valued at St Francis – it is the key to accessing much of the curriculum and a valuable life long skill. The teaching and development of reading skills has traditionally been a strength of our school, as shown consistently in both KS1 and KS2 reading SATS scores over the last five years. Much of this success can be attributed to the focus put on individual reading, both at home and in school, from Reception right through to Year 6.
All children read regularly, both with their class teachers and our experienced team of Teaching Assistants. Our core reading scheme in the first years at school is Oxford Reading Tree; the children also read and experience daily stories, rhymes, factual and ICT texts. Books are sent home for consolidation, with nightly reading being the expectation for good progress. The Home School Book is a vital part of our Home/School partnership and is used by teachers, parents and children in commenting on books read and skills being developed. Valuable guidance on reading with your child can also be accessed here.
Daily synthetic phonic work is now a national requirement. At St Francis we closely link phonic skills with successful reading development – a systematic teaching of sounds to help read by blending and spell by segmenting. Children in our Reception and Key Stage One classes take part in daily 20 minute phonic lessons; these have now been extended to include pupils in Years 3 and 4 who continue to need support in further building their reading skills. Our interactive phonics lessons make use of ICT ‘Phonics Play’ and ‘Reading Egg’ resources, alongside newly purchased graded reading materials. Research has found that good readers will usually also become the best writers as they move through the school.
RE Curriculum Overview
We follow the Catholic primary 2012 Education Programme “Come and See” which teaches 'Living and Sharing Our Faith’.
Within the programme, children learn about elements of Christian beliefs and the Catholic Church’s response. Children are introduced to topics through their own experiences as they ‘explore’ what they know. The Catholic faith is ‘revealed’ as the children learn through lessons based on scripture and enhanced with interactive lessons often involving drama, role play and mime. The children are asked to ‘respond’ to what they have learnt and through their daily lives.
Each term the programme is delivered in three topics which are linked to the Liturgical Year:
Autumn Term: Family, Belonging, Loving
Spring Term: Community, Relating, Giving
Summer Term: Serving, Inter-Relating, World
Each class follows its own topic path with a rich range of on line resources and first hand artefacts.As part of the annual programme, we are also invited to develop an understanding of Other Religions. We learn about how members of other faith communities live as families and how they worship.
As part of our whole school religious education curriculum, each class is allocated a Saint to follow throughout the year. The children become familiar with their Saint and recognise their Saint’s Holy Day.
Reception Class: Saint Francis
Year 1: Saint Christopher
Year 2: Saint Bernadette
Year 3: Saint John Bosco
Year 4: Saint Patrick
Year 5: Saint John Payne
Year 6: Saint GeorgeWorship
We have a form of community worship each day within the school community. We pray together as a class and celebrate during Key Stage and whole school assemblies. We follow the liturgical year as we celebrate Mass together with our Parish Priest and we have Class Masses within our classroom settings. As a school we support Parish celebrations and lead the annual Education Sunday Mass.
Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education
For the Journey in Love curriculum please view our Parent Overview found on our Federation RE and Spiritual Development page here
Class Curriculum Maps
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2