Language & Literacy
Literacy focuses on developing each child’s ability to understand and use language as an integral part of learning in all areas in order to interact effectively with the world around them. Children’s knowledge, skills and understanding are nurtured through a range of talking and listening, reading and writing activities.
In the foundation stage a child’s interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they learn to read confidently and independently. The children will develop phonological awareness using a variety of active learning strategies and will follow a structured synthetic phonics programme. All children will have exposure to a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction texts to ensure breadth of reading experience.
Mathematics & Numeracy
Numeracy is the development and application of mathematics across the curriculum and in real life situations. Children are encouraged to explore and investigate a wide range of purposeful activities which involves them in different modes of mathematical learning.
Children are provided with valuable experiences which enable them to develop processes in mathematics, number, measures, shape and space, and handling data. New Heinemann and Abacus maths programmes as well as a variety of teaching texts are used by the children throughout the school.
The World Around Us
The contributory elements of the World Around Us are History, Geography and Science and Technology. This learning area is planned to connect learning across all three components as well as providing opportunities to develop Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Critical Thinking, Personal and Interpersonal Skills through a choice of themes.
Art and Design, Drama and Music provide rich opportunities for developing creativity, allowing children to express their ideas and feelings through picture, sound, drama and dance. Throughout the year many opportunities are offered for children to participate in role-play, assemblies, festivals, public examinations, season plays and concerts.
The Physical Education (PE) curriculum includes athletics, dance, games, gymnastics and swimming. Through the balanced PE curriculum provision the children develop their knowledge, understanding and skills, enabling them to participate and perform confidently in a range of physical activities. Children have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of after-school activities as well as a number of different sporting events.
The Religious Education (RE) programme of study holds a central position within the school curriculum. Sacraments celebrated during primary school include:
- First Eucharist;
RE seeks not only to impart knowledge but also to develop understanding of religious experiences, feelings and attitudes. The Alive-O programme is the core resource for the teaching if RE. The school seeks to involve the home, school and the parish in the task of handing on the faith to primary school children.
Personal Development and Mutual Understanding
Personal Development and Mutual understanding (PDMU) focuses on encouraging each child to become personally, emotionally, socially effective to lead healthy, safe and fulfilled lives. This in turn will enable them to become more confident and responsible when making decisions and choices throughout their lives. Children will experience these skills and attitudes through:
- Personal understanding and health;
- Mutual understanding in the local and wider community.