Curriculum

This page describes the school curriculum for St Aloysius’ Catholic Primary school. (All links on this page will open in a separate “tab” or “window” . Please scroll down to see the full contents of this page) This information is available on this website and from the school office in accordance with the School Information regulations legislation 2012. (the legislation is available from the UK Government legislation website)

A ‘Creative Curriculum’

St Aloysius’ Catholic Primary School incorporates the statutory curriculum framework within our “Creative curriculum” designed by the school leadership team, staff and governors.

The creative curriculum weaves all subjects into a whole that is based around our Mission StatementIt is described in diagram form in a document that encompasses a yearly planning cycle (see the year plan below).  Please click on the links below to see the diagrams for  the yearly and termly plans.

The current  term plans for  each year group are listed below

The Process: Each term staff and pupils throughout the school start the planning process for the following term together. This is done through discussion around the key question for the following term. In this way our delivery of the following terms curriculum emerges through a dynamic discussion involving staff and pupils. The result is a very creative and engaging curriculum, which enables the children to make links between different areas of their learning and learning going on in other year groups. English Each term we use a class book which is linked to the topic covered. Typically this will be an example of classic children’s literature. Recent examples have included The Hobbit, The Railway Children and Swallows and Amazons. The books act as a springboard for teaching English and other curriculum areas. All children learn to read using ‘Read Write Inc., a structured phonics programme published by OUP – see  OUP Read Write Inc. Speaking and listening is enhanced by regular P4C (Philosophy for Children) discussion. – see P4C Maths The Maths curriculum is further enhanced by workshops for parents, Maths Days and a strong emphasis on an investigative and problem solving approach, linked to the terms topic focus. Teachers use a range of extension and enrichment materials to supplement the core scheme and cater for the more able Mathematicians. Teams compete regularly in the National Maths Challenge and ‘Magical Maths’ is a popular After School Club. Science Our annual Science Day brings to a culmination all the work that the children have completed on their own Scientific projects and investigations as well as providing an opportunity for parents involved in the science community to contribute their expertise by running workshops for the children. RE The School follows the RE curriculum as outlined in the Diocesan RE syllabus. However, our Mission Statement articulates our desire to grow in holiness through knowing, loving and serving God and this underpins all that we learn across the curriculum. Each term a key question provides this link for the children. Key Questions across the two year cycle;

  • Where are we going?
  • What can I give him?
  • How can we build a better world?
  • Why are other people important?
  • What has God given us?
  • In what ways are we made in the image of God?

The teaching of RE is further enhanced by significant input from the parish through the work of the School Chaplain.

Learning outside the Classroom

Learning outside the classroom, which links to the termly topic, is s very important feature of our school. Staff make the very best use of resources on our doorstep as well as further afield to enhance the curriculum. For example when the theme of ‘Pilgrimage and Prayer’ was being explored across the school, every year group took part in a pilgrimage, with the youngest visiting local shrines and the older year groups visiting Canterbury Cathedral. This visit also connected to work on Chaucer and Thomas a Becket. Our Year 1 class regularly visits University Parks to partake in Outdoor Learning.

National Curriculum

THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM CHANGED IN 2014 . More details of the 2014 National Curriculum introduced are available on this page of the Gov.UK website…

2014 National Curriculum.

Our Curriculum adheres to the National Curriculum statutory guidelines.

Please refer to the DfE Primary curriculum via gov.uk using – Primary curriculum pages

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation stage at St Aloysius follows the Statutory framework as described by the Department of Education The best introduction to EYFS framework is the provided by the DfE and is available via the gov.uk  website. There is also a foundation years website  specifically for parents.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Key stage 1 and 2 teaching and learning at St Aloysius follows the National Curriculum within the context of our Creative Curriculum (see above).

Previously details of each subject have been published here. However since the introduction of teh 2014 National curriculum the information is best accessed via the GOV.UK website .

The relevant links for each subject are listed below…