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OFSTED Sept 2019
"The school provides a good quality of education.Leaders' ambition is for all pupils to achieve their best in a nurturing environment. On a day-to-day basis, teachers adapt their lesson plans so that pupils gain good knowledge and understanding in most subjects."
At St. Luke's we deliver an inclusive, knowledge rich curriculum using the published Cornerstones Curriculum materials. This gives us the flexibility to tailor our programmes of study to meet our pupils' needs and interests, still ensuring structure, progression and broad and balanced coverage - all in line with the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. As a school we look in-depth at each curriculum subject and ensure that horizontal, vertical and diagonal links are made across the whole school. We ensure that key knowledge (sticky) knowledge is taught systematically so that pupils leave St. Luke’s with secure and broad subject knowledge. The Cornerstones Curriculum takes a holistic approach to learning, supporting the pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as their awareness of British Values, we also ensure that we include any current local, national and worldwide events.
The Cornerstones materials include a very broad range of exciting and inspiring 'imaginative learning projects', with cross curricular themes and creative learning opportunities. Pupils learn in a very 'hands on' style building upon knowledge, understanding and skills during their time here. They are given opportunities to deepen knowledge and practise essential skills and then apply these in a range of different contexts. This enables pupils to see the relevance of what they are learning and feel the satisfaction and buzz when they know they are succeeding! We also ensure that pupils have the opportunity to innovate their own learning by teachers providing them the opportunity to express and deepen independently their learning and have an opportunity to show case this to a range of audiences.
The Cornerstones philosophy is based around: engaging, developing, innovating and expressing. The pupils do this through learning projects such as: Scrummdiddlyumptious!, Alchemy Island, and Bright Lights, Big City. Expect to hear all about them, all the 'WOW' moments and amazing innovate projects from the children. You may also like to look at the Cornerstones website: www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk
At St. Luke’s we recognise the importance of literacy skills. Our English curriculum enables pupils to be taught reading, writing and speaking and listening through our range of topic areas. Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and Year 1 through Jolly Phonics and Letters and sounds. Reading is taught weekly through discrete reading lessons focussing on Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summary/Sequence. We encourage the love of reading through a range of activities including reading buddies, free Friday, weekly timetabled library sessions.
We believe that pupils learn maths through being able to chunk their learning and breaking it down in to small manageable steps. We ensure that concepts are taught through a CPA approach (Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract). We use the white Rose Hub Scheme of work to support learning.
This starts in the pre-school year and continues into the Reception year and is organised into the following areas of learning:
Three Prime Areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language.
Four Specific Areas:
Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design
Year 1 to 6:
From Year 1, every child follows the National Curriculum, which includes:
English, Mathematics and Science.
Art, Design Technology, Computing, Spanish (Years 3 - 6), Geography and History, Music (Charanga), Religious Education (Northamptonshire agreed syllabus), Personal, Social & Health Education (Jigsaw), Physical Education (Rawmarsh and Real Gym).
Drugs Education - We recognise that we have a crucial role to play in warning our pupils of the dangers which drugs misuse poses. We therefore provide an effective drugs education programme within the curriculum as part of our aim to be a health promoting School.
Sex and Relationships Education - Our aim is to develop the children’s awareness of the needs of their bodies through correct diet, healthy lifestyle and acceptable personal habits. Sex Education sessions are given to Year 5 and 6 pupils with a programme arranged in conjunction with the School Nurse.
Children with Special Educational Needs:
At St. Luke’s CE Primary School we are committed to providing the highest quality education for all children in every aspect of school life. This is particularly important for children who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. For children with SEND an ambitious and accessible curriculum with breadth and depth is particularly important to afford them with the knowledge and cultural capital to prepare them for their next stage of education and preparation for adulthood. At St. Luke’s we have effective assessments in place to identify Special Educational Needs and we continually assess, plan, do and review any additional interventions of support.