As a Catholic School, religion is not just another subject in the curriculum but is a way of life. It permeates all our relationships, activities and every aspect of school life.
Our present scheme of work is ‘Come and See’ a scheme recommended by the Bishops’ Conference. It is rooted in three aspects: teaching, worship and moral values. We will use the liturgical year as a framework in which these elements will be taught, experienced, explored and celebrated.
Religious Education also happens through regular prayers, assemblies and Masses. The whole school meets regularly for assemblies or collective prayers. Fr Pat Smith celebrates Mass in school regularly throughout the year. The school celebrates Mass in the Parish Church on Holy Days of Obligation while the children are taught hymns and liturgical music which enhances all our worship. On occasions, during the term, KS2 classes attend the parish masses where they prepare the Liturgy. The children are also encouraged to attend Sunday Mass.
Underlying our teaching and our relationships are the Gospel Values of honesty and humility, justice and mercy. Our aim, within this context, is that all members of our community show respect and care for one another and extend their concern to the needy by prayer and charitable service. We also place a great emphasis on home/school/parish links.
Parents have a right to withdraw their child from all parts of the religious education and/or collective worship. However, given the importance of RE and Collective Worship in our school, parents and prospective parents need to be aware that it can never be confined to “timetabled slots” but may take place throughout the day in a variety of contexts other than those which are specifically structured.
We teach mathematics so that our pupils develop their understanding and enjoyment. Where possible we apply it to everyday life.
Each child has a daily maths lesson based on the ABACUS Scheme for Mathematics. This involves direct teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and groups.
We give children the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to use mathematics in everyday life. The development of mental maths strategies are an integral part of Maths and children are encouraged to learn age appropriate number facts by heart and use these to problem solving. This includes learning multiplication facts (tables). An important and key feature of our mathematical teaching lies in its emphasis upon problem solving and investigational work.
Our English curriculum is planned to develop the basic skills of reading and writing, the enjoyment of books and effective communication in speech and writing.
We aspire to foster an environment that encourages development of language by providing a rich provision of opportunities to interact and communicate with each other, including drama sessions. We stress the values of listening and speaking skills, and plan for opportunities to develop these areas of the across the curriculum.
The development of writing skills is an important aspect of our work. It covers all forms of writing for different purposes; factual, creative and personal. We aim to achieve progressive competency and accuracy in spelling, punctuation and syntax, and the development of a legible style of handwriting.
Children are given the opportunity to develop a range of skills they can apply to other situations. Our scheme of work allows for all Science attainment targets to be visited at least once every two years. This enables the children’s natural curiosities to develop into real scientific thinking. Children learn through investigation, research, asking questions and planning ways in which to find answers. In this way, they can build up a body of knowledge to support future scientific thinking.
Our History curriculum aims to give children the opportunity to develop the skills and ideas needed to retrieve information from books, ICT, pictures, people and places, the ability to examine and evaluate evidence and an understanding of chronology, cause and effect and the influence of the past upon the present.
The Geography curriculum aims to enable the children to develop geographical knowledge, understanding and enquiry, mapping skills and fieldwork techniques, an appreciation of the environment and the need to protect it and a greater understanding of the UK and the wider world.
Children’s work includes the study of places and covers a range of physical, human and environmental geography.
We endeavour to maintain a range of activities providing an environment, which will benefit the children’s physical, emotional and moral wellbeing. St Bede’s PE provision aims to embrace a range of games activities, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor adventurous activities.
Children have the opportunity to develop individual skills such as co-ordination, balance and control. They plan, perform and evaluate their own and each other’s work. They develop an appreciation of the benefits of cooperation and teamwork and come to understand the advantages of healthy, safe exercise to their general physical wellbeing. We aim for at least two hour physical activity per class per week.
Swimming is offered at some stage in Key Stage 2. This varies depending on the availability of swimming sessions locally.
Music is developed across all age groups from EYFS to year 6. The children are encouraged to compose, listen, discuss and perform with a variety of audiences in mind. They learn to appreciate music of different styles, cultures and times, and to use their voices and a range of instruments as expressive media.
We believe a love of music gained in childhood lasts a lifetime and that making music with others is a social, joyful and spiritual experience. We therefore, encourage children to understand, appreciate and create music but above all, to find enjoyment within this particular curriculum area. Whole school singing takes place regularly during assemblies and at ‘singing sessions’.
Modern Foreign Languages
All children in Key Stage 2 study French where they develop their speaking and listening skills as well as their ability to read and write French. They also carry out research into French culture and life.
Design & Technology (D&T)
D&T has a unique contribution to make to a balanced curriculum and is seen to be of a holistic nature. It is primarily concerned with generating ideas, making and doing. It provides opportunities for children to imagine, make decisions, create solutions and put them into practice. D&T enables children to use appropriate apparatus and equipment. We teach D&T largely through a cross curricular approach while teaching specific skills as and when necessary. Mrs Burgess, our D&T co-ordinator plans brilliant days to stimulate the children and develop specific skills.
Art & Design
All children are encouraged to draw, paint and create three-dimensional work using a variety of media and stimuli. An appreciation of the work of famous artists in different periods of history, the exploration of the immediate environment and other cultures and development of their own expressive ideas is encouraged. Through art, we hope that pupils develop an aesthetic awareness.
Work is displayed in classrooms and areas around the schools.
The school has an extensive range of computing resources including its purpose built ICT room.
Each class has a weekly teaching session in the ICT room and a further range of computers within the classrooms extend the use of ICT across the curriculum.
Personal, Social and Health Education & Citizenship
This involves the development of healthy attitudes, aspects of safe living and the development of good social and personal relationships. We presently follow the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme to develop children’s emotional literacy and time is given over to Circle Time and Class Councils. Topics are supported at times by outside agencies such as drama groups.
Early Phonics Teaching
Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
The More Able Child
Our school policy is to identify through clear curriculum guidelines those children who have outstanding abilities. Opportunities are given for children to develop their specific skills or talents right across the curriculum.
Parents are always closely involved in all aspects of this special provision. The school is a member of the National Association for Able Children in Education and employs a teacher with special responsibility for the more able.