We aim to teach a broad and balanced curriculum using appropriate teaching and learning styles. These are sufficiently differentiated to meet individual pupils’ needs.
All subjects are taught with an emphasis on practical activities and skills.
At St. Cuthbert's we strive to engage the children through links to real life experiences, visits and visitors, cross curricular themes and questions to investigate and challenge deeper thinking.
We inform parents of their child's curriculum on a termly basis through a curriculum newsletter and ideas of how to help their child at home.
The National Curriculum is only part of the whole school curriculum, which provides for equal opportunities and multicultural education. The 1988 Education Act requires that R.E. and the following subjects be taught in schools:
Religious Education, as well as being a curriculum subject, permeates everything we do in school. We have used the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work since September 2012. We have weekly class collective worship, regular liturgies , and masses , to which parents, other family members and parishioners are invited and welcomed.
Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion takes place within the parish, with a team of hard working catechists and Father Angus, supported by the school. Children’s services take place in the parish at key points throughout the year.
In English there is a strong emphasis on speaking and listening- children are encouraged to speak with confidence, clarity and fluency and to listen attentively, respecting the views of others. We give a high priority to the teaching of reading because it enables pupils to access all other areas of the curriculum. We use phonic reading schemes such as Floppy Phonics to promote the teaching of reading. We have a wealth of other materials, both fiction and non-fiction, for group reading and in school libraries. Every class has an attractive reading area and celebrates an Author of the Month. For further information see our reading or literacy policies.
In writing, trips and class books are used as a stimulus for writing in a range of styles. Throughout school children are taught the importance of grammar, punctuation and spelling rules and are expected to apply these skills in their own writing. The school has adopted a cursive script and this is introduced in nursery. Children are given opportunities for independent, co-operative and collaborative work across the curriculum.
The school uses “Learn Its” and your child has a number of calculations to learn by heart each term. Teachers use a variety of resources, modified to suit the needs of pupils. The school planning ensures that children have experience of Number, Space, Shape and Measures, Calculation, Counting and Data Handling, and are given opportunities to apply their skills in problem solving and investigations.
The school teaches the new national curriculum through cross curricular topics and a range of experimental learning whenever possible.
Modern Foreign Language
At St Cuthbert’s a modern foreign language is introduced to children at an early age, when their brains are most receptive to acquiring language skills. Around school we have signage celebrating some of the different languages spoken in school.
In Key Stage 1 children may learn simple songs and vocabulary in another language.
The Dinocrocs programme, introduces pupils to French through story and imagination. Children are immersed in DVD stories and a class enacting of the stories. Children learn to listen carefully and discriminate sounds and reproduce them with actions and movement. Vocabulary is not explicitly taught but is acquired through context, action and picture clues.
In Key Stage 2 children are introduced to an ICT based teaching programme called Rigolo and this forms the basis of planning. Planning reflects the MFL strands of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and intercultural understanding. Intercultural understanding is also promoted outside of MFL lessons in literacy, RE and foundation subjects such as art, history and geography.
Sex Education is carefully planned for Years 5 and 6 pupils through the use of the School Nurse, appropriate videos and discussions. Parents are informed as to when lessons will take place, and any parent who wishes to withdraw their children from the programme may do so. Questions asked by the children are answered in an honest, open and tactful way. Growth and development, personal relationships, respect for oneself and others, citizenship – including caring and responsibility, are all considered during Personal, Social Health Education & Citizenship (PSHE&C) sessions.