Curriculum Content

Please find below a summary of our Curriculum subjects which cover the objectives of the National Curriculum.  You can also read below details about Mathematics support and our KS1 reading and phonics teaching. If you require further information please ask Mr Conway, Headteacher, or your child’s class teacher.

At St Bernadette’s we teach according to the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum.  We have clear expectations for each subject and each child with each lesson. All staff deliver learning that is challenging, high quality and provides consistency across year groups. Key Performance Indicators matched to the National Curriculum 2014 requirements support termly teacher assessment. Regular pupil progress meetings and moderation ensures accuracy of results.

The Curriculum

At St Bernadette’s, our Numeracy provision offers children a stimulating diet of activities geared toward the achievement of ‘greater depth’. Our lessons offer a ‘low threshold, high ceiling’ approach to mathematics, which enables children to access work that challenges their current level of understanding and aims to move children from fluency/calculation work to reasoning and problem solving at their own individual pace. There is an emphasis placed on children gaining comprehensive understanding of mathematical concepts using practical resources, paired talking activities (designed to encourage deeper mathematical thinking) and pictorial representations. We aim to produce confident mathematicians who can use appropriate mathematical vocabulary articulately and in context, demonstrating resilience, perseverance and an ever-increasing ‘toolbox’ of written and mental numerical methods.

At St Bernadette’s, teach children effective communication, both verbal and non-verbal, through a variety of activities, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. We help children to develop as effective writers using compositional skills – developing ideas and communicating meaning to a reader using a wide-ranging vocabulary and an effective style, organising and structuring grammatically. We enable children to use a widening variety of forms of writing for different purposes and to develop presentational skills using accurate punctuation, correct spelling and legible handwriting.  In Reading, we aim to develop effective and fluent readers, who develop a love of reading. We enable our pupils to be enthusiastic, responsive and knowledgeable readers who are able to understand and respond to the texts they read.   We guide them to be able to read, analyse and evaluate a wide range of texts through discussing and analysis.  We aim to make parents partners in helping our children progress in their reading with home/school reading challenges.

At St Bernadette’s we aim to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We aim to develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer questions about the world around them and ensure they are equipped with the knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and creative. We use thematic topics to ensure we cover all areas of the curriculum, including History, Geography, Art and DT. There is a clear progression in skill development to ensure progression is evident across year groups.

Our History topics aim to give children opportunities 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.

Our Geography topic 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.

Our final topic, focused toward Art/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 endeavor to maintain a range of activities providing an environment, which will benefit the children’s physical, emotional and moral wellbeing. St Bernadette’s P.E 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.

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.

At St Bernadette’s School, we aim to prepare our pupils with the skills and understanding to fully embrace the world of information technology. We aim to offer a rounded and balanced provision which teaches computer science, information technology and digital literacy with equal weighting, in a manner whereby our children are facilitated to transfer learned skills to support their learning across the curriculum range in an effective, informed and safe manner.

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.