Here you will find an outline of each year group’s curriculum areas for 2016-2017, based on the Durham Local Authority’s long term planning, including an overarching theme for Autumn, Spring and Summer. Our RE and PE modules have also been included.
Assessment at St Benet’s
With the removal of levels, schools now have more choice over how to report and record how children perform. At St Benet’s, children carry out a piece of assessment in Reading, Writing, Maths and Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation each half term. The children also complete a piece of assessment in RE each term and a Science assessment at the end of each topic. Test scores, as well as the work in books, are used to collate the overall child’s performance that half term in each subject. In termly reports, children are reported as:
- Working below the age related expectations
- On track to meet the age related expectations
- Working above the age related expectations
Children in Years 2 and Year 6 who complete SATS at the end of their Key Stage One (Year 2) or Key Stage Two (Year 6) phase, shall also be given a scaled score and an indication if they have achieved the expected standard or not met the expected standard.
Schools have been asked to explain how they promote British Values in all that we do. Find out how St Benet’s RCVA Primary School is promoting British Values.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
St Benet’s teaches subjects such as PSHE across the curriculum. As a thinking school, in many year groups PSHE will be taught during a Thinking Skill lesson. This may be in the form of a Philosophy For Children (P4C) lesson, a Six Thinking Hats lesson or through the use of Thinking Maps. PSHE is also covered during English, Science and RE lessons. During the summer term for a three week block, each year group receives lessons from our school’s PSHE/Sex and Relationship’s programme ‘A Journey in Love’; a scheme recommended for Catholic schools. This programme focuses on social matters such as friendships and being happy in the eyes of God, as well as health matters such as hygiene and caring for ourselves. Further information about this programme will be added to our website shortly.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Children with special educational needs and/or a disability have access to the curriculum links appropriate to their year group. Based on their need and any Statement of Special Educational Needs/ Education Health Care plan which may apply, some children will access the curriculum at a lower level. Maths and English subjects are tailored to the child’s ability. Here at St Benet’s we will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. In some classes, eg: Reception and Year 6, Maths and English lessons are taught in ability groups as extra teaching provision is available. This enables those children who require additional support to access the curriculum at their ability level and reinforce the basic skills that they need to be able to progress further. Moreover, those children who are performing above their age-related expectations also have the opportunity to thrive in Maths and English as they are challenged to achieve better than the expected standard.
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
- Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- To work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
- To promote self-worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
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