Our Curriculum

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle

At St. Gerard’s Catholic Primary School, we see the curriculum as something that embraces more or less everything that the children do during their time here. We are proud to be part of preparing our children for life beyond school.  The children really are the starting point and at the centre of our curriculum. It is adapted and planned for the children, firstly by the children, alongside the teaching staff and whole school family. From EYFS to Year 6 we want to ensure that all our children experience the awe and wonder of the world in which they live. Christian values and the love of God are at the heart of our teaching and learning. The curriculum is made up of all the activities that the school undertakes in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It is designed to fulfil our mission to guide the children to love, hope, dream and achieve. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its primary goal of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to lead a fulfilling and productive life. It has been carefully developed, and shall be delivered, with full awareness of our responsibility and commitment to the purpose of British Values.

Academic learning is obviously an important part of what happens in the school, and we take the progress and attainment of each child achieving the very best they are capable of achieving, very seriously: whether that is R.E, English, Geography, Music, P.E., Maths or Art. But it is certainly true that of equal importance are skills that you learn at school that can’t really be measured in terms of scores or grades.  We prioritise the development of the children's social and emotional skills and social and emotional wellbeing which includes a curriculum that integrates the development of social and emotional skills within all subject areas. Being a mentally healthy school is also an integral part of our curriculum and whole school ethos. As a Catholic School we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. We are confident that our continued focus on the Gospel Values will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today, and embed in them the building blocks of a future successful and productive life celebrating equality of all. Through our Topics, RE, PSHE, SEAL, Geography, Art, Music and History and by promoting The Common Good we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general. Through our Curriculum we teach about democracy (school council elections), civic responsibility (being part of making rules and looking after the world around us), rules and laws, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness (eco-schools) and understanding of other faiths through visits to places of worship and visitors to school. We feel that the topics, events and people that we have selected to learn about this year symbolise many of the values and attitudes we want our children to adopt around academic learning or striving for excellence or making a difference to society in some way. (Please see our Class Pages, "Autumn", "Spring" and "Summer" pages for more detailed information.)

When the children join St. Gerard’s Catholic Primary School, they will have up to 8 years’ experience of academic, sporting, dramatic, artistic, musical, caring and, perhaps most importantly, personal growth to look back on. The greater part of the latter having been centred on the aspirations and the friendships they have made here. The curriculum will inspire the children to have confidence that they can become the person they want to become, be the very best they can be academically, and create a lifetime love of learning. The catholic ethos and values will underpin all the learning and experiences that the children have at St. Gerard’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery. The children will follow the “Come and See” programme and will experience daily Collective worship, weekly gospel assemblies and regular time for reflection. We feel that the children learn as much from the way they are treated and the expectations we have of their behaviour as Christians, as from the formal curriculum. Our curriculum is underpinned by the beliefs we share as Christians and the desire to worship God in everything we do. We are a church school and a caring school family. We want our children to grow up and have a sense of appreciation for the world in which we live; feeling a valuable part of it, knowing they have a contribution to make. That they are able to meet challenge positively, be supported and support on another when needed. We recognise and respect the range of beliefs and cultures within our world. Our subject leaders and Key Stage Leaders have all developed the different subject areas and influenced the curriculum using their expertise, experience and specialism. All subjects, including daily Maths and English, will be delivered through a bespoke curriculum carefully developed with a full awareness of the children’s interests and the national programme of study. We will ensure the full coverage of skills and opportunities are taught to all children in the whole school. Whilst our curriculum is bespoke in all subjects, we follow the Read Write Inc programme for phonics and as a “Teaching for Mastery” school, our Maths approach is incorporating Mastery teaching strategies for all. We use Maths of the Day in PE lessons, Numeracy in Maths in KS1 which is linked to Music, EYFS use “Fluency in Mathematics” within their learning and all children have access and compete across the school through TT Rockstars to develop their fluency in times table knowledge.

(All planning and further details are available to download within the Termly dropdowns - Autumn, Spring, Summer or are on the class pages).

The children will all have opportunities to learn and develop skills through specialist teaching and learning for P.E, Swimming, Music, D&T, The Arts, SMSC, Science, Geography, History, Computing and extra-curricular activities and clubs. Life at St. Gerard’s Catholic Primary School is rich, varied, caring, inclusive, exciting, challenging, inspiring, but, above all, enormously rewarding and a happy experience.

Assessment

Children are continually assessed and a full record of attainment progress and targets are recorded. This is to ensure that the daily teaching and planning can be adapted to suit the needs of the children. Throughout the year teachers assess and record progress on a daily basis. We have a central database of attainment for each class and year group, with individual assessment and progress also recorded in detail. There is an Individual Tracking System within the school with predictions and individual targets informing the planning, teaching and learning. All subject areas are assessed.

Further information about the school's curriculum or assessment can be obtained from our Curriculum Leader and Assessment Leader Mrs McCallum by using the school contact details.

 

September 2020 Plans

What Gavin Williamson has said:

Current restrictions on group sizes will be lifted to allow schools, colleges and nurseries to fully reopen in September to all children and young people, as Covid-19 infection rates continue to fall.

Covid-19 secure measures will remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission, with schools being asked to keep children in class or year group sized ‘bubbles’ and encourage older children to keep their distance from each other and staff where possible. This is alongside protective measures such as regular cleaning and handwashing.

Where there is a positive case in a school or college, the Public Health England local health protection team will advise on the appropriate action, which could include small groups of young people and staff being asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days. Where there are two or more confirmed cases in a two-week period, health protection teams may ask a larger number of other children or young people to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure.

Where an outbreak in a school is confirmed, for specific detailed investigations a mobile testing unit may be dispatched to test others who may have been in contact with the person who has tested positive. Testing will first focus on the person’s class, followed by their year group, then the whole school if necessary.

All staff, pupils and their families will continue to have access to testing if they develop Covid-19 symptoms and schools will be provided with easy to use home testing kits for children and staff who would otherwise be unable to get a test.

Schools will be expected to have plans in place to offer remote education to pupils who are self-isolating.

For nurseries, childminders, and other early years providers, restrictions on group sizes will be lifted from 20 July, increasing capacity from the start of the summer holiday.

The guidance published today (2 July) provides schools, colleges and nurseries with the details needed to plan for a full return, as well as reassuring parents about what to expect for their children. The guidance has been developed in close consultation with the sector and medical experts from Public Health England.

hools will need to work with families to secure full attendance from the start of the new academic year, with the reintroduction of mandatory attendance.

To ensure pupils can catch up on lost learning, schools will be required to resume teaching a broad and balanced curriculum in all subjects, making use of existing flexibilities to create time to address gaps in knowledge. Schools should consider how all subjects can contribute to filling gaps in core knowledge.

Exams will take place in 2021 and Ofqual is consulting on arrangements for those exams, including measures to mitigate any impact on pupils from time out of school.

Alongside this, Ofsted will carry out visits to schools in the autumn term to discuss how they are supporting the return to education for their pupils, with routine inspections planned to restart in January 2021.

The school’s guidance sets out a range of measures to protect children and staff. This guidance applies to all mainstream schools, alternative provision, independent schools and boarding schools and sets out advice on how they can minimise contact and mixing. Separate guidance has also been published for special schools.

Schools should implement class or year sized bubbles, as well as encouraging staff and pupils, where they are able, to keep their distance from each other and avoiding touching. All schools should work to implement other policies in line with their own risk assessment and in a way that ensures pupils can be taught a broad and balanced curriculum. Other measures set out in the guidance include:

  • teachers to distance from each other and older students where possible

  • increasing the frequency of cleaning

  • reducing the use of frequently shared items

  • minimising contact in corridors

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/education-plans-from-september-2020

  1. Please ensure you have read and understood the guidance on the above link

  2. Taped areas will be in place in each classroom

  3. Handwashing trough will be in situ under the cover so children can wash their hands prior to entering the building

  4. No whole school assemblies will take place – Class based praise assembly for 10 mins will be delivered by J.McCallum & K.Landrum on Friday  each week.

  5. Staggered drop off times, pick up times, lunch and break will commence until at least half term

  6. Cold pack lunches will be delivered by Collette, Midday Assistants & Dolci staff until at least Oct Half Term

 

Curriculum Areas for Consideration

  1. Curriculum will reflect the needs of the children – this will need to be flexible

  2. Initially focus on some subject areas rather than others. Eg. Spanish, Music, D&T

  3. Look to consolidate prior year group Summer skills alongside the intended POS.

  4. Continue to focus on children’s wellbeing and emotional needs alongside their academic needs. Week 1 focus on new Healthy Respiratory rules.

  5. Accurate Assessment must be continued to plan for learning – baseline test from prior year will take place in Week 1.

  6. rogramme will be implemented from Week 2 following Assessment by Class teachers and Trish Kent who will spend Week 1 observing and assessing in every class to inform intervention plan. Trish will then work with the SEN/LA group as follows:

  • Week 2 & 3 – Class 1 (will deliver bespoke English & Maths lesson for SEN/LA Group in Nurture area)

  • Week 4 & 5 – Class 2 (will deliver bespoke English & Maths lesson for SEN/LA Group in Nurture area)

  • Week 6 & 7 – Class 3(will deliver bespoke English & Maths lesson for SEN/LA Group in Nurture area)

 

Nurture Provision will commence in Autumn 2

  1. Phonics cannot be mixed year groups – plans being developed. 10 minute Interventions to be delivered daily in afternoon.

  2. There is a requirement for immediate remote learning should there be a local lockdown or should a bubble need to self-isolate due to an outbreak. To address this, all classes will need to plan learning for class based activities and teaching that includes a section within the weekly planning with resources or links for remote/on line learning.

  3. Carpark will be used for drop off and pick up in AT1 – Staff to park in Tesco staff carpark.

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St Gerard's Catholic Primary and Nursery School

Lugsdale Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6DD

Office Manager: Mrs M Roach

0151 424 2879

Sec2.StGerards@halton.gov.uk

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