Curriculum

Our School Curriculum Vision:

Our children enjoy life at St Paulinus and all of the opportunities and knowledge that our school equips them with. However, we know that learning does not end in Year 6. Our aim is to prepare our children for a confident and successful life within and beyond our school.

The world we live in is becoming increasingly diverse and our curriculum equips children with the ability to reflect, develop a sense of empathy and self-awareness, and be open-minded, considering new and different perspectives. We prepare our children to be mindful and prepare them for diversity in their lives, allowing them to feel unique yet part of a group.

In a fast and ever-changing society, our children need to be resilient, critical thinkers. Our curriculum encourages problem-solving wherever possible so that we equip our children with the skills they need to gain long-term knowledge and become innovative, creative, practical learners.

Communication is key in life and our curriculum provides opportunities to communicate with articulation and confidence. We provide a language-rich learning environment which enables pupils to better access to new concepts.

The curriculum at St Paulinus meets the needs of all of our learners and enables them to reach their full potential in every area of school life. This means they know how to look after themselves (mentally and physically), they can express and manage positive and negative emotions, they develop and keep strong relationships and they take risks but know how to cope when things don’t go right. 



The National Curriculum (School Curriculum in England)

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society;  
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.

All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils. Maintained schools in England are legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils. All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.


This is how our Curriculum Vision is lived out in every subject 


Additional information about each subject:

English

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with a good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Reading

The programmes of study for reading at Key Stage 1 & 2 consists of two dimensions: word reading and comprehension (both listening & reading)

It is essential that teaching focuses on developing pupils competence in both dimensions; different kinds of teaching are needed for each.

Children in the Reception Class and years 1 and 2 begin their journey learning to read with the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme. This highly enjoyable scheme bases the early stages of it's books around a familiar family of characters and then widens with increasingly harder texts that include phonic-based simple stories, poetry, factual books and stories for older children to enjoy.

As the children become increasingly independent confident readers, they progress to choosing from a wider range of books that are in colour-coded bands but can continue to read from the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme too. We supplement this with other published schemes such as Collins 'Big Cat' books.

Writing

The programmes of study for writing at Key Stage 1 & 2 are constructed similarly to those for reading: transcription (spelling & handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas & structuring them in speech and writing.)

Phonics

At St Paulinus School, phonics teaching and learning is planned using the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme published by the Dfes.

This breaks down phonics teaching into six strands, each building on the knowledge learned in the previous strand and includes learning how to blend sounds for reading and segmenting them for writing words.

We also use resources from the 'Jolly Phonics' published materials to enhance our teaching, as well as monitoring children's understanding of the first 200 most frequently used words in the English language.

Exciting news: With incredible financial support from the PTA we are in the process of purchasing a more updated reading scheme for KS1 and even some KS2.

Key Stage 1 English reading exemplification:

 

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Working towards the expected standard Pupil A.

 

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Working at the expected standard Pupil E. Notice the questions and the pace of reading.

 

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Working at greater depth Pupil F. Notice the fluency, pace of reading and the correct use of intonation.

Key Stage 2 English reading exemplification:

 

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Confession Corner

Every month, we will be choosing one boy and one girl to be the lucky winners to write something for the Confession Corner.

It will be an opportunity for them to write about something they like, to create a story or write an information report, welcoming us into their unique world of interests and talents. 

We look forward to reading your amazing pieces and finding out more about your interests.

There will be a prize at the end of the year, for the most read article.

Year 1 recommended reads... 

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RE

St Paulinus follows the 'Understanding Christianity' scheme of work, a widely praised program which is essentially theology for primary aged children. Pupils study and critically explore core concepts within the faith such as creation, salvation, the gospels and the Kingdom of God through big questions. Children are taught higher-order skills such as questioning, evaluating and critically reviewing set in a context of understanding the whole Christian narrative. The scheme is modern, vibrant, highly academic and is widely enjoyed by pupils of all ages. Throughout the year's children also learn about all of the world's main religions to ensure that they are ready to be members of our diverse society.

RE Progression Overview 

Key Stage One 

Key Stage Two 

Science

Science is taught throughout the school in a variety of ways, through play in Early Years, Forest School in Key Stage 1 as well as more formal lessons throughout the school. The children are encouraged to carry out investigations and record their findings.

Science Curriculum Plan 

Computing

As part of our on-going learning about using the Internet in a positive way we swapped classes for a morning and had a range of workshops to help us explore and discuss best ways to use the Internet.

We worked in groups, had debates and watched video clips to help us see how to use the Internet to learn and for social use in a safe way. We talked about what to do if something we see on-line worries or scares us. We also looked at how the information we put onto websites, apps or messages can be shared very quickly and can have a negative impact on others if we aren't careful or thoughtful.

The Internet is a wonderful tool so let's use it wisely and always remember the Internet Safety 'SMART' rules.

The National Curriculum for Computing 

French

Bonjour tout le monde!

Nelson Mandela once said: ❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

At St Paulinus, we understand that we live in a diverse community and we want to empower our children to be able to understand and learn from other culturesOur French improvement plan aims for each child to gain knowledge of the vocabulary and to become more confident in using French through songs and vocabulary.

As a school we use a range of materials to achieve this:

  • KS1- will explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and through the use of vocabulary in short weekly sessions.
  • Lower KS2- will use 'Tout le Monde' Scheme to learn new vocabulary, explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and engage in simple conversations in weekly sessions.
  • Higher KS2- will use 'Tout le Monde' Scheme to broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words and speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.

Reception Overview 

Year 1 Overview 

Year 2 Overview 

Year 3 Overview 

Year 4 Overview 

Year 5/6 Overview 

Music

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PE

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History

At St Paulinus, we teach our History, Geography, Art and Design and Design Technology curriculum through topic-based learning.

Each half term the school has either a History or Geography based topic which has been carefully selected to ensure progression across the school using the National Curriculum objectives but also focussed on ensuring key skills are taught.  The topics also aim to ensure all groups of children are engaged and motivated as well as addressing topical issues in our world today (e.g. Year 5 Spring History topic in 2018 is 'Women and Votes').

For each topic, there is an Art and Design or Design Technology project which runs alongside it (eg. a Year 4 Geography Topic is 'Welcome To The Sunshine State' which looks at earthquakes and the DT project is to design an earthquake shelter; a Year 2 Geography topic is 'Street Detectives' which explores the geography of our local area and the art focus is on London Artists). This has links to the main History or Geography learning but also ensures all content of the Art and DT curriculum is covered and progression is evident. 

History Statement 

Geography

At St Paulinus, we teach our History, Geography, Art and Design and Design Technology curriculum through topic-based learning.

Each half term the school has either a History or Geography based topic which has been carefully selected to ensure progression across the school using the National Curriculum objectives but also focussed on ensuring key skills are taught.  The topics also aim to ensure all groups of children are engaged and motivated as well as addressing topical issues in our world today (e.g. Year 5 Spring History topic in 2018 is 'Women and Votes').

For each topic, there is an Art and Design or Design Technology project which runs alongside it (eg. a Year 4 Geography Topic is 'Welcome To The Sunshine State' which looks at earthquakes and the DT project is to design an earthquake shelter; a Year 2 Geography topic is 'Street Detectives' which explores the geography of our local area and the art focus is on London Artists). This has links to the main History or Geography learning but also ensures all content of the Art and DT curriculum is covered and progression is evident. 

Geography Statement 

Art and Design

At St Paulinus, we teach our History, Geography, Art and Design and Design Technology curriculum through topic-based learning.

Each half term the school has either a History or Geography based topic which has been carefully selected to ensure progression across the school using the National Curriculum objectives but also focussed on ensuring key skills are taught.  The topics also aim to ensure all groups of children are engaged and motivated as well as addressing topical issues in our world today (e.g. Year 5 Spring History topic in 2018 is 'Women and Votes').

For each topic, there is an Art and Design or Design Technology project which runs alongside it (eg. a Year 4 Geography Topic is 'Welcome To The Sunshine State' which looks at earthquakes and the DT project is to design an earthquake shelter; a Year 2 Geography topic is 'Street Detectives' which explores the geography of our local area and the art focus is on London Artists). This has links to the main History or Geography learning but also ensures all content of the Art and DT curriculum is covered and progression is evident. 

Art & Design Statement 

Design Technology

At St Paulinus, we teach our History, Geography, Art and Design and Design Technology curriculum through topic-based learning.

Each half term the school has either a History or Geography based topic which has been carefully selected to ensure progression across the school using the National Curriculum objectives but also focussed on ensuring key skills are taught.  The topics also aim to ensure all groups of children are engaged and motivated as well as addressing topical issues in our world today (e.g. Year 5 Spring History topic in 2018 is 'Women and Votes').

For each topic, there is an Art and Design or Design Technology project which runs alongside it (eg. a Year 4 Geography Topic is 'Welcome To The Sunshine State' which looks at earthquakes and the DT project is to design an earthquake shelter; a Year 2 Geography topic is 'Street Detectives' which explores the geography of our local area and the art focus is on London Artists). This has links to the main History or Geography learning but also ensures all content of the Art and DT curriculum is covered and progression is evident. 

Design Technology Statement