What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
At Our Lady of Lourdes we use the National Curriculum to create our themes for the children's learning.
As a Catholic School our ethos is very important to us and we follow the Diocesan scheme for our RE lessons. We supplement this with lessons using the Caritas materials, the Directory, CAFOD materials and HRSE materials. We plan these different lessons throughout the year in blocks of weeks.
We celebrate many feast days together and we welcome visitors of other religions into school - during Christian Unity week we have visitors from all of our local churches.
ENGLISH - Reading
Our Lady of Lourdes uses the Phonics scheme by LCP to aid planning and a range of different resources are used to supplement this:
- Letters & Sounds
- Phonics Play
- Jolly phonics
Our Lady of Lourdes uses a range of different reading schemes, including:
- Oxford reading Tree
- Dandelion Readers
- Rigby Star
- Rigby Rockets
- Collins Big Cats
- Floppy phonics
The children also visit the library on Wednesday afternoons to have free choice (age appropriate) from a wider selection.
ENGLISH - WRITING
We use Treasure House as our English scheme and use the anthologies in the scheme to develop our own lessons. We teach the children about different genres of writing and give them the skills to develop their own independent writing styles.
We celebrate the work that the children do in our Wonderful Writing displays and regularly photocopy work for children to share with their parents.
We follow the National Curriculum guidelines in terms of teaching a wide range of genres and spelling which progress through the year groups. Children are inspired in their writing by a range of stimuli including links with our themes for example Adventure stories during our theme on Explorers. Children begin to check and edit their own work in the infants and they are involved in the next steps in their learning through our learning journeys for writing which each child progresses through at their own pace. We emphasise the development of children's creative expression and, alongside this, teach skills such as spelling, grammar and punctuation. Children work in small mixed age ability groups focused on phonics and spelling on a daily basis engaged in dynamic and fun activities led by all our teachers and teaching assistants.
At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, we recognise that Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and future employment.
We fully engaged with the new Mathematics curriculum in September 2014, and we’ve been very happy with the way in which the children have embraced the new approach to deepening their understanding of Maths.
We have recently purchased a Mathematics Scheme called Busy Ants that has helped us to ensure that all children are working within the Year Group Expectations.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
At Our Lady of Lourdes we use Rigby Star to help us support the children in their Science & Technology work. We start with open-ended questions which the children discuss and gather information about what they know. Our science is usually linked with our whole school termly themes. For example, when we learned about space and the planet Earth we studied light, rocks, soils, space and states of matter in science. Also, when we studied A winter wonderland theme we studied seasonal changes.
We have a wide variety of scientific equipment for the children to use in their investigations including test tubes, weather measuring tools, force meters etc. We frequently use our outdoor environment to enhance our learning in science and are fortunate enough to have a lot of grounds giving us a range of natural habitats to explore.
Where possible we link our design technology projects to science in order to use and apply our knowledge and skills, for example cooking when we are learning about melting and evaporation and bridges and catapults when we are learning about forces. We have a kitchen for the children to use in school so they have plentiful opportunities to cook including recipes using produce from our garden.
In scientific investigation and design technology there is a strong emphasis on working independently, creatively and cooperatively and asking questions and conveying findings using good communication!
The children learn about communicating and presenting information through slide shows, leaflets and email using visuals and sound; about finding out information through the internet; about interpreting information from graphs, databases and spreadsheets and about control and modelling technology. They also learn about coding leading to them designing their own games. Some of our computing and ICT learning is integrated with our themed curriculum and the children have access to laptops, iPads and PCs so that a whole class can be engaged in ICT at the same time.
HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY
We study a skills based curriculum in these subjects linked with our themes. For example, for our Local Area theme we study local history and geography field work skills of mapping and orienteering. We bring the subjects alive through drama and outdoor learning as well as visitors to school and trips.
Please see the link to our themes for more information about the themes that we are doing.
Through the year we teach a range of PE skills including those associated with the following sports: football, hockey, netball, basketball, rugby, rounders, cricket, athletics, swimming, gymnastics and tennis as well as dance. Children in Reception and KS1 develop their skills using bats, balls and other equipment as well as our gymnastic equipment in the hall while older children hone their skills progressing to team games. We have also installed an assault course to develop children’s adventure learning and have an orienteering course that we use both in PE lessons and across the curriculum.
We offer a wide range of extra-curricular sports clubs throughout the year including: football, girls’ football, rounders, athletics, cross country and gymnastics. We also hold an annual Sports Week where we might have specialists in school working with the children or the children are involved in a sporting event such as a sponsored run or “Sports Day”. We have achieved the Silver Games Mark. The children take part in lots of different events held throughout the year with the other schools in our Sports Networks.
We place a high value on singing and learning new songs. We stage a performance including singing at Christmas, Easter and in the summer for parents, grandparents and friends. The children also have the opportunity to take up guitar, keyboard and recorder lessons. The children enjoy music lessons where they develop skills of composition, performance and music appreciation.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
We learn French from YR to Y6. Children in the infants learn through songs and games. Children in Key stage 2 develop their understanding of French through speaking, listening, songs, games, role-play and written activities. We teach using a range of approaches designed to develop language understanding in a fun and motivational way.