Our Lady & St Edwards School Curriculum Intent

Art aims to develop children’s interest, skills, knowledge and appreciation of Art through a range of experiences.  More information found in our Art Policy

Computing looks at how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. The focus of the new curriculum is on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for programming and digital media.  More information found in our Computing Policy and Curriculum Intent: Computing.

Collective Worship Policy

Drama aims to stimulate and develop the pupil’s interest and enjoyment in drama. Drama helps to develop the pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Drama helps to support the new creative curriculum and encourages the children to learn in different ways. More information found in our Drama Policy

DT aims to develop in each child their designing and making skills, nurturing creativity and innovation, whilst exploring values about and attitudes to the made world and how we live and work within it. More information found in our D & T Policy

History and Geography have been revised in line with the new national curriculum July 2014. They are taught alternatively every half term, in weekly lessons. They are topic based and the school use Focus Education materials to specify which objectives are taught in each year group. Both subjects are taught and planned as stand- alone lessons as well as cross-curricular, for example Computing, music and art and design. Each half-termly topic is introduced with a WOW starter as well as opportunties to go on Educational Visits. More information found in our  History Policy

The English curriculum has been revised in line with the new national curriculum July 2014. Our English curriculum is structured using a variety of schemes and materials which support planning for the teaching and learning in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Speaking & listening strategies are used to underpin teaching in English. We follow the national curriculum for English in addition to using other resources. More information found in our Curriculum Statement

Reading at Our Lady & St Edwards

Reading Progression Ladder

Reading and Phonics Intent

Writing at Our Lady & St Edwards

Writing Intent

Our maths curriculum is structured using a variety of schemes including White Rose which support planning for the teaching and learning in arithmetic, fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The new maths curriculum ensures that when a child is introduced to a key new concept, they should have the opportunity to build competency in this topic by taking this approach.

Concrete – students should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.

Pictorial – students should then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems.

Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid, students should be able to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence. Maths is developed through quality first teaching using rich tasks to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Reasoning allows the children to be able to recognise patterns, make connections, predict, draw conclusions, justify and generalise. Problem solving allows the children to make choices and seeking and communicating solutions to the actual problem. The children have the opportunity to think more deeply and to tackle problems that require a greater depth of understanding. More Information found in our Maths Policy

Maths at Our Lady and St Edward's

Overview of Maths

National Curriculum Progression

Maths Intent

Maths Homework Grid for Year 3 and Year 4

Maths Homework Grid for Year 1 and Year 2

EYFS Home Learning Challenges

“Learning a language enriches the curriculum. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained can make a major contribution to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others.” (The Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages (DfES 2005), Part Two page 4.) At Our Lady & St Edwards, we offer French to all pupils from Nursery to Year 6. More information can be found in our  Modern Foreign Languages Policy

Music aims to stimulate and develop children’s interest, enjoyment, involvement and appreciation of music. To perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence. To understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. More information can be found in our Music Policy

Physical education provides pupils with the opportunity to be creative, competitive and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy and active lifestyle. Pupils learn how to think in different ways and make decisions in response to creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to reflect on their performance, plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve the quality of their work. More information can be found in our PE Policy

The staff and governors strive to nurture the seeds of faith in our children and their families and to support families, staff and parish in building a community of faith in which the young can grow socially, emotionally, physically, academically and spiritually. The basic question (belief) for each term is explored through three themes:- Domestic Church, Local Church and Universal Church.  Find out more through our Religious Education Policy.

Throughout the whole school we plan and teach science weekly. We follow the new curriculum focusing on key science questions and investigative work. We start any investigation by predicting what we think might happened based on what we already know. We set out of our science investigations by identifying the materials being used, the step by step method we use to complete the investigation, record the results and a conclusion. We think of things we would do differently next time and whether the investigation was a fair test. Our science lessons are informed by the Collins Snap Science scheme to help teachers plan creative and inspiring science lessons.  Find out more through our Science Policy

SRE Policy This policy was developed through a variety of consultation methods involving pupils, parents/carers, staff, governors, parish priest, Healthy Schools Team and the school nurse. All views were taken into account when developing this policy and the Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) programme.