Curriculum

Curriculum Rationale

“The overall curriculum aim for is to continue with our high standards in core subjects, ensuring these skills can be applied across the curriculum while also raising the profile of these subjects.” Mr Johnson

  • An explanation about our curriculum can be found here.
  • Our long term plan can be found here.
  • Our School Development Plan can be viewed here.
  • A summary of SDP evaluations from the previous year can be accessed here.
  • A copy of the school’s ten non-negotiable statements can be found here.

 

Religious Education

Religious Education is led by Mrs Lakner and Mrs Shields.

“This year in RE we are developing the role of our worship leaders. The worship leaders will be trained and led by staff to develop worship throughout the school through their involvement with each class. Also they will lead reflection times in the chapel before school begins. A further aim this year is to refine and develop our use of assessment in RE so as to monitor the progress and attainment of our pupils. This will involve working with the diocese and with other schools.”

  • The school follows the dioceses approved scheme, The Way the Truth and the Life (TWTL). The topic map can be found here.
  • More information about the rationale for TWTL can be found here.
  • In addition to this we cover world faiths within our Other Faith Week, each term. Each year we will have three weeks and the school cover three of the following four religions:  Judaism, Islam, Hinduism or Sikhism. To ensure progression we use the Here I Am curriculum for these topics. Details of each year’s unit can be found below;
 Other Faiths Y1  Hinduism  Sikhism  Judaism  Islam
 Other Faiths Y2  Hinduism  Sikhism   Judaism  Islam
 Other Faiths Y3 and Y4  Hinduism  Sikhism   Judaism  Islam
 Other Faiths Y5 and Y6  Hinduism  Sikhism   Judaism  Islam
  • Our RE policy can be found here.
  • Prayer and worship is a key part of school life and also complements the curriculum and our worship policy can be found here. Prayer sheets to support parents can be found here and here.
  • The Shrewsbury Diocese Education page can be found here.

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)

SMSC is led by Mr Johnson.

“The aim for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Citizenship education is to increase the children’s awareness and involvement in this area, through pupil leadership.”

  • This is an aspect that permeates through all school life and is explained further in the Curriculum Statement document at the top of the page.
  • Assemblies are an especially important way of teaching this links to our whole year assembly plan can be found here. for 2016-2017.
  • Additional supporting guidance from the DFE can be found here.
  • St Raphael’s Teaching Values Policy can be found here.
  • St Raphael’s Spiritual & Moral Development Policy can be found here.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Our SEN lead Mrs Neale. The national guidelines on school’s provision for SEN has been changed from September 2014.

“My aim for SEND is to ensure that all children are happy and independent in their learning. We will focus this year on early identification of needs and in particular on supporting children with communication and language delay.”

  • Information on our SEN offer can be found here.
  • Information on the Tameside Local Offer can be found here.
  • Our annual SEN Report for Parents can be found here.
  • Our SEN policy can be found here.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our EYFS team teachers are Mrs Shields and Miss Taylor. We follow the national guidelines on the curriculum called Development Matters. This is explained in the curriculum overview at the top of the page.

“Our aim for EYFS is to further develop outdoor provision ensuring that the children continue to receive purposeful learning opportunities .”

  • Further information on Development Matters can be found here.
  • The EYFS Policy can be found here.

 

English

English is led by Mrs Lakner. The school follows the National Curriculum.

“My aim for English this year is for all children to be immersed in a school reading culture which will promote an appreciation of reading and allow the children’s love of reading to be refreshed. In addition we want to embed our writing targets to support children having an increased ownership of their own writing.

  • Information on our Reading Scheme can be found here.
  • Information and support with our Phonic Scheme can be found here.
  • Information on Writing can be found here.
  • Our English polices can be found here for Literacy, Writing, SPAG and Phonics.
  • Information on our Reading objectives for each year group can be found here.
  • Information on and Writing  objectives for each year group can be found here.
  • Information on Speaking objectives for each year group can be found here.

 

Mathematics

Mathematics is led by Mr Matthews.

“My aim this year in maths is to further develop reasoning skills throughout the school so the children are resilient mathematicians who understand that in order to make progress they must persevere with a problem or puzzle. We want the children of St. Raphael’s to enjoy the challenge of applying their excellent maths skills in a variety of ways.

  • The school follows the National Curriculum.
  • Information on our Maths teaching and some support for parents can found on the maths page here.
  • Information on our Calculation Policy can be found here.
  • Our Mathematics Policy can be found here.
  • Information on the key learning in these areas can be found below.
Year 1 Key Objectives Target Sheet
Year 2 Key Objectives Target Sheet
Year 3 Key Objectives Target Sheet
Year 4 Key Objectives Target Sheet
Year 5 Key Objectives Target Sheet
Year 6 Key Objectives Target Sheet

 

Science

Science is led by Miss Anderton. The school follows the National Curriculum.

“In science this year I would like to see classes develop floor books to encourage questioning and collaborative investigations.”

  • Information on our Science teaching can be found here.
  • Information on our Curriculum Overview  can be found here.
  • Our Science policy can be found here.
  • Information on our End of Year Expectations for Science can be found below.
Year 1 Target Sheet Key Stage 1 Science Progression
Year 2 Target Sheet
Year 3 Target Sheet Key Stage 2 Science Progression
Year 4 Target Sheet
Year 5 Target Sheet
Year 6 Target Sheet

 

Computing

Computing is led by Miss Taylor.

“My aims for Computing this year are; to further support the use of technology to support teaching, learning and assessment; to develop the Computing curriculum across all classes and to inspire children to become competent coders and users of technology to support their own learning and To support teachers in the development of their own skills to allow the effective delivery of the computing curriculum and the use of technology to enhance learning.”

  • The school follows the National Curriculum using the Rising Stars Scheme.
  • Information on our Computing Scheme can be found here and  here.
  • Information and Guidance on E-Safety and School Policy can be found here.
  • DFE Guidance for Parents on Cyber Bullying can be accessed here.
  • Our Acceptable Use agreement for children can be found will be uploaded soon.
  • Our Computing policy can be found here.

 

Physical Education

Physical Education is led by Miss Wilson and Miss Lowe.

“Our aim for PE is to improve standards of teaching and learning to ensure that children are provided with the best opportunities to develop physical literacy. This will include a focus on doing, feeling, thinking and health within sports. As well as sport we are looking to develop health and well being through different means such as yoga, fitness and healthy eating.”

  • The school follows the National Curriculum and is assisted by the Tameside Sport Coaches.
  • Information on our Physical Education Expectations can be found here for here for KS1 and here for KS2.
  • Our Sport Funding Statement for parents can be found here.
  • Our Physical Education policy will be uploaded later in the year.

 

Art

Art is led by Mr Matthews.

“My aim is to create an enjoyment and appreciation of art through high quality teaching and learning. Given the skills and confidence, every child at St. Raphael’s will work towards producing a piece of art that they can be proud of.”

  • Information on our Art and Design Curriculum can be found and here.
  • Information on the key learning in these areas can be found here.
  • Our Art and Design policy can be found here.

Music

Music is led by Mrs Delsoldato and Mrs Barker.

“My goal is to support staff across the school to teach a wide range of music skills across a range of genres, developing pupils’ passion for music within a stimulating and safe environment.”

  • The school follows the National Curriculum. We are currently working towards gaining the Arts Mark. We are assisted in this by the support of the Tameside Music Service.
  • Information on our Music Curriculum can be found here.
  • An overview of the Charanga Music Scheme can be found here.
  • Our Music policy can be found here.

 

History

History is led by Mrs Delsoldato.

“I look forward to developing History so that the children enjoy it as a story full of colour, fascination, action and occasionally gore. I aim to help raise the standards and progression in teaching and develop a creative curriculum.”

  • The school follows the National Curriculum.
  • Information on our History Curriculum can be found here.
  • Information on our History Curriculum Map can be found here.
  • Information on the key learning in these areas can be found here and here.
  • Our History policy will be uploaded later in the year.

 

Geography

Geography is led by  Mrs Neale.

“Our aim in Geography is to inspire in pupils a curiosity about the    world, whilst fostering a sense of responsibility for the earth and its resources, this will included a school based recycling project organised by the children.  Alongside this we aim to focus on the development of key geographical skills.”

  • Information on our Geography Curriculum can be found here.
  • Information on our Geography Curriculum Map can be found here.
  • Information on the key learning in these areas can be found herehere and here.
  • Our Geography policy can be found here.

 

Modern Foreign Languages

MFL is led by Mrs Neale.

“Our aim for French is for the children to grow in confidence with their spoken French and to begin to read and write some key words and phrases.”

  • The school follows the National Curriculum. Mrs Neale delivers this to each class over three terms of the year.
  • Information on our French Curriculum Statutory Expectations can be found here
  • Information on our Curriculum Map can be found here.
  • An overview of the progression of the vocabulary taught will be uploaded later in the year.
  • Our French Policy can be found here.

 

Design & Technology

Design and Technology is led by Miss Anderton and Miss Lowe. The school follows the National Curriculum.

“This year in D&T I would like to see children have more opportunities to develop planning, making and evaluating skills.”

  • Information on our Design and Technology Curriculum Statutory Expectations can be found here.
  • Information on the key learning in these areas can be found here.
  • Information on the Food aspects of the curriculum can be found on the Food Forum website with a link here.

 

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

PSHCE is led by Mrs Lakner and assisted by Mrs McLeod.

“This year we aim to provide a relevant PSHE curriculum to promote pupils’  spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare them for the opportunities and  responsibilities of life, this is done by following the SEAL document and being a member of the PSHE Association.”

  • The school uses the SEALS support material.  In addition to the national curriculum areas we ensure that the children still have a PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education). This is on a Friday afternoon and is a way of reflecting what has gone on in their school life at that time. We want children to have a voice and take advantage of their primary curriculum. We listen to their opinions by using pupil voice activities to engage and motivate them. To this end, in 2014 we have a timetabled Pupil Voice session (once per half term), when the children, under the guidance of Miss Callaghan, can inform us how we can improve our school.
  • Information on the objectives covered in the SEALS Curriculum can be found here for years 1-3 and here for years 4-6.
  • Information about our Sex and Relationship Statement can be found here. This year we are introducing the In the Beginning scheme, which is in keeping with our Catholic Values. We will be consulting with parent s on this in the Spring Term.