Curriculum – Others
St. Louis Academy
As an Academy, we are not obliged to follow the national curriculum. However, we recognise that the children are still required to – and have an entitlement to – meet the standards of the 2014 national curriculum.
We therefore aim to help children enjoy their education and to provide a broad and balanced education through the guidelines of the National Curriculum which we aim to supplement and enrich. We strive to provide a variety of experiences to develop every aspect of your child’s intellectual and personal development.
Since September 2017, we have been purposefully reviewing our curriculum provision in a planned manner, examining what our curriculum aims to achieve for our children, how the curriculum is taught and what outcomes we aspire to for the children. We aim to introduce a fully-revised curriculum from Years 1 to 6 in September 2019, planned as currently on a two-year rolling programme. The full details of the curriculum will be published here as soon as they are available.
The information below relates to our curriculum to July 2019.
- Religious Education
- Humanities (History and Geography)
- Computing & Digital Literacy
- Design & Technology
- Physical Education
- Personal Social and Health Education
- Modern Foreign Language (MFL)
The English Curriculum teaches children to be effective communicators. Since language can be spoken and written, this means supporting children in speaking, listening, reading and writing so that they achieve their potential. English is more than just being accurate on paper. Language is the main medium we use in school for teaching and learning, and the way we develop thinking. Good literacy is a key factor in raising standards across all school subjects. We also teach grammar and punctuation in a planned and structured age-appropriate manner through the school from Year 1.
The school uses the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and Collins ‘Busy Ants’ maths. In the Foundation Stage the children develop their skills in number, counting, comparing and ordering, shape and space, measures, money and data handling through structured practical experiences. Moving into KS1, the children additionally develop an understanding of place value (HTU etc.), begin to use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division operations, working mentally as well as in writing.
The Foundation Stage and KS1 skills, knowledge and understanding are used and developed through KS2, learning and using further calculation and formal written calculation methods, fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, probability and reading a range of scales with increasing accuracy, through a mix of practical, oral, mental and written methods. ICT is used as a tool to support mathematical learning when appropriate throughout the school. A copy of our pyramid calculation policy is available under the ‘Policies’ section of our website.
At St Louis the curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through biology, chemistry and physics. The children will gain an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of enquiries which will help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. It will ensure they are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Computing & Digital Literacy
At St. Louis we recognise the growing importance of digital literacy in everyday life. We aim to equip every child with the required skills to use technology effectively. Furthermore, we plan in opportunities for children to consider how to be responsible, safe users. At the beginning of each year we incorporate planned E-safety activities alongside basic computing skills for KS1 and KS2 children.
We also make many links to other curriculum areas using technology to record our work in different ways. To develop skills across all age ranges, we use equipment such as; video and digital cameras, microphones, visualisers, floor robots, data loggers and interactive whiteboards.
In addition, KS2 children have access to our school virtual learning environment (VLE) for some homework activities.
Design & Technology
Design and Technology is taught throughout the school. It is a ‘hands on’ subject and encourages creativity, design, analysis of original products and evaluation. D&T includes cookery, model and product assembly, sewing, work with clay and construction kits. Safety and the correct handling of a range of tools are taught and practised. Wherever possible, we seek to link this to the current topic eg Victorians, Tudors, Rivers.
Pupils sing, learn to play instruments, listen and are actively involved in creating music. They will listen to and appreciate a wide variety of music, including music from different cultures and times. They will experience how music communicates feelings and mood and will learn to co-operate with others by music making together. All pupils from Year 2 upwards have the opportunity to join the choir. Music is taught throughout the school by our specialist music teacher, who also offers one-to-one lessons.
In art pupils are involved in activities to provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences. They use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and techniques to communicate what they see, feel and think. They explore the work of artists and how the visual arts have the power to enrich our lives. This will often link to the children’s topic.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Education)
In KS1 pupils learn about themselves as developing individuals and how to keep themselves healthy and safe. They develop the social skills needed to be members of the community and are given opportunities, to take some responsibility for themselves and their environment. In KS2 these skills re broadened and developed so that they are confident and work well with others. They also begin to learn about their responsibilities, rights and duties as British citizens. We have a planned and progressive approach to teaching SMSC and British values which is carefully threaded through the wider curriculum.
Pupils at KS1 are taught about peoples lives and life styles as well as finding out about significant people and events from the recent and distant past. This is achieved through responding to stories and sources of information to help and answer questions. Pupils at KS2 also learn about the change and continuity in their local area. They look at history in a variety of ways using different sources of information to help them investigate the past. They look at how the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways. We achieve this through studying a range of local, national and European historical topics.
Pupils in KS1 investigate their local area and explore their surroundings through direct and practical experience in the school. Pupils are made aware that the world extends beyond their own locality. The use of resources, such as CDROMS, photographs and maps, aid in geographical enquiry.
Pupils in KS2 extend their studies by exploring the nearby town, investigating the human and physical features. They also investigate people, places and their environment in the UK and abroad and are encouraged to make links between different places in the world.
Contrasting localities both in and outside the UK are studied and pupils have the opportunity to ask geographical questions and develop skills through the use of maps, atlases, aerial photographs and technology. Thematic studies will involve the study of rivers, weather and settlement.
At St Louis pupils learn French from the age of 7. The focus of study in modern languages is on practical communication. Pupils are taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied,
Pupils are encouraged to think about how festivals are celebrated in France, and the children learn French songs as they progress through the school. Year 6 travel to France for a week in the summer term to experience the country, its language and customs first hand.