The curriculum is organised so as to provide the children with their full entitlement to the requirements of the National Curriculum (N.C.) in an atmosphere filled with the Gospel Spirit encapsulated in the School’s Mission Statement. The curriculum is organised in such a way that there is full coverage of the N.C. at a level best suited to the age and ability of the children.
There are three Key Stages in a primary school. The first relates to the Nursery and Reception years and is called The Foundation Stage of Learning or FSL. What used to be called infants is now called Key Stage 1 or KS1 and the junior years are now called Key Stage 2 or KS2. At the end of KS1 (Year 2) and KS2 (Year 6) there are Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs). These are national assessments upon which judgements are made about the school.
Our Lady’s School aims to teach a broad and balanced curriculum and we also teach an English and a Maths lesson most days. The teachers plan from a topic-based curriculum which is subject focussed. We encourage first hand learning experiences and visits to enhance the children’s learning.
The Staff and Governors have approved Policies for each subject Copies are available from school. We invest a lot of time and thought into planning lessons and making sure that the environment and atmosphere of the school encourages learning.
Children are taught in class groups. At times, individual pupils or small groups are withdrawn from class to work with Teaching Assistants.
This year Maths, English and Science will be taught using the new National Curriculum. Each year groups has specific topics and objectives to cover. The National Curriculum documents for Maths,English and Science are available to download here.
The document below shows a break down of each topic area for each of the non-core subjects. PE will be taught using the Real PE scheme, in accordance with our cluster agreement. Details of each topic will be made fully available in each year's Class Page.
Please click on the school logo below to download our Curriculum Mapping for 2014-2015. Teachers have a greater freedom with the new curriculum, this is evident in the wide range of topics and skills that the children will be learning during their time at 'Our Lady's'.