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Curriculum Statement

Curriculum statement

Here at Our Lady of Peace, we aim to provide an excellent, broad and balanced education to help our children grow to their full human potential, valuing and contributing to the formation of the whole person. We believe in providing a caring, optimal learning environment, built on Christian foundations, established in partnership with the home and parish.

At our school we endeavour to ensure that every member of our community is valued and celebrated and that they have respect for self, others, all living things and their environment; this is portrayed in our School Vision and Creed.

We offer a broad, balanced and relevant education to every child with equality of access to the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum.

We see all within our school as learners, making full and active use of all aspects of our optimal learning environment to develop creativity, thinking skills and emotional intelligence.

We use a positive approach to behaviour management, allowing individuals to take responsibility for their actions – nurturing high self-esteem and success.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education is taught through Come and See - a Catholic Primary Religious Education programme. More details on the topics covered can be found in the Catholic life and community part of the website. Religious Education is taught for 10% of the curriculum time in line with the Bishops Conference in both Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.

EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE – In Nursery and Reception, the curriculum is planned following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The curriculum and learning will underpin all future learning.

The children will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;

  • Physical development; and

  • Personal, social and emotional development.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;

  • Mathematics;

  • Understanding the world; and

  • Expressive arts and design.

    Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside

Our school supports the principle that young children learn best through practical experiences and play based activities.

More information on topics covered in EYFS can be found in the Year Group section of our website.

KEY STAGE ONE

Children in Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum and its requirements supported by a range of different programmes and schemes such as Read, Write, Inc, this is supplemented by a whole school reading scheme  based on the Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Pathways and Sunshine Spirals amongst others. A new National Curriculum began in September 2014. Each year group has curriculum guidelines which set out in detail the content for each subject based on the National Curriculum Subjects. The subjects include English, mathematics, art, music, design technology, Physical Education, information and communication technology, history and geography, science and design technology. During the 2014-15 academic year in line with government guidance, Year 1 will be taught the 2014 National Curriculum, whilst Year 2 will continue to be taught the previous curriculum until September 2015.

More details on the 2014 National Curriculum can be found here:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

Every year in school builds on the previous year – we make regular assessments and report to parents on children’s progress.  Every child is unique and treated as an individual – we strive to ensure all our learners’ needs are met.

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Further information about topics covered throughout the year are available in our Year Group section.