St Paul's C of E Primary School

St Pauls Church of England Gloucester

Curriculum

 

Curriculum

At St Paul’s children learn through a thematic approach which aims to give them rich experiences in and out of the classroom and enables them to make links between different aspects of learning. Our long term plans ensure that children receive a broad and balanced experience as they progress through the school, underpinned by progression in knowledge and skills. Medium term plans are produced and outline in detail which aspects of knowledge, understanding and skills should be taught and in what context; identifying appropriate resources and activities. These plans are designed to make strong cross-curricular links across subject areas so that the activities are meaningful and have a purpose.

At the heart of our curriculum is PINK (People In the Know). This is a personal, social and emotional development curriculum. Its aim is to support the development of the necessary skills and knowledge that our children need to lead a happy, safe, healthy life. Fundamental core values are embedded into our wider curriculum and the PINK curriculum is taught under 3 broad headings: All about Me, Friends and Family & Keeping Safe and the Wider World.

Running alongside PINK are our curriculum themes which provide a broad and balanced, knowledge and skills based curriculum with a creative edge. The ‘Imaginative Learning Projects’ (ILPs) are organised around four key areas:

 

Engage

Hook learners in with a memorable experience.

Set the scene and provide the context for learning.

Ask questions to find out children's interests.

Spark children's curiosity using interesting starting points.

 

Develop

Teach facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge.

Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation.

Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.

Deliver reading, writing and talking across the curriculum.

 

Innovate

Provide imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking.

Enable children to apply previously learned skills.

Encourage enterprise and independent thinking.

Provide opportunities for collaborative working and problem solving.

 

Express

Provide environments for reflective talk.

Create opportunities for shared evaluation.

Celebrate and share children's success.

Identify next steps for learning.

 

Staff choose which ILPs they want to teach throughout the year and there are over 80 to choose from; so our curriculum is always exciting, innovative and stimulating.   

 

We are keen to use many local resources to provide challenging and exciting lessons. Subjects are brought to life with trips and visits to local areas, themed days and visitors. Children are encouraged to be curious and motivated to acquire skills which will equip them for life.

 

Please click here for the St Paul’s C of E Primary School Curriculum Overview 2017-2018

 

We believe that our learning environments are fundamental to our creative curriculum - therefore we aim to immerse classrooms in displays matching the themes and PINK; so that the children are engaged and motivated to learn. Our learning environments inspire children to learn, enjoy, challenge and achieve.

A short video for parents outlining the KS1/KS2 national curriculum tests for 2017 is available on line.  It can be found at:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC2yhtEtk4o&feature=youtu.be