The Curriculum at St Luke’s RC Primary School
Overview and Aims
At St Luke’s all stakeholders have a clear understanding of our vision for every pupil. This is encapsulated by our mission statement:
I am the vine, you are the branches, whoever abides in me, and I in him, shall bear fruit in plenty. For apart from me you can do nothing.
We have a shared vision of the skills and qualities every pupil should have by the time they leave St Luke’s. We aim to achieve this by doing the following:
To love one another as God loves us.
To nurture independent, responsible, life-long learners equipped with creative thinking skills to enable them to respond to the challenges of the world they live in.
To enable pupils to become confident individuals with a positive self-esteem, have a thirst for knowledge, and high expectations of themselves.
To create a positive attitude to learning, by encouraging confident and caring relationships which motivate and inspire them to do their best.
To support pupils to become confident in making decisions, be able to take risks and persevere to allow them to challenge their learning and maximise their potential.
To foster an environment of politeness and good manners in which each child is able to communicate and collaborate effectively.
To celebrate their individuality and that of others, with a respect of all and the world we live in, and an understanding of their place in modern Britain and the World.
This is summarised by our wish for all to have a ‘Love of Life and Learning’.
We wish pupils to acquire skills for life, so that they are able to apply these and have a thirst for knowledge, through enjoyment and by experiencing a wealth of opportunities. We aim to prepare children fully for life in modern Britain through our broad, balanced curriculum and our strong ethos underpinned by Catholic values promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We have developed a creative, broad and balanced curriculum that successfully offers a wide range of developmental opportunities. This topic-based, creative curriculum enables pupils to be highly inspired and immersed in challenging learning opportunities whilst providing a broad and balanced curriculum that will meet the individual development of all the children in our care. Themed days are held to enrich the experiences for the children, while visits and visitors also enhance the curriculum.
All children are taught the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Information Communication Technology (I.C.T.) and wherever possible this is integrated into the themed topic along with the foundation subjects.
Religious Education is at the heart of everything that we do and is taught through the Diocesan Scheme The Way, The Truth and The Life. Religious Education is also taught daily through example based on the 5 Ws:
Welcome, Word, Witness, Worship and Welfare
All pupils have French, Music and Physical Education lessons each week sometimes taught by specialist teachers.
Core and Foundation Subjects
These subjects are taught wherever possible within our topics. We follow National Curriculum guidelines, full details can be found at the following links:
For reception Class we follow the EYFS Curriculum guidelines available at:
Curriculum content by year group
There is a daily phonics session taught in our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classes in accordance with the Letters and Sounds document. Letters and Sounds provides a synthetic and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and supports both the develoment of children’s reading and writing skills. Children in Key Stage 2 who have not yet acquired the necessary skills, or who are not yet secure in applying them independently, take part in focussed teaching groups.
Currently pupils are taught within the phase that is appropriate to their level of learning in their own classes. They are assessed regularly and groupings are sorted accordingly. In Key Stage 1 and 2 weekly spellings are based on the current week’s teaching and contain both tricky and decodable words.
Our aim is to develop a love of Reading in our children. Guided Reading sessions are delivered daily encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of texts. School reading books are banded in accordance with Reading Recovery. This banding ensures that reading material whilst pitched at the appropriate level, is suitably challenging for children.
At St Luke’s RC Primary School all our Year 3 children receive swimming lessons as part of the PE curriculum. By the end of Year 6 all children are expected to be able to swim 25M unaided. Below you will find our results:
Academic Year 2017-18 -82% (50/61) could :
Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25M; use a range of strokes effectively; perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
If parents would like to know any more about the curriculum please contact the class teacher or a member of the Office staff.