As a Catholic school, our focus is on nurturing and developing the whole child. Religious Education underpins our curriculum and the message of God is lived throughout our school. To support this, we have introduced a new Religious Education programme called ‘Come and See’.
The programme is directly linked to the Religious Education Curriculum Directory which is statutory for all Catholic schools to follow. Throughout this programme, the children will be encouraged to explore their faith and to ask some ‘big questions’.
Lessons follow a four week cycle where the children will be invited to explore the theme and relate it to their own experiences, link their learning to scripture and respond through an act of worship.
Please see links below for useful information. Thank to Lancashire for permission to use their materials.
Reading: Your child will choose a book to bring home from our school library. This will be changed once a week. Books should be stored in a school book bag (which can be purchased from the school office). The emphasis should be on enjoying books with your child. Relax and share the story—you may be surprised at how much you both get out of your shared sessions.
We provide a phonics handwriting/reading session for parents every year – do try to attend if you can as this will help you support your child. The 'Read on get on' iinitiative may give you some tips about reading with your child. We offer ‘Reading for Pleasure’ in school and would welcome parents to bring a book on a Friday morning to KS1 classes. Just mention it to your class teacher if you wish to join in. Book Trust is full of useful information to encourage reading and has age-related book suggestions for regular reading or presents.
Writing: Your child will be learning to write cursively, i.e. learning joined up writing, from the beginning. We will concentrate on teaching formation of letters and will first introduce those letters which are formed in a similar way. We will invite you to hear more about how we teach writing. Research has shown that cursive writing aids spelling later on. It also supports older children when they are writing at length. Please do not teach your child to write in capital letters. When children first start school they only use a capital letter for the beginning of their name.
We are following the real PE schemes of work across foundation stage and ks1.
Real PE is a philosophy and approach which helps ALL children develop their physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, sport and life.
The real PE programme provides fun schemes of work, the foundation of these schemes is based on the fundamental movement skills - agility, balance and coordination.
The central focus of the schemes of work is to help all children become physically literate by developing their fundamental movement skills. These are the building blocks that underpin the ability to play and be involved in many different sports and activities.
Real PE uses a multi ability approach which recognises that PE and sport can be a fantastic vehicle to develop a range of personal, social, physical, cognitive and creative abilities that can transfer outside the sporting environment.