At St Paul's we follow the New National Curriculum for all subjects and have worked hard to ensure that it is delivered in a way that is creative, inspiring and challenging.
Our curriculum themes are cross curricular and a wide range of trips are planned to inspire the children's learning.
Teachers follow our Curriculum maps to plan half termly sequences of learning.
School Curriculum Maps:
Daily literacy and numeracy lessons ensure that children have all the core skills they need to access the curriculum fully and be independent learners.
Spelling and phonics
Phonics is one of the key tools for reading and writing. A system of letter sounds and patterns is taught from the reception year and developed through each year group. Together with high frequency ‘sight’ words, sounds are introduced in phases and progress rapidly throughout the early years, when at year 2 and the following years more sophisticated spelling patterns and rules are introduced. The school uses ‘letters and Sounds’ and ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ to support phonics learning.
We offer workshops each year to provide advice to parents on how they can support their children at home with reading, maths and other areas of the curriculum.
Sports and PE
Sport is central to life at St Paul’s CE Primary School. Achievement and effort is encouraged through team and individual games at school and through inter-school competitions and tournaments.
We believe that sport helps to build confidence and promotes our school values of excellence, determination, fair play and teamwork. We offer a range of sports and encourage a life-long positive attitude towards healthy living and sport.
Specialist instructors take weekly swimming lessons at Swiss Cottage Leisure centre for all children in Key stage 2 (Y3, 4, 5 and 6). Children are assessed regularly and receive certificates as they progress to swimming longer distances.
St Paul’s CE Primary School has access to excellent sports facilities due to our proximity to Primrose Hill and Swiss Cottage Leisure centre.
We encourage children to participate in competitive sport and our school competes in football, netball, swimming and cross-country competitions against other children in Camden schools. Our annual sports day takes place at Regent Park Running track (KS2) and on Primrose Hill (KS1).
Pupils are encouraged to try a wide range of outdoor and adventure activities during the Year 5 and Year 6 residential school journeys, such as orienteering, sailing, climbing, abseiling, high ropes courses and raft building.
Music is a central part of life at St Paul’s CE Primary School. All classes have weekly class music lessons and many pupils learn at least one instrument.
Our wider opportunities programme in Year 3/4 gives the pupils the opportunity to learn different instruments, with Year 4 learning the Ukulele this year
We have a school choir which performs bi-annually at the Royal Albert Hall. In addition, pupils from our school perform at Cluster music festivals, at school events and in partnership with other local organisations.
We host music tuition after school, through Camden Music Service, where children learn to play the guitar, violin, piano or various recorders.
Singing is integral to life at our school: at daily collective worship, class assemblies, church services and in class.
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We actively plan Educational Visits to bring class work to life. Examples of places we visit are the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Science Museum and the Dickens Museum. We travel by tube and bus. Teachers undertake a pre-visit risk assessment of both the journey and the destination.
Planning and Assessment
Teachers plan the work of the school yearly, weekly and daily. This planning is detailed and is based on children’s different needs. Teachers are constantly assessing as they ask questions in lessons and look at work in progress. We value this style of assessment during lessons and in marking work as it supports the next steps in children’s learning. We also value assessments where the children are tested against national standards. At the ages of 7 and 11 the children do Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) during the summer term of Years 2 and Year 6. The results show their level of attainment in English, Mathematics and Science as set against national standards.
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Expectations for the end of the year:
Early Years Foundation Stage Overview
The Reception classroom learning environment is planned around the seven areas of Early Years learning and development:
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development
(making relationships / self-confidence & self-awareness / managing feelings & behaviour)
- Communication & Language
(listening & attention / understanding / speaking)
- Physical Development
(moving & handling / health & self-care)
(reading / writing)
(numbers / shape, space & measure)
- Understanding the World
(people & communities / the world / technology)
- Expressive Arts & Design
(exploring & using media & materials / being imaginative)
Children are supported in their development across these seven areas through short carpet sessions, adult led group work and structured play and exploration opportunities.
To help them as they embark on the journey of learning to read and write, the children start Phase 2 of the government’s Letters & Sounds phonics programme and then move on through Phase 3. Phonics is just one part of the learning to read and write process and so the children are immersed in a language rich environment with the aim of encouraging a love of reading and books. Communication and language (listening, understanding and speaking) and literacy (reading and writing) is promoted throughout all activities during the day whether for example in child-initiated play and exploration or during a structured carpet session or small group activity.
Children are encouraged to take story books home each day to share with their family and are also introduced to reading scheme books.
In Maths, early mathematical concepts are explored through play, games, stories and songs.
Children are given daily opportunities to express themselves creatively through role-play, art, music and dance. They explore different media such as watercolour painting, printing, pastels, chalk, collage and clay.
As well as free Physical Development play, we have regular games sessions in the playground and dance and movement sessions in the hall.