Curriculum

At St Helen’s CE Primary, we believe the curriculum should be the stable rock that lays strong foundations for all our children which we aspire to inspire everyone to be the very best they can be.  Our curriculum will enable our children to acquire the necessary skills for life, to provide opportunities for all our children to learn and to provide opportunities for all our children to acquire appreciation of their own and of other cultures and beliefs.

We aim to develop a love of learning, the ability to ask and answer questions and the skills necessary to satisfy their desire for knowledge as they strive for excellence in all pursuits.  Through our Christian Values and curriculum, we aim to develop a strong sense of right and wrong and an understanding of the responsibility each child has to contribute positively to their community and wider world. 

Our curriculum will give every child a range of experiences and aspirations that will raise their child’s cultural awareness fostering their appreciation of the art and sciences and enabling them to develop an empathy with nature and the environment.  It will encourage each child to be confident to express their feelings in words, music and art and develop sensitivity towards the emotions and feelings of others as they move through the education system.

Through our well planned and well sequenced curriculum, together, with our Christian ethos we aim to give every child the opportunity to develop and enjoy his or her maximum potential, not only in academic work, but also in creative, practical, sporting and social activities, so as to prepare them to be local, national and global citizens

To support our Mathematics teaching we use the Big Maths and White Rose Maths.

In KS1 phonics, the Floppy Phonics Teaching Programme is used to support planning and delivery of synthetic phonics.

In KS2 reading, we use whole class reading and small group reading approches, along with Reading Vipers to support our reading teaching across the key stage.

British Values

Our school curriculum has been created to reflect the promotion of SMSC and British values through subject areas such as History, PSHE, Literacy and PE, as well as through aspects of SEAL and the ‘Hidden Curriculum’. Our Collective Worship times also reflect the importance of this essential aspect of school life.

According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

At St Helens CE Primary School, we believe our key 'British Values' are:

  1. Respect for the law
  2. The role of Sovereignty in Britain and patriotism
  3. Tolerance and equality
  4. Personal freedom
  5. Accepting personal and social responsibility
  6. Freedom of expression/speech
  7. Our rich history and culture
  8. Love of sport
  9. Fair play
  10. Democracy

Curriculum Content

To view the content of the curriculum for each year group in 2017/18, please click on the links below:

For more information and detail about the curriculum, please contact school directly.

English

The teaching of English at St Helen’s is designed to instil in children a love of speaking and listening, reading and writing that will last them a lifetime. Giving pupils the key knowledge in English enables them to access material in all curriculum areas, and provides a foundation for their learning throughout their school career. To achieve this, teachers are focussed on making English interesting and exciting, engaging the pupils with the joy and wonder of books and piquing their imagination and creativity.

At St Helen’s we view the teaching of English as a fundamental part of the holistic development of the child, fostering positive behaviours and attitudes toward learning, and providing key knowledge, to benefit pupils throughout their education and beyond.  We value the importance of vocabulary and the importance of acquiring a wide range of vocabulary whether this is through our word of the month or appreciating our rich and varied literary heritage. 

This all starts with our phonics which is the foundation of our literacy strategy.  This is taught through Floppy Phonics programme and enables learners to flourish within a culture of continuous improvement.  We want all children to read fluently with a good understanding and know this can only happen when a sound knowledge of phonics is there which creates a love of reading.

We strive for high expectations and encourage high standards of written work across all subject areas allowing children to aspire in all areas of the curriculum.

Mathematics

We value a maths curriculum that is creative and engaging. All children to have access to this curriculum and to make progress in lessons. Our children need to develop the necessary skills to make them “deep thinkers” acquiring maths skills that can be recalled quickly and transferred and applied in different contexts. They need to be able to make rich connections across the areas of maths and use their knowledge in other subjects. Maths is the foundation for understanding the world and we want our children to know the purpose behind their learning and to apply their knowledge to their everyday lives.

Science

At St Helen’s CE Primary School, our science teaching aims to deliver a curriculum which enables the children to explore and discover the world around them confidently, respecting the unique nature of each individual child, so they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in.  To achieve this, it involves exciting, practical, hands-on experiences that encourages scientific curiosity and questioning.

Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help the children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We aim to inspire children and develop their love of science and enable them to live life to its fullness.

We seek to broaden children’s scientific experiences both inside and outside the classroom, within our dynamic environments and through educational visits, visitors, exploration and discovery.  We believe these opportunities will ensure that the children are confident life-long learners who will explore the world around them and be able to apply a range of knowledge and skills they have acquired, to other subjects and in a variety of different situations.

Computing

At St Helen’s our teaching of computing aims to prepare our children to be "lifelong learners" with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding to enable them to live life in its fullness.

As computing is an increasing part of life today, it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. We aim to use ICT to enhance and extend children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst developing motivation and social skills.

Our vision is that the use of these technologies will enrich the experience of all pupils and that these resources will help to provide an environment that facilitates learning. Our aim is to enable all our staff and pupils to be confident, competent, and independent users of ICT. We aim to use computing where appropriate to motivate and inspire pupils and raise standards across the curriculum.

Our aim is to provide teachers with the necessary training to deliver an up to date curriculum. We also aim to develop pupil’s computing skills, knowledge, understanding and capability through lessons, which follow the Kapow scheme of work.

We aim to ensure that children are aware of the possible risks when using the internet through a rolling programme of assemblies and specific lessons as well as making sure the rules are displayed clearly.

PSHE

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a planned programme to help children develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. Its goal is to equip children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly.

History

At St Helen’s CE Primary School our history teaching aims to deliver a curriculum which enables the children to become confident, creative, independent and individual learners, providing them with an understanding of the past through learning about human achievements and experiences.  The children will develop their sense of chronology throughout the study of the topics in Key Stages 1 and 2.  Children will develop and broaden their critical thinking skills. They will investigate sources such as pictures, stories, accounts and artefacts to ask and answer questions about the past and how these have an impact on the world today.  We also aim to develop children’s local understanding of history and develop their knowledge about the area that they live in.   We seek to broaden children’s real-life experiences both inside and outside the classroom through educational visits, visitors, exploration and discovery.  We believe that within history lessons, our children acquire a range of knowledge and skills which they can apply to other subjects and in a variety of different situations, in order to develop a love of history.

Long term plans 

Progression of skills in history

 

Geography

At St Helen’s CE Primary School, our geography teaching aims to deliver a curriculum where the children are inspired to find out about physical and human geography, both in their local area and the wider world.

Through their growing knowledge and understanding of geography, our children will learn about different places, people and the environment. 

By exploring their own locality and community, and through studying others, they will learn how to draw and interpret maps and deepen their geographical skills through enquiry learning, both inside and outside the classroom.

Throughout our Geography curriculum, we aim to develop children’s knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world. We also aim to link our geography teaching with our historical studies, so that children gain a deeper understanding and begin to make links between the two.

We aim to instil an awareness of the impact that we as humans have on the environment, using our Christian values to support this.  Through this, we strive to inspire our children to take responsibility, respect the environment and to become positive contributors towards the conservation of our planet, as well as inspiring a sense of awe and wonder in the world around them.

Art

At St Helen’s CE Primary School, our teaching of  Art aims to enhance our full curriculum in the development of the unique child and fully supports our Christian vision and ethos Our school, together with family, church and community, offers a stable rock for learning, resilience and aspiration as we travel through life.

Children love art at St Helen’s CE Primary School, our approach enthuses the children and leads to some really exciting art, craft and design opportunities that links to some aspects of our topic work.

We plan carefully as a school, and have now begun focussing half termly on specific areas of the Art and Design curriculum, to ensure that it meets the needs of the children.  Ensuring a progression in the full range of skills and knowledge needed by the children and promoting breadth and balance in their work is very important to us.

Art, craft and design is very much central to this vision. We place emphasis on the use of first-hand experience, experimentation and development of ideas and skills based on a wide range of stimuli.  Enabling children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern- using different materials and processes, the art, craft and design experiences at St Helen’s CE Primary School have a positive impact on other areas of the curriculum.

Art, craft and design provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world, which lay the foundations to progressing later on.

D & T

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Languages

At St Helen’s CE Primary School=, we strongly believe that the study of Primary Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. Pupils use languages to communicate information responsibly, creatively and without discrimination. They learn how to employ languages to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. Primary Languages is also about the broader curriculum – about understanding language and identity, about developing an international outlook, and about learning. Increased capability in the use of languages promotes initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.

Music

At St Helens CE Primary School, music is an integral part of our dynamic environment.  We aim to ensure that music is fully embedded in every aspect of school life and our aspiration is that every child adopts a lifelong love of music. We believe that the opportunity to engage in musical experiences is crucial for the development of the whole child. Learning music develops all aspects of a child’s learning, from the physical action of using an instrument to the mathematical skills needed to keep a pulse. These abilities are directly transferable to other areas of the curriculum, allowing them to flourish, and will be invaluable in their future life.

 At our school, children have access to music through regular classroom activities, through collective worship and formal music lessons, as well as extra opportunities including after school clubs and wider performance opportunities within the community.

Through playing, singing, creating and performing, children will develop confidence, communication, thinking and creative skills and improve their emotional well-being. In addition, as these activities utilise both sides of the brain, it will foster connections which will improve memory and coordination. The skills involved in playing and listening to music will also help learners develop the self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, creativity, and self-motivation necessary for success. Children will find that music is enjoyable and relaxing which will help reduce stress and helps to instil mindfulness. All children will be able to experience a sense of achievement and develop aspirations in the creative arts field.

PE

At St. Helens CE Primary School our vision for Physical Education and Sport is that every child should have the opportunity to take part in physical activity on a regular basis and become more physically confident and competent. We hope that, through all the sporting opportunities and physical activities we offer, the children will develop a love and passion for sport/physical activity and continue this into their later lives.

We aim to provide the children with at least 2 hours of fun, exciting and active PE lessons every week and to keep the children healthy and active every day. We also aim to educate them on a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle.

At St. Helens, we also strive to give as many children as possible the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions, within school or by representing the school at local events. We hope that in doing so the children will develop greater confidence, team work and learn to win or lose with grace and sportsmanship.

At St Helens we aim to develop leadership skills in pupils by creating play leaders. By emphasising leadership, we hope the children learn the importance of communication, organisation, team work, resilience, and have  raised aspirations.

PE and Sport are a part of the St. Helen’s experience and we hope that this continues to grow in the future and so that it prepares our children for a full, healthy and enjoyable life.