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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Curriculum

At Holy Family Catholic Primary School we will be following the new National Curriculum 2014 from 1 September 2014.

We will be teaching all subjects enclosed within the new National Curriculum which includes:

English, Mathematics, Science, RE, Computing (new name for ICT), Art, Design Technology (DT), Geography, History, Music, Modern Foreign Language (which will be Spanish) and PE. We will also be continuing to teach Personal, Social and Health Education through regular Forest School sessions held here at school.

We will ensure that the children have a wide, broad and balanced curriculum with a varied diet of learning not only knowledge and content but developmental skills and characteristics which will stand them in good stead for their future lives at secondary school and beyond.

Also included on the Curriculum overview is the EYFS (Reception) topic areas. The EYFS curriculum is organised differently to that of the rest of the school and covers 17 areas of learning. We use the national required curriculum statements as our base for assessment.

For the rest of the school we will assess on a three times a year basis for English and Maths using the national curriculum statements as a guide to the expected levels for each year group. We will use pupil based self-assessments alongside teacher assessments for English, Maths, Science and Computing. These will be completed on a long termly basis.

Phonics Teaching

We teach phonics from Reception using the both the National Curriculum and South Gloucestershire Phonics and Spelling programme. From Reception onwards we group the children according to their need and work our way through the phases throughout key stage 1. In Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 a similar approach is taken allowing teachers to provide the children with the teaching and learning they need. There is a move towards to teaching spelling and usage of key strategies.

The children in Year 1 take the Phonics Assessment Check in June. There will be a meeting closer to the time to provide you with more details.

Reading Scheme

Our reading scheme in made up of a variety of rich texts, both fiction and non-fiction. Books are selected from a wide range of quality publishers, including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Collins Big Cat.