Curriculum

 

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School is committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum. All of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are now working from the New National Curriculum.

We have updated our schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum. Teachers are committed to providing outstanding curriculum provision.

The curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. Our curriculum is exciting and inspires children, to nurture in them a passion for learning.

Assessment

There is no longer a requirement to assess children using 'levels'. This is a great opportunity for us to overhaul our school systems and help you to feel more familiar with where your child is up to.

Mrs Durkin has been part of Trafford's working party for assessing without levels. Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 trialled the new system in Summer term 2015. All classes are using it from September on.  Some of you will have received a new format for reports in Summer. Many thanks for the feedback you gave, it was very positive so we envisage this format will continue and be used by all classes for the current academic year (2015-2016). Currently we are awaiting a document from the DfE called 'Performance Descriptors'. This will help us to ensure that we are assessing what is important and setting high expectations for all our pupils. A review will take place in December and any necessary changes will be made. We will keep you up to date with any further changes.

Summer Term 2015 update - for Y1, Y3, Y4, Y5 parents.

English

English is taught using the Success For All scheme, this includes the teaching of Phonics. You can read more about this here.

Maths

We have invested in a package to aid learning in maths called Abacus. It meets all the requirements of the new curriculum. Feedback from the children is very positive as they enjoy lots of fun activities to help them develop their mathematical skills. You can read more about it here.

Foundation Subjects 

We teach the foundation subjects in an engaging, interesting and stimulating way, primarily through a through a thematic approach. In particular we are using the Cornerstones Curriculum as the basis for our cross-curricular themes.

Our successful curriculum is built on inspirational learning activities and high-quality teaching. It’s about creating a classroom environment that allows children to learn in a way that motivates and interest them.

Our curriculum is based on a four-stage philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express.

At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:

  •          gain memorable first-hand experiences, e.g. going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school
  •          enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences
  •          get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme
  •          begin researching and setting enquiry questions
  •          get lots of opportunities to make observations
  •          develop spoken language skills
  •          take part in sensory activities
  •          have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.

At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:

  •          improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
  •          develop and practice their new skills
  •          compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read 
  •          research their own questions and those set by others
  •          follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests
  •          complete homework activities that support their learning.

At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:

  •          apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts
  •          solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt
  •          get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities
  •          revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.

At the ‘Express’ stage, children:

  •          become the performers, experts and informers
  •          share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
  •          evaluate finished products and processes
  •          link what they have learnt to where they started
  •          celebrate their achievements.

 

Religious Education

As a Catholic school, teaching the Gospel Values underpins everything we do. We follow the Shrewsbury Dicoese agreed syllabus ‘The Way The Truth and The Life’.

This has been embedded into our curriculum and the children cover a variety of topics as they move through the school. Topics include: 'Getting to know Jesus.' in the EYFS, 'Families and Celebrations' in Key Stage 1 and 'The Christian Family' in Key Stage 2.

Religious Education also happens through regular prayer, assemblies and Masses.  Fr Ned Wall celebrates school Masses on occasions throughout the year.  Hymns and music are used to enhance all our worship.

Underlying our teaching and our relationships are the Gospel values of Honesty and Humility, Justice, Forgiveness and Mercy.  Our aim within this context is that all members of our community show respect and care for one another and extend their concern to the needy by prayer and charitable service.

As a Catholic school we expect all children to attend RE lessons and assemblies. However, any parent can request permission for their child to be excused from RE lessons and religious worship, and the school will make alternative arrangements for the supervision of the child.

Parents and carers do not have to explain or give reasons for their request. This right of withdrawal complies with the 1944 Education Act, and was restated in the 1988 Education Reform Act.

The headteacher will keep a record of all children who have been withdrawn from RE lessons or collective worship.

Teaching of British Values at Our Lady's links very closely with the Gospel Values, which support all that we do. We always have endeavoured to give our pupils the best start for life in Modern Britain. The following documents are our statement for the teaching of British Values, in line with DfE requirements. There is also a summary of links between our religious education scheme and fundamental British Values.

British Values

Links with The Way, The Truth and The Life

 

Modules

Each module is divided into the following stages:

Revelation: God is always the initiator in the history of our creating and redemption; it is His revealing of himself that makes classroom religious education possible. To begin with Revelation ensures that we respect the revealed nature of Christian faith.

Church:  we consider how Revelation gives life to the Church. The Church is, at one and the same time, the bearer of God’s Revelation and the divinely ordered means by which human beings live out their response to Revelation, enlivened by the Holy Spirit who fills the Church.

Celebration: the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church

Life In Christ: the moral life and the pursuit of holiness – both enabled and enlivened by the activity and presence of God in the Church.

Sex and Relationships Education

We teach using a scheme called 'In the Beginning'. This has been approved by Fr. Ned, Governors and parents.

If you would like to see the curriculum materials, please ask at the school office.

In Year 6, children will have a taught session with the school nurse, you will be asked for consent before this happens.

Sports and Physical Education

At Our Lady’s we provide an excellent sports curriculum, enabling children to be active and develop skills in a wide variety of activities from athletics to zumba. Children enjoy the PE curriculum and we have a full trophy cabinet to reflect their achievements in local and national competitions.

 

Music

All pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 have individual and small group musical instrument tuition, provided by Trafford Music Service. This includes trumpet, violin, French horn and fife. All classes benefit from music/singing lessons from Sr. Martine, a music specialist.

 

Pastoral Support

More Information can be read on the Class pages. If you have any more queries please contact your child's class teacher or Mrs Durkin, deputy headteacher.