At St Botolph’s
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for children in Nursery (LFS) and Reception (UFS),
In Nursery and Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published by the DfE. Our children engage in learning that is primarily through first hand experiences, using both the indoor and outdoor environments. Work is planned through a topic approach and is personalised to meet the needs of the children.
The children’s progress is regularly assessed using 'Tapestry' so that staff can plan effectively to support the development of each of the children
Acquiring the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are fundamental to your child’s educational success. We encourage all children to use their communication and listening skills in a purposeful way. English skills are developed each day and include a Phonics/Spelling and Grammar session. Pupils in KS1 follow the Read Write Inc Scheme to teach sounds, sight vocabulary and early reading skills. Children will experience a wide range of books, through independent work and guided support. All children are expected to take books home on a weekly basis and are encouraged to read to or with an adult every day.
Children take part in extended writing regularly, where they practise writing at length in a variety of diferent ways eg stories, letter writing or a descriptive piece of writing often in the style of a chosen author. This is to encourage them to write fluently and to enjoy their work.
Rainbow writing is used to suppoirt children's understanding and growing knowedge of grammar. This is a colour coded approach to identify the different aspects of grammar used to effectively build up sentence construction.
All children have access to ICT which they learn how to use confidently, building their skills in research and editing, and supporting and enhancing their work in a variety of lessons. They explore a range of ICT equipment and software including the use of laptops and ipads. Lessons are also taught in computing and programmimg.
The study of humanities aims to help the children have an awareness of time and place. In Key Stage 1 activities concentrate on the local environment, history focusing on the last century, family life and famous events and people from long ago. In Key Stage 2 activities widen from the local to national and worldwide localities, with history covering British and World units. In both key stages humanities are seen as practical ‘hands on’ subjects and are often supported by school visits/visitors and walks in our local area to explore the environment.
Music forms a very enjoyable part of school life. We use the online resource Charanga to ensure planning, teaching and learning shows progression across KS1 and KS2. In addition to a school choir and music in the class room, specialist teachers visit the school weekly to teach a variety of instruments including, woodwind, string and drums. This academic year our Y5 children will particpate in ukelele lessons.
Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity are embedded throughout daily life here at St Botolph's. We promote healthy lifestyles by ensuring daily routines incorporate physical activity as well as teaching the curriculum in an engaging way. Children learn to develop skills and understanding in games, dance and gymnastics, supported by ACES coaches. We offer children a range of opportunities to take part in competitive and non-competitive intra- school and inter-school events representing their saintly team and their academy.
Modern Foreign Languages
French is taught throughout KS2, following the Wakefield scheme of work.
Key Stage 1 and 2
In Key Stage 1 and 2 we follow the National Curriculum using Chris Quigley's essentails for learning with milestones. Our curriculum is topic based, encouraging cross-curricular links between the subjects. Each topic is planned to engage and stimulate the children’s s curiosity and interest through a variety of activities where children learn and apply new skills. Visits, visitors and enrichment activities are planned termly across Key Stages and the whole school to enhance learning.
We teach mathematics in discrete maths lessons and across the curriculum. Pupils learn to calculate and how to work with common shapes and units of measure such as time, length and weight. Most importantly, they learn to solve problems themselves or in groups by applying the strategies they have learnt. All children have a timetabled session of maths which includes a weekly problem solving/application of skills session. This covers numbers, measures, shape and space, handling data, algebra reasoning.
The science curriculum is taught as a separate subject but linked to cross curricular topics where appropriate. Much of the work is of a practical nature and will involve the children observing, hypothesising and predicting results within topics such as light, sound, electricity, forces, plants and living things.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
At St Botolph’s we endeavor to nurture all our children within the Christian ethos. We encourage the development of children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness, including that of other faiths. RE is taught both as a discrete subject and is also linked to many other areas of the curriculum. The Academy follows the 'understanding Christianity scheme of work and this is supplemented by Wakefield's agreed syllabus.
Children attend daily acts of Collective Worship which provide opportunities for them to:
Take part in worship
Learn about the nature and purpose of Worship
Reflect on and explore beliefs and values which are central to Christianity and other religious traditions both local and Gobal
Reflect on and consider the beliefs and values which underpin our academy and community life.
Art and Design
Children are given the opportunity to explore work of different artists. A variety of materials are used to produce work and each year children will experience printing, painting, collage, 3D work, sketching and model making.
We view Personal,Health and Social Education( PHSE) as an important aspect to a balanced curriculum. We believe that children need to learn how to manage relationships in order that they can become respectful and therefore productive. This will support the development of the curriculum in general and individuals in particular. The academy teaches PSHCE in both in SEAL lessons and this is also planned into other areas of the curriculum. Links are made with Christian values wherever possible and promoted through Collective Worship. A variety of resources are used, including the SEAL resources.
Please use the tabs on the left to find out more information about each Key Stage
For more inforation on the EYFS and Primary curriculum, please follow the links below