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The Curriculum at St. Paul's


Please refer to the school’s Learning and Teaching Policy. The amount of time allocated to curricular subjects at St Paul's is based on statutory requirements to take account of:
our Mission Statement and aims
the use of comparative data
our own personal knowledge of our children. 

Firstly, we believe that English and mathematics require the greatest input at present. 
Next, because children’s health and well-being is so important in an environment like ours, we give a high priority to physical education (PE) and healthy activities including ‘Cooking and Nutrition’. We send all Key Stage 2 children to the swimming pool every week and Key Stage 1 children half termly. In addition, each class will have at least two school based PE lessons a week.
Finally, in accordance with the school’s aim to ‘recognise and develop each individual's strengths and talents’, St Paul’s supports initiatives that enhance our performing arts provision, with a programme of music tuition for each class and projects organised through our links to Wilton’s, Lyndons’ Art Trust, St Katherine’s & Shadwell Trust and others.

Schemes of Work
The following schemes of work are used:
National Curriculum for English and mathematics 
Val Sabin scheme for Physical Education.
Discovery R.E. Scheme amended to fulfil the school’s commitments as a CE school.
International Primary Curriculum (IPC) units of work for Science, History, Geography, Art, and Design Technology.
Development Matters for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Switched on Computing 

English is taught every day following the National Curriculum Framework. In addition time has been allocated for:
Cross curricular writing (one hour a week)
Guided Reading (30 minutes a day)
Class story

Teachers in Key Stage 2 will encourage children to read independently. Children take home books in their book bags on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We ask parents to read regularly with their children and to sign the children’s reading record books.

The school has a thriving library which is central to the school. We employ an excellent professional librarian who is assisted by a willing team of pupil librarians.

Up to 1 hour a day KS1 and KS2. Teaching is based on the current National Curriculum for maths:
We believe that mathematics is best learnt through the children having a deep, conceptual understanding of a range of mathematical ideas. It is important for children to not only be able to find the answers to problems but to also be able to explain the reasoning behind their lines of enquiry using accurate mathematical vocabulary., We  aim to inspire the children to increase their fluency in mathematics and to become increasingly sophisticated problem solvers, not only in this subject but across the curriculum.

Cooking and Nutrition
Each class from years 1-6 spend 2 hours a week cooking in a purpose built kitchen classroom. Pupils are split into groups A and B and cook for 2 hours fortnightly. The children follow a progressive skills based curriculum for cooking and nutrition. With year 1 learning basic knife skills, to year 6 cooking complete healthy meals from scratch.

The school has two sets of laptops and a set of iPads used to support the teaching of computing and the wider curriculum. The needs of the computing curriculum are met through the use of ‘Switched on Computing’. Pupils are encouraged to use computing skills across the wider curriculum and to operate safely in the digital world at school and home.

THAMES (Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service) provides specialist teachers for lessons in:
Singing (All classes)
African Drumming (Years Nursery, Reception, 1, 2, 3 & 6) 
More Able Drumming (all classes)
Recorders (Years 4 & 5), Clarinet (small Year 6 group)
The school also takes part in projects such as those provided by the Concordia Foundation.

Foreign Languages
French is the modern foreign language that we teach in our school. The curriculum that we follow is based on the guidance given in the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages, the National Curriculum Non-Statutory Guidelines for MFL and the Tower Hamlets Schemes of Work for MFL at Key Stage 2.

Personal, Social & Health Education
All year groups are taught PSHE on a weekly basis. Important topics are covered. These include healthy eating, how to keep safe and how to make a positive contribution. As well as weekly lessons, there are additional theatre workshops that cover themes such as anti-bullying or drug education. We have a school council that meet regularly and talk about current issues that affect their life at school.

Physical Education
Each class has in-school P.E. sessions covering dance or gymnastics and games skills as well as external coaches coming in to teach specific sports such as rugby and hockey. Time allocated to swimming includes changing time and walking to the pool. 

Religious Education (RE) and Collective Worship
Religious faith and practice is given a high profile both in the school as a community and through the curriculum. Because St. Paul’s is a Church of England school there is a particular focus on the Christian faith, but we also recognise the value and richness of a multi-faith community and endeavour to draw upon this community in order to promote a positive school environment.

The school holds collective worship every day reflecting its Mission Statement. The content of each assembly is broadly Christian. For any information on assembly content, please speak to the Executive Headteacher or the Chair of the Governors.

Right to withdraw from RE and Collective Worship
Although the Education Reform Act (1988) gives parents the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Collective Worship, it is unlikely that parents who have chosen St. Paul's School should wish to do this. However if you do wish for this, please consult the Executive Headteacher.

Special Educational Needs
Staff concerned about children will first consult the Inclusion Leader to draw their attention to their worries. The child's needs will be considered and discussed and a plan of action will be followed. Parents are consulted at every stage.

The first level of intervention may mean using special strategies and writing an Individual Education Plan with specific targets to be achieved by the child within the classroom.
Reviews for children with Special Needs take place every term. All events will be recorded and used for the next stage of development.

We follow our Mission Statement by recognising and developing each individual's strengths and talents through differentiated teaching, enabling them to succeed and flourish now, in their next stage of education and in the wider community.

Sex & Relationships Education
The Governors have agreed that sex education should be taught in the school and that questions are answered by teachers when they arise.  SRE is taught in years 1-6 following the ‘Living and Growing’ curriculum.  Parents are invited to view material if they have any concerns or questions. The Education Reform Act (1988) gives parents the right to withdraw their child from Sex and Relationships Education. If you do wish for this, please consult the Executive Headteacher.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage follows the ‘Development Matters’ curriculum.  This curriculum helps support our practitioners to be child centred and ensure that all children can progress at their own level and ability.  Within the framework are the Prime areas; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. There are then Specific areas; Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.  

Children in the Early Years are provided with an environment that encourages them to explore, play and be active as independent learners. We provide a range of stimulating activities that cover all the areas of learning. Children are given opportunities to solve problems and be challenged in a fun, interactive way.

Educational Visits
Whenever possible the school encourages class teachers to take their class out on Educational Visits to broaden the curriculum and to enhance the curriculum covered in the classroom. Wherever possible the visit is planned as part of the Half-Term plan. To ensure the safety of the children a form is completed and given to the Headteacher. Generally classes travel by public transport. 

Record Keeping and Assessment
Formal assessments are carried out regularly with the results used to monitor their progress and attainment. Each teacher keeps a record of each individual child's progress.
At the end of each year a report is written on each child's work and progress and this is discussed with you at the three parent conferences each year.
There are national tests for children in Class 2 and Class 6. Your child's results will be reported to you. Anonymised class results are reported to the Governors and the local authority.
Each week teachers give each child in Years 1 to 6 a piece of homework. This work is to be completed at home with an adult and handed back in the following week. This is in addition to reading at home. 

Teachers may still give out additional targeted work. For this to be a success it is essential that there is an effective partnership between the school, pupils, parents and carers.

Equal Opportunities and Race Equality
St Paul’s is totally committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all its children and staff regardless of their class, race, sex or disability. We value the cultures of all our children and strive to teach them and treat them in a fair and just manner.

The school has copies of the National Curriculum and documents for all subjects. Copies of school policies are also available. Any parent is welcome to come and either enquire about them, read them or take away a copy (subject to a small charge to cover the cost of copying). 

March 2017