The teaching staff in each year group work in teams to plan and deliver the children’s work.
They teach your children in whole class groups, small groups or individually as appropriate. All the children from Years 1 – 6 follow the National Curriculum. Children in the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) follow a Foundation Curriculum which also covers many areas of the National Curriculum but which is delivered in a way appropriate to their development.
All children are expected to take part in all PE sessions, which involve large and small apparatus, floor work, games, athletics and expressive dance/drama work.
It is essential that children have suitable clothing for PE. Children may bring a tracksuit, t-shirt and shorts. PE clothes and pumps must be named and kept in a pump bag at school. Trainers are to be used when the PE lesson is taking place outside.
Swimming is part of the Key Stage Two National Curriculum, normally in Year 5. We provide for single sex swimming groups. All children in year 5 must participate in swimming lessons. If you do not want your child to take part in this part of the curriculum for any reason other than medical, we would request you choose another school for your child. It would need to be a school which didn’t have a legal obligation to provide swimming lessons under National Curriculum requirements.
Any medical problem which prevented a child from participating in any part of the PE curriculum would need to be certified by a doctor.
Pump bags are available from The Community Room at a cost of £2. Pumps are also available from £2.50 to £3.00.
Children must not wear jewellery in school. If children have pierced ears they must wear studs. Hooped earrings are dangerous in PE. If children wear a watch, they must take responsibility for it themselves.
In order to protect our carpets children will need to wear pumps or other soft indoor shoes and keep them in their pump bag in school.
We have two Learning Mentors in school who support children who have problems which are preventing their learning progressing at the rate it should. The Learning Mentors work either 1:1 or in groups with children to try to help to remove those barriers to learning. Barriers to learning cover a range of situations, for example, poor attendance, family difficulties, low self-esteem, poor behaviour, poor concentration and many more. Learning Mentors work closely with the parents and teachers of targeted children to best support them.
Since September 2014, we have been following the 2014 National Curriculum. This sets out what pupils should be taught but it is for schools to choose how they organise their school curriculum.
At All Saints CE Primary School, we have a creative curriculum. This means that wherever possible, we group our subjects around a topic. The topics we choose depend on two factors: what areas of the National Curriculum we must cover and the interests and needs of the children.
Not all subjects can naturally ‘fit’ within a topic and so these subjects are taught separately.
The following table shows which subjects are taught in Key Stage 1 and 2:
|Key stage 1||Key stage 2|
|Art and design||Yes||Yes|
|Design and technology||Yes||Yes|
We teach English and Mathematics through a literacy hour and a mathematics hour. We devote extra time to reading and writing. Other curriculum work is planned around a group of themes for each half term. The topics will have a subject focus in which certain curriculum areas are the lead subjects. For example, if your child is learning about the Vikings then History, Art and Design Technology could be the focus for the half term. All are planned for in the long term to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum and other areas for your child.
The tasks and activities planned for your children are related to their stage of development and ability. Our classrooms are busy working areas where children are involved in lots of practical experiences as well as recording formal work.
Tasks and activities are planned so that children develop skills, positive attitudes and knowledge.
We expect children to complete set homework tasks and return them to school promptly. Please encourage your child to do this.
Although not a National Curriculum subject, the children follow the Local Authority Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The work encourages children to learn about themselves and others and to become increasingly aware of the world. Children find out about other religions, and festivals from the major religions in Bradford are explained and celebrated.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE, or worship if they wish.
Please discuss your concerns with the headteacher before making a decision regarding withdrawal.
All teachers assess each child’s progress continually in order to plan each stage of work and to support any learning difficulties. Children are told what they are expected to learn at the start of the lesson and their learning is reviewed at the end of the lesson. Teachers contact parents immediately if they have any concerns over learning or behaviour.
Records are kept on children’s progress in the National Curriculum areas and in their personal, social and emotional development in school.
Ongoing curriculum assessment is called:
Teacher Assessment or Assessment for Learning.
Nursery and Reception are together called the Foundation Key Stage. Children are involved in assessment activities at the start and end of the Reception. This is called Baseline Assessment, and provides assessment information at the end of the Key Stage.
Year 1 and Year 2 are together called Key Stage 1. At the end of Key Stage 1 children are formally assessed by SATs (Standard Assessment Tasks) and together with a summary of Teacher Assessment. The marking of the SATs is audited by the LEA before results are given to parents.
All teachers are very experienced in assessments and Year 2 teachers receive specific training to administer the SATs.
Children in primary school continue to be assessed by teachers through Key Stage 2. The end of Key Stage 2 is in Year 6 when the next SATs are administered. These results are published in the local press. Both Year 2 and Year 6 SATs are also published in the School Prospectus.
Formal assessments from Baseline to Year 6 SATS enable us to track your child’s progress throughout their time in primary school.