Literacy consists of four basic skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing; this is the focus for each Literacy lesson. In addition to reading children learn how to express themselves clearly and creatively, verbally and in writing. Speaking and listening skills are also encouraged throughout their schooling. They listen to and read stories and poems from all over the world. As they get older children are encouraged to read for enjoyment , find out facts, and start to say what they think about what they read. They learn how to put their thoughts into writing as they find out more about how language, spelling and punctuation work.
Each day your child will have a ‘Literacy Lesson’ which is based around the topic for that term and the ‘New Primary Framework’. This gives detailed aims for teaching, reading and writing.
Children are in five different strands, these consist of:
Counting, partitioning and calculating; Securing number facts and understanding shape; Handling data and measures;
Calculating, measuring and understanding shape; and Securing number facts, relationships and calculating.
All this happens in the ‘Daily Maths Lesson’ which is based on ‘The New Primary Framework’ for teaching maths’ which gives detailed aims for each year group.
Every child has a natural curiosity about the way the world works; science lessons show us how to get answers to some of the questions that they ask. Science within the National Curriculum is based around three strands:
Life processes and living things: Children learn about animals, plants and their bodies e.g. the importance of a varied diet and exercise for good health. In Years 5 & 6 the children follow a programme of Sex Education. Our School Nurse is very closely involved in this work.
Materials and their properties: Children learn about materials such as wood, paper, rock and how they can be used and changed. They also learn that some can be mixed and separated.
Physical processes: Simple ideas in physics, taught through experiences with electricity, forces, light and sounds. Children also learn some basic facts about the Sun, Earth and Moon.
Through work in these areas children are taught about scientific enquiry. Children and teachers pose questions and work together to find answers by investigating and recording data. They think about their tests and compare results and patterns. Children then communicate their work and their results in scientific language, drawings, tables and graphs.
Children learn how to use ICT to find out, present, share and exchange information. Ways of using ICT in and out of schools are discussed. As well as learning the specific skills of using a computer the children also use ICT to support their learning in all curriculum areas. Each class is equipped with a multimedia whiteboard and projector, with at least three computers connected to the Internet. The school also has an ICT Suite which it uses to teach ICT as a discrete subject and to help ingrate its use within other subject areas. In addition to this many children within Key Stage 2 have their own laptops through the e-learning foundation, which are utilised on a daily basis where appropriate. The school also has Lego, K-nex, Pro-bot, Bee-bot, digital cameras and digi-blues in order to enhance and teach the curriculum.
St Andrew’s is a Church of England School. Therefore, we hold a daily act of Christian Worship in school. RE is taught from a Christian viewpoint, but also includes introductions to other faiths and cultures, encouraging children to have a multicultural experience. We use the Scheme of Work written by the Leicester Diocese. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education lessons and Worship if they wish to do so.