The National Curriculum
St Saviour School consists of seven single age classes. All classes are mixed ability, all with their own teacher who has responsibility for the class. This teacher stays with the class for the majority of the week.
Children are taught individually, in small groups, year groups or as a whole class, according to the needs of the child and the subject being taught.
A full-time teaching assistant works in Reception, and fifteen other teaching assistants are deployed throughout the school to support learning of all our children.
From September 1998 the Government’s National Literacy Strategy has been implemented in all classes, as has the National Numeracy Strategy from 1999. The new Framework for both Literacy and Numeracy has been implemented from 2007.
The primary subjects are English, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art and Design, Computing, Modern Foreign Language (French) and Physical Education. Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship are included in other subjects and are also taught as discrete topics.
Children’s progress is monitored regularly to ensure that they understand what they have been taught and to help decide ways forward.
In May, Year 2 children take the end of Key Stage 1 SATs. At the same time Year 6 children sit the end of Key Stage 2 Tests. The Key Stage 2 SATs must be taken during the second or third week in May, and we, as a staff, have decided that all Year 3, 4 and 5 children sit optional SATs in the summer term. Children in Year 1 also sit a Phonics Screening Test and children in Year 4 sit a Times Tables Test.
The results of end of Key Stage tests and the optional SATs are reported to parents in the annual Pupil Reports and discussed at our July parents’ evening.
When children enter school in the Reception Class, they have their own Foundation Stage curriculum that has been specially devised to meet their needs. Teaching is delivered through a combination of adult focus teaching and continuous play activities. Children are encouraged to become independent, selecting activities which interest them focused from child initiated play areas planned daily. The curriculum is divided into prime areas of learning and specific areas of learning:
Prime areas of learning:
communication and language
personal, social and emotional development.
Specific areas of learning:
understanding the world
expressive arts and design.
The foundation stage also identifies and records the characteristics of effective learning:
playing and exploring
creating and thinking critically.
The children are continually assessed in these areas as part of their Foundation Stage Profile to ensure that they are well prepared to begin the National Curriculum work when they enter Year 1.
Language provides the main instrument for learning throughout the school curriculum and through reflection and discussion of their knowledge children will develop an increased awareness of how they, their peers and adults use language. We aim to create an environment at St Saviour in which the child’s language can develop and progress by encouraging individual and communal self-confidence, motivation and interest.
Speaking and listening
We aim to encourage children to express themselves and to communicate fluently and articulately with clarity of purpose in an interesting and varied manner. Similarly, they are encouraged to listen and to appreciate other speakers with all their variations of tone, vocabulary, dialect and content. Children engage in focused speaking and listening activities daily. A new outdoor stage area will give opportunities for children to further develop Speaking and Listening skills.
Activities will build upon the oral language and experiences which pupils bring from home. We aim to give the children the skills to read for both pleasure and information; and to give them study skills in the use of reference books. Teaching will cover a range of stimulating literature, both fiction and non-fiction and should ensure that pupils regularly hear and share stories and poetry.
Success in reading is achieved through partnership between home and school. Therefore we encourage children to take home books and an individual reading record booklet which we ask you to sign when you hear them read. Positive parental comments in this booklet will be much appreciated. We ask that parents accept the responsibility for the care and return of all books.
Our aim is to give the children the skills and opportunity to present their ideas in a variety of ways. We encourage them to write in different contexts for a variety of audiences with real feeling and empathy. Children will be given the skills to understand the structure of different writing. The highest standards of English grammar and comprehension are encouraged at the pupil’s appropriate level. The use of ICT will be introduced as appropriate.
We place a high emphasis on spelling. All children have spelling tests regularly and we ask for co-operation from home in encouraging them to learn set words. Spelling skills are taught and developed through constant practice and a planned programme using letter recognition, spelling patterns, the teaching of spelling rules and through the correction of work.
St Saviour recognises Mathematics as a worthwhile activity that is enjoyable in its own right. As a staff, we regard the nature of Mathematics as being confident with numbers and having a propensity to explore patterns and relationships, to take creative risks and experiment with new ideas.
We believe that Mathematics should provide a rich variety of learning experiences that reflect the notion of discovery. In order that children grow up appreciating the relevance of mathematics, we feel it is important to explain why and when mathematics is used in everyday life. We aim to provide activities that give pupils the opportunity to explore, discuss and reflect upon Mathematics in an enjoyable, enthusiastic and supportive environment.
It is our philosophy that Mathematics is more than simply using numbers, processes, rules and formulae. We aspire to the understanding that Mathematics is concerned with teaching how to think, and engendering a positive attitude towards the subject. Furthermore, with greater emphasis placed on the need for pupils to work things out in a variety of situations, we feel it is important to furnish children with a range of calculation strategies, encouraging them to try out methods and select which ever suits their way of working. St Saviour School believes that it is the right of all pupils to be numerate.
We encourage problem solving to be integral in developing understanding and awareness of all mathematical concepts. We encourage children to explain their reasoning and the methods used to achieve their answers. In all Numeracy topics taught problem solving is a key feature.
Science plays an important part in all aspects of life today. As a school we feel that good scientific knowledge and understanding will prepare our children for adulthood. Science can further children’s natural curiosity and give them ways of working and thinking to explore the world in which we live. We believe that it is very important that children learn to test ideas out successfully and relate them to everyday situations.
In accordance with the school policy on teaching and learning, staff aim to teach science in ways which make science relevant and meaningful, drawing whenever possible on examples taken from the real world.
We aim to produce learners who are confident and effective users of ICT, communicating and handling information across the whole range of the curriculum. The school is very well equipped with a purpose build ICT suite consisting of 18 networked computers and an interactive white board. This hardware was updated in 2017. All classrooms also have interactive screens linked to our network and access to 20 laptops and 30 tablets. All computers have email and Internet access. The governors are committed to constantly improving and extending our ICT capability. The school also has 6 lap tops for class use and digital blue cameras for digital movie making. All staff members have been trained in the educational use of ICT.
We aim to give our children the skills to identify the opportunities and need for design and technology activities. All children will carry out investigations and where appropriate generate design proposals and make artefacts. Children will then develop their skills in evaluating and improving the final product. Pupils will be given opportunities to work with a wide range of materials, including food and fabric.
Enquiry will form an important part of our work and involve direct practical experiences within the local area. We aim to develop: the children’s knowledge of places and environments throughout the world; an understanding of maps and their range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. Field visits will be arranged to enhance the geographical study of all our pupils.
When teaching history we aim to fire the children’s imagination about the past in Britain and the wider world. Stressing the importance of how the past influences the present, we teach children about past societies, developing their sense of chronology and understanding of significant events and people. During historical study, children are encouraged to find evidence, evaluate it and draw their own conclusions. History gives children an opportunity to research, sift through evidence and argue a point of view – skills that are needed in all walks of life.
Art and Design
We aim to give our children the skills and opportunities to express themselves in a variety of media and forms through which they will develop their aesthetic awareness and appreciation. This will satisfy and further develop their creative instincts and needs. We endeavour to incorporate art into the cross curricular topics whilst ensuring that progressive skills and techniques are taught.
The children are given the opportunity to participate in singing and music making through which they will learn to appreciate a range of forms and styles of music. We aim for music making to be fun and enjoyable, both through actively taking part and enjoying the performances of others. Instrumental tuition is also given in the violin and guitar. We are working with the Music Service to deliver vocal lessons.
We aim to provide all children with opportunities for the promotion of physical development and competence through gymnastics, outdoor activities, athletics, dance, games and swimming. Football and netball matches are arranged against local schools to allow the children who attend extra curricular clubs to experience competitive match play. The school enters children into a wide range of borough and cluster events including cross country, football, netball, rounders, swimming, athletics, boccia, tennis etc. At St Saviour we aim to foster an enjoyment of physical activities and actively promote healthy lifestyle choices. Our school teams are successful and provide a great opportunity for all children to participate in sports activities. We have recently been awarded the Schools’ second ‘Active Mark Gold’ for Excellence in Sport.
Modern Foreign Language
The school studies French in Key Stage 2 - this is led by a teaching assistant who is a language specialist.
This is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, which is firmly based on the teaching and practice of the Christian Faith. Your child will be expected to participate in all acts of daily worship and Religious Education lessons. This will enable children to encounter a wide range of different Faiths. We follow the Manchester Board of Education agreed syllabus for Religious Education.
Parents do have a right to withdraw their child from worship and Religious Education lessons. Parents wishing to exercise this right should inform the Headteacher in writing.
Personal, Social and Health Education
The school covers aspects of personal, social and health education as integral parts of other areas of the curriculum. Pastoral care is embodied within the school ethos and all staff are responsible for monitoring the care of the pupils in their class. The school is working towards the Healthy Schools Award. There is however a conscious effort to ensure that the following aspects are covered within the curriculum:
Our school reflects the needs of everyone in a pluralistic society and teaches respect for all individuals and the understanding of the beliefs and cultures of others. Good multi-cultural education consists of developing good attitudes and relationships to one another and this is best achieved through cross-curricular links.
Embodied within the ethos of the school is the fundamental belief that at the centre of any educational training is the need to prepare students for the future. To be able to cope with a rapidly changing society and to offer sustained fulfilment in their lives, all children are taught to form good attitudes, disciplines, relationships, responsibilities and standards, thus to become good positive citizens making a valued contribution to the quality of life within society.
Care for the Environment
Children are also encouraged to respect and care for their environment. This is fundamental to the school ethos and the quality of life which all who work and live within the community are striving to achieve.
The teaching of Sex Education began in 1993 and was developed in consultation with parents. A summary of the contents is:
An input by the school nurse.
Watching the video “Growing up” delivered to all Year 5 and Year 6 children on a two year rolling programme.
The school has offered SRE talks to parents this year, which were well attended.