At St Luke’s, we encourage children to learn confidently and to communicate what they have learnt.
We believe that children should have the benefit of a broad and balanced curriculum which extends and enriches their knowledge and understanding of the world we live in- so that they are able to make a valuable contribution as they grow. We are particularly keen to develop the ‘whole child’ and as such seek to further children’s interest in music and art through our collaboration with specialist partners such as ‘Thames Music’. We ensure children receive a rich curriculum by extending opportunities through theatre visits, visiting performers and musicians and school trips, including residential, to a range of places.
At St Luke’s, we firmly believe that children learn best when they are able to make connections in their learning and apply skills learnt. Each half-term we will be looking at a theme which will encompass many curriculum areas; the themes chosen are those which we feel will captivate the children’s interest and their enthusiasm for learning. We believe that children learn best when they are actively involved. “Learning by doing” makes the work more interesting, more meaningful and more likely to make sense and be remembered. This kind of learning helps children to think more clearly, to raise questions, try out ideas and to record their findings.
At St Luke's, we plan writing using the National Curriculum key objectives. The units of work taught in English are organised into 2-4 week blocks, covering a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres. Each unit is organised so children cover skills in reading, drama/performance, grammar, punctuation and spelling and conclude in a 'Big Write' - this involves planning, writing, editing and publishing a piece of text of the selected genre. We ensure that a range of genres are taught across the school and that there is progression in the skills learnt. We use the following guidance documents to support planning of Writing:
We are currently using the Letter-Join website to teach handwriting at school. You can now access the Letter-Join website at home to help your child with their handwriting (please ask the class teacher for the log-in details). Once logged in, you will be able to watch how to write all the letters of the alphabet in the same style we use in school and print out worksheets.
For Spelling, Years 2-6 use No-Nonsense spelling scheme.
At St. Luke’s, we aim to provide every child with a high quality mathematics education. We seek to encourage a love and curiosity for the subject by developing the essential skills and knowledge that they need to be able to able to understand the subject in depth.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
We follow the White Rose programme, which is a detailed scheme of learning which effectively incorporates fluency, reasoning and problem solving, meeting the expectations of the National Curriculum. The programme is effectively sequenced so as to allow for a clear progression in the skills that children develop as they progress through the school, whilst also promoting a real depth of learning within each topic area.
At St. Luke’s, our expectation is that children of all abilities should be challenged through being offered a range of rich and sophisticated problems, which deepens their understanding of a concept, before acceleration through new content. The White Rose programme promotes the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract representations for children of all abilities, and of all ages, which we believe supports the accessibility of the curriculum for the vast majority of children.
Over time, through this high quality mathematics teaching, we aim to develop happy and resilient mathematicians, who are independent thinkers that relish the challenges of the subject.
As a Church of England primary school, Religious Education is at the heart of our curriculum. Through delivering a high quality R.E curriculum we equip our pupils to have an in depth experience and knowledge of Christianity as a living faith. Our pupils understand that Christianity has shaped British culture and heritage whilst also exploring and learning about other religions and world views. We believe that as well as children learning about different religions and world views they should also learn to question their own beliefs and those of others, make links between Christianity and other religions and understand they are a valued and active part of a local, national and worldwide community. By giving children the opportunity to reflect upon their own beliefs and understand and empathise with the beliefs of others we aim to foster a love for the world we live in and an openness to learning for our pupils, represented by our school motto of ‘Hearts overflowing with Truth and Love.’ Throughout our RE teaching, we celebrate differences by teaching children about different faiths and cultures. Children are given the time to discuss their own beliefs and respectfully learn about and discuss the beliefs of others. Our R.E. curriculum teaches children to understand that change is a natural part of life, allowing them to develop their resilience. We raise aspirations in R.E. by thinking about how we can lead a good and meaningful life, and how different religions and world views help people to lead a fulfilled life.
At St Luke’s we believe that PSHE is a vital part of children’s education if children are to grow up confident, happy and safe. We have carefully considered the scheme of work chosen to ensure that it links with and supports our ethos and vision at St. Luke’s. The Jigsaw PSHE programme celebrates differences, raises aspirations and develops our pupil’s resilience to change. PSHE explicitly teaches this content, as well as threading this intent throughout all PSHE lessons. Our PSHE curriculum ensures we:
‘foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character that we know are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society… [as well as developing] personal attributes including kindness, integrity, generosity and honesty.’
(RSHE Statutory Guidance, DFE, 2019)
By delivering the Jigsaw scheme of work we know that our pupils are equipped with the skills needed to not only navigate but flourish in our modern world, so they are able to live by our school’s Christian vision, ‘Hearts overflowing with truth and love’.
An amendment to the Children and Social Work Act 2017 means that Relationships and Health Education will be statutory subjects from September 2020. Our scheme of work ensures all statutory duties are fulfilled, and we will be delivering this new statutory content through our established PSHE curriculum. Our relationships and PSHE policy is under review - it is in draft pending consultation with governors and parents in the 2nd half of the Spring term.
If you would like more information about the school curriculum, please email the headteacher who will forward your query onto the appropriate member of staff: