Our Lady and St Philip Neri

Curriculum

Please see each class’ page individually for a link to their Curriculum Maps.

Staff plan and organise the learning for each year group to ensure that there is continuity and progression. Our curriculum planning framework aims to provide a broad, balanced and exciting education set within the context of the National Curriculum.

At Our Lady and St Philip Neri we make every attempt to develop meaningful links between these subjects. Although English and Maths are taught discretely at certain times of the day, they are also taught within a cross curricular context.

Visits and visitors are seen as a vital stimulation for children’s interest and are closely linked with the context for learning.

Each year there is at least one themed curriculum week in which the whole school focuses on a particular area of interest. These have included Cultural events, Book Week and Science.

In the Foundation Stage

Children’s learning is planned, organised and assessed under the following headings:
  1. Personal, social and emotional development
  2. Communication and Language
  3. Literacy
  4. Mathematical development
  5. Knowledge and understanding of the world
  6. Physical development
  7. Expressive Arts and Design
We place a firm emphasis on learning through structured play both indoors and outdoors. The development of children’s social skills such as sharing and turn taking are very important at this stage.

Key Stage One & Key Stage Two

English

The development of children’s language is crucial to their success across the curriculum. We want all children to be excellent communicators, to listen actively and to speak with confidence. Children are helped to develop a love of reading and to become skilful and imaginative writers.

Speaking and listening skills are taught by giving children a range of opportunities and purposes. For example, children work with ‘talk partners’ and participate in a range of drama activities. The National Theatre support the curriculum with the year 6 pupils, whilst the younger years have attended story telling workshops.

Reading

Phonics

Children are given opportunities to write for varied purposes and where possible linked to the main focus for the term. The school has a handwriting policy based on a cursive script. All children are taught to use this from Foundation Stage onwards.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught in a daily lesson based on the National Numeracy Framework. Aspects of Numeracy such as number and algebra, shape, space and measures, handling data and using and applying maths are covered each term. There is an emphasis on developing mental calculation strategies and problem solving activities; which allow children to apply their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts. Wherever possible numeracy teaching reflects everyday experiences. Abacus Evolve is used as to support this area.

Science

Through the teaching of science we encourage an interest in and an understanding of our world. There are four main areas of learning in science comprising scientific enquiry, life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes.

To help children think scientifically we build on their natural curiosity. They are encouraged to explore and investigate by developing their skills of observing, questioning, hypothesising, carrying out fair tests and recording and interpreting findings. The school visits local wildlife areas where children can study plant, pond and animal life at first hand.

The school runs a Science Week every year, where children take part in chemistry experiments, problem solving and design challenges; have guest speakers and roadshows. This helps promote the awe and wonder of science.

Computing

Computing  is concerned with storing, processing and presenting information by electronic means. The junior school has a fully networked, internet – linked computer suite. Both sites have a class set of lap top computers and each class has 9 IPads to use to support learning across the curriculum.

There is an Interactive whiteboard in each classroom. Computing skills are taught discretely, and then opportunities for integrating those skills into all subject areas are provided through our curriculum links.

Our Lady and St Philip Neri has developed its own website which will be used as a resource for the whole school community.

Religious Education

Our faith is at the heart of our school. Religious Education is one of the core subjects at Our Lady and St Philip Neri school. The school follows the Catholic approved The Way, The Truth and The Life scheme of work as well as studying Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. We look to develop a deeper knowledge, understanding and love of the Word Of God, as revealed in the Scriptures and the teaching of the Church.

RE is taught within classes and in assemblies, through attending mass, sacraments of reconciliation and school visits.

Art

In Art children are taught a wide range of skills and techniques with a variety of media. They gain an understanding and appreciation of the art forms and styles from other times and cultures. Art is often linked to other areas of the curriculum. We encourage children to develop their skills of observation and self expression. We try to foster in our children a sense of aesthetic awareness and a critical appreciation of the work of artists. Our children regularly visit local and London art galleries.

Design and Technology (DT)

DT is a practical subject which involves children in designing and making products that have purpose. We aim to encourage children to find solutions to practical problems. Opportunities for learning include picture frames in year three and bridges in year six.

Music

Music is a strength of the school. In Music, children listen to, play and appreciate different forms of music. All children sing, use instruments, make music and perform. We currently have a 60 strong brass band. We offer lessons in trumpet, tuba, recorders, violin, percussion and guitar. We have a  30 strong choir for children in years five and six. Children regularly attend other schools to perform. We hold a Summer Concert and perform at local events, church and for charity. We have a hymn practice at the Infants once a week and at the juniors twice a week.

The Humanities (History and Geography)

Geography

The Geography curriculum is knowledge rich. This means the knowledge the children will gain has been carefully specified, ordered coherently and builds over time, As children work through the geography curriculum they will know more, understand more about the world around them. A good geographical understanding relies on firm foundations of knowledge and skills. The skills our curriculum develops, like the knowledge, are specified and progress over time in complexity and accuracy. The curriculum structure helps pupils to deepen their understanding of physical and human geographical processes, fostering curiosity and fascination for the world we live in.

As the children work through the curriculum they will know more about their local area, the UK, Europe and the World. We build on the children’s geographical knowledge and understanding, allowing the pupils to make meaningful connections and gain an understanding of how our World is connected.

Each year the geography curriculum begins with a ‘Spatial Sense’ unit, that explicitly teaches geographical skills such as how to use an Atlas,  locating places on a map, using keys and symbols, interpreting scale, population data and identifying elevation on a relief map. This unit begins each year and explicitly teaches the children the skills they will need throughout that year in future units.

In Key Stage One fieldwork is undertaken in order to use observational skills in order to study the geography of our school and the surrounding area. In Year Five children will further study the local area and will undertake fieldwork to observe, record and present the human and physical features in the local area and the issues we face. 

In years two, three and four, children will study units of European geography that introduce regions of Europe, climate, trade, industry, physical and contrasting environments. Children will also interpret information in maps, graphs, diagrams and climate graphs and comparisons  made to the UK. This will link in with studies in History say with the Vikings and Science.

Alongside their study of the UK and Europe, children will extend their knowledge to World geography. The children will study each continent and by applying their knowledge and understanding of the globe, longitude and latitude, time zones and hemispheres, children will describe and understand the physical geography of continents and countries including biomes, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. They will consider  a range of human geographical features such as settlements, land use, trade links and resources. In year six, children will study globalisation, sustainability and ecology and to recognise their own role in becoming a responsible global citizen. 

Where possible, children will undertake fieldwork to further their understanding of the subject. 

History

Personal, Social, Health Education (PHSE) and Citizenship

A strong emphasis is placed on developing children’s personal and social skills and promoting safety. This is carried out through aspects of topic work, visiting speakers (for example police liaison officer, school nurse) and through the use of circle time when we encourage children to listen to each other and respect each others points of view. We discuss topics such as smoking, legal and illegal substances and sex education. We answer children’s questions truthfully and openly.

The school has ‘Healthy Schools’ status which reflects our commitment to caring for the environment.

There is an active school council that meets at least 6 times a term. There is an Infant and Junior school council and they meet to discuss changes to the school environment and have in the past helped to design the school play ground, had input on the school dinner menus and have met with other school councils on group based projects.

Physical Education (PE) and Games

PE is an important aspect of school life as it helps to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. PE develops self discipline, self awareness and the ability to work as a member of a team. We aim to give children a varied programme of athletics, dance, gymnastics and team games including football, hockey, netball, cricket and tag rugby. We have a number of visiting coaches who teach the children specific skills.

Children in years three and four have the opportunity to go swimming. There are sports afternoons in the summer term to which parents are invited.