Areas of Learning
Children follow ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’ scheme of work. They enjoy the creative, practical lessons which motivate and inspire them to discuss and explore a wide range of themes covered within the programmes of study.
In Year Three pupils are supported in the preparation to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communon.
Reading and Phonics
We place the utmost importance on reading and the development of reading skills throughout the whole school. We recognise reading as an essential life skill and promote ‘reading for pleasure and enjoyment’ aiming to stimulate the desire to read in all children. Children follow the Read Write Inc programme and are assessed each half term to track progress and evaluate next steps.
We regularly link reading to our topics, where possible, placing the development of reading skills in a meaningful context and use a range of genres and different types of novels to engage children. There a range of different methods that we currently adopt in order to raise the profile and standards of reading at our school. These include: home/school reading books, visits to the library, story time, topics based on books, celebrating World Book Day and holding book fairs.
We aim to develop pupils’ writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge and promote the enjoyment of writing. We aim to develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation with the correct use of grammar. We aim to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar children use. The writing they do includes narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read already.
We see Mathematics as essential to everyday life. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about and enjoyment of the subject.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply 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.
At St. Clare’s Catholic Primary School, we constantly strive to deliver the highest quality Physical Education, sport and physical activity opportunities for all our children. PE, sport and physical activity are at the heart of our St Clare’s community and support with our learning and development.
At St Clare’s Catholic Primary School we are committed to the Department for Education’s vision for the PE and sport premium funding,
ALL pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport
The funding has been provided to meet the following objective,
To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in our primary school.
At St Clare’s we plan our improvements in PE and sport against the following 5 key indicators,
1) the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
2) the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
3) increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
4) broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
5) increased participation in competitive sport