St Augustine of Canterbury C of E School
St Augustine of Canterbury C of E School
St Augustine of Canterbury C of E School

Our Curriculum

At St. Augustine of Canterbury CofE Primary School, we recognise that children are individuals.  The curriculum is broad and balanced giving the opportunity for every child to have access to the different areas of the curriculum.

We recognise that each child will be at a different stage of development and hence the curriculum, which is planned by teachers, will reflect the diverse needs of the child.  We develop children's ability to be effective independent learners, and support them in developing higher order thinking skills (see attachment below). 

There are three key stages within Primary Schools. Each key stage refers to a different age range. These are as follows:

            Foundation Stage                    4-5 year olds

            Key stage 1                              5-7 year olds

            Key stage 2                              7-11 year olds

Children in the Foundation Stage learn through the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation stage.

The Foundation Stage Curriculum

Children learn about life through play. They try to make sense of the world by seeing, hearing and feeling. Children naturally explore, and investigate the environment around them.

In our reception class we aim to provide a happy and secure environment with a wide range of activities, materials and experiences. Children playing in such a stimulating environment are learning all the time, under the guidance of trained staff.

In the Foundation Stage we follow the ethos of the main school, which is providing a positive and supportive environment for learning. Our play and learning activities follow the Dept of Education Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage, which provides 7 areas of learning:

These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Creative Development

Each area of learning consists of Early Learning Goals, which can be achieved through smaller steps against ‘Development Matters’ statements.

Children are observed as to their ‘Characteristics of Learning’. These are:

Playing and Exploring - Engagement

Active Learning – Motivation

Creative and Thinking Critically – Thinking

7 AREAS OF LEARNING

Personal, Social and Emotional Development covers:

  • Making relationships
  • Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Physical Development covers:

  • Moving  & Handling:
  • Health and Self-care

Communication and Language covers:

  • Listening and Attention
  • Understanding     
  • Speaking

Literacy covers:

  • Reading and Writing

Mathematics covers:

  • Numbers
  • Shape, Space and Measure

Understanding the World covers:

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design covers:

  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials
  • Being Imaginative

The Prime Areas:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication & Language

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive  Arts & Design

Key Stage One and Two Curriculum

The curriculum followed in Key Stages One and Two continues the good practice of the Foundation Stage through the implementation of ‘The Power of Reading.' Each class has a high quality text to study every half term.  Staff use this text to teach their topics.

Maths is taught by using 'The White Rose document'.  This supports staff to teach maths through topics and to extend their learning through Reasoning and Problem solving questions.

Phonics  At St Augustine of Canterbury we teach phonics using the Read Write Inc. scheme.

Children are taught each sound, and how that sound is written, in a progressive order. As children learn more sounds they are then taught how to blend these sounds together to read and write whole words.  

R.E. is taught using the Rochester syllabus (Scheme of Work)

ICT: At St Augustine, every classroom is networked, and therefore has access to the internet. Hardware, such as interactive whiteboards, plays an important part in inspiring and motivating our pupils.

British Values Through the teaching of PSCHE  (Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education), we seek opportunities to reinforce British Values, through topics such as Anti-Bullying. Our systems promote democracy by seeking the views of parents through questionnaires, and a parent council, pupils, also through questionnaires and a School Parliament and staff, through a variety of Self Evaluation exercises, in order to identify ways to improve.  Our student appointed School Parliament, works with Mrs Brooks in identifying and addressing school improvement initiatives.  For example, the school community has successfully lobbied the council in order to have a school crossing patrol installed on Abbey Road, a notoriously busy road which many families have to cross to get to school.  

Record keeping and assessment

In all three key stages, children’s progress and achievements are recorded across all areas of learning. Ongoing assessment helps ascertain children’s needs and foster continuity of learning.   Children who have met their End of Year Expectations in terms of knowledge, will continue to study them in more depth in order to deepen and broaden their understanding, their thinking skills and their self-regulatory skills (knowing how to learn independently). 

Statutory Assessments

Foundation Stage Assessment takes place whilst they are in the Foundation Stage. Standard Assessment tasks take place at the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2) and Key Stage 2 (year 6).  Teacher Assessments are part of this procedure and form an ongoing part of the teaching process whilst your child is at this school.

Handwriting

The skill of handwriting needs to be taught. It is not a natural skill that will grow and develop like speaking or walking. A movement stored in the body rather than in the conscious memory. Our hands and fingers control the movements involved in handwriting. This controls the direction and shape of each letter.

The handwriting policy at St. Augustine of Canterbury is based on a style that is quick and easy to learn. It should be neat, legible and fast. Children should eventually develop the ability to produce letters without thinking. An automatic style releases the brain to concentrate on other aspects, i.e. spelling, grammar, syntax, style and content.

Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education

Personal and Social Education forms an integral part of our curriculum. It is therefore planned to be taught once a week.  Throughout the school all pupils will be taught according the topics:  Health and well being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.

In addition to this, towards the end of KS2 the class teacher will discuss sex education issues in particular relating to growing and adolescence.  Parents will have the right to withdraw their child.

Religious Education

St. Augustine of Canterbury is a Church of England Primary School and Collective Worship is held on a daily basis. 

These follow the Anglican calendar reflecting the Christian faith. Children will also experience and develop an understanding/knowledge of other faith groups. Within the classroom, religious education lessons are planned by teachers and reflect the school’s RE syllabus.

Pupils are encouraged to develop moral, spiritual, cultural and social dimensions of this subject.  Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship/Religious Education lessons, although it is assumed that if a parent chooses a Church of England school for their child, by doing so, they accept that their child will take part in acts of collective worship. Parents who do wish to withdraw their child should make an appointment to meet with the Head of School.

Swimming

 All year 4 pupils are given the opportunity to go swimming. The children travel by minibus to the Erith Baths.

All year 3 pupils are given the opportunity to learn Djembie Drumming. A trained tutor comes to the school once a week. The children work towards putting on a performance at the end of the year.

Further Details can be found by looking at our class pages on this website, and by contacting the school office.

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