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St Augustine

Of Canterbury

C of E Primary School

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Our Curriculum

  

 

Curriculum statement - Breadth

 

At St Augustine of Canterbury, we have carefully designed, planned and implemented a curriculum which provides breadth for every pupil.

 

From analysis of pupils’ learning needs, backgrounds and cultures, we have tailored our curriculum to ensure that every child is engaged, inspired and challenged.

 

In order to overcome the main barriers to learning that our children present, we have designed our curriculum to: 

 

  • Increase life experiences
  • Raise aspirations
  • Improve language skills

 

In order to increase life experiences, our curriculum offer is 6 trips a year - this means the children in our school will undertake 42 experiences out of school, throughout their 7 years with us.  Visits are linked to the class topics and are planned to give life experiences that the children can then talk about, write about and relate to when developing their skills and knowledge across a range of areas.

 

We see personal development as a core purpose of the school and opportunities to grow personally and academically are interwoven into all aspects of school life. Every class is named after a ‘fruit of the Spirit’ (Galatians 5:22-23).  So we have:

 

Reception – Joy Class

Year 1 – Faithfulness Class

Year 2- Gentleness Class

Year 3 – Peace Class

Year 4 – Kindness Class

Year 5 – Patience Class

Year 6 – Goodness Class

 

As the children progress through the school, they experience their class name in a variety of ways, with the aim being to develop these within themselves.

 

Every year we hold an Aspirations week so that our children can see new role models and start to think about what they want to aspire to be and achieve in their lives.  This gives our pupils an appreciation of the range of opportunities and possibilities available to them in later life.

 

In order to improve our children’s vocabulary, every opportunity is taken both in and out of school, to extend and enrich children’s understanding of language.  For example, at the start of every new topic we teach our pupils the vocabulary that will be associated with that topic.  We also ensure that we use rich, challenging texts with all children.  Every week, we have a whole school ‘Word of the Week’ which is taught and reinforced in every class at an age appropriate level.

 

Curriculum statement - rich

 

At St Augustine we believe that all children should experience the feeling of success.  We place equal importance on academic development and personal development.    Through our praise and worship assemblies we not only give praise for the academic but also for children demonstrating their British and Christian values. 

 

We work hard as a school to embed our British, Christian and Trinitas learning values:

 

British Values Christian Values Trinitas Learning Values
Rule of Law Forgiveness An inspiring cirriculum
Democracy Endurance Self-regulation
Tolerance and respect Thankfulness Transferable skills
Individual Liverty Trust Quality evaluation 
  Compassion  

 

We believe that all of these values underpin what we do in school and support our pupils to be independent and confident learners.

 

We provide a rich opportunity for children to experience and learn from co-curricular activities through a range of clubs and activities.  Some of these are during school time, the others are either before or after school.  Some clubs are from outside providers and the rest are provided by school staff – mostly on a Thursday after school (Clubs night).

 

Curriculum statement – depth

 

The main aim of our curriculum design is to move children towards a deep level of understanding in every subject area, so that they will be able to use and apply skills and knowledge in different contexts.

 

Our subject leaders ensure that there is progression within all subjects and across the school.  They ensure that our children have opportunities to revisit, practise and repeat learning which is essential to deep learning.

 

As a staff we believe that there should be no glass ceiling on children’s learning and that through mastery learning and depth, all children should achieve progression. 

Through our Trinitas learning values we encourage independence and transferable skills which encourages depth as the children can see where their learning can be adapted and applied. 

 

Our School trips offer

 

Reception

Autumn 2- Trip to the woods

Hall place - How does your garden grow?

Summer 1 - London wetlands - Life cycles of frogs - What lives in a pond session

PSHE activity

Road safety workshop

   

Year 1

Florence nightingale museum - Black History month

Mudchute Farm - Science - Animals including humans. - free session

Hall place toys and games- Topic - changes within Living memory - Toys  

PSHE activity

Road safety workshop

   

Year 2

London Sea Life aquarium - Workshop - KS1 adaptation - commotion in the ocean

St Paul’s Cathedral - Workshop - Shape up

V and A museum - Free Literacy Live - Story writing

PSHE activity

Road safety workshop

   

Year 3

National Gallery - Religion in art

Gudwara - Temple - Sikhism - RE

-British museum - Ancient Egypt - History

PSHE activity

PSHE - one day workshop

   

Year 4

Olympic park - All about the Limehouse cut

London zoo - Science topic - animals including humans - Rainforest explorer session

Museum of London - hands on prehistory - stone age and iron age

PSHE activity

 

E-safety production - Pascale

 

Year 5

Imperial War museum - We were there - ask questions about conflict - History - WW2

Greenwich Planetarium - Science - Earth and Space topic Workshop - Sun, Earth and moon.

Kidzania  - Financial Literacy and independence

PSHE activity

PSHE - one day workshop

   

Year 6

Evolution workshop - Natural HIstory museum - Science - Evolution and inheritance

Shard - Literacy - Shakespeare's sonnets

Kingswood

PSHE activity

Junior Citizen - PSHE link and transition to Secondary School

   

 

 

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