Like other schools in England, we follow the National Curriculum – it sets out subjects and content which we must teach. Within this, however, there is flexibility so that we can interpret and plan to meet the needs and interests of our children now and for the future. The key aim for all our teaching and learning is to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn, to enjoy and to achieve. Programmes of Study for each Year group and subject
We want our children to be happy, enthusiastic and committed learners.
We encourage and stimulate the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all our pupils. Our curriculum builds on pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences and develops children’s confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.
We want to equip our children with essential skills for learning and living well.
We place great importance on the skills of literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology and problem-solving. We promote skills that help our learners to improve their own learning and performance and that help them to work well with others.
We want everyone in our school community to be happy and healthy.
We place a high priority on developing pupils’ physical skills, self-esteem and emotional well-being. We encourage them to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping themselves and others safe. We promote happy, effective relationships that are based on respect for themselves and for others.
We want to promote our pupils’ sense of identity.
We do this through teaching knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain’s diverse society and of the local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions of pupils’ lives. We want everyone in our school to understand and appreciate their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence our communities.
We want our children to be reflective, expressive, independent and appreciative.
We provide rich and varied contexts for pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills. Doing so enables our pupils to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to make a difference for the better.
We want to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
We promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, in particular, the differences between right and wrong, and that we have rights but also responsibilities. We want everyone in our school to be responsible and caring citizens who make positive contributions to communities.
The Arts & other Subjects
Children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum including the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
An Arts' Week is planned every year and whole school Arts' topics ensure a breadth of skills are taught which show progression.
The school uses the National Curriculum as a base for planning for long term and medium term
Personal, Social and Emotional
Throughout the school, all staff support children in their personal, social, moral, emotional and spiritual needs.
The school has trained Rainbows facilitators and nurture groups are run when required.
The school has a sensory room and chapel which children have access.
In addition, staff teach regular PSCHE lessons and a Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural planning sheet supports the long term planning in order that children experience a range of different 'out of school' activities. For example, theater trips.
Come and See is the scheme of work that is followed in the Diocese of Hallam and although the school has adopted the scheme, we also plan and teach different faiths and lessons linked to the liturgical year.
The school has its own policy for teaching Religious education to make it distinctive from the other core subjects, but with the same rigour and standards.
Collective Worship is integral to the timetable and the school also has its own policy to develop a progression of skills.
The staff are trained in Read, Write Inc, a structured phonics programme for 3-7 years old. This has proven to be very successful. Close monitoring and regular assessments are undertaken to ensure the standard of teaching and learning phonics remains outstanding.
In Key Stage 2, pupils are supported using a one to one intervention programme called 'Toe by Toe' which is a daily lesson concentrating on phonics.
Year 6 experience time away from school on residential. The children access outdoor activities and an overnight stay.
As well as this, the school offers different enrichment activities that does change over the year including: Yoga, Street Dance, Arts Club, Football and Multi-Skills.
A daily literacy lesson is taught across the school using The National Curriculum as a guide for planning.
The staff meet the needs of the pupils in their class by careful on- going informative assessments; and plan daily to meet those needs.
Regular work scrutiny, learning walks and staff moderation ensure that standards across the school remain high.
Sports and PE
Sport features highly at St Francis Xavier and we like to encourage pupils to take part in competitions which we are involved in on a regular basis.
The sports' premium is used to employ specialists who not only work with the pupils but supports staff CPD too.
Other KS2 year groups also experience other activities supported by the Sports' Premium funding.
The school has its own calculations policy and uses The National Curriculum and Inspire maths based on the Singapore model of teaching maths, to support planning, in addition to Numicon.
The school has adopted a Mastery approach to deepen maths understanding through application to support pupils in a developing a greater understanding of maths.
(History, Geography, music, art, DT, ICT)
At St Francis Xavier, we have developed a Topic style approach to teaching linking programmes of study together to support this using the 'Cornerstones Curriculum'
The staff planned their own long and medium term plans to ensure that it was meeting our pupils needs.
Links to the local museum help support the teaching of History and Geography.