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The Curriculum

**This area is under review due to  curriculum change **

Pupils follow the National Curriculum which provides the opportunity to acquire a broad and balanced range of knowledge, skills and understanding according to their individual needs and academic ability. The actual teaching time, excluding acts of worship, breaks and registration is 23 1/2 hours per week in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two

The National Curriculum comprises:

5 core subjects:

* English

* Mathematics

* Science

* Information and Communication Technology

* Religious Education

 

6 foundation subjects:

* History

* Geography

* Music            

* Design Technology

* Art

* PE

Policies are developed for each subject in the curriculum and parents are welcome to ask for copies. Subject policies are under constant review by the Governing Body

 

Phonics Scheme

The phonics scheme the school follows is 'Jolly Phonics' and our reading scheme is made up of a number of publications (including The Oxford Reading Tree and Project X).

 

The Classroom of the Future

At St Loys we recognise the powerful impact of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in enhancing learning and in making children familiar with modern communications and the internet. Our ICT includes above average provision of computers, video conferencing equipment, scanners and Email. We have video conferences with pupils in other schools, Email exchanges with schools abroad and a school computer club. Our Internet Access policy ensures responsible internet use.

 

Religious Education
St Loys is a Church of England School and we promote a Christian attitude throughout. Time is set aside for daily worship and children take part in services in the Parish Church on major Christian festivals. We work closely with the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education and follow the Northamptonshire Syllabus for Religious Education. Under the 1 988 Education Act children may be exempted from attendance at religious worship and instruction at the parents' request.


Teaching Methods
The School has a flexible approach to its work and employs teaching methods designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2000 and the needs of individual children. Specialist staff are employed when curriculum activities require additional support. Learning Support Assistants provide ancillary help for teachers on a regular basis to complement their work in the classroom.


Homework
Children are provided with the chance to undertake tasks at home in connection with the work they are engaged upon in School. Homework may take the form of completing home-based projects or continuing with aspects of the National Curriculum study that have been started at school.


Special Needs
Our policy is to prevent failure by encouraging a child to work to the best of their ability. This does not mean accepting whatever the child does but uses their work for improvement. Working with a child on a one-to-one basis ensures that the child understands how improvement can be achieved. Any child with a special need is given support at the appropriate time. This applies to children who have learning or behavioural difficulties or children who need extended studies.
The Governors ensure that the Special Needs Coordinator follows the DfE and LA procedure for identifying, assessing and meeting the needs of children with special educational needs.

 

Pupil Premium

The school is committed to working with the parents of pupils who are entitled to Pupil Premium to ensure the very best use and outcomes of spending these funds.


Educational Visits
Visits are arranged which will be of interest to the children and relevant to the curriculum. The School also participates in extra-curricular activities arranged for schools in the Chenderit Secondary School area, including carol, dance and music festivals.
 

Sex Education
The School encourages, through academic and pastoral awareness, the promotion of attitudes, practices and understanding conductive to good health. Sex education is presented in the context of a Christian family life. Parents are consulted prior to the beginning of any sex education courses undertaken by Year 5 and 6 pupils.


Assessment and Recording
Teachers assess children continuously, both informally and formally. For National Curriculum subjects this is in accordance with nationally set levels. Towards the end of the Summer Term all parents will receive a written report, which covers academic progress as well as personal and social development. National Tests at Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6) take place during May each year. The tests are in English, Maths and Science and the tests are fully explained and discussed with parents before the children take them.