**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:
* Information and Communication Technology
* Religious Education
6 foundation subjects:
* Design Technology
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
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).
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.
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'
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.