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CURRICULUM Governors' Statement of Curriculum Aims It is the aim of the Governors to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children within the framework of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the National Curriculum preparing them for the opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of adult life and lays the foundation for later stages of their education. In more specific terms the curriculum is intended: To help children realise and understand how God is present in all aspects of their lives. To widen each child's use of language in its written and spoken form and to develop an interest in books and literature, (including poetry). To help children develop their mathematical skills and the ability to use these skills effectively in everyday situations. To develop an interest in science and knowledge of the scientific world we live in and to foster the skills of investigative work in science in other aspects of the curriculum. To help children develop their physical co-ordination and confidence and to introduce them to small-sided games and minor team games. To encourage children to express themselves through music, drama and art and to develop concepts and skills in these areas. To develop a knowledgeable interest in the historical and geographical environment in which they live. To encourage children's responsibility for their own learning by giving them a share in selecting, designing and organising their learning experiences. Policy documents have been, and are being developed by Staff and Governors in order to achieve both these aims and the specific targets of the National Curriculum. All policies are reviewed and revised from time to time. They are always available at school for parents to view and the Headteacher would be happy to discuss any of these policies with interested parents. Religious Education and Worship Our Catholic Faith is: Experienced in relationships in the welcome and acceptance of our School and Parish Community in sharing our experiences Expressed in scripture in Church doctrine and teaching in the lives of Christians Celebrated in liturgy and sacrament in ritual and symbol in prayer Lived Out in service of others in moral responsibility in work for justice in work for peace in respect for all people in dialogue with those of other faiths At. St. Louis we use a scheme of work that has been produced by the diocesan religious education advisor. This aims to give the child a knowledge and experience of Catholic Christian belief and practice appropriate to each age group. Daily Assembly is usually taken by the Headteacher or other staff within the classrooms. Separate assemblies are held in the week for the infants and juniors. Mass is celebrated regularly. Other services, (Harvest, Advent, Christmas, Lenten, Easter and end of term thanksgiving) are held and each class contributes to these. All parents and friends are welcome to attend. The school is part of the Catholic community of St Catharine's, Park Road, Frome. The parish priest is Father O'Brien who makes regular visits to the school. Catholic children are prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Eucharist in Year 3 when they are seven or eight years old. Preparation for the Sacrament is made in the parish on Saturday mornings and parents are asked to contact the parish catechists prior to their childs' preparation which usually begins in the December / January before the children receive the Sacrament in the June. We are very much aware that young children are surrounded by the love and faith of the adults who are significant in their lives. They experience and absorb the faith of others. Homework Home is a means of consolidating and reinforcing skills and understanding. We set a wide variety of tasks for children to complete at home, including practising learning number facts or working on projects although we don’t necessarily believe that more is better. We do believe though that reading at home is particularly beneficial. Special Needs The Deputy Head at the school is responsible for Special Needs she works in close liaison with the class teachers and identify children who have specific learning difficulties and need help. A governor is also responsible for special needs. This help may be of a one- to-one nature, outside the classroom, or in a small group in or out of the classroom. The School works very closely with parents, involving them at a very early stage in the identification of the difficulties their child is encountering. The school also works with other agencies, (Child Health, Speech Therapy, Social Services), if necessary. St. Louis follows the Government's Special Needs Code of Practice. Parent/Teacher Liaison During the school year, parents will have opportunities to discuss their child's work with the class teacher at two Open Evenings. One takes place in the Autumn Term and the other in the Spring Term. The Headteacher is willing to see parents concerning the education and welfare of their child at any reasonable time, whenever possible. However, if lengthy discussion is likely to occur, it is better to make an appointment. Teachers are always happy to see parents, the best time being after school and preferably by appointment. We always value the relationship we have with our parents and we actively encourage parents to help in the classroom. Throughout the year, meetings are held on various aspects of the curriculum when applicable. SEX EDUCATION Sex Education is taught as a part of our Education in Personal Relationships programme and we take care that age and maturity of the children are taken into account. The school acknowledges and supports the Diocesan Policy on Sex Education which states:- "The aim of sex education in the primary years is to meet the particular needs of children as they grow and develop. To do this effectively it is helpful to identify these needs at different levels, i.e. at Infant, lower and top Junior levels. These needs can be identified as:- a) a need for appropriate facts, language and information for an understanding of their own body, its development and that of the opposite sex. b) a need for honesty in answering questions which relate to areas of their own experience. c) a need to develop an understanding of themselves as valuable and worthy of respect. d) a need to develop respect for others." (Diocesan Guidelines on the Provisions and Teaching of Sex Education in Catholic Schools). The school also acknowledges the advice of the Bishop's Conference which recognises that "it is the privilege and responsibility of the family to inform and educate their children in all matters pertaining to human growth and development, particularly the sensitive area of sexual development". Nevertheless, the school recognises that it has an important role to fulfil with regard to personal relationships. If considered appropriate, children will be encouraged to discuss these matters further with their parents and, should it be thought necessary, by the Head who may contact the parents. SAFEGUARDING St Louis Catholic Primary School fully recognises the responsibility it has under Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (2007) and the contribution it can make to protect children and support pupils in school. As a Catholic school community, with Christ at its centre, we seek to bear witness to the Catholic faith, which is the foundation and inspiration of all our efforts. The protection of children is an integral part of the ethos of the school. we strive to create an atmosphere in which children feel secure, their views are valued, and they are encouraged to talk and are listened to. SWIMMING Children in Years 1,2, & 3 go swimming for at least one term per academic year. Parents are asked to make contributions to support this activity. Since it is considered part of the school curriculum, children may only be excused from swimming if a letter is received with a suitable reason. On the advice of the Bath Area Health Authority, children may go swimming if they have a verruca. The school insists however that the verruca is covered. There is always adequate life-saving provision on the pool-side when the children swim.
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