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Curriculum

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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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