St Patrick’s is a learning school with an ethos centred on life-long learning. We believe that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone. Our curriculum is a skills based, cross-curricular, creative curriculum providing learning opportunities to promote enjoyment and excellence for all. Our teaching philosophy is based on the knowledge of each child’s progress and current attainment level and follows the Cornerstones framework to further develop knowledge and skills.
The Cornerstones curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
Early Years and the Foundation Stage
At St. Patrick’s we pride ourselves on being able to provide our children with opportunities to learn and develop their foundational skills within the secure, friendly, enabling environment of our Nursery and Reception classes. Staffed by early years experts, our children learn through play both within our two well equipped indoor classrooms and our large shared outdoor learning area. They also access all other areas of the school making the transition from Nursery to full-time school a seamless part of their learning journey.
Children access the Foundation Stage Curriculum which covers seven areas of learning, as outlined in Development Matters ( Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication and Language & Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design, and Understanding the World). In addition there are three Characteristics of Effective Learning: Active Learning, Playing and Exploring, Creating and Thinking Critically. The Cornerstones curriculum provides the learning experiences within which these are met. These include engaging in activities that are both adult led and self-initiated where children explore all seven areas of learning.
Key Stage 1 and 2
Our Catholic ethos permeates the wide ranging, comprehensive Cornerstones Curriculum. Our philosophy to learning is one in which we believe that children learn best through engaging in a thematic approach to leaning. It develops children's ability to apply skills, build resilience and encourage independent learning.
The National Curriculum (2014) at Key Stages 1 and 2 consists of:
In addition we offer a comprehensive PSHCE programme which also includes the Taking Care Project underpinned by our Catholicity. Our RE curriculum follows the Birmingham Diocesan ‘Learning and Growing’ scheme of work.
Throughout the year each year group will cover a range of stimulating Independent Learning Projects (ILP's).
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Nursery||Why do you love me so much?||Why do leaves go crispy?||Why can't I have chocolate for breakfast?||Do dragons exist?||Are eggs alive?||Can we explore it?|
|Reception||Do you want to be friends?||Why do squirrels hide their nuts||Why are carrots orange?||Will you read me a story?||Are eggs alive?||
Why do zebra's have stripes? Are we nearly there yet?
|Year 1||Rio de Vida||Superheroes||Splendid skies||Moon zoom||Paws and claws|
|Year 2||Bounce||Land ahoy||Land ahoy||Muck, mess and mixtures||Street detectives||Towers, tunnels and turrets|
|Year 3||Tremors||Tremors||God's and mortals||Scrumdiddlyumptious||Mighty metals||Flow|
|Year 4||Burps, bottoms and bile||Playlist||Traders and raiders||Misty mountain||Blue abyss||Road trip USA|
|Year 5||Peasants, princesses and pestilants||Stargazers||Alchemy island||Off with your head||Time traveller||Beast creator|
|Year 6||Darwin's delight||Fallen Fields||Frozen kingdom||Hola Mexico||ID||Gallery rebels|
During the Explore stage of the ILP, which comes at the beginning of each new topic, the children are exposed to a launch experience. Through the use of a ‘Knowledge Harvest’ we find out what the children already know, as well as what they want to know; enabling us to ensure that the curriculum we plan is personalised and individual to the children. We then complete each topic reflecting on our new learning.
At the heart of our teaching we strive to enable children to fulfil their potential; to make a valuable contribution to the community; and to prepare them for secondary school and the world of work. We believe the philosophy our Cornerstones curriculum will inspire children to have high aspirations for their futures with the skills and learning attitude to realise their dreams and become the person they are meant to be.
In order for parents to support and engage their children at home they will will receive a' Curricular Overview' and an' Home Learning Project' at the beginning of each exciting Innovative Learning Project (ILP). These are also posted on the class pages of this website.
At St Patrick’s we recognise that reading is not just about being able to say the words on a page, but is made up of many ingredients. It is about developing fluency and comprehension; as well as developing a love and an interest in reading. That is why we maintain a very clear and progressive reading scheme using the range of texts under the Oxford Reading Tree umbrella.
Children receive home reading books once they have been introduced to Phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme in Reception. Within Key Stage 1 (and Key Stage 2 where appropriate) we ensure the reading books are closely matched to the phonics stage each individual is learning, providing them opportunity to embed their phonic knowledge at home. We hold an introduction to phonics meeting at the beginning of each school year which all parents are welcome to attend to support in their own phonic knowledge, as well as giving parents suggestions for activities to help their children at home. We also ensure that all our LSA’s and volunteer readers receive some initial training before hearing children read.
As children progress through the reading scheme we encourage children to read a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction. When children demonstrate consistent skills within their reading, children are able to start to read their own choice of book from home or the library. In these circumstances children are also encouraged to read books from our higher level reading scheme to ensure the breadth and variety of reading continues; as well as developing comprehension through the focussed questions within the books.
Alongside our home reading scheme, children take part in regular guided reading sessions. These are taught through the use of a variety of schemes such as Rapid, Rigby Star, Kings Court and in particular Bug Club.
Bug Club is a great reading resource which the school is fortunate enough to subscribe to. It allows teachers to allocate e-books for children to read online and answer targeted comprehension questions. Children can read many books and receive different points and rewards within their Bug Club home.
St Patrick’s also runs many different events throughout the school year to support and develop a love for reading, some are listed below...
World book day
Reading buddy system
Pictures of some of these events can be found within the ‘Latest News’ and ‘Gallery’ section of this website.
If you want to know more about our exciting and challenging curriculum please contact a senior member of staff within school.
Click here for more information.