ChallCurriculum

Key Stages 1 and 2

Art
Our aims in teaching Art are that all children will build upon their natural pleasure in visual communication and see themselves as artists and that they will find a sense of purpose, achievement and fulfillment in artistic expression.

The School holds the prestigious national Arts Council Arts Mark Silver Award, which recognises the very good practice in the School.

Design technology
In this practical subject children are encouraged to devise their own solutions to simple design problems, to make models from their designs, and then to evaluate their work.

Children learn to use a variety of materials and are taught a range of skills and techniques.

Geography

In studying Geography the children learn about the environment and the physical and human forces at work in it.

As the children move through K.S.1 and K.S.2 they learn a range of geographical terms and skills. In Key Stage 1 work is based on the immediate, familiar surroundings, in Key Stage 2 the curriculum includes study units on Liverpool and localities both in our own country and abroad.

History
In History activities are planned to enable children to develop an investigative approach and the children’s active participation in enquiry is promoted. Children have the opportunity to learn about the past from a range of historical sources, a variety of reference books and materials and visits to local museums and places of historical significance.

Information and Communication Technology
All children have access to computers and learn a range of computer skills including word-processing, data handling, modeling and information retrieval. Every class has an interactive whiteboard, projector and wireless internet.
Each key phase has access to a number of laptops within their classrooms.

We have recently supplemented opportunities for the children by the provision of a number of Apple iMac computers within our new ICT Suite. These iMac’s run both the Apple operating system and Windows; thus the children have the opportunity to become familiar with both and the multiple applications that are available.

We are planning to deliver the new ICT Curriculum with the new emphasis on programming and comport science. These provide the capability for children to develop skills in multimedia.

Modern Foreign Language
Reception through to Y2 are taught Spanish in curriculum time.
Y3 through to Y6 are taught French in curriculum time.
Children have the opportunity to learn Spanish in After School and Lunchtime Clubs.

Music
Music is a practical subject and pupils are actively involved in performing, improvising, composing, listening to and appraising music from a range of historical and cultural origins. Regular contact with and engagement in activities such as movement, singing, instrumental playing, creating and hearing music allow a progressive acquisition of the skills, knowledge and understanding of musical elements.
This is further supported by performances and workshops by professional musicians.
All Year 4 pupils currently take part in the national Wider Opportunities Project, where every Y4 child receives an instrument and weekly lessons for one year at no cost to parents. This is funded by the school’s General Budget.

Class music is complemented by a range of extra-curricular activities, generally at Key Stage 2. These include choir and instrumental ensembles which are offered free. A charge is made for tuition on orchestral instruments (currently flute, clarinet, and saxophone), which is available to pupils in Years 5 – 6 working with peripatetic music teachers.

Children from Years 4 and 5 may also take part in an extra-curricular Music Drama Club (BEAP) which is paid for by parents of participating children.

Physical Education
The school’s P.E. programme of work covers all aspects of the subject prescribed in the National Curriculum. Children must have the correct clothing for P.E. and games. Regular reminders as to when these are needed are sent home to parents.

The P.E. is inclusive to all children and aimed at providing opportunities to enjoy and progress irrespective of ability. In addition we are able to select children for representative teams in several sports.

Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 also receive swimming lessons.

Children in both KS1 and KS2 are offered opportunities to take part in a wide range of afterschool P.E. and Games activities, including: football, cricket, rounders, badminton, indoor athletics, athletics, gymnastics, multi-sports, tri-golf, gymnastics, judo, fencing and dance.

The School has achieved the National Healthy Schools Standard and the national Active Mark Award in recognition of the very good curricular and extra-curricular P.E. activities offered to our children.

PSHE
The schools PSHE curriculum reflects national expectations and supports all of our children with respect to their physical, emotional and social development.

It also promotes their understanding of their rights and responsibilities as members of a wide range of communities.

The school has achieved the National Healthy School Award in recognition of its PSHE provision.

Religious Education
As a Catholic School special emphasis is placed on the religious and moral education of our children. In addition to teaching the official Archdiocesan syllabus ‘Come and See’, the school works to create an atmosphere of Christian fellowship in which the children grow up to respect and care for others, and to model their behaviour on the example of Christ.

There are close links between the School and the Parish, and the School is seen as an integral part of the Parish community.

The school’s sex and relationship education programme uses the Archdiocese ‘All that I Am’ programme.