At Holy Family School we follow the revised national curriculum 2014. For information about the national curriculum, please use the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum.
How we teach.
We believe in developing a well-educated child and provide opportunities in all year groups to ensure that children are school-ready, work-ready and life-ready. We provide a challenging, language rich, investigative 21st century skills and knowledge based curriculum. It captures the imagination of our children, stimulates their natural curiosity and creates a love of learning that is life long. Teachers and children choose engaging learning challenges that develop key knowledge and skills linked to National Curriculum. Visits, visitors and hooks for learning are an integral part of this Our planning is child led according to the needs of each class.
Religion is taught daily in accordance with RE Curriculum Directory using a Diocesan approved scheme “Come and See.” Lessons take many different formats, with children’s work being produced as written work, reading comprehension, presentation in ICT, drama and art. Click on this link to see more details about what is being taught this term.
Reading. At Holy Family we aim to promote a genuine love of reading, where children choose to read for pleasure. Phonics and spelling sessions are taught in Foundation Stage and Years 1 and 2 each morning. During these sessions, children learn to recognise and say phonemes (sounds) and learn and write graphemes (letters / combinations of letters) through creative games and activities. (Click here for further detail on how we teach phonics). The skills learnt in Phonics are an essential tool to help children to blend and segment words and therefore develop their reading and writing. In the Junior classes, phonics are taught each week via spelling strategies.
A variety of reading schemes are used throughout the school such as Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Generation X with a view that children will always be able to find a book that is suitable for them. In the Juniors, there is a wider range of general fiction and non-fiction books available to keep eager readers engaged and satisfied. In addition to set reading books, we have a library in school and each classroom has a comfortable and inviting area set aside for children to choose books from. Teachers read to their classes on a daily basis from a variety of genres For further information please see our Curriculum Policy for Reading.
Maths is taught daily in all classes in school with a wide range of group work, individual challenges and maths games.
History, Geography and Science are taught through learning challenges which often have cross curricula links with other subjects. Music is taught by a specialist music teacher throughout the school and in Y4 all children are taught to play the clarinet by a woodwind specialist.
Each class has 2 PE lessons each week and we have a range of visiting specialist coaches who teach classes and provide after school clubs on a term by term basis. In Y3 children a receive a 30 minute swimming lesson each week during the Autumn and Spring terms.
Computing is embedded throughout the curriculum at Holy Family where we have laptops and iPads available for children’s use. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard which enables lessons to be engaging and fun for the children. The school has invested in a number of online resources (e.g. Mathletics, Purple Mash and Learning Clip) for the children to use, some of which can also be accessed at home.
The Oldham Passport to Success is started in Early Years and empowers our children to take risks, be respectful and responsible, develop empathy, make informed choices and importantly develop healthy bodies and minds.
Homework is set each week with activities intended to enhance and extend teaching and learning. Parental support with homework will increase the benefit of these activities for your child.
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