Religious Education is taught in accordance with the doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church.
Religious rites and ceremonies follow the practices of the Church. We show our sense of belonging to the family of God by being aware of problems affecting those less fortunate than ourselves. This is achieved with various fundraising projects for worthy causes. The Religious Education scheme is based on the Diocesan approved “Here I Am”, programmes of study. It aims to lead pupils to a closer relationship with the Father, through studying three main elements: -Life/Creation/Redemption.
In this way the pupil’s knowledge is built up from their immediate family, to the extended family in the world.
Pupils follow a planned programme for daily collective worship either in the classroom or at assembly.
- To help pupils to know God and experience the Christian life of the community
- To build a partnership between home, parish, community and school
- To develop the ways of faith through the whole curriculum and life of the school
- To embrace the whole person and look for a balance between knowledge of doctrine (teaching), response to God (worship), and the personal and social development of the pupil (values)
- To adopt a whole world approach in our awareness of issues of justice and peace and the multicultural nature of our society and faith.
Every aspect of the children’s work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate appropriately and effectively. However, we teach English daily as a discrete subject from Year 1 to Year 6 following the Primary Literacy Framework, with opportunities for Literacy in the Foundation Stage incorporated within the child’s day according to principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Reading is taught initially using two phonics programmes called ‘Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’ before moving onto our reading scheme. The programme is introduced in the Reception class and consolidated throughout Key Stage 1. Opportunities are also given during Key Stage 2 using Letters and Sounds approach for further consolidation of phonics and some pupils undertake specific intervention programmes such as Rapid Reading if they experience difficulties with reading.
Considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. A favourable attitude is encouraged by presenting it in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence.
There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations.
Maths is taught through a daily Numeracy lesson which follows the principles of the Primary Numeracy Framework. In order to develop Mathematical skills some pupils may be set for this Numeracy hour and move either to the year group above for extension as More Able (MA) mathematicians or to the year group below for consolidation of skills. Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year.
The Connected Curriculum is a structured framework of half-termly themed Learning Units for each of our year groups from Reception to Year 6. It covers Foundation subjects and Science and is fully mapped to cover the
National Curriculum requirements whilst ensuring lessons are exciting and creative.
The pupils learn from a variety of interesting and exciting projects which can also link to their literacy and numeracy work.
Please see below for our Connected Curriculum Map.
Physical Education / PE
Pupils have one hour of PE timetabled per week through which we develop the six areas of activity as set out in the National Curriculum – Dance; Games; Gymnastics; Athletics; Outdoor and Adventurous activities; Swimming.
Children are given the opportunity to swim during KS2 and we aim for all pupils leaving the school to be able to swim at least 25m. All pupils also have the opportunity to complete the National Cycling Proficiency scheme in KS2.
Sports taught include football; tag rugby; netball; basket ball; kwik cricket and short tennis, as well as athletics. There are tournaments throughout the year, please see our news page for up to date information on these.
The teaching of music is based upon the fact that it is a creative and social art to be enjoyed. Children have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing, movement and dance and by playing tuned and un-tuned percussion. We employ specialist music teachers to teach music and give pupils in KS2 the opportunity to learn an instrument.
Personal, Social and Health Education / PSHE
At St Ignatius we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class & school councils and fundraising events. Our pupils are given opportunities in PSHE, SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.
We teach PSHE in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, through Core Learning Skills, via assemblies and through other subjects such as RE and Connected Curriculum, as well as through outdoor educational visits.