St Margaret'sC of E Primary School

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English.

Intent


At St Margaret’s it is our vision that every child will learn to write by being given real and exciting materials and opportunities to challenge and support them.
We will share excellent writing to inspire children to emulate styles and become confident, capable and enthusiastic writers.
We encourage children to read their work for enjoyment, to read it aloud to others and provide opportunities for reflection.
We want children to have an understanding and be able to write for different purposes, and understand that writing can make a real impact. Fortnightly ‘star of the week’ writers will be praised across classes and showcased on class doors.

Through quality first texts children will be inspired to look at WAGOLLs by gathering inspiration and magpieing ideas to use in their own writing.
 

Implementation

  • Pitch and expectations are set accordingly.
  • Pace and planning is purposeful and well-paced.
  • Differentiation, so access is available to all.
  • Environment is stimulating, current and engaging.
  • Expectations are high.
  • Well-being children and staff are happy and safe.

English teaching and Learning is good at our school when:
  • Planning is prepared in advance and reflected upon.
  • Think- pair- share is used to empower children.
  • Instant feedback is given to children.
  • Monitoring and development is ongoing.
  • Focus and support around PP children.
  • Staff CPD is ongoing.
  • Quality texts are used as WAGOLLs.
  • Structure of writing is thought through e.g. Plan-edit-share-peer mark.

Phonics.

Intent

At St Margaret’s Primary School, our vision is to provide a phonics curriculum which allows all children to be provided with a variety of opportunities that develop and extend their phonics skills in and across Reception and Key Stage 1, continuing into Key Stage 2, where necessary. 


Implementation
 
  • Children’s experiences in phonics are consistent between classes.
  • Children use their learning to support work across the curriculum.
  • Children are active.
  • Children make links with the ‘real world’ in relevant lessons.
  • Children are supported to continue their learning at home.


Phonics teaching and learning in our school is good when:

  • Pupils can use phonics to read and write.
  • Staff CPD is up to date with latest guidance and ongoing with quality first teaching.
  • Pupil progress is monitored termly.
  • Responsive planning and children are supported to continue their learning at home.

Reading.

Intent

At St Margaret’s it is our vision that our children will be enthusiastic readers, who have a lifelong love for reading. Every child will have access to high quality texts and be encouraged to explore a range of genres through carefully selected high-quality whole class texts in English lessons and regular access to a well-resourced reading scheme, school library and our local library. Our children will be fluent readers, who can also read for meaning. Opportunities to practise reading skills will be available daily through listening to modelled reading by the class teacher, carefully planned activities focused on developing specific reading skills underpinned by our 10 comprehension skills and reading a minimum of once per fortnight to an adult in school. We will also aim to bring reading to life through partaking in book specific days/afternoons through activities such as: competitions, author visits, world book days and drama.


Implementation
  • Pitch and expectations are set accordingly.
  • Access to well-resourced and high-quality texts.
  • Children ask questions and freely discuss texts.
  • Environment is stimulating, current and engaging.
  • Expectations are high.
  • Children are having fun and are engaged in their learning.
 
Reading teaching and learning in our school is good when:
  • Planning is prepared in advance and reflected upon.
  • Instant feedback is given to children.
  • Monitoring and development is ongoing.
  • Focus and support around PP children.
  • Staff CPD is up-to-date and inline with current good practice.

 

Mathematics.

Intent.

At St. Margaret’s Primary School, every child can achieve in maths and it is our responsibility as teachers to provide the environment and experiences to make this possible.
As teachers, we believe that every child is a capable mathematician with the ability to reason and problem solve. Exploration and discovery are at the heart of our curriculum.
Children will link old and new learning experiences together in order to develop fluency and build a deeper understanding of their maths.
Opportunities for reasoning, explanation and clarification are provided through talk and tasks. High quality dialogue within the classroom will make sure our children are challenging their own thoughts with those around them whilst broadening their knowledge and understanding.
We endeavour that every child will leave St Margaret’s Primary School, with an “I can solve anything” attitude.

 

Implementation

  • Expectations are set following the ethos: ‘Everybody can learn maths to the higher level'.
  • Teaching uses a ‘Concrete – Pictorial-Abstract' approach.
  • Lessons are carefully planned and structured to allow all children to learn and achieve.
  • 'Maths No problem’ is used to support the ‘small-step’ approach and highlight links between concepts and operations.
  • We endeavour that everybody achieves the ‘core task’.
  • Support is given before, during or after lessons to enable all children to achieve and understand.
  • Children that rapidly grasp and complete tasks are provided with a range of ‘richer tasks (e.g. Maths Hub)' to develop and demonstrate their deeper understanding.
 

Maths teaching and learning in our school is good when…

  • Pupils can explain their understanding through reasoning and problem solving.
  • Staff have ongoing CPD and monitoring has taken place.
  • Curriculum is well planned and sequenced.
  • Children self and peer assess and mark their own work.
 

Science.

Intent

At St Margaret’s Primary School, our vision is to provide a Science curriculum which enables children to explore and develop a deeper understanding of the world we live in. To achieve this, we advocate practical hands-on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning. Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and become curious, life-long learners. 

Implementation
 

  • Children are having fun and engaged in their learning.
  • Children explore and investigate practically and learn ‘hands-on’.
  • Children ask questions.
  • Children make links with ‘real world’ in relevant lessons.
  • Children understand and know how to use the 5 ‘types of enquiry’.
 

Science teaching and learning in our school is good when:

  • Pupils can explain their understanding through reasoning and problem solving.
  • Staff have ongoing CPD and monitoring has taken place.
  • Curriculum is well planned and sequenced.
  • Children self and peer assess and mark their own work.


Religious Education.

Intent

At St. Margaret’s Church of England Primary School, Religious Education enables children to build their sense of identity and belonging, helping them to flourish within their community and as citizens of a diverse society. The RE curriculum, underpinned by the teaching of Christianity as a living faith and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage, and through teaching understanding of other major world religions and non-religious world views, teaches children to develop respect for others and helps to challenge prejudice. Within our teaching of RE, we seek to encourage empathy, generosity and compassion, prompting children to consider their responsibilities to themselves and others and to explore how they might contribute to their community and the wider world.

 
Implementation
 
  • Children are curious and engaged in their learning.
  • Children feel confident to ask questions to deepen their understanding, and respond with their own views.
  • Children investigate the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views.
  • Children investigate how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose & value.
  • Children investigate how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity.


Religious Education teaching and learning in our school is good when:
 

  • Religious Education is organised in accordance with the Church of England’s Statement of Entitlement for RE and with Believing and Belonging: The Local Agreed Syllabus for Leeds 2019.
  • Understanding Christianity, a resource designed to give children a cohesive understanding of the Christian faith is incorporated into our Long Term Plan.
  • Opportunities for storytelling, learning about special people, books, times, places and objects are evident in the RE curriculum.
  • Opportunities to visit places of worship and to listen to special visitors are evident in the RE curriculum.

PHSE

Intent

At St Margaret’s we believe that PSHE is vital for pupils to learn how to keep safe and healthy in an ever changing world. Through quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons, pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential in all areas of the curriculum, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.

Implementation
 

  • Children are having fun and engaged in their learning.
  • Children and teachers adopt a shared mutual respect.
  • Well planned, structured lessons using You, Me, PSHE scheme.
  • Children have time for reflection.
  • Teachers feel confident to teach PSHE.


PSHE teaching and learning in our school is good when:

  • Ground rules are agreed.
  • Staff are aware of vulnerable pupils.
  • Discussions are managed sensitively.
  • Distancing techniques are used.
  • Questions answered appropriately using 'ask it' boxes.
  • Active and participatory activities.
  • Pre and post assessments are used.
  • Progress is evident.
  • Classroom environment enhances.
  • Work is valued and shared. .

History

Intent

At St Margaret’s we believe in broad and balanced curriculumthat inspires and engages all children.
In history we achieve this through an enquiry approach which encourages children to develop a deeper understanding through independent research. Each session is built around a key question that children research and investigate through a variety of ways including digital media and good quality texts. Children develop enquiry skills along with an understanding of history, which is progressive and sequential throughout their time at school, striving to develop historical skills that are central to their learning and understanding.


Implementation
 
  • Children are having fun and engaged in their learning.
  • Children can explain changes over time.
  • Children show curiosity through asking questions.
  • Children make links between past and present.
  • Can discuss their own local history.

History teaching and learning in our school is good when:
 
  • Well planned lessons and quality first teaching
  • Children self-assess their learning.
  • Children can ask relevant questions showing curiosity of the past.
  • Children can explain their thinking and opinions using a range of sources.
  • Learning is embedded and children can transfer their understanding to different areas of the curriculum – making links.


Geography

Intent

At St Margaret’s we believe that geography is an integral part of the curriculum as it provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. Geography is a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development. The aim of geography is to raise awareness of the world around us. In geography lessons children are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of their locality and the world as a whole.

Implementation

  • Teachers will provide a range of geographical experiences, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Children will foster a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world in which they live and develop a sense of place.
  • Children will develop their geographical vocabulary and a range of skills.
  • Children will become familiar with their own surroundings and extend their interest, knowledge and understanding of contrasting localities in Britain, Europe and the wider world.
  • Children will adopt an enquiring approach to the world around them, developing in their ability to formulate appropriate questions, research, handle data and draw conclusions.
  • Children will appreciate similarity and difference in the world around them, having empathy for the lives of others and respect for others’ beliefs, attitudes and values.
  • Children will develop a simple understanding of environmental sustainability and how they can be actively involved in living as sustainably as possible.

 

Geography teaching and learning is good at our school when:

 
  • Children have an understanding of the impact that they have on their world.
  • Understanding of different geographical language and skills are evident in children's work.
  • Teachers deliver a skills based curriculum that develops and builds on prior understanding.
  • Children show a sense of curiosty and wonder.
  • Monitoring and assessment are regularly used to feedback to children and staff.


PE.


Intent.

At St Margaret’s Primary School, our Vision is to provide a P.E curriculum, which helps create positive relationships with physical activity.To achieve this, we advocate a holistic approach which promotes children’s individual abilities and celebrates their successes. Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children to embrace physical activity as a means of enriching their lives into adulthood.


Implementation
  • Children are having fun and engaged in their learning
  • .Children develop resilience, confidence and independence whilst developing their skillset.
  • Children understand the links between a healthy mind and body.
  • Children consistently have positive experiences.
 

P.E teaching and learning in our school is good when…

  • Pupil can evaluate their own performance.
  • A skills based curriculum.
  • Staff have ongoing CPD and can monitor and evaluate children and teaching.
  • Pupils can self-assess and evaluate their own performance.
  • Pupils can upskill their own performance.


Music

Intent

At St. Margaret’s it is our vision that every child can become a confident singer and musical performer. To achieve this we have teachers who are confident to teach weekly music lessons that are fun and motivating. Alongside this we have a commitment to providing high quality, weekly music lessons by specialist music teachers who provide wider opportunities for all pupils to learn an instrument. We provide brass, strings and woodwind tuition for any child, who wishes to develop their skills further. Music teaching and provision is inclusive to all children including those with SEND. We have a thriving school choir and school orchestra who are well established within the local community, singing and performing at local churches and community events throughout the year. St. Margaret’s is a Champion Music school, we will continually invest in providing the very best music provision for our children to inspire, motivate and create the young musicians of the future.


Implementation

  • Children are having fun and engaged in their learning.
  • Children are given the opportunities to develop confidence to perform as soloists and /or in groups.
  • Children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
  • Singing is embedded into the ethos of our school.
  • Staff are well supported and confident to teach music.


Music teaching and learning in our school is good when:

  • The teaching of music is consistent by following the ‘Charanga’ scheme from YR-Y6.
  • Skill progression is evidenced and assessed.
  • Opportunities for singing are evident across the wider curriculum.
  • Music and singing is inclusive for every child.


Modern Foreign Languages.

Intent

At St Margaret’s Primary School, our vision is to provide an MFL curriculum which enables children to develop their language learning skills and become all-round global citizens. To achieve this, we encourage active participation, to encourage a positive and enthusiastic attitude to MFL learning. Our aim is that through learning French our pupils will develop an awareness of cultural differences as well as extending their language knowledge and become curious, life-long learners.

Implementation

  • Children are having fun and engaged in their learning.
  • Children communicate in a foreign language through a variety of means.
  • Children show curiosity through asking questions.
  • Children make links between English and a foreign language.
  • Children explore the culture of another country.


MFL teaching and learning in our school is good when:
 

  • Pupil can give feedback on their own learning and enjoy learning.
  • Staff are confident in delivering MFL.
  • Curriculum is sequented throughout the year groups, building on prior knowledge and understanding.
  • Monitoring and feedback is given to teachers.
  • Children can self and peer assess their work, evaluating their performance.

Art and DT.

Intent

At St Margaret’s Primary School, our vision is to provide a DT and Art curriculum which enables children to develop their design, making and evaluating skills. To achieve this, we encourage practical and hands on experiences to enhance the children’s learning and engagement. Our aim is that through learning Art and DT children will be creative and be able to make meaningful links with the outside world.

Implementation.

 
  • Children are having fun and engaged in their learning.
  • Art and DT lessons are well planned and structured.
  • Expectations are high in all lessons.
  • Children make links between Art and DT lessons and the outside world.
  • Children develop resilience and confidence in their own creative skills.


DT and Art teaching and learning in our school is good when:

  • Children can express an opinion and evaluate their work and that of others.
  • Children are engaged and enjoying lessons, celebrating their work.
  • Teacher are confident to teach skills at an age appropriate level.
  • Monitoring and feedback take place on a regular basis.