St Teresa’s Curriculum
Children at St. Teresa’s school are taught in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum. We ensure through careful planning that the curriculum offered at St. Teresa’s is broad, balanced and stimulating. We endeavour to stretch the most able and support and
develop the least able.
Class teachers prepare unit/plans of work outlining the curriculum plan for each year group. More detailed planning takes place weekly and daily.
Religious education is an integral part of the curriculum as it permeates all areas of life. The Vatican Council declared that, “Parents must be the first and foremost educators of their children” and we endorse this message. We hope to support and guide parents through our curriculum, which includes prayer, knowledge of our faith, living out our faith values and celebrating God’s love for us.
We use the national scheme ‘Come and See’, which allows children to build up key skills as they progress through school. We are also guided by documentation from the Bishop’s Conference.
Our First Holy Communion programme involves parents, parish catechists, teachers and the parish priest who come together to prepare the children for their reception of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Penance. This programme is focussed on pupils in Year 4.
Mass is celebrated in school on a Thursday morning at 9.30 am and all parents and parishioners are warmly invited. There are opportunities to celebrate mass at St Patrick’s Church throughout the year. Each week a class lead in either a ‘Class Liturgy’ or a ‘Celebration of the Word’. A ‘Class Liturgy’ is an opportunity for parents and family members to be part of a more focused, prayerful liturgy with their child’s key stage. A ‘Celebration of the Word’ is an assembly that celebrates scripture – this is celebrated as a whole school and allows children to celebrate their talents.
During Advent, families are invited to take the ‘travelling crib’ home with them, and during Lent, there is a special bag for children to take home to pray with their families. Y5 children lead an Easter presentation for the school, to which families are invited.
Parents have the right to withdraw children from Collective Worship if they so wish. Please inform the Headteacher.
A literacy hour is implemented each day in St. Teresa’s. At this time teachers focus on teaching the skills of reading and writing. There is an emphasis on shared and guided reading and writing.
The teaching of phonics, high frequency words/spelling, grammar and punctuation are planned for weekly.
Importance is also attached to developing and applying literacy skills across the curriculum e.g. History, Geography, Science, R.E. and Design.click to find out more
Children also have an hourly maths lesson each day. The emphasis is on mental strategies. Children need to explain how they work out problems and need to understand that there is more than one method of doing mathematics.
Children are also taught more informal ways of recording their work. Learning tables, instant recall of number facts and number stories have a very high profile.
Science is a core subject of the National Curriculum and is mainly taught through interesting and relevant science topics.
History & Geography
Teacher assessment is an integral part of our planning. Children at the age of 7 and 11 are engaged in formal statutory tests. Parents will be informed of their child’s test and assessment results at the parent consultation meetings.