Key Stages 1 & 2

English

The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

The programme of study includes the following areas

  • Spoken Language
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and glossary

The school uses Read Write Inc to develop Key Stage 1 pupils’ knowledge and understanding of phonics. It also uses a variety of reading schemes which are graded according to difficulty, to support pupils until they become ‘free readers’.

Mathematics

The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

The programme of study includes the following areas

  • Number
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

Science

The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

The programme of study includes the following areas

  • Working Scientifically
  • Living Things (Plants, Animals Including Humans, Habitats)
  • Materials and States of Matter
  • Forces and Magnets
  • Seasonal Changes
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Electricity
  • Earth and Space
  • Evolution and Inheritance

Art and Design

The National Curriculum for Art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historic and cultural development of their art forms

The programme of study includes the following areas

  • Design and make products
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques through drawing, painting and sculpture
  • Learn about a range of artists, craft makers and designers
  • Create sketch books in Key Stage 2

Computing

The National Curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

The programme of study includes the following areas

  • Understand what algorithms are
  • Create and debug simple programmes
  • Use technology purposefully with digital content
  • Recognise common uses of information technology
  • Use search technologies
  • Understand computer networks
  • E-Safety

Design and Technology

The National Curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook

The programme of study includes the following areas

  • Design
  • Make
  • Evaluate
  • Technical knowledge
  • Cooking and nutrition

Geography

The National Curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how they provide geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through field work; interpret a range of sources of geographical information and communicate geographical information in a variety of ways

The programme of study includes the following areas

  • Locational knowledge
  • Place knowledge
  • Human and physical geography
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork

History

The National Curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils;

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative from the earliest times to the present day
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world
  • gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms such as empire, civilisation
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence and use them to make connections, draw contrast and analyse trends
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry
  • gain historical prospective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts

The programme of study includes the following areas

  • Changes within living memory
  • Significant events beyond living memory
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past
  • Significant historical events in pupils’ own locality
  • Stone age to Iron age in Britain
  • Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Anglo Saxons and Scots
  • The Viking and Anglo Saxon Struggle for the Kingdom of England
  • A local history study
  • Ancient Greece
  • A non European Society
  • An early civilisation

Music

The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils;

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of genres
  • learn to sing and use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and use technology appropriately
  • understand how music is created, produced and communicated

Physical Education

The National Curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all pupils;

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

Languages (Key Stage 2 Spanish)

The National Curriculum for Languages aims to ensure that all pupils;

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language
  • speak with increasing confidence and fluency
  • can write at varying length for different purposes and audiences using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learned
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in Spanish

Religious Education at St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School

‘Catholic schools are guided in all they do by an important and coherent vision of education. This vision is based on the truth revealed by God about ourselves, our life together in community and our ultimate destiny with God. This gives rise to an educational endeavour centred on the person of Jesus Christ, who is our Way, Truth and Life.’

Joint Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education, Bishops’ Conference, September 2007

St Augustine’s has adopted the ‘Come and See’ Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme

Come and See is developed through three themes based on the Second Vatican Council, which are gradually explored each time at greater depths. They are Church, Sacrament and Christian living.

a) Church

This theme occurs in each season time as follows

Autumn – my story – my family – Domestic Church
Spring – our story – local community – Local Church
Summer – the story – the worldwide community – Universal Church

b) Sacrament

Autumn – belonging – born into Christ’s life – Baptism
Spring –relating – God’s love in our lives – Eucharist
Summer – inter-relating – service to the community – Reconciliation

c) Christian Living

Autumn – loving – celebrating life – Advent Christmas
Spring –giving – the cost of life – Lent and Easter
Summer – serving in love – feasts to celebrate – Pentecost

Each theme is explored through different topics in each age group