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Curriculum

The curriculum is what will be taught. The government has slimmed these requirements down to enable schools to add areas they feel children need for their development. Follow the links below to see our new curriculum maps for 2019/2020.

 

Curriculum Newsletters for each year group give more information about what your child will be taught each term. These can be found by visiting our Class Pages. Should you require more information on the school curriculum, please make an appointment to see Miss Jones the school Principal.

English

At SS Simon and Jude’s we follow the ‘Read, Write Inc Literacy and Language Programme from Year 2 to Year 6. The aim of the programme is to develop children’s comprehension, writing and spoken language. As part of the English lesson, the children will read a range of different texts which engage all children. Through the special ‘three reads’ approach the children gain a deep understanding of what they read as well as creating articulate speakers where children are able to justify their answers and learn how to debate.

Within Early Years and Year 1 children are exposed to a variety of different books: stories, non-fiction, playscripts, poetry etc. They read and discuss these texts and then use them to produce their own writing.

Mathematics

Learning in maths is enhanced by the use of the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach, with children being allowed to develop and embed skills through fluency tasks and then by using and applying these skills through practical and purposeful problem solving and reasoning activities.

Religious Education

RE is an essential and incredibly important part of the curriculum at SS Simon and Jude and is taught as a discrete subject once a week. Our curriculum covers a range of faiths with a Christian basis. We follow the Manchester agreed syllabus based on the work of the Blackburn Diocese. In Nursery and Reception child led learning allows the children to explore artefacts related to their half term topic, encouraging the children to ask questions and share stories. Across KS1 and KS2, a yearly overview ensures children cover a wide variety of topics and themes which are in turn linked to our Christian values. Lessons throughout school are planned to be engaging and allow the children to openly share their faith.

Foundation Subjects

Here at SS Simon and Jude’s we provide a creative curriculum based around the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which encompasses Science, History, Geography, Art, Technology, Society and International. It is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for personal learning and for International Mindedness. School fundamentally believes that children will be better equipped for life beyond school if they are more globally aware. We define international mindedness as ‘To have an awareness of ourselves and others.’ SS Simon and Jude was also the first state school worldwide to achieve Mastering Level within the International Primary Curriculum.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSHE helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling any of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

At SS Simon and Jude’s we follow Jigsaw, which offers a comprehensive programme for primary PSHE including statutory relationships and health education, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. There is also a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. PHSE lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

Computing

At SS Simon and Jude’s we follow Bolton’s ICT curriculum whereby we aim to develop children’s computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of our computing curriculum is:

  • Computer Science: This teaches children design, logical reasoning, problem solving and resilience which are all valuable skills hat can be used beyond the classroom.
  • Digital Citizenship: Children examine the consequences of their online activity – both good and bad. Through teaching this we thoroughly embed the principles of staying safe online and then move onto web content and how they interact with it.
  • Digital Literacy: The essential component of digital literacy is the deep learning of six core skills i.e. collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, citizenship, character and communication.
  • Information Technology: Through this we teach children how to navigate around a variety of devices, type, save work, find and move files. Children will also understand how to use the internet and the web, use search engines, understand networks and generally be independent users of a range of technologies.

Music

At SS Simon and Jude’s music is provided by Bolton Music Service. All classes from year 1 to year 6 have a 30 minute music lesson per week taught by a music specialist. Each session focuses on a set of skills which has been divided into ‘Acting as a musician’ and ‘Thinking as a musician’, which is then subdivided again.

Acting as a musician

  • Singing, Playing and Performing: Singing and playing a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments are at the heart of the music curriculum and children have regular opportunities to perform musically (both formally e.g. a class performance for parents and informally e.g. for their peers within a lesson)
  • Exploring and Composing: Children are given opportunities to be creative and imaginative. They compose and make choices about their own music. Composition and improvisation activities allow the children to use and develop the skills they have been taught and also encourage collaborative work.

Thinking as a musician

  • Transcribing: As well as learning by ear children learn to use both invented symbols (graphic notation) and standard musical notation when singing, playing and composing.
  • Describing: Children have regular opportunities for listening and responding to music and children then use this to support their composing and performing.

Modern Foreign Languages

At SS Simon and Jude’s all pupils in KS2 are learning French. School uses the Rigolo French Programme and through this programme the children follow the amazing adventures of Jake, Polly and Boff as they discover France through lively interactions and colourful stories.

Physical Education

We believe that sport and PE are extremely important to the physical health and emotional wellbeing of our children. We are dedicated to ensuring our children become more active and engaged in sport and we do this through a fun, varied and competitive PE curriculum and extra curricular sporting activities.