Our curriculum has its origins in the National Curriculum for schools in England. The school offers a full curriculum offer covering all elements of the National Curriculum for the Early Years, KS1 and KS2. The school has quite a strong sporting history and so swimming and other sporting components to the curriculum feature as significant add-ons to curriculum e.g. additional swimming time, fun runs and competition sports through Camden. Strong links have also been established with various arts provision in Camden. Annually a class learns the Ukulele and children participate in Camden Music Festivals, for 10 years the school has linked with the Shakespeare for Schools Project and more recently 2 classes have participated in dance projects run by The Place in Camden. All these links enrich the curriculum with expert knowledge and deepen learning experiences for our children, improving their cultural capital.
As a Voluntary Aided Church School we are inclusive of all members of our local community, we hold our Christian values and traditions close to our mission and core values.
Our Curriculum helps us to achieve our mission statement and ensures that our values, core and Christian, are experienced positively by our children.
Our location sits us directly across the road from our linked Church, St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill. We have a close relationship with the Vicar, Marjorie Brown and her curate, who visit the school regularly, lead our services and plan collective worship and other RE related topics. This link also provides a strong pastoral support for staff, children and families and at times the school has called on the clergy to support members of our community.
The church also offers a very successful Youth Service, our children have access to provision after school on a Friday. We use the expertise and experience of the youth service to enhance our teaching of local issues for our children, areas such as gang and knife culture.
For several years St Paul’s CE School has fund raised and learned about Bowa School in Malawi. Children actively fund raise and undertake exchanges of information about food, where we live, life in London etc. the children who attend Bowa school reciprocate with information about their lives. The charity supporting the project visit at least annually to share images and information about the impact of our works.
This document connects our curriculum to our values, clarifies our expectations of teaching and learning in all subjects, outlines the non-negotiables, key skills and progression within subjects.
Each subject for each year group is supported by an annual curriculum map and half termly medium term planning. These other documents will give more detail on the specifics of skills, progression and topic content.
School Curriculum Maps:
Planning and Assessment
Teachers plan the work of the school yearly, weekly and daily. This planning is detailed and is based on children’s different needs. Teachers are constantly assessing as they ask questions in lessons and look at work in progress. We value this style of assessment during lessons and in marking work as it supports the next steps in children’s learning. We also value assessments where the children are tested against national standards. At the ages of 7 and 11 the children do Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) during the summer term of Years 2 and Year 6.
The results show their level of attainment in English, Mathematics and Science as set against national standards.
Guides to support writing at home
Expectations for the end of the year:
Early Years Foundation Stage Overview
The Reception classroom learning environment is planned around the seven areas of Early Years learning and development:
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development
- Communication & Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts & Design
Children are supported in their development across these seven areas through short carpet sessions, adult led group work and structured play and exploration opportunities.
Children are encouraged to take story books home each day to share with their family and are also introduced to reading scheme books.
In Maths, early mathematical concepts are explored through play, games, stories and songs.
Children are given daily opportunities to express themselves creatively through role-play, art, music and dance. They explore different media such as watercolour painting, printing, pastels, chalk, collage and clay.
As well as free Physical Development for play, we have regular games sessions in the playground and dance and movement sessions in the hall.