Curriculum Continuity in learning

The school offers to all pupils, throughout their primary years, a broad and balanced curriculum, which promotes progression and continuity in learning, where all children are provided with equal opportunities and equal access to the curriculum.

Education should be a source of wonder and delight, and we take every care to provide for this vital experience in learning.

The children will be equipped with the basic tools of learning and will be encouraged and expected to apply what has been taught. A broad curriculum is one that gives pupils experience of learning in all of the following areas:

We provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. The link shows individual Years but in our setting our Year-groups often work in partnership, eg Years Three and Four.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

We use Read Write Inc. (Ruth Miskin) to teach phonics and Big Reading (Andrell Education) and Big Writing (Andrell Education).

The delivery of children’s learning is a mixture of subject specific lessons, the teaching of skills and cross-curricular Learning Journeys. These cover a range of subject areas, with the local environment being used as a resource for learning. We believe it is vital in children’s education to relate their learning to the world in which they live. This gives it meaning and relevance. We try to create as many special memories as possible for every pupil during their time at Saint Lawrence School.  As quoted in our latest Ofsted Report “teaching throughout the school is usually at least good, and much is outstanding”.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Children solving maths puzzlesSome children do experience learning difficulties or may be in need of extra help, for whatever reason, in order to have equality of access to the curriculum. Our Inclusion Leader acts as the link between parents, staff and support services in order to ensure that needs of all our children are met. The school’s Inclusion Policy sets out in detail our philosophy and practice. Parents will be informed at all stages of the process when their children are involved.

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Charges for School Activities

Children on a raftThe 1988 Education Reform Act includes a section on charging for activities organised by schools such as day visits, swimming and residential weeks.

The section says that there is no obligation on parents to contribute and no pupil should be omitted from the activity because his or her parents were unwilling or unable to contribute.  Parents in receipt of certain benefits may be exempt from paying for board and lodgings; if this applies to you please ask for more information.

However, the section also makes it clear that an activity may not take place if parents are reluctant to support it.

The Governors believe such visits to be valuable, interesting and worthwhile, and the school will continue to organise such visits and ask for voluntary contributions from parents to cover the costs.  However, if there are insufficient parental contributions to cover the cost of a visit then, unfortunately, it will not take place.  Parents in receipt of certain benefits are exempt from paying board and lodgings on residential trips.

See our ‘Policies‘ section on the School Office page to read the Charges for School Activities Policy.

When pupils bring sums of money to school for these activities, it should be in labelled, sealed envelopes (a used one will do) and given directly to the class teacher. Children should not bring spending money to school.