Throughout our year groups, St Bartholomew's is clearly focused on the National Curriculum with rigorous attention to the core subjects of Maths, Science, English, ICT and Religious Education.
The foundation subjects are History and Geography, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education, French and PSHE.
St Bartholomew's uses a variety of teaching approaches to create the best possible learning opportunities for all our children. Many curriculum subjects are also supported by experiences beyond the classroom - from theatre or museum outings, to residential field trips.
A description of some of the activities, resources and approaches involved in each of these subject areas is available from the school.
Teaching and Learning
School life at St Bartholomew's is safe and caring, inspiring and exciting! It is a welcoming, vibrant place – offering an innovative and enriched curriculum.
The atmosphere is calm and happy, as our children work hard to develop their learning skills, knowledge, and interests during the course of their school day. St Bartholomew's is especially committed to promoting and rewarding good behaviour so that the children get the very most from their learning and school life can be enjoyed by everyone.
Throughout our year groups, St Bartholomew's is clearly focused on the teaching of skills with rigorous attention to the National Curriculum core subjects of English, Maths, Science, ICT and Religious Education. The foundation subjects are History and Geography, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education, French, and Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE & C).
St Bartholomew's uses a variety of teaching approaches to create the best possible learning opportunities for all our children. Many curriculum subjects are linked by a theme and also supported by experiences beyond the classroom - from theatre or museum outings, to residential field trips.
Children will also meet other cross-curricular work through spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, environmental education, health education and sex and relationships education. They will explore some of the issues involved as appropriate to their age and abilities.
Subjects may be met individually or within carefully planned themes so that particular skills, concepts and knowledge can be developed. Children work with their class teacher for the majority of the time. When appropriate, children may come under the guidance of another teacher or teaching assistant in order for a teaching specialism to be effectively used or specific support to be given. Some teachers exchange classes for specific lessons in order to utilise these skills e.g. PE, Music, RE, Health Education and Relationships and Sex Education.
We use a variety of teaching approaches to offer the best situations for educational development. Decisions are made according to pupil needs, learning intentions and the most effective organisation and teaching methods. Children work individually, in a co-operative group or as a member of the whole class. Children may work in mixed-ability groups or common ability groups depending on the task in hand.
Teachers, pupils and parents share in a process of target setting so that pupils are aware of their own goals for learning and so that parents may give the necessary support and encouragement. These are generally short term targets which once achieved are redefined and shared with the child. Teachers will share personal targets with parents at the regular parents’ evenings. This process gives pupils greater ownership of their own learning.
Relationships and Sex Education
The objective of relationships and sex education is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. RSE will promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils in our school and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Pupils will be encouraged to talk openly and their questions answered appropriately and honestly in a way that respects diversity of cultures and family forms.
We aim to ensure that pupils:
- develop confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships.
- develop their self esteem and sense of responsibility.
- are able to name parts of the body and describe how their bodies work.
- can protect themselves and ask for help and support.
- are prepared for puberty.
Parents of year 6 children are invited to an Information Evening where they are able to view resources that are used, including a DVD. They are also given the opportunity for their child to opt out of this part of the sex education programme (as the law states).