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Core Curriculum

English

We are passionate about English at St Paul’s! It is taught throughout the school, both as a subject in its own right and across many other areas of the curriculum. The English curriculum involves the key aspects of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We encourage our children to develop their language skills, to be able to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They learn to read and write independently for a variety of different purposes. Teaching the skills of reading and writing is given a very high priority throughout the school.

The children are encouraged to enjoy a wide range of books and other reading materials, in order to develop a love of reading as they progress through their Primary years. We have a large well-stocked school library, with both fiction and non-fiction books available for borrowing. There are also many reading resources available within each classroom. Throughout the school, the children will write stories, letters, poems and factual accounts with increasing emphasis on writing stamina, accurate punctuation, grammar, spelling and attractive presentation.

 

Maths

We believe that mathematics is a fundamental part of every child’s education. 

Our aim is to help every pupil develop as far as possible the knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics which will be required in further study and adult life.

We aim to:

  • Instil a positive attitude and confidence in maths which allows children to express ideas and develop logical thinking through a process of enquiry.
  • Provide a curriculum for every child that progressively extends mathematical skills and knowledge.
  • Provide continuity in the methods of teaching mathematics throughout the school.
  • Provide opportunities for children to apply mathematical skills confidently in real life situations.
  • Promote the development of mental maths skills, reasoning and logical thinking.

Daily Mathematics lessons take place and last between 45 minutes and 1 hour.  These lessons provide opportunities for children to practise and consolidate their new learning.  There is also a focus on the appropriate use of mental and written maths and being able to explain mathematic thinking.  ICT is used to effectively enhance lessons
and a practical approach to maths is taken. 

 

 

 

Mental Maths targets are set by class teachers on a weekly basis and are assessed at the end of this period.

Mathematics is not a stand alone lesson and contributes to many subjects within the primary curriculum.  Opportunities will be sought to draw mathematical experience out of a wide range of activities, allowing children to use and apply their knowledge and skills in other real life contexts.

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