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History

Children are introduced to the concept of history when they first begin their school life through sequencing events, exploring their immediate past and through stories. Their experience in history continues throughout the school and children will use artefacts, videos, school visits and research of primary and secondary sources to enable them to form a 'sense of the past'. All children need to know and understand the history of the British Isles and the influence they have had on the wider world.

Particular historical periods studied will include changes in Britain from the Stoneage to Iron Age, the Roman Empire, settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots, Ancient Greece, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, early civilisations, local history and European society.

Below a Year 5 group participate in a "Victorian day"  dressing as the Victorians did and experiencing life in a Victorian classroom.

children in victorian dress

Computing

Computing, including the skills of word processing, data handling, programming, coding and Internet safety are used throughout the school in many areas of the curriculum.

Every classroom has the use of an interactive white board, visualiser and camera to enhance learning opportunities.  We also have a whole school Computing suite and iPads in each base, both of which are used regularly by the children to enhance their learning across all areas of the curriculum.

children in computer suite 

Pictured above, our Computing suite. 

PSHE

We aim to prepare our children for life as well as for learning. Through learning about several PSHE topics including New Beginnings, Getting on and falling out, Say no to bullying, Going for goals, Good to be me, Relationships and Changes. As the children progress through the school, they will develop the skills learnt during these topics. A few examples of the skills that we aim to improve are working together, managing and understanding feelings, making choices, developing an understanding of financial capabilities and social skills

Geography

The children will learn about the local environment and other parts of the United Kingdom as well as other countries.

They will learn about the effect man and natural disasters have had on the landscape and the importance of caring for the environment.

 

geography display board

As the children progress through the school, they will develop their geographical skills including using and understanding maps.

Science

The children learn about a wide range of science topics including: Sound, Forces, Plants, Materials, Animals including humans, Electricity, Earth and space, Evolution and Light and dark. Throughout the Science curriculum children will be encouraged to think 'Scientifically;'  to ask questions, make observations, devise tests, record  results, draw conclusions and identify and classify in a range of contexts.

children working

Design Technology

Children will learn about the design process involved in creating a product, from the research and planning stage, through to manufacturing, packaging design and evaluation of an end product. Through KS1 and 2, children will be involved in an exciting variety of projects, building their skills in using different materials, tools and construction techniques, such as creating  Tudor purses, designing models with moving parts and building bridges.

Modern Foreign Languages

Why learn a language ?

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞ -  Nelson Mandela

At St Paul's, we focus on teaching French as a spoken language whilst also introducing the written word.

All classes in KS2 have a French lesson once a week, taught by a specialist MFL teacher.  Children in EYFS and KS1 are taught through a variety of short activities, for example, songs, rhymes and counting, throughout the week by the class teacher.

 

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Art & Design

Children are encouraged to use a wide range of mediums - paint, inks, charcoal, fabrics, clay etc. combined with tools suited to the task.

Opportunities for imaginative and creative art, portraits, posters, photography and observation within the classroom and further a field will arise throughout the curriculum and in work related to class outings and school journeys. Children observe and discuss the work of famous artists and sculptors and visit exhibitions, museums and churches.

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eligious Education

Religious Education is offered to all pupils in accordance with the Diocesan Guidelines for RE (2015), which outlines that RE in Church schools aims to:

  • enable pupils to encounter Christianity as the religion that shaped British culture and heritage and influences the lives of millions of people today;
  • enable pupils to learn about the other major religions, their impact on culture and politics, art and history, and on the lives of their adherents;
  • develop understanding of religious faith as the search for and expression of truth;
  • contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own faith and beliefs.

Once a week, we have an assembly led by a team member from St Paul’s Church.  Termly services at the church take place for each Base, focussing on our Christian value for that term, and special services for the whole school also take place at Christmas, Easter and Harvest where different year groups lead the service.

Our aim is to foster in our children the growth of moral and spiritual understanding.  We encourage our children to practise the Christian faith with dedicated reflection areas in classrooms, where children have an opportunity to pray or reflect. Here are some examples of reflection areas within the school:

    

 

Along with the celebration of the Christian faith, we encourage children from other faiths to share their own festivals and customs with us. We promote these faiths by encouraging the children to demonstrate the way in which they celebrate these customs.

If parents wish to exercise their right under Section 25 of the Education Act in relation to their child's attendance at religious worship or instruction, they should consult the Headteacher so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Music

We can all join in….

Music lessons take place for one hour, every week, for each class, starting in Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. It is taught through a wide range of practical and creative activities including cross curricular opportunities that foster and promote a holistic approach to learning.

We aim to give each child the opportunity to develop their own musical identity. Music skills, knowledge and understanding, progress through a broad range of methods, encounters and experiences, from the traditional  e.g. Kodaly principles of learning, using relative solfa, hand signs and rhythm syllables to the fostering of self-expression, experimentation, listening, responding, performance and making and creating music.

EYFS and Year 1

Music lessons take place in the main hall where there is room for freedom of movement and self- expression. The lessons are child centred and structured to foster the natural joy of music making that is within every child. The sessions are highly interactive and activities engage all aspects of music in multi-sensory exploration. Carefully chosen props, puppets, instruments and visual prompts all add to the fun of learning and taking part.

Surrey Arts First Access Programme: Descant Recorder

In Year 2 all children are given the opportunity to learn to play the descant recorder.

This is a Surrey Arts initiative that runs in partnership with Charanga Music World, an award winning free digital resource that allows children to continue their learning at home via the Surrey Arts Interactive website. Learning to play the recorder gives purpose and enrichment to developing musical skills through individual and ensemble performances, building on the growing musical skills and understanding, combining all elements of musicality.

Middle and Upper Base

Whilst a range of classroom instruments may be used, the descant recorder continues to be the focus instrument throughout Year 3 and Year 4 as the musical knowledge, skills and understanding increase. Ukulele is introduced alongside the recorder in Year 4  and both instruments continue into Upper Base. The instruments are a musical tool to give ‘hands on’ access and understanding to the music curriculum.

Lunch time music clubs are open to all pupils who would like the chance to develop their skills further. These are free of charge.

 

In Year 5 and 6, there is greater choice of instrumentation and opportunity to develop individual musical ideas as the children increase their confidence and skill. Where appropriate, children are encouraged to include their own instruments within the classroom environment.  

Instrumental Lessons

From Year 3 children may choose to take up private or group lessons with one of our visiting instrumental teachers or join an ensemble group before or after school.

St Paul’s currently offers lessons in piano/keyboard, guitar (classical and rock) bass guitar, ukulele, drums, violin and handbell ringing.

In addition, Major Loxley teaches Cornet Ensemble and Mrs Webb teaches Clarinet Ensemble and flute lessons as part of the school extra-curricular opportunities.  These are free of charge but children are required to have their own instruments.

St. Paul’s School has a limited number of cornets, clarinets and violin available to hire.

Charanga Music World supports home learning across all instruments taught in St Paul’s and more besides! Charanga is available to all pupils regardless of whether they have instrumental lessons or not.

Enrichment/extracurricular opportunities include lunchtime percussion and recorder clubs, the Music Key ensemble group, Handbell Ringers and the new St Paul’s Orchestra, all of which offer performance opportunities within school and in the wider community.

Dedicated music assemblies take place once or twice a term and pupils are encouraged to take part, this helps to develop performance skills, build confidence and inspire each other.  Weekly Music Certificates are awarded in the Friday Celebration assembly to pupils who have shown exceptional effort and achievement.

In addition to the above, St.Paul’s School is an ABRSM Music Medals Partner. Children  playing in extra-curricular ensemble groups are supported through their Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum  Music Medals, should they wish to take part.

Physical Education

We provide an extensive range of physical activities for the children to include Dance, Gymnastics, Invasion Games, Striking and Fielding, Net/Wall games and swimming.

Our aim at St Paul’s is for the children to develop a range of physical skills, to have an understanding of game situations, to show a range of artistic movements and for them to enjoy it.

We encourage self-esteem and help pupils cope with both success and failure.

We promote a positive attitude to PE which we believe will lead to lifelong participation within sport.

Our aims are for the children to be participating in a minimum of at least 2 hours physical exercise per week and encourage a healthy lifestyle

 

Please also visit our Clubs page under Extra Curricular.

Children participate in physical education with a strong emphasis on the learning and application of relevant skills. We have a well-equipped hall with a variety of large and small apparatus and playgrounds and extensive playing fields for outdoor games. Extra curricular activities include football and netball (the school enters teams in local 5 a-side/6 a-side league, rally and cup competitions) Children have the opportunity to compete in cross-country, tennis, athletics, rugby, dance and cricket. The children in Year 3 have swimming lessons at the Ongar Place Pool on a Friday morning.

 

 

 


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