Within the inter-related aspects of English – talking, listening, reading, writing – the children communicate in a variety of written forms for various audiences and read with understanding both for pleasure and information.
Our aim is for all pupils to become confident, fluent readers who can write imaginatively using grammatically correct English with correct spelling. The development of neat, fluent handwriting is also important.
Every child receives a broad Mathematics experience, which includes number, algebra, measures, space, shape and data handling. It is important that children know what aspect of Maths to use, and they are given opportunities to use Maths in other areas of the curriculum.
The school follows the National Primary Strategy for Mathematics and encourages the use of mathematical thinking to solve problems.
As a core subject, science occupies a high profile in our school curriculum, and your children will spend time developing scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
They will develop their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to become curious, and answer scientific questions, about the world around them.
Through various topics, they will become equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
During lessons, children at St. Lawrence will be encouraged to use a growing range of scientific, technical language. Our curriculum reflects the importance of using spoken language, to help articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely, and also assist with probing and correcting any misconceptions. Furthermore, pupils will have opportunities to apply age-related mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
Our programmes of work also encourage opportunities for children to learn about significant scientists, who have changed our everyday lives and/or have contributed to the world’s prosperity
“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake
Our Art curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth.
Self-evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught how to be resilient to achieve their goals. The natural environment is our biggest stimuli. The children are often taken outside to draw in the natural light, in the woods and under the trees in our wonderful grounds. . We encourage them to ask questions about what they see and be explorers of the world around them.
At St. Lawrence, we aim to prepare our learners for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever-changing digital world. Knowledge and understanding of ICT is of increasing importance for children’s future both at home and for employment.
Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. These strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during children’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed.
Our intention is that Computing also supports children’s creativity and cross curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school.
Design and Technology gives our children the opportunity to develop skill, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.
Design and Technology is also about providing opportunities for our children to develop their capability. By combining their design and making skills with knowledge and understanding, they learn to create quality products.
D&T is often one of a child’s favourite subjects because children like making decisions for themselves and enjoy doing practical work. They love creating products they can see, touch – and even taste – for themselves. They feel proud to have done so.
At St. Lawrence, we find D&T brings learning to life and can be a motivating context for discovering other subjects such as literacy, mathematics, science, art, PSHE and ICT.
In Geography pupils develop their knowledge of people and places to understand the physical, social and economic forces which shape those places and the lifestyles of the people who live there.
We study local areas/issues and extend these studies into the wider world. The children learn to use maps to locate cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers, seas and oceans. They use atlases, photos and the internet to explore the environment and economics of those countries which they study.
They then use the skills they have developed in literacy, numeracy and ICT to report and record their findings.
History is the study of the past, and its relationship with the present. Our History curriculum aims to deliver an exciting curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more.
As a result of this at St Lawrence we will:
- Increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes.
- Develop and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation, and argument when looking at resources and objects.
- Develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn.
- Develop a sense of identity through learning about the past.
All children in Key Stage 2 receive weekly tuition in French as part of the taught curriculum. A peripatetic language teacher comes into school to support teaching and learning of languages.
We value the diversity of languages that some of our children speak and encourage children to respect and learn from each other. If children are bilingual, please let us know, so we can support the child and family within the school. We are able to access external support and translation services if needed.
Here at St Lawrence CE Primary School, we love Music. We are a school that sings! Every week, pupils take part in whole school singing assemblies. Through the year, we have many performance opportunities: Hymns on the Hill; Church Services and our yearly school production - to name just a few and our assemblies ensure that every pupil gets the opportunity to learn and perform a wide range of repertoire. On top of that, each class gets a dedicated slot with a music professional to lead singing in class.
If that wasn’t enough, every KS2 pupil works with an instrument specialist and receives tuition on how to play a range of instruments every fortnight. If this inspires pupils, they can opt to have one to one and small group lessons with peripatetic teachers provided by Shropshire Music Service. We also have a school choir that takes music to the community through performances in the library, retirement homes and public performances in the town square.
In class, music is taught with a focus on the interrelated dimensions of music. Teachers will often share the music they enjoy to prompt discussions in class. It is also utilised as a part of our creative writing approach in English.
We are fortunate, at St. Lawrence, to have access to some great Physical Education resources and facilities, within school and the local area. We are extremely proud to be in the position to take every child swimming, in a small ability group with a specialist swimming teacher, throughout their time in school.
We aim to make sport accessible to all children by developing their physical skills and providing opportunities to practise skills in a wide range of team sports and individual sporting activities, which lead to regular competitive opportunities with local schools.
All children take part in a competitive fun sports day during the summer term.
A wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities are provided by staff throughout the year.
RE at St Lawrence Primary is an exploration into finding your place in the modern world. From Reception to Year six, children are invited to explore the similarities between Christianity and the world’s major religions; Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Judaism while exploring the philosophical issues and questions that surround us for example “Does science have the answer to everything?”
Using the agreed syllabus, produced by SACRE, children are encouraged to discuss and have independent thought to what they believe in whilst following the St Lawrence Way tenet of ‘showing respect, ‘to each other’s views. A symposium of debate and discussion is encouraged and children are free to express themselves through these events. As Aristotle says “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Each year we celebrate the world’s diverse religions in ‘faith week’ where each class explores, researches and transforms their classroom into a place of worship to educate others.
At St. Lawrence’s, we teach PSHE, Relationships and Health Education in a variety of ways. We have dedicated curriculum time, where the lessons are delivered by teachers, using the scheme of work developed from the PSHE Association’s Primary Toolkit and the ‘Shropshire Respect Yourself: Eat Better, Move More’ RSE programme.
We follow guidance from the PSHE Association to support planning of specific lessons. This is a recommended programme of study by the Department of Education. This planning is tailored to support our children living in our community and lessons are created to suit their needs.
The scheme of work has three core themes, the same for each key stage. Each core theme is divided up into three topic areas:
Core Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing Topic areas:
- Healthy lifestyles
- Keeping safe
- Growing and changing
Core Theme 2: Relationships Topic areas:
- Healthy Relationships
- Feelings and emotions
- Valuing difference
Core Theme 3: Living in the Wider World Topic areas:
- Rights and responsibilities
- Taking care of the environment
- Money matters
Whilst PSHE is split into three separate core themes, in reality there will always be considerable overlap. We feel it is important to provide a spiral programme, where prior learning is revisited, reinforced and extended in age and key stage appropriate contexts.
RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)
The Department for Education defines relationships education as:
‘Teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships and relationships with other peers and adults’.
At St. Lawrence’s, we agree whole-heartedly with this definition and also believe that comprehensive relationship education is designed to help children to develop the skills to recognise and manage healthy relationships online and in the real world. We aim to build self-esteem and encourage exploration of personal identity.
It is about helping children understand and make sense of the world in which they are growing up in; to recognise the differences and similarities between their peers and their families and to understand the fact that every human being is different and has the right to be respected. In addition, we believe comprehensive relationship education helps children to develop their vocabulary and emotional literacy to enable them to talk about and manage their emotions. It helps children build their own support networks and have the confidence to ask for help when they feel unsafe.
The main delivery of RSE is through PSHE, but some aspects are also taught through other subject areas such as science and PE. We use the ‘Shropshire Respect Yourself: Eat Better, Move More’, RSE programme. This teaches children to understand and respect themselves and their bodies as part of a healthy lifestyle approach. The RSE topic has three sections; Choices and Challenges, Changes and Care and Commitment. In year 5 & 6 there is a greater emphasis on the changes that occur in puberty. Year 6 uses the Shropshire RSE Transition Programme.
Pupils are taught about relationships and encouraged to discuss issues. We teach the parts of the body, using the correct terminology, how these work and how we change as we grow. We encourage children to ask for help, providing reassurance that change is part of life’s cycle.