A bit more about our Foundation Subjects
At St.Francis’ we love being immersed in a world of enjoyable, cross-curricular learning. We aim to ignite a love of learning for all and believe that we all have talents and gifts that raise our self esteem, aspirations, confidence and give us enjoyment. We can do anything if we believe we can and our curriculum framework gives us opportunities to follow children’s interests and talents.
”Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”-William Yeats
The National Curriculum for Science places emphasis not only on knowledge, but also on the development of scientific skills. All our science activitities offer opportunities to develop these skills. Our children use success criteria to understand how to work and think like a scientist and we pride ourselves on offering children hands on and exciting science lessons where they can make links with other subjects and the real world! We work outdoors wherever possible to enable children to make sense of the world and we look forward to the arrival of our chickens!
Our science curriculum is not seen in isolation. Opportunities are provided within a cross-curricular framework in order to maximise learning and to transfer knowledge and skills from one area of the curriculum to another. We aim to foster positive attitudes to science by ensuring that work is both enjoyable and relevant. Some topic work will be purely science based in order to focus on specific scientific knowledge.
We will be undertaking a ‘Science and Engineering’ week very soon.
Children need to embrace technology from an early age if they are to make their way successfully in our ever changing and demanding world. By locating state-of-the-art resources in our classrooms, all children have regular, firsthand experience of the wide range of technology that captures, stores and communicates information.
Daily opportunities to use laptops support these aims. Other regularly used digital equipment includes cameras, videos, sound recorders and programmable toys.
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and Citizenship
Through assemblies and class discussions (circle time) children develop a strong sense of community and their place in the community. Children are encouraged to understand their rights and responsibilities. The children are consulted about school rules and they expect them to be followed by their class mates. We always teach and encourage children to reflect upon British Values wherever possible.
Design and Technology
Through our Design and Technology curriculum children produce designs then make simple models, structures or two-dimensional representations of their ideas. Evaluation is seen as an important part of the learning process. Work is usually linked to topics. Children from the Reception class onwards have access to tools that enable them to design and create, using a variety of skills.
Art is a subject in its own right and has specific skills and knowledge, which need to be taught and learnt. Once learnt, these skills can be applied across the curriculum to support work in many other subjects, such as Science, RE, Mathematics, Geography and DT.
Children learn to draw, paint and sculpt as well as design and create aesthetically pleasing objects in two and three dimensions. Pupils learn about the achievements of great artists, designers and craft workers. We give the children the opportunity to use as wide a variety of materials and resources as possible including textiles, clay, chalk, ink, oil pastels, watercolour, poster paints, collage, charcoal, printmaking and mixed media. Our children also have sketch books to gather, collect, experiment and reflect in.We have special Art days, where the children can really explore a topic or artist and use both indoor and outdoor learning experiences, with different scales. We also award an annual Art (and music) trophy for both Key Stages to acknowledge artistic ability and endeavour.
History and Geography
Through topic work children develop a sense of history and of the world beyond their own locality. Teaching is closely linked to children’s experiences and a sense of wonder is developed through the use of artefacts, field trips, visitors and multimedia.
Our PE activities incorporate the development of early games and gymnastics skills. Co-operation and team spirit are encouraged through a variety of activities. Our children compete in a number of extra activities including football, netball, cricket, rounders and athletics. Please see our sports section on our homepage to see our school success and enthusiasm for sporting activities.
All children have an opportunity to take part in singing lessons and are introduced to the work of composers in music lessons and assemblies. Much of the work is again linked to cross-curricular topics, but musical skills are clearly emphasised in each lesson.
We offer brass, violin, woodwind and guitar and piano lessons to pupils from Year 2 upwards. Children from Year 1 also learn to play the recorder and we have an infant band and a junior school band. Our school choir has children from Year 2 and we enjoy performing within our school in weekly assemblies and to the wider public at concerts and festivals. We have a music showcase at the end of the school year and we invite families and our local community in to ‘coffee morning concerts.’
The children are already preparing for our ‘Talent for Charity’ event, which will be held in the Summer Term.
The children enjoy French lessons in our junior classes. Year 5 and 6 had a wonderful day at Longridge High School, where they participated in High School French lessons. We use our own scheme of work.