The aim at St. Paul's is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding.
We use the National Curriculum and other published frameworks as a guide. However, topics and schemes are adapted to be relevant to the experience of children when possible. We also try to develop the children's understanding of their own learning behaviour and cultural diversity, within a Christian ethos.
In Key Stage 1, we use the Read, Write, Ink scheme for Phonics and to teach reading. Key Stage 1 are taught through play and continuous provision. Children are set learning challenges throughout the week, linked to a topic that allows the children to work independently on tasks that they are interested in and skilled adults move their learning on.
The Power of Reading is used the school and this is having a positive impact on reading and writing across the school. Good quality texts are read with the children. Reading is taught through a variety of approaches including the daily teaching of synthetic phonics. Classes undertake small group guided reading sessions and quality texts are shared with the children. Individual reading takes place and parents and carers are encouraged to support pupils at home. Class reading, at the end of the day, takes place and again good quality texts are used.
At St. Paul's, we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHE and assembly lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives. Our school mission statement and aims encompass all British Values; these have been developed by all stakeholders and are reflected in our schools daily practice and beyond.
We strive to provide a broad and balanced education for all children in our care. We aim to create a happy, caring and stimulating learning environment in which all children can grow in self-esteem to reach their full potential.
In particular we aim, by learning together, to:
- Develop a love of learning and a desire to continue building on skills and knowledge throughout our lives.
- Teach children to think for themselves and develop an enquiring mind by providing a safe and secure environment.
- Encourage emotional development through the support and care shown by others in school. Nurture.
- Encourage mutual respect. Help people to learn to live together in a community, showing sensitivity to the differences between each other. Culturally and morally inclusive.
- Help all children to become responsible independent people who are able to look at and think deeply about the world around them, preparing them for life in modern Britain.
- Widen experiences in order to raise aspirations.
- Involve parents as partners in learning and work together as a team.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, cultural events via music and art, a range of visits and use of outdoor education learning opportunities. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.