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New Curriculum Launch Notre Dame

Uploaded by Helene Herve on 2016-05-26.

Religious Education  (RE) is at the heart of everything we do at Notre Dame.  We follow the Diocese of Portsmouth scheme "God Matters".  The termly RE newsletter can be downloaded below.

The class teachers' termly curriculum newsletters may be downloaded from the class pages in the "Our Learning School" tab.

The curriculum for schools in Guernsey consists of Religious Education, The National Curriculum (Guernsey), and other subjects such as education for personal relationships. The National Curriculum (Guernsey) has three core subjects

 

English:      The school follows the National Literacy Strategy which ensures both continuity and progression. Every class has a daily English lesson which will cover a range of genres across the course of the school year. Over the term the children will complete word level work: phonics, word recognition, spelling and handwriting sentence level work: grammar, sentence structure and punctuation; and text level work: reading comprehension, writing composition, fiction and non-fiction. Reading and writing objectives are also addressed through all other subject areas and ICT is incorporated into the Literacy curriculum. Children are made aware of their targets and have a clear understanding of what they need to do in order to achieve a higher level. English Speaking Board examinations have been introduced in Years 3 and 5 to extend and develop the Speaking and Listening curriculum in the school.

Children work in groups for phonics according to their ability in the infants and lower junior classes

The daily numeracy lesson provides structured teaching of maths concepts using mental and oral recall, as well as group and whole class teaching using a range of teaching strategies, materials and ICT. Much of our class work is of a practical, investigative nature and opportunities for using and applying mathematics are taken across the curriculum.

Children will be made aware of their personal learning targets for English and targets will be reviewed between teacher and child on a regular basis.

Mathematics:  The school follows the primary framework for numeracy.

The work includes using and applying maths concepts in everyday situations, number work, shape, space, measuring and data handling.

The daily numeracy lesson provides structured teaching of maths concepts using mental and oral recall, as well as group and whole class teaching using a range of teaching strategies, materials and ICT. Much of our class work is of a practical, investigative nature and opportunities for using and applying mathematics are taken across the curriculum.

Children will be made aware of their personal learning targets for Maths and targets will be reviewed between teacher and child on a regular basis.

Maths lessons are taught in ability groups throughout the school.

 


Science:     Learning about the world around us through investigations and problem-solving activities,

 

The other foundation subjects are:

 

Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, French which is taught in Years 5 and 6 and Information and Communication Technology.

 

We are constantly revising our curriculum to find new and exciting ways to engage the children and deliver subjects in a creative way. This is to follow the aims of the Guernsey curriculum and ensure our children are confident individuals, responsible citizens, successful learners and effective contributors.

We have an extensive network of computers available for teaching purposes including lap tops and IPads which can be connected wirelessly anywhere in the buildings.   Every classroom is also equipped with an interactive white board.

The statutory curriculum is extended in many ways which aim to give children a wide range of activities to develop their individual talents and inclinations. For example choirs, reading groups, concert rehearsals and various sports. All these activities take place either after school hours or during the lunch hour.

To develop the children’s vocabulary, comprehension and imagination we must work in partnership to promote a love of books, both reading for pleasure and for reference purposes.     They also make regular class visits to the Guille Allès Library. The children regularly receive project packs of books, posters and other materials from the Schools’ Library Service to support their topics.

Foundation Stage: The curriculum in the Reception year is based on the Foundation Stage Profile, which is a National Curriculum for children, aged 3-5. The Foundation Stage Profile is divided into six areas of learning:

·            Personal, social and emotional development

·            Communication, language and literacy

·            Mathematical development

·            Knowledge and understanding of the world

·            Physical development

·            Creative development

As the children progress through each area of the profile a record is made of their achievement. This is passed to parents in the end of year report, and to Year 1 teachers.

 

Sports

Gymnastics and dance lessons take place in the hall in the lower school building. Junior children use Beau Sejour during the winter months and Cambridge Park in the summer for Games. PE is a compulsory part of the Guernsey Curriculum and all children must take part unless medically unfit. If your child is unfit for PE please send a note to the class teacher. Jewellery must be removed for PE.

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