Key Stages 1 and 2
At St Andrew's Primary School we follow the new Primary Curriculum. We seek to deliver stimulating and engaging lessons that cater for all the needs of our learners. We are very much focussed upon improving outcomes for the children at our school in a creative way.
English underpins the whole of the curriculum and as such is an integral part of every other subject area. English lessons should enthuse children with the pleasure and power of using language well, helping them to read, write, speak and listen with fluency and understanding. Since September 2010, the school has been doing ‘Big Writing’ weekly in which children have a time each week for extended writing. Enjoyment of reading, speaking and listening, and writing is further promoted by visits from children’s authors, sessions with the Creation Theatre Company, trips to theatres and visits from lively theatre groups. St Andrew’s has a school library which is well stocked and run by our school librarian.
Mathematics is a vital part of the curriculum: an understanding of basic numbers is considered essential. Our aim is that each child will become confident and competent in dealing with numbers, measurements, data handling, shape and space. We support the development of mathematical understanding through a wide range of teaching strategies. Arithmetic and geometry (though they may not be called that) are introduced in the earliest years, and basic algebra will be introduced towards the end of Key Stage 2. The daily numeracy lesson involves oral work and mental calculations, practical activities, teaching of new concepts, or consolidation and revision of those already begun.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) underpins much of the children’s learning. There is a mixture of taught skills and application of existing knowledge. We aim to foster children’s enjoyment and understanding of information technology and help them approach computer applications with confidence. Most of the IPC topics have a strong ICT focus, with supplementary sessions as needed. As technology does not stand still, this area of the curriculum is constantly under review. We have a large computer suite with excellent display and teaching aids. All classrooms have at least one computer and an interactive whiteboards. The school has 30 lap tops an d32 netbooks. The school has also invested in 30 'Learnpad' tablet computers which are used to support all areas of the curriculum.
Physical Education (PE) is taught for 2 hours each week and children are taught gymnastics, team games, dance and outdoor sports skills, with occasional extra lessons when needed for a topic such as healthy living. St Andrew’s aims to cater for each pupil’s physical abilities and preferences through a balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities. Importance is attached to participation, development of co-ordination, control and awareness of physical capabilities, sportsmanship, knowledge of the rules associated with a range of sports and promoting teamwork. From Year 3 upwards children have the opportunity for swimming lessons. St Andrew’s is part of the Oxford City School Sports Partnership.
A time of Collective Worship is held every day and Religious Education (RE) is taught by the class teacher, following Oxfordshire’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. This agreed syllabus is broad-scope and non-denominational, and states that ‘the principal aim of religious education in schools..is to enable pupils to understand the nature of Hinduism and Judaism are all examined at St Andrew’s , through studying festivals, artefacts and symbols, forms of religious expression, special people, special places and main beliefs. St Andrew’s has strong on-going links with the local parish church of St Andrew’s in Old Headington. The vicar of the church, Father Darren, visits the school every week to take assemblies. The whole school attends St Andrew’s Church for special assemblies at major Christian festivals such as Harvest Festival, Christmas and Raster.
We respect the right of parents to withdraw a child from either Religious Education or Collective Worship and alternative provision will be made available. The school aims to foster the spiritual development of all pupils equally whatever their faith.
Children at St Andrew’s learn French from Year 3 upwards: this is taught through a mixture of language games and taught lessons.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PHSCE) is largely taught through P4C (Philosophy for Children) and the Family Links programme, with supplementary sessions on specific topics such as Sex and Relationship Education when appropriate. PSHCE helps children to establish attitudes and habits of responsibility for their own well being and health. Our school sex education policy is available for parents to read.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of sex education lessons, but not from the relevant parts of science lessons.
In line with the new primary curriculum, we deliver a wide range of different topics that cover all the required outcomes in History and Geography. We look to enhance much of this area of the curriculum with trips and visits that directly support outcomes for our children.