St. Giles Junior School Subject Long Term Plan
In English children develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. This enables them to communicate effectively with others and express themselves creatively, confidently and imaginatively. The children take part in a daily literacy lesson supplemented by additional literacy lessons and Guided Reading. Guided Reading is a structured programme of teaching, guiding and supporting children in developing and enhancing their reading.
For the development of reading and continued reading practice we use the Oxford Reading Tree. This provides material which is suitable for all children from early readers right through to the more confident. The children also have access to our library for independent choices.
We use a scheme for spelling which is closely linked to the National Literacy Word Level objectives and daily handwriting practice to develop a fluid handwriting style.
The school follows the New National Numeracy Curriculum. This is firmly embedded. The children take part in a daily numeracy lesson. Each lesson is carefully planned and differentiated to allow each child to access at their individual learning rate. The children have many opportunities within the numeracy lesson to work mentally, use a variety of practical materials, learn many strategies, record both informally and formally and then apply these skills to questions and real life problems. This helps our children to become logical thinkers, to be able to solve problems and think in more abstract ways and to challenge themselves.
Science is a core subject of the National Curriculum. It gives the children the opportunity to question developing their curiosity about the environment around them. It allows the children to rationalise explanations through experimenting and applying their knowledge and understanding. The children learn how to use subject specific vocabulary effectively and know how to explain how the scientific ideas they study contribute to our changing world.
Children develop their skills in ICT following the units of work from Warwickshire's scheme of work. ICT is also used to enhance all areas of the curriculum. The children have twice weekly timetabled access to the computer suite.
The Foundation Subjects
At St. Giles these subjects enrich our children’s knowledge and understanding about the world around them. We study that which is set in the context of today as well as the past cultures and civilisations and how the past has influenced our lives in its present.
Religious Education is an important part of our school curriculum. It is an opportunity for our children to learn more about themselves and their relationship with others. We follow the Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus for R.E. This reflects that whilst the religious traditions in Britain are in the main Christian, our society is a multicultural one and our lessons do take account of the teaching and practises of other religions.
Personal, Social, Health Education
Health and Sex Education are taught through the Science and Personal Health, Social and Health Education aspects of the curriculum. We always try to ensure that the children’s questions are answered sensitively, with honesty and in an appropriate way for the child’s level of maturity. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from the sex education aspect of the science curriculum if they wish.
In Health Education, children learn about food, nutrition, health and well being.
The aim of Physical Education at St. Giles is to promote in each an enjoyment of healthy exercise.
Games skills are taught in the lower years becoming more specific as the children grow older. We teach the skills needed for games such as Football, Netball, Basketball, Rugby, Hockey, Athletics and Cricket etc. For the children who like to take their skills further there are a range of sporting activities offered after school as extra-curricular clubs and teams. The school likes to participate in local and area sporting events including our Annual Sports Day. All our Year 3 children attend a weekly swimming session at the Bedworth Leisure Centre. Here they are taught the skills needed for water safety, stamina in the water, basic skills and the different strokes. We use our minibus to transport the children to the pool.
Each week the children will be given tasks to complete at home. We encourage our children to take on the responsibility of completing and returning the homework independently.
The children have a School Planner into which all homework is written. We ask parents to comment on the homework in the planner and sign to say that the homework has been completed.
Our assemblies take place daily, either as a whole school together or in smaller groups. We have very close contact with St. Giles Church and we visit the church regularly for special services. Once a week we hold a Celebration Assembly during which the children share their achievements and by doing this we hope to foster the children's self-esteem and pride in their talents and successes. As a parent if you wish to do so, you may ask for your child to be withdrawn from Collective Worship; please speak with the Head teacher to enable acceptable alternative arrangements to be made.