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Curriculum

At St Helen's, we aim to provide our children with a broad and balanced curriculum, one which inspires them to become life-long learners.

We have developed a topic style approach to teaching, linking programmes of study together using the 'Cornerstones Curriculum'. History, Geography, Art and DT are taught through the topic. Wherever possible, Science is covered too, but to ensure coverage of all curriculum areas, we have regular Science Weeks and ‘Investigation Days’.

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We use the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work for RE. This scheme is followed throughout the Diocese of Hallam. We also plan and teach different faiths during the year.

Literacy is taught daily and is also linked to our topics. This gives our children plenty of opportunities to write for a purpose and engage them fully in developing their literacy skills. Phonics is taught daily in KS1. We have adopted many of the Read Write Inc. techniques, but we are constantly tailoring the scheme to match the needs of our pupils. We aim to make the sessions fun and interactive to enhance the learning experience for our children.

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We aim to further engage pupils in their learning by taking them on educational visits, again linking to the topic. We appreciate the important role our families play in the education of our pupils, so we try to involve them as much as possible. Family members are invited to join us at Mass, for class assemblies, and also for topic afternoons where they can join their children for an afternoon of fun learning!

 

Maths is taught daily in school. We used the ‘Maths Hub’ as the backbone of our curriculum, adopting their calculation policy and methods for developing the Mastery approach, which is based on children gaining a greater understanding of maths.

PE and sport is important to us at St Helen’s. We like to encourage pupils to take part in sporting events and competitions. Part of the sports premium is used to employ specialists from Active Fusion who not only work with the pupils, but support staff CPD too. We involve all pupils in an ‘Activity Day’ at the EIS in Sheffield every year where they can try sports that wouldn’t normally be covered within the PE curriculum.

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Below are the Long Term Plans where you will find more details about the curriculum coverage for each class. As with anything, please speak to the class teacher if you require any further information.

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Don't forget you can find copies of letters and the term aheads important dates for each school when you click through the parents section of each school.
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