Within the inter-related aspects of English – talking, listening, reading, writing – the children communicate in a variety of written forms for various audiences and read with understanding both for pleasure and information.
Our aim is for all pupils to become confident, fluent readers who can write imaginatively using grammatically correct English with correct spelling. The development of neat, fluent handwriting is also important.
Every child receives a broad Mathematics experience, which includes number, algebra, measures, space, shape and data handling. It is important that children know what aspect of Maths to use, and they are given opportunities to use Maths in other areas of the curriculum.
The school follows the National Primary Strategy for Mathematics and encourages the use of mathematical thinking to solve problems.
As a core subject, science occupies a high profile in our school curriculum, and your children will spend time developing scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
They will develop their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to become curious, and answer scientific questions, about the world around them.
Through various topics, they will become equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
During lessons, children at St. Lawrence will be encouraged to use a growing range of scientific, technical language. Our curriculum reflects the importance of using spoken language, to help articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely, and also assist with probing and correcting any misconceptions. Furthermore, pupils will have opportunities to apply age-related mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
Our programmes of work also encourage opportunities for children to learn about significant scientists, who have changed our everyday lives and/or have contributed to the world’s prosperity
The Arts play a very important role in life at St Lawrence CE Primary school and this is evident throughout the school.
Children are given opportunities to explore and express themselves using a wide variety of tools and media. They are taught to apply artistic techniques used by different artists and are able to produce exceptional pieces of work which are displayed around the school and can be viewed in the school gallery.
At St. Lawrence we use computers and ICT to enhance learning and promote creativity. We discretely teach the core areas of computing: digital literacy, computer science, information technology and e-safety, which runs through all that we do.
We have a bank of laptops and each class has 7 or 8 ipads. We try to equip our children with the skills to use and experiment with new technologies within all areas of the curriculum.
Extra-curricular activities include the running of an animation, coding and digital media club at different times throughout the year.
Design and Technology gives our children the opportunity to develop skill, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.
Design and Technology is also about providing opportunities for our children to develop their capability. By combining their design and making skills with knowledge and understanding, they learn to create quality products.
D&T is often one of a child’s favourite subjects because children like making decisions for themselves and enjoy doing practical work. They love creating products they can see, touch – and even taste – for themselves. They feel proud to have done so.
At St. Lawrence, we find D&T brings learning to life and can be a motivating context for discovering other subjects such as literacy, mathematics, science, art, PSHE and ICT.
In Geography pupils develop their knowledge of people and places to understand the physical, social and economic forces which shape those places and the lifestyles of the people who live there.
We study local areas/issues and extend these studies into the wider world. The children learn to use maps to locate cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers, seas and oceans. They use atlases, photos and the internet to explore the environment and economics of those countries which they study.
They then use the skills they have developed in literacy, numeracy and ICT to report and record their findings.
History is the study of the past and in particular Britain’s history and that of the wider world. From Reception to Year six children will be developing and enquiring mind and gaining the attributes to look at historical sources in a critical way and investigate its provenance and importance.
From the achievements of the Stone Age to exploring the inventions and accomplishments of Medieval Baghdad, the children will develop a sense of chronology and how mankind as evolved. As well as civilisations we will focus on historical events and the lives and impact of famous historic individuals. At St Lawrence we encourage the use of History in all subjects to encapsulate its importance in modern life for as Martin Luther King JR said “We are not the makers of history, we are made by history.”
All children in Key Stage 2 receive weekly tuition in French as part of the taught curriculum. A peripatetic language teacher comes into school to support teaching and learning of languages.
We value the diversity of languages that some of our children speak and encourage children to respect and learn from each other. If children are bilingual, please let us know, so we can support the child and family within the school. We are able to access external support and translation services if needed.
Here at St Lawrence CE Primary School, we love Music. We are a school that sings! Every week, pupils take part in whole school singing assemblies. Through the year, we have many performance opportunities: Hymns on the Hill; Church Services and our yearly school production - to name just a few and our assemblies ensure that every pupil gets the opportunity to learn and perform a wide range of repertoire. On top of that, each class gets a dedicated slot with a music professional to lead singing in class.
If that wasn’t enough, every KS2 pupil works with an instrument specialist and receives tuition on how to play a range of instruments every fortnight. If this inspires pupils, they can opt to have one to one and small group lessons with peripatetic teachers provided by Shropshire Music Service. We also have a school choir that takes music to the community through performances in the library, retirement homes and public performances in the town square.
In class, music is taught with a focus on the interrelated dimensions of music. Teachers will often share the music they enjoy to prompt discussions in class. It is also utilised as a part of our creative writing approach in English.
We are fortunate, at St. Lawrence, to have access to some great Physical Education resources and facilities, within school and the local area. We are extremely proud to be in the position to take every child swimming, in a small ability group with a specialist swimming teacher, throughout their time in school.
We aim to make sport accessible to all children by developing their physical skills and providing opportunities to practise skills in a wide range of team sports and individual sporting activities, which lead to regular competitive opportunities with local schools.
All children take part in a competitive fun sports day during the summer term.
A wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities are provided by staff throughout the year.
RE at St Lawrence Primary is an exploration into finding your place in the modern world. From Reception to Year six, children are invited to explore the similarities between Christianity and the world’s major religions; Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Judaism while exploring the philosophical issues and questions that surround us for example “Does science have the answer to everything?”
Using the agreed syllabus, produced by SACRE, children are encouraged to discuss and have independent thought to what they believe in whilst following the St Lawrence Way tenet of ‘showing respect, ‘to each other’s views. A symposium of debate and discussion is encouraged and children are free to express themselves through these events. As Aristotle says “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Each year we celebrate the world’s diverse religions in ‘faith week’ where each class explores, researches and transforms their classroom into a place of worship to educate others.
At St. Lawrence C.E. Primary School, we currently deliver the award-winning, quality assured, cross phase Shropshire Respect Yourself Eat Better, Move More, RSE curriculum year 1-5 and the RSE Transition programme year 6&7. Key updates are provided as required. These, in conjunction with E-safety lessons and our updated lessons/resources on sexting and consent, fulfil the proposed curriculum requirements for RSE.
We are going to take the opportunity to review how we ensure our SEND pupils receive differentiated delivery appropriate to their needs. It is anticipated that support and training will be made available to assist us. We will also review our delivery, resources and whole school approach in the context of Shropshire guidance on Transgender and LGBT resources available http://www.healthyshropshire.co.uk PSHE section.
Parental withdrawal from primary Sex Education remains. Our policy outlines this and the process for parents and the role of the head teacher.
In addition, all schools (primary and secondary) will be required to teach health education. We have been advised that the emotional and mental health aspect will be met by delivering the PSHE Association emotional mental health curriculum and we will consider using this in light of DfE requirements. The requirements to meet the physical health curriculum will in part be met from our existing delivery of Respect Yourself: Eat Better, Move More with some additional emphasis on first aid. We will review this in light of confirmed guidance from DfE, in consultation with Shropshire Public Health Curriculum Advisor.
We are aware that Shropshire has updated guidance on the management of drug-related incidents and drug education. We will update our policy and curriculum approach in the light of this guidance and confirmed requirements from the DfE.
Our policies for RSE, Drug Education and PSHE will, therefore, be reviewed and be updated in line with confirmed DfE requirements.
We await notification of the time scale for this.