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Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School
We believe in an integrated approach to learning, where knowledge and skill are intertwined leading to a holistic understanding of the subjects in the national curriculum. We plan for learning using a topic approach so that a range of subjects can be taught in a coherent way which is cross curricular. This, we believe, makes pupils’ learning meaningful and allows them to put what they learn into practice. We also use specialist weeks to engage pupils’ interest, for example Science week, when visits and visitors are also arranged, and parents are invited to join us in our learning.
We follow the National Curriculum for England provided by the Department for Education.
Please find below links to their site showing the programme of study by subject and academic year.
How can we help at home?
Probably the easiest way to help your child is to read each day. Children should be encouraged to read aloud and read on their own, but being read to is really important, too, so don’t overlook the bedtime story. For younger children beginning to learn to read and write we use a synthetic phonics programme called Letters and Sounds. We know phonics can be confusing to parents so we offer a phonics sessions for parents in the Autumn term. If you missed this or need a refresher don’t hesitate to ask staff. Encourage your child to listen and say sounds. Try to avoid adding the “uh” sound to letters such as “b”, “c” or “d”. Say the shortest sound you can (a short “b” rather than “buh”, a long “mmm” rather than “muh”. Again ask us if you are unsure. Parents often say they are less confident about supporting their child with Maths. Don’t say that Maths is less important or that you weren’t good at Maths at school. Children might believe that this means it’s okay to have lower expectations. Have a look at the Maths Progression grid (see "Assessment" link below) where you can see methods of carrying out addition, subtraction multiplication and division.
Spellings: Daily practise is much more effective than last minute cramming the night before the test. You could ask your child to use the words to write messages or sentences, or play the game where you have to fit it into conversation!
Times Tables: Facts should be known by the end of Year 4 – this means being able to say the answer to a multiplication or division question within five seconds. Again daily practise is more effective than last minute cramming. Practise in the car, walking to school, chanting forward and backwards, singing or skipping along can all help. Sum Dog is a great way to support other Maths learning at home.
In Key Stage 2 a cross curricular approach is also applied to homework. At the beginning of each term a series of homework projects will be given which cover a range of subjects as their base. They can be completed in any order and are intended to promote an interest in and engagement in learning independently.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
French is taught to children from Year 3 onwards we use an interactive teaching programme to assist in the delivery of French lessons. The teaching of French is very active and fun in its approach using song, games, and activities etc., the development of the spoken word is our main focus.
RE is about helping children to understand how people with different beliefs make sense of life, and to have confidence to think through big questions for themselves. We find out what people do in different religions. We learn through shared stories, drama, creativity, study of artefacts, visits and visitors or `virtual’ experiences through ICT.
We need to know how we fit into the world around us, what is important to us and how what we do will make a difference to other people – and to ourselves.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a highly valued subject within the school. It holds a precious place within the schools ethos and is a subject that is delivered carefully in each class every week. The children are very much encouraged and helped to develop the skills necessary to listen to and value the views of others. Throughout the school circle time is used to discuss issues of relevance to the children in a sensitive and caring way. Policies are in place for the teaching of drug and sex education.
SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
Following the announcement in 2017, by the Secretary of State for Education, to make Relationships Education statutory in Primary schools from September 2020, the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) policy including RSE is being reviewed to reflect the changes that are to come. RSE will be found within the PSHE scheme of work/ long term planning under the heading of ‘Changing Me’ and it is also included in the science curriculum. The main resource used will be Jigsaw – The mindful approach to PSHE and other resources such as ‘SEAL’ and ‘Lucinda and Godfrey’ may be used. The RSE content builds children’s self-esteem, enhances their own sense of self regard to their body image, develops caring and healthy relationships and assertiveness skills in keeping themselves valued, safe and respected. Most of the time, RSE will be delivered by the children’s class teacher within the weekly PSHE lesson.
Our school is situated in attractive and extensive well maintained grounds in a small housing estate, Lancaster Park, which is north of the town of Morpeth. The school first opened in 1972 and was formerly known as Wansbeck St Aidan Church of England Aided First School until it was renamed in 2001.Read More of the school welcome page