Together we learn, grow and play with Jesus by our side
"Pupils are open minded, inquisitive, happy to learn and unafraid to make mistakes."
Ofsted July 2016
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From September 2014 maintained schools in England were directed to follow the new National Curriculum. The new curriculum includes the same subjects as the previous curriculum with the addition of a Modern Foreign Language.
At St. Boniface we use a number of published schemes to help us deliver the curriculum. In English we use ‘Read Write Inc’ in EYFS and KS1 and ‘Big Writing Adventures’ in KS2. We use ‘Maths Makes Sense’ throughout the school to teach maths. These schemes are all written to conform to the 2014 National Curriculum. Children in KS2 are learning Spanish with Mrs Kilner. Pupils in Y3 learn to play the recorder and pupils in Y4 learn the flute or clarinet. Our RE scheme is called ‘Come and See’ and is taught throughout school. As much as possible we try to teach all subjects within the context of a topic. We use the Cornerstones curriculum to do this.
The Cornerstones Curriculum is based on a four-stage philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express.
At the ‘Engage’ stage, children:
•gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school
•enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences
•get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme
•begin researching and setting enquiry questions
•get lots of opportunities to make observations
•develop spoken language skills
•take part in sensory activities
•have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.
At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:
•improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
•develop and practice their new skills
•compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum
•research their own questions and those set by others
•follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests
•complete homework activities that support their learning.
At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:
•apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts
•solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt
•get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities
•revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.
At the ‘Express’ stage, children:
•become the performers, experts and informers
•share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
•evaluate finished products and processes
•link what they have learnt to where they started
Find out more about Cornerstones here
Religious Education Programme of Study
As a Roman Catholic school, the Religious Education Curriculum at Saint Boniface’s is based upon the guidance given in the Religious Education Curriculum Directory, a document produced by the Bishops of England and Wales. All classes at Saint Boniface’s are taught through the “Come and See” Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme.
Come and See is a programme that has been developed to respond to the needs of children today as they progress upon their faith journey, enabling them to grow in their religious literacy. At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God’s self-revelation of love through Jesus Christ. Come and See gives all children the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through scripture and tradition. The programme supports and enables the faith experience of all children because it starts with their real life experience and leads them to reflect upon and consider the Christian message in all its richness in that experience.
Come and See is developed through three themes which are gradually explored every term, each time at greater depths. These three themes are Church, Sacrament and Christian Living. Each theme is explored through a different topic in each age group. A short explanation of each theme is provided below.
Autumn – My Story: Domestic Church and My Family. To start the year, we begin with my story: within a family. The Church gives each family the title of “Domestic Church”, because it is in their families that parents “by their words and example are the first teachers of faith with regard to their children”.
Spring – Our Story: Local Church and Our Community. After Christmas the children explore the theme of local church, and our parish where people gather together to celebrate and practise care and love for each other. St. Mary’s parish is part of the Salford Diocese, a larger community of all the Christian faithful.
Summer – The Story: Universal Church and the Worldwide Community. The year finishes with the story of the worldwide community; the universal Church. In the Church, God is calling together his people throughout the world.
Autumn – Belonging: We are born into Christ’s life. The theme of Baptism introduces the understanding of being initiated into belonging to the Christian Church during Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2 the children will learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation, where the baptised are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit, the Sacrament of Ordination for the service of the Church and the Sacrament of Marriage, perfecting the human love of wife and husband.
Spring – Relating: God’s love in our lives. The Sacrament of Eucharist is explored. This is the Sacrament of Communion with Christ and the Church. This Sacrament is at the heart of our work in school, since it is at the heart of Christ nourishing his people.
Summer – Inter-Relating: Service to the community. The Sacrament of Reconciliation provides an opportunity to learn about the joy and challenge of relationships and of God’s love and mercy. In Key Stage 2 children will also learn about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which strengthens, forgives and unites the ailing person more closely to Christ.
Autumn – Loving: Celebrating life. This Advent and Christmas theme considers the gift of God’s love in Jesus. Christmas and our preparations celebrate the wonderful gift of Jesus.
Spring – Giving: The cost of life. In the Spring season Lent and Easter are explored. Jesus’ love for humankind shows no limit. Jesus offered his life and gave an example of giving as a way of life.
Summer – Serving in love: Feasts to celebrate. The study of the Ascension and Pentecost completes the Easter story and shows how the gift of the Holy Spirit strengthens the community and enables Christians to give witness to a life of joyful service.
Each term, every one of our classes will be taught three topics, with one topic from each theme of Church, Sacrament and Christian Living.
Every year, children in all classes will spend two weeks looking at World Religions. In his life on earth, Jesus showed a respect for those within and outside his own faith community. We live in a pluralistic country with people of different races, cultures and religions. As part of our fast changing global world, our children will experience communication and travel which will open them up to diversity and challenge. The Roman Catholic Church calls us to be committed to respecting people of other religions and to recognise that God is at work in them.
In the first week of the programme, children in all year groups will be taught Judaism. This is because Christians and Jews have such a common spiritual heritage. In the second week of the programme, children will be taught either Hinduism, Islam or Sikhism. These religions will be taught on a rota basis across the classes in school, so that by the end of your child’s time at St. Boniface’s he/she will have gained knowledge of each of these religions
Education for Personal Relationships (Sex and Relationships Education)
This part of the curriculum is delivered in the second half of the summer term to children from Y1 to Y6. We use a scheme called 'In the Beginning'. It is a specifically Christian scheme that describes relationships within the context of a loving God. The scheme includes booklets for parents which outline the content for each year group and gives ideas for futher discussion. The parent booklets can be downloaded below:
Year 1 In the Beginning
Year 2 God Made Me
Year 3 God the Master Designer
Year 4 God the Caring Protector
At St Boniface we recognise your role as your child’s first educator and we ask you to co-operate in our homework philosophy. We want to instill the desire for learning outside the school day. For this to happen, homework needs to be enjoyable and engaging. We will endeavour to set homework that is relevant to children’s projects in school. However, key skills are vital for progress. Please listen to your children read and talk to them about their books. The following guidance is suggested for daily reading at home:
Early Years 10 minutes
Key Stage 1 15 minutes
Key Stage 2 20 minutes
Practise any spellings and times table tasks with your child,
Children are assessed against the National Curriculum objectives. Assessment judges whether or not pupils are working at a level that is appropriate for their age and it also enables teachers to plan for progression. At St. Boniface's assessment takes place informally during lessons as teaching staff observe pupils learning. It also takes place when teachers mark the work pupils have completed in lessons. More formal assessment takes place three times a year at the end of each term. Teachers may use test materials to support their professional judgement at these times. Statutory assessment takes place at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 in the form of Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs).
Children’s progress is reported to parents in the following ways:ents in a number of ways:
English and Maths programmes for learning
Find out more about Read Write Inc here
Find out more about Maths Makes Sense here