Curriculum 2017-2018

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St. Richard’s Curriculum Statement

St. Richard’s is committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum from September 2014.

We have updated our school-based schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum.  Teachers have and are receiving training in the key areas of curriculum change and we are ready to provide an outstanding curriculum.

The curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners.  Our curriculum will continue to be exciting and will inspire the children to nurture a passion for learning.  It will be taught in an engaging and stimulating way which will include trips (using our three school mini-buses) to motivate and widen our pupils’ experiences; in school subject specialist days (i.e. Greek and Roman Days); topic based cross-curricular learning to help inspire and motivate; whole school entries to competitions; and will promote the key values and prepare all our pupils for life in modern Britain.

Curriculum Subjects

Religion

Throughout Advent in 2017 the GIFT Team held a weekly prayer group in the Prayer Room. The Jesse Tree is used during Advent to tell the story of the Bible up until the birth of Christ. The GIFT Team shared short stories related to the Jesse Tree and explained the meaning of the various symbols. Each day a symbolic decoration was added to the tree. Children from all year groups attended the prayer group each lunchtime and some classes used the Jesse Tree in their own class collective worships. 

Class 4 enjoyed making ‘The Nativity’ scenes during their art lesson. 

On Friday 15th December 2017 Mrs Kelly and the choir performed ‘Hosanna Rocks’ in church for pupils from school.  All who attended thoroughly enjoyed the performance, thank you Mrs Kelly and the choir for a lovely afternoon. 

In December 2017, Class 13 celebrated the work they had completed with a class assembly.  The children’s new knowledge and understanding of the meaning of expectation and Advent, a time of joyful expectation of Christmas, the Word becoming a human person, Jesus was celebrated through their work. 

Class 11 went to The Prayer Room in December 2017 for a whole class collective worship based on ‘Advent’. In our previous R.E. lesson, we worked in groups and produced prayers, reflections, songs and poems based on the scripture we have been studying. We shared these in our collective worship today. 

The Nursey performed ‘The Nativity’ this year. 

Reception 1 and Reception 2 performed ‘The Nativity’ this year. 

Class 1 performed ‘Born in a Barn’ this year.  There’s a good deal of commotion in a Bethlehem stable when the animals realise that there’s a baby in the barn!  The cows, sheep, pigs, cat and cockerel all learn about their special guest from the donkey that brought the baby along as well as the guests that follow. 

Class 2 performed ‘The Magical Christmas Jigsaw’ this year.  At a bustling market full of the joyful sounds of carol singers and cheeky market sellers, five excited children come across a very special stallholder who gives them a tatty old Christmas jigsaw in return for the promise that they will find time to complete it on Christmas Eve. 

Class 3 performed ‘Children of the World’ this year.  The excited angels await the results of the lucky dip.  They are about to find out which special country they will visit in their mission to discover how children around the world celebrate Christmas.  This is where the adventure begins.  

Class 4 performed ‘Little Donkey’s First Christmas’ this year.  Poor Little Donkey is alone and bored until two tired travellers came along and asked for help.  Little Donkey leads Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem but it has been a rather long time since he has been.  After several wrong turns they make it to Bethlehem where they find a place to stay.  Lots of visitors came and visit Little Donkey. 

The GIFT Team visited St. Peter’s High School for a sharing of Advent ideas in December 2017. The morning was filled with activities relating to Advent and how we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ. We got the opportunity to meet with other GIFT Chaplaincy Teams and share ideas. We then took part in a special Advent mass. 

All Key Stage 2 pupils enjoyed listening to the choir on Friday 1st December in Church where they performed their Advent Service. 

This term in R.E.  in Class 1 we have been learning about being a part of God’s family and baptism. We have spent some time creating prayers and discussing what happens throughout a baptism service. We also spend time singing and praying during our worship lessons. 

Class 5 designed and made their own bookmarks in Religion using quotes from the Bible. 

In Religion, Class 7 is focusing on the topic “Called – Confirmation: a call to witness.” We have been studying David it Chosenand discussing what it means to be called by God. For our last Caritas in Action, we looked at Stewardship and how, as responsible stewards, we must take care of God’s planet and ensure there is enough resources for everyone. 

In our Religion lessons in Class 8 we have been learning Caritas in our community. 

Every month in Class 13 we take part in a class assembly to celebrate all we have learned in our Religion lessons. 

We worked in pairs to produce a leaflet in our RE lessons in Class 9. Inside, we have outlined the different parts of the wedding ceremony and given a short explanation of what happens. 

In Class 10 we have been learning about Remembrance Day and made our own poppies. 

Our second CARITAS afternoon of the year in Class 9 involved us thinking about how we can become good stewards of God’s earth, our common home. More importantly, we began to think about why this is important and gathered a variety of actions that we can begin to take. 

In our Caritas assembly this month we celebrated all we had learned in our Religion lessons.  Year 3 pupils were learning all about Stewardship, how all things are connected.  They learned how to look after God’s world and how to live in harmony with our world.  Year 4 pupils also studied Stewardship and the environment.  They learned about how we must share God’s precious resource of water and about pollution in our local area with a focus on looking after the air we breathe.  Year 5 pupils were learning all about being stewards of the earth and Year 6 pupils were learning about seeing God in creation and writing reflections and prayers to praise God. 

Caritas in Action is a cross-curricular RE scheme of work with the PSHE/Citizenship curriculum to help in the delivery of the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church which is based on our understanding of human life and dignity as people made in the image and likeness of God. Click here to read all about Caritas Caritas in Action

Throughout October, the GIFT Team have been leading a daily prayer group for children across the whole school to celebrate the Month of the Holy Rosary. Each day, we discussed the Mysteries of the Rosary and their significance. Each member of the GIFT Team took it in turns to lead a decade of the Rosary each lunchtime. Lots of children gave up time in their lunch to attend the group, with many children attending the session everyday – thank you! 

Class 2 celebrated Our Lady’s birthday 

In their Religion lessons Class 10 learned all about the gifts God has given us 

Click here to read about Caritas in Action in Class 12 Caritas in Action Class 12

Mrs Sesnan holds a Prayer Group every Thursday morning with pupils 

All our Year 6 children are learning about commitment and vocations in our religion lessons.  The children met with Father Dever who told the children all about his journey in becoming a priest.  Father Dever explained to the children all about his calling, his education and his ordination and his journey to St Richard’s Church.  The children asked Father Dever questions about his role as our Parish Priest and Head of Governors of our school and learned a great deal about his life in our Parish.  Thank you Father Dever. 

Class 13 held their own celebration assembly in class to showcase their Religion work to each other. 

In our Religion lessons in Class 2 we were learning all about how to show love and care to our families 

In Nursery we have been learning all about Divali and made our own diva lamps 

In our Religion lessons in Reception 2 we have been learning how to make the Sign of the Cross 

Class 10 had fun celebrating and showcasing their talents in preparation for their assembly 

In their Religion lessons Class 10 learned all about the gifts God has given us 

A beautiful selection of Religion work from Class 13. 

Literacy

Class 10 were researching how Christmas is celebrated throughout the world and made these lovely posters. 

In Class 2 in our Literacy lesson we have been reading ‘Whatever Next’.  We acted out the story – we had a picnic and went to the moon! 

In Literacy in Class 1, we have been looking at many stories. However, The Gruffalo has been Class 1’s favourite by far! 

Class 7 would like to introduce our new reading buddy “Octo-word”. He will be hanging out above our new reading area this year.

Class 9 visited Whitworth Art Gallery for a storytelling session 

Class 3 have been writing stories using a story board in our literacy lessons. 

In our Nursery we have been learning about Elmer, colour and shape 

In Nursery we have been learning all about Handa’s surprise, Black History Month, our favourite animals and our favourite gruits 

We love writing in our lovely writing area in Reception 2 

This half term in Class 9, we have each written our own unique Ancient Egyptian myth. We learnt about the story of Isis and Osiris and identified the features of a myth. Before long, we were planning our very own narrative. 

Class 5 pupils write all about Mr North’s visit to school. 

Class 5 have been writing fables in their literacy lessons. 

We have been reading ‘The Twits’ in Class 6 and have created our own artwork. 

In Class 8, during our Literacy lessons, we have written postcards from our summer holidays and are working hard on our persuasive writing. 

In our Literacy lessons in Class 11 we wrote a diary entry in the role of an ‘Evacuee’. 

In Class 12, during our Literacy lesson, we created a ‘Battle of Dunkirk’ comic strip. 

Mathematics

In December 2017 our year 6 pupils took part in a Space Measures Mission and rocket launching workshop around school with Mr Riley.  The children worked as part of a team to navigate to control points to answer space themed questions about measuring.  They then, still working as a team, used the credits gained in part one of the workshop to purchase items to build a Rocket launcher.  Pupils had to work out how to get their rocket to fly the maximum distance.  All pupils really enjoyed the workshop! 

In class 1 we have been using cubes and numicon to help with number bonds to 20, addition and subtraction. 

We have been looking at money in Maths in Class 1. Considering how to find the exact amount by counting the coins. 

In Maths, Class 7 has been working on basic multiplication and division facts. We have been using maths games to help reinforce these facts. 

In Class 13 we took our maths lesson outside.  Mrs Toal and Mr Neilson shouted out maths problems and as well as working the answers out mentally the pupils then had to race to the other side of the playground to show the answer using numbered cones.  Maths really is a lot of fun! 

In Class 13, during our Numeracy lesson, we enjoyed a lesson of quick fire maths activities.  We covered a wide range of maths including: quick fire whiteboard work, times tables and extended times tables, multiplication and division of fractions, converting between fractions, decimals and percentages, mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa, finding percentages of amounts, times tables snap, BIDMAS top trumps, fractions matching game and cancelling fractions – Maths is lots of fun! 

In Class 2 in our maths lessons we are learning all about number bonds. 

Class 3 enjoy doing arithmetic and column addition in our numeracy lessons. 

Learning our numbers in Reception 1 

In numeracy in Class 9, we have focused on understanding the number system, the value of digits within different places and written methods for addition and subtraction. We really enjoyed using our knowledge of Roman Numerals to crack a code and figure out who the thief was! 

In Class 5′s numeracy lessons have been learning all about column addition. 

During our Numeracy lessons in Class 8 we have been working on our number bonds, addition and subtraction of large numbers and division. 

Science

Mr North visited Class 11 this term to deliver a full day workshop on ‘Evolution’.  We first learned about the different groups of animals: cnidarians, molluscs, vertebrates and arthropods and examples of each.  We discussed the ‘Tree of Life’ and how we are all related, followed by a practical activity where we placed animals into different time periods, going back millions of years to periods such as the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods, amongst others.  In groups, we then placed fossils on our own timelines, naming the type of animal and the period it belonged to.  We moved on to discussing @Adaptations’ and how animals have changed over time to aid their own survival.  Interesting clips on feeding, teeth, mouth, nose, limbs, stingers and traps, and farming adaptations were explored and discussed leading into a range of group tasks.  We rotated around lots of stations engaging in practical activities including:  ’Habitats’ – we placed the animals on the board according to whether they were land, sea or air animals, discussing their adaptation and how this was useful to them.  ’Transitions’ – we ordered pictures and discussed the changes over time, stating how these changes were useful.  ’Peppered Moth Experiment’ – we timed each other to see how many light and dark moths we could spot on light and dark trees discussing how the moths were affected by the pollution in the 1800s. causing trees to darken and therefore endangering the light moths that could be easily seen.  ’Teeth’ – we examined a range of teeth, noting the difference between carnivore and herbivore teeth, and mammal/non-mammal teeth.  As a whole-class we played a ‘mimicry’ game, discussing how some animals adapt to look like others, to help them survive.  We also played a ‘camouflage’ game discussing this adaptation for survival. 

In Science, Class 7 has been looking at habitats and how changes to a habitat can influence the living things within this habitat. We completed fact files on animals that have become endangered due to changes in their habitats. 

In Science in Class 10 we have been learning all about the phases of the moon. 

Mr North visited Class 6 to teach the children all about fossils and rocks. 

Class 2 enjoyed plating during their Science lesson 

In Science in Class 5 we have been learning all about fossils! Mr North came to see us to teach us all about them. We sorted igneous and sedimentary rocks, explored fossils in a fossil hunt, sketched fossils and painted a cast mould of a fossil. 

Class 11 took part in a fantastic workshop with Amanda Morrow all about ‘Electricity’. We discovered what a circuit is and all of the components that are used to make a circuit. In pairs, we investigated building different circuits and how to draw these using the correct scientific symbols. In the afternoon, we created our own model circuits featuring a light up component. 

Class 12 enjoyed an Electricity workshop with Amanda Morrow 

In Class 13 we took part in a workshop with Amanda.  We started off by investigating pneumatic systems.  We drew and made 3 different systems using a balloon and a milk bottle, 2 syringes and a tube and 3 syringes and tubes.  We learnt all about how these systems worked.  We then went on to design a monster.  We then made the monster using a box, paper, glue, sellotape and scissors.  Our monsters could move due to the syringes and tubes we inserted into specific areas of our monsters.  We had a brilliant day and are very proud of our monsters. 

In Science in Class 13, pupils learned all about making circuits.  They used wires, bulbs, batteries, motors and buzzers to create different circuits. 

Mr North visited Class 13 this term to deliver a full day workshop on ‘Evolution’.  We first learned about the different groups of animals: cnidarians, molluscs, vertebrates and arthropods and examples of each.  We discussed the ‘Tree of Life’ and how we are all related, followed by a practical activity where we placed animals into different time periods, going back millions of years to periods such as the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods, amongst others.  In groups, we then placed fossils on our own timelines, naming the type of animal and the period it belonged to.  We moved on to discussing @Adaptations’ and how animals have changed over time to aid their own survival.  Interesting clips on feeding, teeth, mouth, nose, limbs, stingers and traps, and farming adaptations were explored and discussed leading into a range of group tasks.  We rotated around lots of stations engaging in practical activities including:  ’Habitats’ – we placed the animals on the board according to whether they were land, sea or air animals, discussing their adaptation and how this was useful to them.  ’Transitions’ – we ordered pictures and discussed the changes over time, stating how these changes were useful.  ’Peppered Moth Experiment’ – we timed each other to see how many light and dark moths we could spot on light and dark trees discussing how the moths were affected by the pollution in the 1800s. causing trees to darken and therefore endangering the light moths that could be easily seen.  ’Teeth’ – we examined a range of teeth, noting the difference between carnivore and herbivore teeth, and mammal/non-mammal teeth.  As a whole-class we played a ‘mimicry’ game, discussing how some animals adapt to look like others, to help them survive.  We also played a ‘camouflage’ game discussing this adaptation for survival.

In Class 9 to learn about the different planets in the solar system, we used a speed dating activity to gather as much information about each of them as we could. Here you can see the posters that we have produced to display our findings. 

In Class 6 in our science lessons we have been learning a about volcanoes. 

Topic

Class 13 visited Stockport Air Raid Shelters as part of their WWII project in History.  The children enjoyed a day as an evacuee and learned all about life during The Blitz.  

Our topic this term in Class 5 has been ‘Extreme Earth’. We created dance sequences showing the stages of a volcanic eruption. We also made volcanoes using papier mache and created a chemical reaction using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar for the lava. We are going to use this as a stimulus for our Literacy work and write instructions on how we made our volcanoes. 

In History, Class 7 has been studying the Roman’s and the impact they have had on life in Britain. 

Boudicca visits Class 8 to tell us all about her life. 

Mr North came to Class 8 to teach us all about the Romans. 

We were visited by Tony North in Class 9 for our topic of the Ancient Egyptians. Throughout the day, we learnt about Pharaohs, Gods and the Afterlife; three very important aspects of life to the Egyptians. In the morning, we practiced writing in hieroglyphs and in the afternoon, we carefully produced a number of different artefacts including a bust of Tutankhamun, scarab beetles and shabtis. Two of our class also experienced the Egyptian makeover! 

In our history lesson in Class 9, we became Ancient Egyptian embalmers and mummified a tomato. We used our knowledge of the process and adapted it accordingly. To allow the natron solution to work effectively, we have left the mummies in the ‘Mummification Station’ or the ibu. 

One afternoon in Class 9, we explored the gory process of mummification. We learnt about how the organs were removed and stored, how bodies were preserved and even why they put wigs and make up on the corpses. We then wrote a diary entry as a canopic jar, explaining what we saw whilst storing our chosen organ. 

We have been learning all about the appearance of stone age people in Class 6. 

In Class 10 we have been learning all about Cleopatra in our history lessons. 

PSHE

The pupils in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 held a celebration assembly to share all they had learned about Black History Month. 

 

All year 6 pupils received a visit from Greater Manchester Fire Service to learn all about ‘Treacle’, a health and safety initiative for bonfire night.  The pupils were also treated to using the fire hose on the fire engine. 

St Richard’s celebrates its community cohesion with a selection of work from across the key stages presented in a special book 

In Reception 1 we have been learning all about Martin Luther King during Black History Month 

In Class 6, during Black History Month, we have been learning all about Ruby Bridges. 

In our PSHE lesson in Class 12 we have written our targets for Year 6. 

In our PSHE lessons in Class 10 we have been learning all about Black History Month and drew portraits of Martin Luther King 

Art

Class 4 enjoyed making ‘The Nativity’ scenes during their art lesson. 

In Class 9 we worked with Isabel from Whitworth Art Gallery and embellished our silk screen prints. We had gathered objects which link to our identity and used our sewing skills and different types of stitch to attach our selected items onto our prints to personalise them. 

In our art lessons in Class 9, we have been very excited to learn how to print. We have practiced using silk screen printing, using the silk screen, squeegee and blotting our prints. Our second lesson involved us using a silhouette which represents our identity. 

Class 10 visited the Whitworth Gallery and looked at some art work. We visited one exhibition which explores South Asian textiles bringing together four artists working on issues around post-colonial identity, ruptured spaces, authenticity, displacement and belonging. These artists are based in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and England, having developed artworks around these concerns, experimenting with a range of media and such as textiles, fibres, embroidery, film, photography and performance. 

Class 11 took part in a wonderful art workshop with Jenny Ulyatt and Sarah Hill based on our current topic of ‘World War Two’. During the workshop, we learnt about the Dunkirk evacuation and the role of the British forces during this key event in the war. Throughout the day, we studied various drawing and painting techniques; we experimented with drawing explosions, air crafts and ships. We then applied these skills to producing our own water colour paintings depicting our interpretations of the events in France. 

Class 12 enjoyed an art session with Jenny and Sarah.  They used watercolours to create pictures depicting Dunkirk. 

In Nursery we have been learning all about ourselves and painted our own portraits 

We have been reading ‘The Twits’ in Class 6 and have created our own artwork. 

Class 11 pupil showcases their amazing ‘Dunkirk’ artwork. 

Design Technology

For Design and Technology in Class 1, we had Amanda Flemming come in to help us make playground structures. In groups of 10 the made a slide, swings and seesaws. 

Class 4 were visited by Amanda Morrow.  Pupils in class enjoyed a day of design and technology and designed and built their own vehicles, everyone had a great day! 

We have been making clay finger prints in the nursery 

PE

In Class 5 we learned all about how people lived in the Stone Age. During our dance lessons we created a sequence showing how hunter – gatherers lived! 

Class 3 enjoy their PE lessons with Mr Neilson. 

Music

Class 9 enjoyed a Music lesson 

ICT

In Class 5 we have been designing our own menus on the computers.