Curriculum 2018-2019

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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

Welcome, Witness, Welfare, Word, Worship – In January 2019 all the year 6 pupils visited The Marist Centre for a day of reflection and to prepare them for moving on to their High Schools.  Pupils took part in small group work, sharing their own experiences of primary school and what they are looking forward to when they move on. 

Welcome, Witness, Word, Welfare, Witness – This year, we have launched our very own Caritas Ambassadors Team. The role of a Caritas Ambassador is to promote and develop social action projects within our school, parish and local community; by demonstrating ‘faith in Action’ they will raise awareness of Caritas Diocese of Salford. The team went along to Salford Cathedral with Mrs Bentley where they took part in a training day and commissioning to introduce them to their new role. Keep your eyes peeled for updates of what they have been up to. 

Witness – Class 2 celebrated Diwali by making Diwali lamps 

Word, Witness, Worship – In Class 11 to celebrate CARITAS in Action during Autumn 1, we explored the theme of ‘Family and Community’. We used the scripture:  ‘True fellowship with one another is based on true fellowship with God’ (Acts of the Apostles) and felt that celebrating our common interests, as well as our differences, is a way to build our community. We looked into our family and school communities before looking at our city. Using the Bees in the City idea, we each designed and made a clay bee to represent our personalities. 

 

Literacy

In Class 11 to celebrate National Poetry Day on October 4th, we used a short poem highlighting the various different uses of sound in the English language. Not only did we practice performing these poems using actions, but we also studied the spelling patterns to help us throughout the year. 

 

Mathematics

On Thursday 14th February the whole school took part in a special day to celebrate our love of maths:

Class 9: 

 

Science

In Science in Class 14, pupils learned all about making circuits.  They used wires, bulbs, batteries, motors and buzzers to create different circuits. 

 

Topic

All Key Stage 1 pupils were studying Martin Luther King Jnr during their topic lessons and shared their work in an assembly. 

To fully understand the mummification process in our Egyptian history lessons in Class 11, we carried out the process ourselves using a fresh tomato. We adapted the steps of the ancient ritual and left them for two weeks in our mummification station. 

Mr North visited Class 14 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. 

Mr North visited Class 12 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. 

PSHE

All Year 6 pupils were visited by Greater Manchester Fire Service.  The Fire Service explained their job and how the children could stay safe at home and when out in the community.  Pupils were allowed to try on all the equipment the fire service use when fighting fires.  

Art

In Class 5 in our Art and Design Technology lessons we have been making finger puppets 

Class 12 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. 

Jenny Ulyatt visited Class 14.  Pupils used watercolours to create paintings depicting WWII. 

Design Technology

For our design and technology lessons in Class 11, we explored British Food Fortnight and started to learn about how different foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, come into seasons at different times of the year. We looked at how to ensure our food is prepared hygienically and learnt methods to peel and chop fresh vegetables including carrot, parsnips, leeks and onions. Then, we tasted our homemade carrot and parsnip soup. 

In Class 5 in our Art and Design Technology lessons we have been making finger puppets 

For our design and technology lessons in Class 11, we explored British Food Fortnight and started to learn about how different foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, come into seasons at different times of the year. We made freshly baked bread rolls to accompany our carrot and parsnip soup. 

 

PE

 

Music

 

ICT