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What do we teach at st michael’s?
We follow systematic, structured and effective approaches for the teaching Reading, Writing, Phonics & Spelling and Grammar and as a result we achieve excellent outcomes. numeracy
We start our Maths lessons with ‘CLIC’ – these skills focus around Counting, recall ( Learn its), making links ( It’s nothing new) and Calculation strategies. For our main maths lesson, we closely follow the White Rose Maths Scheme across the school, which is matched the National Curriculum objectives and aims to help all pupils ‘master’ maths. Year after year we achieve excellent outcomes. science
Through a well designed curriculum, we give the children a framework of knowledge. As well as this, we seek to develop their curiosity – we want our children to learn how to solve problems and make informed decisions by giving them ample opportunity to plan and carry out science investigations. topic – history and geography
We have a well planned curriculum for Geography and History. The children have a ‘knowledge organiser’ which outlines the knowledge we want the children to acquire. In class, we give the children opportunity to develop their skills to embed and deepen their knowledge. art & Design
In addition to the art and DT that the children are doing in the class as part of the creative curriculum, we also have a whole school theme every term. We use our corridors as a ‘gallery’ to showcase the children’s wonderful creations. Here are a few examples from the art work created in the Autumn Term around the theme of ‘Our wonderful world’. In the Spring Term our whole school theme is ‘Sculpture’ and in the Summer Term our theme is ‘Patterns’. music
The children at St Michael’s love singing and thoroughly enjoy the teaching of music in the school. In addition to the weekly lessons, we also have singing assemblies (which are currently suspended due to Covid restrictions), drumming lessons in Upper KS2, guitar lessons. The Christmas and Summer performances are always a highlight on our school calendar. computing
In computing, we have organised our content of learning as follows: Autumn Term – Online Safety; Spring Term – Computer Skills; Summer Term – Programming. The children also have the opportunity to embed their IT skills by using the brand new i-pads during their other lessons. Religious education (RE)
Modern foreign language – spanish
We have chosen Spanish as the foreign language we teach, as it is the second most widely spoken language in the world and the children absolutely love learning Spanish. pe – being fit and healthy
We have a strong focus on physical fitness and the children love coming to school in their school tracksuits on the days they have PE. In addition to weekly lessons, we also have afterschool clubs, intra-school competitions, interschool competitions, swimming and walk-a-mile to Mayow Park. Whilst some of these activities are restricted at the moment due to Covid restrictions, we make every effort to ensure the children have plenty of opportunity in school to stay healthy and fit. PAying it forward
We are committed to play an active role within the local and global community and appreciating what we have. The Junior Governors at the school decide each year, through a class vote, which charities we will support. We also participate in a range of events and opportunities to raise awareness around issues beyond their immediate locality and which have an impact on the world we live in. We have discussed and supported a variety of national and world wide issues and we continuously seek ways of how we can make a difference.
see our blog for many more examples of learning
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