What do we want our children to learn and how?
At Keighley St. Andrew's we provide a curriculum which enables children to develop:
- An appreciation and understanding of 'Community'
- Well - Being
We believe that it is vitally important for children to develop fluency in the core skills of Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic so that they are able to tackle more complex problems and deepen their learning in all aspects of learning and life.
Fluency in Reading
Phonics: Throughout Early Years and Key Stage One children receive daily phonics teaching using a consistent approach (Read, Write, Inc) so that they can become fluent in decoding (word reading) and spelling before the end of Key Stage One (by age 6 or 7). Fluency in word reading enables teachers to concentrate on the meaning of vocabulary and comprehension skills. Fluency in decoding (word reading) also means that children can develop a love of reading much earlier as they can concentrate on reading for meaning and pleasure (rather than struggling over individual words).
Daily Story time: All children from Nursery up to Year 6 will have a story read to them by their teacher. We dedicate 15 minutes to this daily. Hearing stories allows children to develop a love of reading and exposes them to new vocabulary which they will then be able to use in their everyday learning and life.
Daily Reading Lesson (shared Reading): In Key Stage 2, children are taught and practise skills which enable them to read with meaning. All children are taught strategies to help them predict, summarise, question and interpret unknown vocabulary. We have a structured and consistent approach to teaching these skills daily with the intent that they will become 'automatic' skills when reading something new - wherever they are.
Community and Well Being
Throughout our curriculum we provide plentiful experiences and opportunities for our children to develop an understanding of community and what it means to make a positive contribution to community.
Here are some examples of educating for community and well being across our curriculum:
- Values Champions - Every day children are encouraged to recognise when others in their class community are putting our shared values into action. At the end of each week, classes nominate a values champion, a child who has shown our school values in 'All that they say and Do'.
- Daily Collective Worship - An opportunity for all our pupils to come together, reflect on the impact of God in their lives and pray if they wish.
- Y6 Work Force: Year 6 prepare for their futures and the wider world by applying for and undertaking jobs to help our school community run smoothly. eg: The eco crew help Mr. Baker, our site manager, deliver milk to classrooms daily.
- School Council - Our school council is elected by the children and for the children. They
- Rethink Food: Every week we host a Pay As You Feel (PAYF) stall with waste (but edible) foods donated from supermarkets
- Each Year Group has developed a unit of learning related to some of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals
- The Archbishop of York's Young Leaders Award: In this project our Y5 students learn about inspirational world leaders from past and present, they also plan and lead events which bring about positive change in the school and local community. The motto of this project is: Be the Change you want to see. Pupils have led community litter picks, organised charity events and led Church Cafes for the Elderly.
- Schools Linking Project: Year 3 pupils are linking with a Y3 pupils from the Academy at St. James, Bradford to learn about life as a pupil in a community outside of Keighley. The project includes visits to partner schools and learning which promotes diversity.
- Active Play: Everyday all pupils will participate in 'Active Play', 15 minutes of physical activity to get the heart pumping and increase levels of fitness