At St. Bernadette Catholic Junior School, we create an environment of trust, care and compassion. We aim through our teaching to show the relationship between life and faith. We follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ by respecting each individual. We foster a sense of community where each person is valued and encouraged to feel confident and supported in their ‘faith journey’. We encourage children to accept responsibilities and challenges of living in a multicultural and multi-faith society.
In our teaching and learning of RE we use the Catholic Truth Society publication, ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’ as our school’s scheme of work. RE is taught as a separate subject, three times a week for forty five minutes. Links are made into other curriculum areas wherever possible. Pupils are given opportunities for reflection and prayer. They attend assemblies, confessions and Masses throughout the year. We have close links with St. Bede’s Parish.
At St Bernadette School, the English curriculum is primarily directed towards helping our pupils to become competent and confident communicators in the modern world.
Special attention is given to facilitating children’s mastery of spoken language (through the use of constant modelling) since the majority of pupils have English as an additional language. Consequently, many of the children require extra support with speaking and listening. Intervention programs, such as Sounds Write and Lexia, are very important at our school for helping to close the gaps in some of the children’s knowledge and understanding.
The English coverage per week is divided into separate reading, spelling, handwriting, grammar, guided reading, short writing and long writing sessions in class to ensure that children can work on specific Literacy skills in depth in the distinct lessons. Whilst on occasions, the individual branches of English are taught discretely, on the whole, the different lessons each week are closely linked and are based on a common theme e.g. Instructional writing or Report writing.
Events such as the annual Book Fair, class trips to Book Shows to see authors perform and school celebrations for World Book Day develop children’s love for literature and their passion for reading, both at school and at home.
In light of the new Curriculum, teachers have been exposing children to more poetry and have been providing more opportunities for discussion and debate across the curriculum.
A high quality Mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
We aim to ensure that children become confident, creative users and communicators of Mathematics ensuring high standards, continuity and progression through the age and ability ranges. Our Mathematics curriculum aims to equip pupils with tools that include reasoning, problem solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways.
The curriculum also aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that all pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems.
Mathematics is taught daily, with lesson time being extended through out of class activities and regular homework. Daily oral and mental work develops and secures pupils’ calculation strategies and rapid recall results.
We believe a good understanding of, and proficiency in, Mathematics is crucial to the development of our children into adults who can function effectively in, and understand the modern world.
Through the new programme of study for Science, children at St Bernadette will be given the opportunity to learn how to work scientifically; they will design and carry out their own investigations while working collaboratively ,they will also have the opportunity to develop their recording skills making use of new technologies such as ipads and digital data loggers. Children will be encouraged to think of different ways to present their learning and understanding of science to a variety of audiences.
Throughout the school year each class will follow the ‘Switched On Science” scheme designed around topics that comply with the new national curriculum guidance. The new curriculum provides lots of opportunities for children to expand their knowledge and interest in particular aspects of science through guided and independent research.
The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, children at St Bernadette will be given the opportunity to learn how computers and computer systems work; they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content. Throughout the school year each class will follow the ‘Switched On Computing’ scheme designed around the following competencies: Programming, Computational Thinking, Creativity, Computer Networks, Communication/Collaboration and Productivity. All children will be taught the importance of e-safety as part of the curriculum.
To help maximise their learning the children have access to a range of hardware and software. This software includes programming tools such as Scratch and Kodu, both of which are free to download at home.
The new national curriculum for computing will provide the school with an exciting opportunity to reinvigorate teaching and learning in this important area of the curriculum and establish opportunities for computing across the curriculum.
History encourages curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics and what beliefs and cultures affected people’s actions. As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. In History, pupils find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to develop research skills, analyse evidence and be able to argue their viewpoint.
Geography is taught within the IPC units covered in each year group. It focuses on teaching an understanding of places and environments. Through their work in geography, children will begin to find out about their local area and make comparisons with this and contrasting localities in the United Kingdom and around the world. As well as this, children are required to have a growing knowledge of locations around the world, including the counties found in the UK and countries and their capital cities. Reading and interpreting a variety of maps is a skill that is developed throughout the geography curriculum.
ART AND DESIGN
Art and design (through the IPC) aims to develop children’s creativity, critical and research skills by looking at the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. Through sensory and tactile experiences children are encouraged to make informed judgements about the use of different artistic materials and processes and know how different cultures and religions have used art through time as a means of self-expression and silent communication.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject taught in a variety of areas across the curriculum. Through the evaluation of past and present designs and technology, pupils develop a critical understanding of the impact of product design on our daily lives and that of the wider world. Using the ‘analyse, design, make and evaluate’ process, children are encouraged to be innovative, creative and critical thinkers.
By the end of Key Stage 2 the children should have the knowledge and understanding of how:
Welcome to our school. St Bernadette Catholic Junior School is situated in Clapham Park and provides a rich learning environment for our pupils where the gospel values are learned, lived and celebrated.