Throughout the school the children are taught in mixed ability classes in the care of their own class teacher with the support of the teaching assistants.
In line with the National Curriculum, pupils are taught subjects which are placed in the following categories.
English, Maths, Science, RE.
The Foundation subjects are:
History, Geography, Music, Science, PE, Computing, Art & Design and Technology, Modern Foreign Language (Spanish).
Personal, Social and Health Education and Computing are incorporated into all areas of the curriculum.
At the end of Year 2 and Year 6 pupils are subject to the National Standard Assessment Tests (SATs). Parents will be informed of the procedures and results at the appropriate times.
Details of the National Curriculum 2014 can be accessed through this link - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum.
Please see our half termly curriculum newsletters in the 'Our Learning' section.
At St. William's we are working to develop a deep understanding of maths to ensure that our children can not only use the four basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, but can also use them in a range of different contexts. We ask the children to not only learn a method but also how to apply that method as well. All our pupils are expected to explain strategies, choice of resources and how they know they have found the correct answer. Reasoning is very much part of the White Rose Maths approach. We want to foster a love of maths.
The scheme we use in school to teach phonics is, Letters and Sounds. There are many resources to use at home on the Letters and Sounds website - http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/.
At St. William's we want to develop an appreciation of reading for pleasure as well as learning and research. We also know that it is about understanding the text so we spend time asking and answering questions about events in the stories, poems, newspaper reports, non-fiction books and many more types of text. Children have reading records and reading books that they independently change as needed. All parents/carers are invited to write in their child's reading record.
Quality texts are used to teach specific reading skills and widen children's experience. This may be in English work or part of the wider curriculum. We believe that this supports and enhances their own writing skills and reading and writing are taught and developed together.
We follow the Diocesan programme, The Way, the Truth and the Life and all learning reflects the events/seasons of the Liturgical Year.
For more information please read your child's class curriculum newsletter or visit the Diocese of Leeds website - https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/re-catholic-life/religious-education/primary-re/re-programme-primary/.