English is the cornerstone on which all aspects of education are built. Each child is taught English for at least on hour each day. In addition we adopt a cross-curricular approach to our work, which means that literacy can be developed in as wide a range of contexts as possible.
Speaking and listening
Children are encouraged by example to demonstrate their understanding and thinking through clear and confident speech. Theatre groups, authors and other speakers visit the school regularly, not only to develop children’s listening skills but also to motivate and inspire children when they are performing publicly.
Reading and understanding
Our aim is to foster a love of reading for pleasure, for information and for practical daily purposes. Through lively experience and stimulation with the class involving a variety of topics, children’s reading and understanding is developed. The Oxford Reading Tree is the main reading scheme used, together with other supplementary books to give breadth and consolidation. Children and parents are encouraged to share books at home each day and complete a reading diary in order to continue this enjoyment of books and increase reading experience. An annual meeting takes place during the autumn term when the Headteacher explains the reading process in school and gives guidance on how parents can support the school’s approach to reading.
Is developed through first-hand experiences as often as possible. Presentation is given much thought and children are taught cursive script when they first start school. They are helped to develop a love of the written word and are encouraged to share their work, both factual and creative, by publishing it or reading it aloud to others, both in a class setting and in front of whole school. An annual workshop takes place in the autumn term where parents are shown how to improve their child’s handwriting skills in the early years.
A programme of synthetic phonics is taught throughout the school. The children learn the letter sounds through a multi-sensory process that is very effective and fun.
We provide a stimulating curriculum with a strong emphasis on knowledge of numbers, and set high expectations of what pupils can achieve. Children take part in regular oral work, particularly mental calculation. They are also given opportunities to apply their knowledge and choose appropriate mathematics to investigate and solve problems. Our scheme of mathematics work is supported by a range of material to ensure that children cover all the required areas of the curriculum. Workshops and ‘teach-ins’ are held throughout the year to give guidance on how parents can support their children’s learning in mathematics.
Science is taught mainly through activities linked to topic work. Children are taught to predict, hypothesise and record their findings form an early age so that they develop a scientific approach to problem-solving. Environmental issues such as pollution and conservation are given great emphasis. We teach children to respect and care for their environment by providing them with the scientific knowledge necessary to understand problems and supply possible solutions.
Although St. Luke’s has elected to be a foundation school, which reflects the constitution of its governing body by having a significant proportion of parent-governors, it maintains strong active links with St. Luke’s Parish Church. We encourage children to approach their life in and out of school from a Christian perspective. Likewise, we encourage praise of God by word and deed. We introduce children to the scriptures and those persons who have influenced the development of Christian worship. Both the religious life of the community and the significance of religious festivals are explored. Respect and tolerance of all faiths are also taught.
The whole school takes part in a daily celebration of God, in particular Jesus Christ our Lord. Parents are welcome to share in all school acts of worship. Parents who do not wish their child to participate in this assembly may exercise their right to withdraw him or her. We would ask that such request be put in writing. Details of any alternative provision made for pupils who are withdrawn may be discussed with the Headteacher.
The school is proud to have an ICT suite in addition to computers and iPads in each classroom, which are networked to the Internet and the LA’s Intranet. Parents play an important part in the development of ICT.
There is a KS2 ICT club which takes place out of school hours when pupils can use skills learnt in the classroom. Places are made available for pupils who do not have access to a computer at home.