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The Curriculum at St Felix

At St Felix we believe that all our children should experience success in their learning through their daily lessons and activities. Every child should feel that significant progress is being and can be made. All our staff work hard to create and present learning opportunities which are stimulating and will challenge every child to reach the next level in their learning. Children take responsibility for their learning through selecting challenges that develop their skills. The children are provided with a safe environment where they are encouraged to explore, question and persevere.

Where possible the curriculum is presented through first-hand experiences and practical activities with links between subjects being made where possible. This cross-curricular approach to learning allows the children to make connections in their understanding and allows them to transfer and practise skills. Some areas of learning are, however, taught discretely where strong links cannot be made. We are fortunate to have a music teacher who teaches across the whole school. We also have a French teacher who teaches across Upper Key Stage 2.Our approach to curriculum planning ensures complete curriculum coverage.

The teaching of reading is seen as a priority. In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, children have daily, taught phonics sessions. Children read regularly either in a guided reading session or individually. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children’s reading development. We use the synthetic phonics approach as outlined in ‘Letters and Sounds’. Children are taught to hear, say, blend and segment sounds and to use these skills in both reading and writing. In Key Stage 2, children take an active part in taught reading sessions and guided reading to develop the key skills of retrieval, deduction and inference. Writing skills are taught explicitly within topic-linked English lessons in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. However, Reading and Writing skills are constantly reinforced throughout the curriculum.

Mathematics is highly valued. At St. Felix we recognise the importance of mathematics as a life skill.  Therefore, high quality mathematics teaching takes place daily in school. Provision in school is in-line with the new National Curriculum, which focuses on developing:

  • fluency;
  • problem solving;
  • reasoning.

The school successfully leads and follows the Mathematics Mastery programme. This approach to mathematics is currently taught in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. Following the success in Mathematics Mastery, many of the elements of Mathematics Mastery are applied throughout all Mathematics provision at St. Felix.

Our children are generally taught in their mixed ability class groupings, with some classes having mixed year groups. However, work is appropriately differentiated and adapted in order to extend all ability levels.