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Religious Education

As a Catholic school, religion is not just another subject in the curriculum, but it is a way of life.  It permeates all relationships and activities.

The Governors have agreed that the delivery of religious education at St Vincent’s will be in accordance with Diocesan Policy and is sustained through close links with the home and parish.  We are following the ‘Way, the Truth and the Life' Religious Education Programme. This programme aims to encourage children’s awareness of the presence of God and to help them respond to that presence.

Religious Education also happens through regular prayer, assemblies and Masses.  Fr Mario celebrates school Masses on occasions throughout the year.  Hymns and music are used to enhance all our worship.

Underlying our teaching and our relationships are the Gospel values of Honesty and Humility, Justice, Forgiveness and Mercy.  Our aim within this context is that all members of our community show respect and care for one another and extend their concern to the needy by prayer and charitable service.

As a Catholic school we expect all children to attend RE lessons and assemblies. However, any parent can request permission for their child to be excused from RE lessons and religious worship, and the school will make alternative arrangements for the supervision of the child.

Parents and carers do not have to explain or give reasons for their request. This right of withdrawal complies with the 1944 Education Act, and was restated in the 1988 Education Reform Act.

The headteacher will keep a record of all children who have been withdrawn from RE lessons or collective worship.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Provision of an Early Years education that aims to meet the individual needs of every child in our care is of paramount importance.  All our children are encouraged to be independent, to develop positive attitudes towards learning and to reach their full potential. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is a high quality teaching programme to promote children’s learning.  During a child’s time in the Reception Class, he or she will work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals, which is a statutory requirement for all children in the Foundation Stage.  The skills learned during this stage will give the children secure foundations on which to build future learning.  We offer an educational programme that has ample opportunities for individual development, exploration, decision-making and problem solving. 

Years 1-6

Literacy

We give literacy a high degree of priority. Speaking and listening, reading and writing, spelling and handwriting are important elements of literacy in the National Curriculum.

We aim to create an environment in which all aspects of language, reading, writing, speaking and listening are enjoyed in their own right, and in which children gain a love of the world of literature and communication

Every aspect of the children's work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate appropriately and effectively.

Numeracy

Considerable importance is attached to the children understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills.  Above all it can be a powerful means of communication. Enthusiasm for maths is encouraged by presenting it in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and problem solving.

Science

Through the presentation of scientific problems, the children are given the opportunity to develop a range of skills they can apply to other situations.  This enables the children’s natural curiosities to develop into real scientific thinking.  Children learn through investigation, asking questions and planning ways in which to find answers.  In this way they can build up a body of knowledge to support future scientific thinking.

 Computing Technology

Children regularly use computers in our IT suite and in the classrooms. The school is connected to the Internet and children are taught how to use email and the Internet safely. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard. IT is a cross curricular resource which with specific IT skills equips children for their future careers.

Spanish

Children in Years 2-6 are taught Spanish. The focus is on speaking Spanish and listening with understanding to Spanish.

Design and Technology

Through Design and Technology, the children are encouraged to identify, examine and solve practical problems and to make existing situations better. The children are encouraged to be inventive, using a range of materials and tools, thus developing, modifying and evaluating their ideas through a series of cross curricular themes where possible.

History/Geography

These subjects are brought to life by using artifacts, local studies and visiting speakers to help develop an understanding of how our society and culture and that of others around the world have developed. An appreciation of the influences of people, time, place, conditions and events in the past and present is developed through specific units of work.

Physical Education

We endeavour to maintain our strong tradition of sporting involvement and achievement, through a range of activities providing an environment which will benefit the children's physical, emotional and moral well-being.  Our PE provision aims to embrace a range of games activities, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor adventurous activities. Sports coaches are employed throughout the year and across the school. 

Music

Music is developed across all age groups from Reception to Y6. Children in Years 2-6 are taught by a music specialist and learn to play the recorder and percussion instruments.

The children are encouraged to compose, listen, discuss and perform with a variety of audiences in mind.  They learn to appreciate music of different styles, cultures and times, and to use their voices and a range of instruments as expressive media.

The standard of singing throughout the school is high. Our children have performed in the Young Voices Concerts at the O2 Arena and in the Bromley Music Prom at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon.

We have a number of peripatetic music teachers who provide lessons for a variety of instruments during school hours.

Art & Design

The children are encouraged to be spontaneously creative, using a variety of media and techniques in art and craftwork. An awareness of colour, shape, balance, focus and proportion are developed alongside the use of symbols to convey ideas and feelings.

Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE)

PSHE involves the development of healthy attitudes, aspects of safe living and the development of good social and personal relationships. Our aim is for our children to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed active and responsible citizens.

 Relationships and Sex Education

There are no formal lessons on sex education, but the school follows the recommend diocesan  scheme 'God's Loving Plan.' The children in Year 5 have a discussion with the school nurse about puberty.  We believe that children’s questions about sex ought to be answered plainly and truthfully, where possible, whenever they are asked.  The best people to answer children’s questions are their parents.  When the information is given in the context of a happy home by loving parents it may be more acceptable than if given by someone else, however well intentioned.  In Religious Education the children will be made aware of the importance of forming loving relationships and develop an appreciation of true Christian values and an understanding of moral principles.

Parents are the prime educators of their children. Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from any sex education outside the National Curriculum requirements.

If you would like to see a copy of the  relationship and sex policy please ask at the school office.

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