Curriculum

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Curriculum Overview

In this section you will be able to see our curriculum offer for the children. Everything we do is based upon what is best for our children at St. Giles’. We aim to provide an enjoyable and stimulating learning environment that enables children to learn and progress to the best of their ability. Most importantly, …

Creative Curriculum

At St Giles C of E Primary, we believe that we offer our children much more than the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Our philosophy is that children  Learn, Grow and Flourish and as a result we have developed a creative approach to our curriculum which focuses on the teaching of key skills and …

Growth Mindset

  At St Giles’ C of E Primary School, we are very interested in the research around developing children’s learning. As part of our research, we have been looking at the work of Martin Covington who studied the link between failure and self-worth. He suggested that the way people see themselves and the how they …

Art

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.  We plan and deliver a high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they learn to …

Computing

We use a scheme of work, which has been created by the Herts for Learning Computing Curriculum Team to support the teaching of computing, including computer science; information technology; digital literacy and the safe and appropriate use of technology. Online-Safety is not taught as a discrete element; rather, the safe, appropriate and responsible use of …

D&T

At St Giles’ we are members of the D&T Association, providing advice, support and expert knowledge in the teaching of D&T. We use the progression documents which can be found here, alongside the projects on a page. “Design and Technology education involves two important elements – learning about the designed and made world and how …

English

  At St Giles’ we aim to inspire the children with the necessary skills to become effective communicators, a love of literature and a passion for writing. It is our aim that by the time they leave St Giles’ pupils will be able to: read easily, fluently and with good understanding develop the habit of …

EYFS

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History

During Key Stage 1 we challenge and support our children to carry out a number historical investigations through the Connected History learning programme which enable them to use and apply basic and appropriate subject vocabulary, subject skills and processes (including evaluating primary and secondary sources of evidence) in order to recognise, identify, describe, observe, reason, …

Geography

During Key Stage 1 we challenge and support our children to carry out a number geographical investigations through the Connected Geography learning programme which enable them to use and apply basic and appropriate subject vocabulary, subject tools (including maps, aerial photographs and graphical data and fieldwork skills) to recognise, identify, describe, observe, reason and begin …

Maths

At St Giles’, we have adopted the maths mastery approach.  Each year group moves through topics at broadly the same pace.  We do not move to the next stage until children demonstrate that they have an understanding of mathematical concepts.  It promotes multiple methods of solving problems.  Differentiation allows advanced learners to be challenged with rich …

MFL

The overall aim for languages is that pupils develop a deep interest in and appreciation for other cultures, as they learn to understand and express themselves with increasing confidence in French. In our organisation of the languages curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities, we envisage pupils developing their sense of belonging to the wider world and embarking …

Music

Music and singing are an important part of our school. Children listen to, and appreciate, a wide variety of music. They enjoy singing, playing musical instruments and composing their own pieces. We use ‘Charanga’ as a scheme of work to support this. Children have a wide range of opportunities to perform, including every child participating …

PE

We are very proud to say that we achieved the Gold School Games Mark for PE and School Sport in 2018/19. At St Giles’, all children have at least two hours of PE activity a week. PE is taught by teaching staff and specialist sports coaches in line with the new national curriculum requirements. Due …

PSHE

PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. Well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Our Programme of Study for PSHE education …

RE

At St Giles’ our children are nurtured through the teachings and values of Christianity, and respectful of other faiths. As with all state schools we are required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage. A high quality religious education (RE) curriculum …

Science

The school teaches Science through a two year rolling programme of topics. The scheme of work is planned around the topics in the National Curriculum. Emphasis in this subject is not solely on knowledge, but the development of curiosity which encourages children to ask questions and make predictions, ways children solve problems and investigate scientifically, …