The thematic approach at St Luke’s enables us to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which enthuses the children.

It promotes creativity and enables the children to develop a range of skills which can be applied in a wider context. So with this approach, more opportunities arise for the children to have a variety of experiences: guest speakers; theme days; educational visits and shared learning experiences across the key stage and whole school.

Alongside this, where necessary, English, Maths, Science and ICT are taught as individual subjects. Children are encouraged to produce their very best work across all areas of the curriculum and regularly reviewed group and individual targets help them to achieve this. This ensures high standards and pleasing progress are maintained throughout the curriculum.

At St Luke’s we use the Oxford Reading Tree as our reading scheme, supplemented by others for breadth. Our phonics scheme is Floppy Phonics.

St Luke’s Curriculum Statement

At St Luke’s we organise the curriculum in a thematic way.  This enables the children to gain the appropriate concepts and skills and apply them across their learning.  We feel it is essential for children not only to acquire skills and knowledge but to be able to use them in all areas of their learning.  We feel organising the curriculum in this way encourages our children, whatever their ability, to be enthusiastic learners who are challenged to be the best they can be.

St. Luke’s principles for assessment

1.      Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning.

  1. Assessment provides evidence to guide teaching and learning.
  2. Assessment provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate and review their progress.

2.      Assessment is fair.

  1. Assessment is inclusive of all abilities.
  2. Assessment is free from bias towards factors that are not relevant to what the assessment intends to address.

3.      Assessment is honest.

  1. Assessment outcomes are used in ways that minimize undesirable effects.
  2. Assessment outcomes are conveyed in an open, honest and transparent way to assist pupils with their learning.
  3. Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced professionals to ensure their accuracy.

4.      Assessment is ambitious.

  1. Assessment places achievement in context against nationally standardized criteria and expected standards.
  2. Assessment embodies, through objective criteria, a pathway of progress and development for every child.
  3. Assessment objectives set high expectations for learners.

5.      Assessment is appropriate.

  1. The purpose of any assessment process should be clearly stated.
  2. Conclusions regarding pupil achievement are valid when the assessment method is appropriate (to age, to the task and to the desired feedback information),
  3. Assessment should draw on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete picture of student achievement.
  4. Assessment should demand no more procedures or records than are practically required to allow pupils, their parents and teachers to plan future learning.

6.      Assessment is consistent.

  1. Judgements are formed according to common principles.
  2. The results are readily understandable by third parties.
  3. A schools results are capable of comparison with other schools, both locally and nationally.

7.      Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable information for:

  1. pupils in developing their learning,
  2. parents in supporting children with their learning,
  3. teachers in planning teaching and learning. (Assessment must provide information that justifies the time spent, )
  4. school leaders and governors in planning and allocating resources, and
  5. government and agents of government.

8.      Assessment feedback should inspire greater effort and a belief that, through hard work and practice, more can be achieved.

Curriculum Plans

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Early Years Curriculum
Key Stage 1&2 Curriculum Plan (except English)
Key Stage 1&2 Curriculum Plan English
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