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St. Richard’s Curriculum Statement

St. Richard’s is committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum from September 2014.

We have updated our school-based schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum. Teachers have and are receiving training in the key areas of curriculum change and we are ready to provide an outstanding curriculum.

The curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners.  Our curriculum will continue to be exciting and will inspire the children to nurture a passion for learning.  It will be taught in an engaging and stimulating way which will include trips (using our three school mini-buses) to motivate and widen our pupils’ experiences; in school subject specialist days (i.e. Greek and Roman Days); topic based cross-curricular learning to help inspire and motivate; whole school entries to competitions; and will promote the key values and prepare all our pupils for life in modern Britain.

Religion

Worship, Witness, Welfare, Welcome, Word – All classes in Key Stage 2 took part in the Caritas Assembly.  Each class explained what they had learned and chose pieces of work to display to the other classes.

Worship, Witness, Welfare, Welcome, Word – During the build up to Easter, the GIFT Team ran a Lenten prayer group. We discussed that Lent is a special time when we think about our own actions and sacrifices as well as what we can do for others. As part of this, we made Easter prayer cards and spent time decorating them. Children from right across the school attended every day and these were given out to our local parishioners at mass. We thoroughly enjoyed making them and they were a tremendous success – a huge thank you to all children who contributed to this.

 

Witness, Welfare – Class 13 completed a Sponsored Run in aid of St. Joseph’s Penny

Worship, Witness – Pupils in Class 7 enjoyed making Advent Wreaths

Welcome, Witness, Welfare, Word, Worship – Class 7 had a lovely day visiting The Marist Centre

Welcome, Witness, Welfare, Word, Worship – In January 2019 all the year 6 pupils visited The Marist Centre for a day of reflection and to prepare them for moving on to their High Schools.  Pupils took part in small group work, sharing their own experiences of primary school and what they are looking forward to when they move on.

Welcome, Witness, Welfare, Word, Worship -This year, we have launched our very own Caritas Ambassadors Team. The role of a Caritas Ambassador is to promote and develop social action projects within our school, parish and local community; by demonstrating ‘faith in Action’ they will raise awareness of Caritas Diocese of Salford. The team went along to Salford Cathedral with Mrs Bentley where they took part in a training day and commissioning to introduce them to their new role. Keep your eyes peeled for updates of what they have been up to.

Welcome, Witness, Worship – Class 2 celebrated Diwali by making Diwali lamps

Word, Witness, Worship – In Class 11 to celebrate CARITAS in Action during Autumn 1, we explored the theme of ‘Family and Community’. We used the scripture:  ‘True fellowship with one another is based on true fellowship with God’ (Acts of the Apostles) and felt that celebrating our common interests, as well as our differences, is a way to build our community. We looked into our family and school communities before looking at our city. Using the Bees in the City idea, we each designed and made a clay bee to represent our personalities. In Class 11 to celebrate CARITAS in Action during Autumn 2, we studied what it means to be a steward of God’s creation. We researched St Francis of Assisi who is renowned for his interest and passion for nature. We discussed the many stories associated with him and animals, as well as rebuilding communities.  Then, we listened to Laudato Si – a letter from St Francis – in which he outlined his concerns about our earth beginning to look like a giant pile of filth because we are too content with taking more than our fair share. With this in mind, we started to collate actions we could take to counteract the damage already done and begin the restoration process.

Literacy

Year 6 pupils enjoyed an afternoon watching Romeo and Juliet performed by Manchester Actor’s Company.  The actors performed the play and then held a question and answer session with the pupils.

In Class 11 to celebrate National Poetry Day on October 4th, we used a short poem highlighting the various different uses of sound in the English language. Not only did we practice performing these poems using actions, but we also studied the spelling patterns to help us throughout the year.

Mathematics

On Thursday 14th February the whole school took part in a special day to celebrate our love of maths:

EYFS Maths Day

KS1 Maths Day

LKS2 Maths Day

UKS2 Maths Day

Class 14 enjoyed an afternoon of Maths Orienteering

Science

In Class 9 we have been investigating pitch and sound in Science.

In Class 9, during our Science lessons, we have been testing conductors and insulators.

Class 2 enjoyed a Virtual Reality Workshop all about Space.

In Science in Class 14, pupils learned all about making circuits.  They used wires, bulbs, batteries, motors and buzzers to create different circuits.

Topic

Class 7 enjoyed a Volcano Drama Workshop

Class 7 enjoyed a Virtual Reality Workshop

Class 8 and Class 9 enjoyed a workshop with United Utilities learning all about water

All Key Stage 1 pupils were studying Martin Luther King Jnr during their topic lessons and shared their work in an assembly.

To fully understand the mummification process in our Egyptian history lessons in Class 11, we carried out the process ourselves using a fresh tomato. We adapted the steps of the ancient ritual and left them for two weeks in our mummification station.

Mr North visited Class 14 this term to deliver a full day workshop on ‘Evolution’.  We first learned about the different groups of animals: cnidarians, molluscs, vertebrates and arthropods and examples of each.  We discussed the ‘Tree of Life’ and how we are all related, followed by a practical activity where we placed animals into different time periods, going back millions of years to periods such as the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods, amongst others.  In groups, we then placed fossils on our own timelines, naming the type of animal and the period it belonged to.  We moved on to discussing @Adaptations’ and how animals have changed over time to aid their own survival.  Interesting clips on feeding, teeth, mouth, nose, limbs, stingers and traps, and farming adaptations were explored and discussed leading into a range of group tasks.  We rotated around lots of stations engaging in practical activities including:  ‘Habitats’ – we placed the animals on the board according to whether they were land, sea or air animals, discussing their adaptation and how this was useful to them.  ‘Transitions’ – we ordered pictures and discussed the changes over time, stating how these changes were useful.  ‘Peppered Moth Experiment’ – we timed each other to see how many light and dark moths we could spot on light and dark trees discussing how the moths were affected by the pollution in the 1800s. causing trees to darken and therefore endangering the light moths that could be easily seen.  ‘Teeth’ – we examined a range of teeth, noting the difference between carnivore and herbivore teeth, and mammal/non-mammal teeth.  As a whole-class we played a ‘mimicry’ game, discussing how some animals adapt to look like others, to help them survive.  We also played a ‘camouflage’ game discussing this adaptation for survival.

Mr North visited Class 12 this term to deliver a full day workshop on ‘Evolution’.  We first learned about the different groups of animals: cnidarians, molluscs, vertebrates and arthropods and examples of each.  We discussed the ‘Tree of Life’ and how we are all related, followed by a practical activity where we placed animals into different time periods, going back millions of years to periods such as the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods, amongst others.  In groups, we then placed fossils on our own timelines, naming the type of animal and the period it belonged to.  We moved on to discussing ‘Adaptations’ and how animals have changed over time to aid their own survival.  Interesting clips on feeding, teeth, mouth, nose, limbs, stingers and traps, and farming adaptations were explored and discussed leading into a range of group tasks.  We rotated around lots of stations engaging in practical activities including:  ’Habitats’ – we placed the animals on the board according to whether they were land, sea or air animals, discussing their adaptation and how this was useful to them.  ’Transitions’ – we ordered pictures and discussed the changes over time, stating how these changes were useful.  ’Peppered Moth Experiment’ – we timed each other to see how many light and dark moths we could spot on light and dark trees discussing how the moths were affected by the pollution in the 1800s causing trees to darken and therefore endangering the light moths that could be easily seen.  ’Teeth’ – we examined a range of teeth, noting the difference between carnivore and herbivore teeth, and mammal/non-mammal teeth.  As a whole-class we played a ‘mimicry’ game, discussing how some animals adapt to look like others, to help them survive.  We also played a ‘camouflage’ game discussing this adaptation for survival.

PSHE

This year marks two years since the bombing at Manchester Arena. In class 12, we discussed what happened and said a prayer for all of the people and families who were affected. We discussed the Manchester worker bee and what it represents for our city. Following on from this, we made 22 bees and displayed them in our classroom to remember each person who lost their life. We also designed and made our own clay bees based on the Manchester Bees in the City.

To celebrate Culture Day, Class 9 dressed up in their own traditional clothing. We worked together in pairs to interview each other to learn more about our friend’s cultural heritage. We learnt popular greetings in 10 different languages and tasted a wide variety of delicious food. To finish our fun day, we learnt some Bollywood dancing.

In class 2, we talked about the different languages that our families can speak at home. These are Punjabi, Urdu, English, French, Yourba and Spanish. We taught each other some words and phrases. Ms Garrity even taught us some sign language!

We have had a superb magician Robert Newgrosh working with some Year 5 pupils and they put on a superb magic show last Friday for parents, staff and pupils.

Music

Rock Steady Music School again came into St. Richard’s to teach some Key Stage 2 pupils how to play musical instruments

Tim from Rock Steady Music School thrilled the Key Stage 2 assembly with hints and tips on becoming a musician and forming a band.  The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the assembly and had fun performing with Tim and singing along to all the musical instruments.

Art

In Class 5 in our Art and Design Technology lessons we have been making finger puppets

Jenny Ulyatt visited Class 14.  Pupils used watercolours to create paintings depicting WWII.

Class 12 took part in a wonderful art workshop with Jenny Ulyatt and Sarah Hill based on our current topic of ‘World War Two’. During the workshop, we learnt about the Dunkirk evacuation and the role of the British forces during this key event in the war. Throughout the day, we studied various drawing and painting techniques; we experimented with drawing explosions, air crafts and ships. We then applied these skills to producing our own water colour paintings depicting our interpretations of the events in France.

Design Technology

In Class 5 in our Art and Design Technology lessons we have been making finger puppets

For our design and technology lessons in Class 11, we explored British Food Fortnight and started to learn about how different foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, come into seasons at different times of the year. We looked at how to ensure our food is prepared hygienically and learnt methods to peel and chop fresh vegetables including carrot, parsnips, leeks and onions. Then, we tasted our homemade carrot and parsnip soup. 

For our design and technology lessons in Class 11, we explored British Food Fortnight and started to learn about how different foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, come into seasons at different times of the year. We made freshly baked bread rolls to accompany our carrot and parsnip soup. 

PE

Click here to view our PE Newsletter – PE News February 2019

Class 2 enjoyed a Gymnastics lesson

Pupils from St Richard’s enjoy their Rock Climbing after school club

Music

 

ICT