At St. Augustine’s we aim to provide children with opportunities to reach their full potential, developing skills across a broad curriculum. We have adapted our topic based approach to the requirements of the new curriculum, using Chris Quigley milestones to ensure all children are assessed against age related expectations.
Each half term, children are taught two topics (one is driven by science and the other is either a history or geography based topic). Children are able to develop their acquisition of skills from other curriculum areas, such as art, through this topic based approach. Trips take place throughout the year, and range from local trips to the library to a recent trip to France where Y5 & 6 children visited the Louvre and the Somme to further develop art and history knowledge.
Phonics (Letters and Sounds) is taught from Nursery through to Y2 where the children then move on to ‘support for spelling’ in order to master basic reading skills. Children then also move to a Reading programme called ‘Accelerated Reader’ where the books are graded into ranges and children can select from their appropriate range. They can then be assessed online by carrying out a short quiz which shows their understanding of each book.
Computing is taught throughout the school, with a recent investment meaning that children have access to iPads throughout all key stages as well as laptops being available during all lessons. This has been particularly useful throughout guided reading where all children in KS2 are now accessing Accelerated Reader.
Spanish, PE (including swimming) and music are taught by expert teachers who, along with school staff, offer an extensive list of after school clubs and extra-curricular opportunities. Our children perform each year at the Victoria Hall as part of the Songbirds festival as well as joining young orchestras throughout Stoke on Trent to perform in brass and string concerts. In sport, children represent the school at the annual Northwood track and field event and take part in cross country races involving children from other schools, including high schools. Team sports include football, netball, dodgeball, athletics and cross country.