The curriculum is everything which is planned, taught and evaluated throughout school. Built into the curriculum are experiences which develop skills, knowledge and understanding and a positive attitude towards working together. We teach within a framework of the National Curriculum in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and the foundation subjects of Art, Geography, Music, History, Physical Education and Technology (including Information Technology).
St. David’s is a Church of England Primary School. The aim of Religious Education at St. David’s is to give children an understanding of Christianity, its principles and practice, within the context of the Anglican tradition. The School follows the Liverpool Diocesan syllabus.
Strong links exist between the school and the St.David CE Church. The Vicar leads Collective Worship once each week in school. Special services involving the children are arranged during the Church’s year. Under the 1988 Education Act parents have the right to withdraw their child from religious education and the act of collective worship. Parents wishing to exercise this right should contact the Headteacher.
Good communication skills are the basis of all education. All children follow the National Literacy Strategy. Our children are given a variety of opportunities for learning through the different forms of language, listening, speaking, reading and writing to enable them to develop communication skills for life. Emphasis is also placed upon developing an enjoyment and love of literature in all forms.
In our teaching we aim to develop an appreciation of the relationship within mathematics at whatever level the children are working. All children follow the National Numeracy Strategy while skills, knowledge and understanding are developed in a practical way and children are encouraged to solve problems and carry out investigations. Calculators and computers are used as a resource for learning and to foster enjoyment of maths. Games are used to practice new skills, develop strategies and foster cooperation and team work. All our work is underpinned by a strong basic number work so that our children have the necessary tools to use and apply mathematics in real life.
Our Science activities encourage children to develop enquiring minds, to enjoy practical activities and to persevere with problems. We also aim to develop manipulative skills in the use of equipment and material. Studies related to their bodies are made to bring about self confidence and a positive self image, whilst studies related to natural history should extend children’s interest and concern for animals, plants and the environment in general. The physical processes of electricity, forces, light and sound are also studied to give children a greater understanding of the changing world around them.
Geography is the study of people and places and the relationships between them. Through practical enquiry the children are encouraged to develop geographical skills, knowledge and understanding of the physical, human and environmental issues of their own surroundings, the United Kingdom and the wider world.
We aim to give our children the opportunities to learn and understand about the past from a range of sources. We use stories about the past and facts, visits and first hand accounts. Children are encouraged to ask questions to develop the skills necessary to investigate historical topics. Children will have the opportunity to gain understanding of the world past and present and their place in it.
Art, Craft & Design
The children are given a rich experience of a wide variety of materials and media and are encouraged to explore many techniques including painting, drawing, collage and modelling in order to develop skills and make informed choices about their work. The emphasis is upon enjoyment, participation and stimulation. Visits are encouraged to Drumcroon, the Wigan Arts Centre. Early skills and experiences are developed and extended and the children are encouraged to look at the work of other artists.
We believe that all children are entitled to experience and enjoy a rich variety of musical activities. Our children are presented with a broad balanced programme meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum and emphasising practical and creative work, both vocal and instrumental, using the many percussion instruments we have in school.
The aim of PE is to help children experience the pleasure and satisfaction from participating in physical activities. At St. David’s the emphasis is on improving personal performance, participation and co-operation with each other.
At present Year 3 and 4 children have the opportunity to learn to swim at Hindley Swimming Baths.
St. David’s takes part in local Inter School tournaments in football, cheerleading, cricket, cross country, swimming and various other sports.
We are now in the fortunate position of having full use of our refurbished Computer Suite facility situated in the School House. This is used to teach computer skills and enhance and extend the children’s learning in all areas of the curriculum. It also provides the children with the facilities to communicate and handle information in another medium. In addition to the main Computer Suite, there is a small suite based in the Red Rock building for the use of reception and Year 1 children. The school is currently developing an additional small suite in the new Valentine Building for the use of Years 2, 3 and 4; this also houses the video conferencing equipment for use by all classes. Alongside this, the school has developed a bank of laptops which can be used in any part of the school.
We are committed to developing children’s knowledge skills and understanding of computer technology.
Technology is linked to all areas of the curriculum. Skills and techniques of drawing and working with various materials are taught, enabling children then to go on to generate their own ideas in designing and making. Children are encouraged to plan and evaluate whilst developing and communicating design ideas. Older children will make simple case studies of distinguished engineers and technologists. Throughout the primary years the children will be developing their skills and techniques and knowledge of materials, so as to make progressively more complex products, using increasingly more sophisticated mechanisms.
MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
The school now delivers a weekly session of French to all the children in Key Stage 2. The programme has been developed, by the Language Department at the High School, which the school has strong links with. This enables the children to begin their Key Stage 3 education with a basic knowledge of at least one modern foreign language.
Additionally the school is at present able to offer Spanish as an extra curricular activity to all children from Year 2 upwards.
Sex Education is dealt with within the general area of religious and health education, in personal relationships and in partnership with the School Nurse. Parents are consulted before any specific programme of Sex Education is implemented. Children are encouraged to ask questions and there is a happy relationship between staff and pupils.