Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Our Nursery and Reception children will be following the British Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum. This covers 7 areas of learning that understand the key points of early years development and allow teachers to focus on each child’s individual needs. Children will primarily learn through a play based approach where the environment is regularly adapted to challenge them and where the teachers act as facilitators in learning through their interactions with the children. Some systematic teaching of English and Maths will take place in Reception to give the children the key skills they need to learn from the world around them. Primarily, our goal is to develop the children’s characteristics of effective learning so that they are curious, attentive, creative and critical thinkers, ready for their next stage of learning.
Our English reading scheme will begin in Reception with the introduction of Big Cat Phonics. This scheme focuses on providing the students with the systematic building blocks of the English language in a fun and dynamic way. With levelled reading books linking to each stage of the children’s phonetic knowledge, we are able to target the level of challenge to build confidence in reading.
Following on from the completion of the phonics scheme, whole class reading will be used to generate a love of reading and improve comprehension skills. Verbal discussion and the use of drama will be key techniques in furthering student understanding. Our Library will also play a central role in all of School life. Students will have the opportunity to read books of their own choice here and develop reading into a lifelong passion.
Teachers will use Talk for Writing to inspire students to meet their maximum potential in their writing. Assessment opportunities will be used at the start of each unit to specifically target the pupils’ curriculum targets and teachers will carefully craft a learning plan of imitation, innovation and invention to support students in improving their writing skills. The topics for these units will be linked to the IPC and students’ own interests to ensure that their writing has a real purpose and wider meaning.
Alongside the creative element of writing, key skills will be developed. In Reception and Year 1 pupils will learn to write in lowercase following our Bug Club scheme. When the pupils develop control, the remainder of their time in KS1 will focus on introducing a flowing, cursive style that will encourage them to write with confidence. Grammar and Spelling Bug will also be used to explain key concepts and support them in achieving their English writing goals.
From Reception – Year 6, all of our students will learn Maths through the scheme Maths No Problem. Maths No Problem is based on the Singaporean approach to maths, which uses a maths mastery teaching framework that is proven to raise attainment. With a focus on first visualising maths understanding using Concrete materials, before illustrating this Pictorially, and finally completing Abstract problems, the CPA element of Maths No Problem ensures that students have a deeper understanding of what they are learning.
International Primary Curriculum
The IPC will be a central element of our KS1 and KS2 curriculum. The students will learn about a range of topics across the year that are carefully planned to cover the breadth of the primary curriculum in a cross-curricular way. Creating these links allows students to see topics as real world scenarios and understand the complex links between issues. A key focus is placed on evaluating students’ existing knowledge and targeting the teaching on where they would like the learning to go. Our Jesuit Pupil Profile will be a key element in our learning here as students work towards their own personal goals as well as the curriculum targets they are set.
At Stonyhurst, we understand the importance of increasing students’ science capital through clearly illustrating the vital role science plays in our day to day lives. At times, this is through teaching Science directly through our IPC with a clear link to the wider topic. At others, this involves discreetly exploring the skills and knowledge they need to complete the British National Science curriculum. Our specialist Science lab is available to facilitate students in their practical understanding. Furthermore, our Year 6 pupils will have the opportunity to directly learn from our Senior School Science teachers as they prepare them for their future learning and see their potential as scientists!
ICT is incorporated into all aspects of learning across the curriculum. State of the art interactive panels are placed in all classrooms and 1:1 devices are available from Year 2 upwards. Not only does this provide the technological resources our students need for the modern world, but it also allows us to meet our intentional limiting of wasteful paper resources wherever necessary.
Programming will play a central role across all year groups. This will begin first in our Early Years with the early introduction of programmable toys and later will be explored through the students’ discreet ICT lessons, which are taught by a specialist teacher across KS2.
Music, Art and Drama are all key elements of our curriculum. They are often closely linked to our IPC and English lessons as they help the students to express themselves. With close links between children who excel creatively and those who excel in the sciences, our focus is on ensuring that creative subjects are given as much value by our community as those traditionally seen as academically rigorous. Music will have a specialist teacher throughout the entire Junior School, with Art and Drama specialists taking over from KS2. Our wonderful auditorium will provide students with the opportunity to gain confidence and perform to large audiences in what will be truly memorable experiences from the Junior School years.
PE and Swimming
PE and Swimming lessons are taught by specialist teachers throughout the whole of the Junior School. They play a vital role within the School day and pupils learn key life skills, both related directly to their sports and to team work and competitiveness. Students are further encouraged to develop their love of sport through our co-curricular activities.
French, Mandarin and Bahasa will be our languages across KS1 and KS2. With specialist teachers ensuring delivery of languages to the highest level, our students will learn key language skills that will provide them with opportunities in the international workplace and as global citizens.
Wellbeing is of the utmost importance to everything we do at Stonyhurst. Through the teaching of all subjects, every opportunity to support student wellbeing will be taken and learning opportunities reflecting our Jesuit values will be an ongoing and continuous process. Additionally to this, opportunities for discreetly taught Wellbeing lessons will be taken each week. These sessions will focus on the traditional PSHE topics as well as extending out into meaningful discussions through Philosophy 4 Children and from Key Stage 2, our bespoke Stonyhurst Coaching programme.