Curriculum

As an Academy, St Patrick’s has the freedom to modify the curriculum introduced by the government in September 2014. Our aim is to enable pupils to demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviours in order to take their place in a rapidly changing, diverse, multi-cultural society. 

In St Patrick’s School, we teach RE, Maths, English, Science and PE as discrete subjects in the main.  Our aims are to develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills through these discrete subjects and the remaining Foundation subjects so that they can be applied in all aspects of learning.

We have adapted our topic planning to reflect the new primary curriculum.  

Curriculum Statement 2015/16

 

Skills

In St Patrick’s development of pupils’ skills is planned using a Skills Learning ladder which is age appropriate.  Long term planning indicates skills to be developed within units and across the year.

 

Elli Learning skills

Over the past few years we have also introduced the Elli learning Journey.  In a rapidly changing world it is important that pupils learn the skills and attributes that will last through their lives to maximise their full potential.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

St Patrick’s School provides extracurricular activities that help to broaden the school’s provision.

 

Music

Pupils at KS2 have a range of music opportunities through Bristol Music Service.  Current provision includes Rock Band for Upper Key Stage 2 and Ukulele for Lower Key Stage 2.

All pupils have singing opportunities including hymn practice and our school choir performs at a range of venues including the Church and the Colston Hall.

Pupils enjoy participating in Class assemblies, Masses, Christmas, Easter Plays and summer productions.

Periapetic teachers offer individual music tuition in the following instruments: brass, violin, woodwind, guitar and piano.

 

Heritage School

We are a Heritage School.  This opportunity has enabled pupils to develop practical history and geography skills.  In 2014, there was a marvelous response to our whole school project: “Who do you think you are?”  The family’s responses were creative and varied celebrating the diversity of the families of our school community.

 

International Award

We have recently been awarded the International Award. 

 

Travelling Light

Years 5 and 6 worked with the Travelling Light theatre Company to develop a production based on the decades in recent history since the foundation of the school in 1933.  An important aspect of this performance was how pupils worked with a professional company including directors and a choreographer.

 

Outdoor learning

We are fortunate to have the use of the Parish field and open areas around the school.  This year Mr Harris is developing a range of outdoor activities suitable for all age ranges.  Resilience is an important attribute and skills developed through these events may help pupils to engage even further with the school curriculum.  We have undergone a playground audit and look forward to providing pupils across the school with additional resources and activities.

 

Residential Camp

There is an annual residential camp for Year 6.  St Joseph Class has an opportunity to further develop their skills and resilience through participating in a range of events including body boarding, archery, caving and obstacle course.  This is an important step in transition to Secondary School.

 

Trips and visitors

It is important to offer the children a wide range of experiences. To enrich topic work, children may visit appropriate venues e.g. Bristol Museum, M-Shed, Bristol Cathedral, SS Great Britain. 

Theatre visits have included The Little Mermaid at the Bristol Old Vic and the pantomime at the Hippodrome.

It is good to provide exciting events to spark enthusiasm and provide Wow moments.  Favourites include The Travelling Theatre Group  and The Science planetarium.   

 

Additional support  

In St Patrick’s School there is a wide range of interventions and support available for pupils with additional needs.