Our School Curriculum
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is made up of Nursery and Reception (ages 3 to 4 and 4 to 5). At our school we don't have a Nursery and therefore the only year group in EYFS is Reception.
Our EYFS Leader is Miss Ramsden. Details on the EYFS curriculum can be found by clicking here. To find out what our children are learning about in Reception please click the following link Our Reception curriculum
To find out more about key skills that are learned in the EYFS click here.
Key Stage 1 covers Years 1 and 2 after Foundation Stage. The children in these two classes will be 5 to 6 and 6 to 7 years of age respectively and it is at the beginning of Year 1 that children begin work on the National Curriculum. A new National Curriculum came into force in September 2014.
Our Key Stage 1 leader is Mrs Horsfield.
Key Stage 2 covers Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and the children in these classes continue to study the National Curriculum. To ensure that there is the same focus on progress every two years, we have divided Key Stage 2 into Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.
Lower Key Stage 2 is made up of Years 3 and 4 (7 to 8 year olds and 8 to 9 year olds) and is led by Mrs Twist.
Upper Key Stage 2 is made up of Years 5 and 6 (9 to 10 year olds and 10 to 11 year olds) and is led by Miss Harper.
To find out what the children are learning about in Key Stages 1 and 2 please click the following link Our KS1 and KS2 curriculum
Find out why National Curriculum levels no longer exist by clicking here.
Download a free parents guide to the New National Curriculum.
Subject Association Websites:
English - NATE – National Association for the Teaching of English https://www.nate.org.uk/
Drama - NATD – National Association for the Teaching of Drama http://www.natd.eu/
Science - ASE - The Association for Science Education http://www.ase.org.uk/home/
Design and Technology - DATA www.data.org.uk
Geography - Geographical Association http://www.geography.org.uk
History - Historical Association http://www.history.org.uk
Physical Education - Association for Physical Education http://www.afpe.org.uk
Computing - Computing at School http://www.computingatschool.org.uk
Reading is an absolutely vital key skill. It underpins everything else. Reading is the key to understanding your maths and science as well as everyday signs. It is crucial that school and home work together to develop the quality of reading in every child. Please don't think that because your child has reached the juniors that reading can stop. We want our children to enjoy reading for pleasure as well as it being an important function in order to access basic information.
We will always give your child a reading book which has a level of challenge. This means that when they get a home reading book some of the words will provide a challenge in terms of saying the words as well as understanding them. The idea is that with every book, the children learn how to say and understand an increasing range of words that they can then use in their writing.
As a school we use books from a variety of schemes including the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and use Letters and Sounds as our phonics programme.
In class we hear readers individually and also as part of guided reading which is an opportunity to share a book and learning in reading with a group of other children and staff.
The staff model expression and intonation in their reading through sharing a whole class reading book.
The teaching of values is central to an education at St Nicholas as we believe that children should grow up with a sound understanding and appreciation of values which help them to take their place as good and responsible members of society.
More recently we have been teaching the children about five fundamental British values which are: Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
We believe that these values are critical to the development of any child and making sure that our future society have sound values for life.
You can find out more about British Values and how we have been teaching them HERE.
Schools also now have a duty to work with children who are at risk of becoming radicalised and holding extremist views. We do this by teaching the children to respect themselves, their friends, their community and their world. This website is a useful tool in this work.
Every school has a duty to respond to the Prevent duty, and ensure that a risk assessment is carried out to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and extremist views.
You can view our response to this duty below.
Evidence of the British Values in our school
We believe that everyone who learns at our school should behave in school according to Christian Values. These values are explained at the website www.christianvalues4schools.co.uk which is introduced by the Archbishop of Canterbury. We have also tried to interpret these for our children and staff at St Nicholas. You can find these here. We believe that our Christian values give the children values for life and is part of what makes our school so distinctive. We believe that it is part of our mission as teachers to teach the children skills such as empathy, compassion and trust which help them to make their way in life as helpful and constructive members of society.
Within every school there will be children who are capable of achieving well beyond the attainment of the more able children in the class. These children need to have their needs met in order to maximise their learning potential and to ensure that they don't become switched off.
The Charity POTENTIAL PLUS is a charity that supports parents and schools in the identification and support of gifted and talented children.
In 2008 the Government defined them as follows:
"Children and young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities)."
At St Nicholas we have defined "significantly ahead" as being at least one whole level of attainment above that which is expected for their age.
Our school runs a Children's University scheme in partnership with Blackpool Council. This scheme gives children credits for the amount of learning outside the classroom. At the end of the year we have a big graduation service in school and there is also a Blackpool wide graduation service at the Winter Gardens. Please see Mr Mellor if you are interested.
For more information please click HERE.
You can also claim credit for the time spent at school extra curricular clubs.