It’s the end of a wonderful Christmas Term here at Stonyhurst.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!
Covering everything from core subjects to co-curricular activities, Key Stage 1 & 2 offers the ideal pathway to Senior School and beyond.
Our English reading scheme in Reception provides students with the systematic building blocks of the English language in a fun and dynamic way with Big Cat Phonics. With levelled reading books aligned to each individual child’s abilities, we are able to gradually improve their comprehension.
Once they have more confidence, we cultivate a genuine love for reading through whole class reading sessions. As independent learners, they are encouraged to explore our well-stocked library and turn reading into a lifelong passion.
Our teachers use the proven framework, Talk for Writing, to inspire students to unlock their potential as writers. At the start of each unit, students are assessed in order to craft a learning journey of imitation, innovation and invention. The topics for these units are linked to the IPC and students’ own interests to ensure that their writing has a real purpose.
Alongside the creative element of writing, key skills are developed. In Reception and Year 1 pupils learn to write in lowercase. When the pupils develop control, the remainder of their time in KS1 focuses on introducing a flowing, cursive style that encourages them to write with confidence. Grammar and spelling skills lessons are used to explain key concepts and support them in achieving their English writing goals.
From Reception to Year 6, our students learn Maths through the scheme Maths No Problem. Maths No Problem is based on the Singaporean approach to teaching maths, which uses proven tools and methods to develop a deeper understanding of the subject at all levels. The programme focuses on CPA: visualising maths concepts using Concrete materials, illustrating them Pictorially, and finally completing Abstract problems.
The IPC is a central element of our KS1 and KS2 curriculum. The students 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 focusing the teaching on where they would like the learning to go. Our Jesuit Pupil Profile is 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 by teaching Science directly through our IPC, drawing 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 well-equipped Science lab is available to facilitate students in their practical understanding and further their passion for the subject. Furthermore, our Year 6 pupils 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 plays a central role across all year groups. This starts in our Early Years with the introduction of programmable toys and is later 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 has a specialist teacher throughout the entire Junior School, with Art and Drama specialists taking over from KS2. Our well-equipped auditorium provides students with the opportunity to gain confidence, perform to large audiences and create memorable experiences.
PE and Swimming lessons are taught by specialist teachers throughout every pupil’s time at Junior School. They play a vital role within the School day and pupils learn key life skills, both related directly to their sports, teamwork and the spirit of competition. Students are further encouraged to develop their love of sport through our co-curricular activities.
French, Mandarin and Bahasa are the languages across KS1 and KS2. With specialist teachers ensuring each language is taught at the highest level, our students learn key language skills that provide them with opportunities in the international workplace and as global citizens.
Wellbeing is of the utmost importance at Stonyhurst. Through the teaching of all subjects, we ensure that student wellbeing is considered and our school values are reflected. In addition, opportunities for discreetly taught Wellbeing lessons may be taken each week. These sessions 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.