The St Stephen's Curriculum (Years 1-6)
St Stephen’s Curriculum
At St Stephen’s we believe that what we teach our pupils is engaging, relevant and meets all the statutory requirements of what must be taught in a primary school.
The following is an outline of each of the subjects taught at our school, and how we have chosen to teach them.
Science, Geography, History, Design and Technology, and Art and Design
We teach these subjects through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Each term, one or two IPC Units are taught in each year group. These units focus on one topic for several weeks, for example, ‘What’s on the Menu?’ and ‘Moving People’. The IPC is thematic and creative, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for each of these subjects. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning.
Each teacher plans lessons based on key texts that children will enjoy. This is a bespoke curriculum based on the needs and interests of our children.
We use the principles set out in Letters and Sounds as the basis for our phonics teaching. We enhance and supplement our phonics teaching with interactive resources from 'Phonics Play'.
We follow the Bradford local authority agreed syllabus for RE. From January 2019 we will be using ‘Understanding Christianity’ as our main resource through which to teach about Christianity – a new scheme published by the Church of England Education Office. Other religions are taught throughout the schools, including Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism.
We follow the ‘Charanga’ music programme.
PE is planned and taught separately for each year group. Each half term has a focus on either gymnastics, games, athletics, and dance. Children in Year 3 also have swimming lessons.
We have a whole-school computing long-term plan, focusing on one area of computing each half-term.