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The Good Shepherd

Catholic Primary School

“I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me”. John 10:14"

Curriculum

HOW DO WE PROVIDE A BALANCED AND RICH CURRICULUM?

 

We are delighted to be able to offer an ‘outstanding programme of subjects’ which enable our pupils to ‘develop excellent skills in reading, writing and mathematics, while at the same time growing as individuals’.

 

Our children haveunparalleled opportunities to learn new and stimulating skills and to take their skills to an unusually high level’. They have ‘remarkable opportunities to explore such history topics as the Great Fire of London through the medium of art by working with professional artists in their studio. Pupils learn exceptionally well because they receive the finest teaching, not just from their class teachers, but also from specialist teachers, such as French, drama and music teachers, who ensure that pupils’ learning is of exceptional quality.

 

Taken together with the rich programme of trips and visits to places of interest, pupils at the school learn skills that prepare them exceptionally well for the next stage of schooling’. OFSTED 2014

 

Creative Curriculum

 

Each class has a chosen topic for the term; we link our Drama, Music, Cookery and Art lessons to each particular topic. Class teachers carefully plan lessons which explore each topic through the various mediums. This enhances the children’s understanding and experience of what they are learning. For instance, Year 3 study Ancient Rome in history and The Eucharist in Religious Education.  During their cookery lessons they learn how to cook dishes commonly eaten during this period. The children then put on a Roman feast and/or The Last Supper to celebrate all that they had learnt during their topic, sharing some of their delicious dishes.

 

As part of the Year 5 cookery lessons the children create their own three course menu which culminates in an end of term COOK OFF. Members of staff and school Chef judge and score each dish. The winning dish in each category is added to the following term School Lunch Menu.

 

Come Dine with Us

 

Year 6 concluded their cookery lessons this year by cooking a three course meal for 120 guests. Working from 9am until 9.30 pm, preparing tables, cooking, flower arranging, and serving their parents and invited guests. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to display their skills and talents, and an opportunity for parents to enjoy being served by their children! ]

 

Music

 

All pupils at the Good Shepherd school have dedicated weekly music lessons and singing assemblies with a music specialist from Pelican Music. This ensures all children have the opportunity to perform each week, reinforced by regular participation in Mass, and their end-of-term performances.

Termly performance platforms showcase individual musicians who are learning both in-school with Pelican Music and externally, attended by parents and pupils alike. The Good Shepherd Orchestra have looked at arrangement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King this term.

In-class Key Stage One music lessons have centred on performance (through percussion instruments and singing) and compositional activities this term. This is in addition to building understanding of musical terminology through set songs, developing musical literacy through rhythmic patterns, both visually and aurally. In preparation for our Early Years and Key Stage One Windrush production at the end of term, year 1 and year 2 have studied Ligeti's Six Bagatelles, Poulenc's Oboe Sonata, improving knowledge and familiarity of woodwind instruments and repertoire.

 

Key Stage Two children have developed their awareness of instrumentation through an in-school organ workshop - in collaboration with St Paul's Cathedral - and an interactive concert given by the Camarilla Ensemble wind quintet, sponsored by the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust.

Year 3 have continued to develop compositional and listening skills through their topic of water and the rain forest, with increased familiarity through regular discussion of the woodwind instrument family. Years 4-6 have studied an introduction to Opera, primarily through Verdi's La Traviata - reinforced by an in-school workshop with Opera Holland Park for Year 6 - discussing performance practice and historical context. They regularly participate in rhythmic dictation to encourage musical literacy. Year 6 additionally participated in a follow-up 'organ day' at St Paul's Cathedral, during which they toured and performed in the historic Cathedral.

 

Physical Education

 

Our children have benefited greatly from our approach to promoting a wider variety of sporting opportunities that focus on both their physical and emotional well-being as they continue to learn skills and knowledge with the aim of supporting a happier and healthier lifestyle. We  continued to provide access to an ever-expanding selection of sports with both tennis, JUMPx (trampolining) and Gaelic football being introduced to compliment the already wide range of sports we use to help us develop physical functionality and awareness, encourage collaboration and team work while improving the fitness and agility of all children. These opportunities positively impact on our ability to identify and train children to compete in the many out of school sporting competitions we enter. 

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