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  • Parents | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    Parents Newsletters Diary Dates Uniform Online Safety Parent Meetings Bedtime Stories Wishlist Newsletters Previous Newsletters Bedtime Stories Diary Dates ​ Autumn Term 2021 Thursday 2nd September to Friday 22nd October Half Term Monday 1st November to Wednesday 22nd December Spring Term 2022 Monday 10th January to Friday 18th February Half Term Monday 28th February to Friday 8th April Summer Term 2022 Monday 25th April to Friday 27th May Half Term Monday 6th June to Thursday 21st July Please note these dates may be subject to change Uniform WINTER UNIFORM Girls – Grey skirt Boys – Grey Trousers Grey jumper/cardigan/sweatshirt (stocks with logo available from the school office) White hard collar shirt School tie (available from the school office) Black flat shoes (not boots, plimsolls or trainers) Grey, black or white socks or tights. ​ SUMMER UNIFORM Girls – Blue and white checked dress Boys – Grey shorts/trousers Black flat shoes NURSERY UNIFORM Girls – grey skirt Boys – grey trousers White polo shirt and red sweatshirt/cardigan (stocks with logo available from the school office) SUMMER UNIFORM Girls – red and white checked dress Boys – grey shorts PE Kit Uniform Policy Sept 2021 (Does not Apply until September 2021) Parent Meetings New Nursery Parents 2021 Nursery Welcome Meeting 2020-2021 Nursery Induction 2021 Reception Welcome Meeting 2021 Read Write Inc Parents Meeting 2021 Year 1 Welcome Meeting 2021 Year 2 Welcome Meeting 2020 Read Write Inc 2020 New Reception Parents 2020 Year 3 Welcome Meeting 2021 Year 4 Welcome Meeting 2021 Year 5 Welcome Meeting 2021 Year 6 Welcome Meeting 2021 RSE Meeting 2020 year 6 FGM / CSE Meeting Wishlist If you would like to donate a book to our school, the links below contain items from our Top 20 lists and Book of the Month recommendations. Each book will be stamped with the name of the person who has donated it and will be placed on our class bookshelves. Nursery Year 3 Reception Year 4 Year 1 Year 5 Year 2 Year 6

  • PE Curriculum | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    Physical Education Curriculum At St Bernadette’s we offer a range of sports both within the PE curriculum and as extra-curricular activities, for both boys and girls. These include: - Football, Basketball, Tag Rugby, Cricket, Athletics, Fitness clubs, Fundamental skills, Gymnastics, Tennis, Netball, Swimming, Rounders, Boxercise, Yoga, Dance and Archery. Our main focus at St Bernadette’s is tackling obesity; pupils are given the opportunity to attend extra-curricular clubs and competitions as well as high quality PE specialist teaching, with at least one unit of work a term having a health and fitness focus (e.g. Boot Camp Circuits and Boxercise). Hopefully, this will continuously show a visible improvement in fitness levels and working towards developing a healthier lifestyle as well as reducing obesity levels at St Bernadette’s. This year, we have been given the chance to extend our curriculum by allocating funding from the Sports Premium to purchase specialist Archery equipment. There is a lot of excitement about archery and the skills being developed by children in KS2 are commendable. Later in the year, the children will have the opportunity to use live arrows, when they visit the various archery competitions. Inclusion is an important aspect of our ethos, and this is supported throughout the teaching of PE. Staff continue to share knowledge, attend courses and INSET courses are provided to the staff in order to update our teaching of P.E. St Bernadette’s are currently a member of the Erdington and Saltley primary schools football league, East Birmingham Football Partnership and Birmingham Junior Netball League. So far this year we have also participated in numerous football, netball, hockey and basketball matches, developing the children’s confidence on and off the field of play. We are also a part of the BCSSA and through this; we will participate in a variety of sports; Netball, Badminton, Football, Rounders, Volleyball and Cricket. The children at St Bernadette’s are extremely privileged as they are also given many opportunities to take part in a selection of competitive sports offered by outside agencies such as the Birmingham Schools Games. PE Pupil Premium Funding What is PE Pupil Premium Funding? The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of Physical Education (PE) and Sport in Primary Schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to Primary School Headteachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and Sport in Schools. The grant for 2013 to 2014 is paid in 2 instalments. Schools will receive the initial payment in the Autumn Term and the second payment in April 2014. 2019-2020 July Report on Primary PE & Sport Premium 2019/2020 2020-2021 July Report on Primary PE & Sport Premium 2020-2021 2021-2022 July Report on Primary PE & Sport Premium 2021/2022 PE Kit All children should have a white t- shirt and black shorts to wear for P.E. which are available from the School Uniform Outfitters or any local Supermarkets. All children should also have a pair of basic black pumps to wear when required. Children in KS2 are permitted to wear trainers for outside activities for health and safety reasons, however they are responsible for them while they are in School, so they should not be expensive ones, as School is not liable for any loss or damage. Trainers should only be worn during P.E. Lessons so children must have normal school shoes with them too. * If there is a problem with damaged school shoes, children will be required to wear their black pumps in and around School until they are replaced. During cold / bad weather children should have a basic black tracksuit in School to wear. Children in Y2 and Y5 will need a swimming kit for the term they go swimming. The pool regulations state this means proper swimming trunks / costume. For health and safety reasons long hair should also be tied up and no jewellery or watches should be worn.

  • Education | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School | West Midlands

    St. Bernadette's Catholic Primary School Learn to love, love to learn. Parent Pay Newsletter At St. Bernadette's Catholic School you will find us caring, hardworking and co-operative. We follow the ways of Jesus using our talents and gifts to make our school special. We show respect to all and welcome you Learn More Upcoming Events

  • Policies & Admissions | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    Policies Accessibility Plan 2019-2022 Anti-Bullying 2020-21 Attendance 2021-22 Behaviour Policy 2021-22 Behaviour Statement 2021-22 Breakfast Club British Values & SMSC Calculation Policy Calculation Policy Guidance Charging & Remissions 2021-22 Child Friendly Anti Bullying 2019-2020 Collective Worship Complaints 2021-22 Computing Acceptable Use Policy 2021-22 Educational Visits 2021-22 Equality & Diversity EYFS Policy 2020-21 Exclusions 2021-22 SIP Action Plan SIP: Cognitive Load Theory EYFS Homework Policy Online Safety Policy 2021-22 Uniform Policy Sept 2021 RE Policy 2021-22 Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy SEND 2021-22 RSE Policy Uncollected Children Food GDPR Data Protection Policy GDPR Privacy Notice Pupils & Their Families Gender Equality 2019-2022 Health & Safety 2021-22 Inclusion 2019-2020 Intimate Care Policy 2020-2021 Parent Code of Conduct PE Gifted & Talented Pupil Premium Policy 21/22 SIP Reading Action Plan SIP Writing Action Plan Admissions ​ How to Apply. Check that your child meets the Admissions Criteria for St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School. Documents which must accompany the application: Birth Certificate Baptismal Certificate The completed application and requested documents should be posted or delivered to the school. St Bernadette’s School Hob Moor Road, Yardley, Birmingham, B25 8QL Appeals Appeals for normal round of admissions Please note that current government legislation requires all appeals up to 30th September 2021 to be heard by video conferencing Date of allocation of places 16th April 2021 Deadline for lodging appeals and providing evidence to support the appeal (if appropriate) 17th May 2021 Appeals will be heard by 13th May / June 2021 Notice of appeal hearing At least 14 school days notice of the appeal hearing Deadline for governing body to submit evidence for the appeal At least 14 school days notice of the appeal hearing Deadline for sending appeal papers to all parties No later than 14 calendar days before the appeal hearing Deadline for appellant to submit additional evidence Seven calendar days before the appeal hearing. Information or evidence not submitted by the deadline might not be considered at the appeal Late applications for appeals will be heard by At the same time as previously scheduled appeals or within 30 school days of appeal being lodged Decision letters sent to appellant Normally within seven school days ​ In-Year Applications ​ An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places. An application should be made to the school by completing the in-year admissions application form which is available on our website. A hard copy of the application form can be obtained by contacting the school office at 0121 783 7232 or by email Completed application forms must be and returned to Mrs Smallwood at St Bernadette’s Catholic School, Hob Moor Road , Yardley, Birmingham. B258QL Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for will be applied. The full admission arrangements can be accessed from the school website or by contacting the school office to request a hard copy Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application. If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list and further information relating to this will be included in the letter sent from the school advising you of the outcome of your application. Please see the admission arrangements for more details. You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible. Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of its receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of its receipt. You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful. If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions please contact Mrs Smallwood on 0121 783 7232. You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority. Admissions Policy 2020 Appeal Timetable Admissions 22/23 Admissions Policy 2021 Admissions Policy 2022 Admissions Policy 2023

  • Online Safety | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

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  • EYFS | St Bernadette's Cath

    EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage ​ Welcome to St. Bernadette’s Early Years Foundation Stage! Our teaching team in Nursery consists of Miss Finnegan (Red Group), Miss Barron (Yellow Group), Mrs. Buchanan (Blue Group) and Mrs. O’Brien (Green Group). The teaching team in Reception consists of Miss Deards and Miss O’Neill (RSD), Miss Fullerton and Mrs. Heeley (RPF) and Mrs. Dawood and Mrs. Robbins (RND). ​ Our school is a beacon of hope and a place that offers children in the EYFS an education rich in wonder and memorable experiences. We want our children to succeed in our ever-changing world; we hope our education gives our children the best chance to become happy and well-rounded individuals, reaching their full potential and fostering our school motto, ‘Love to Learn, Learn to Love ’. At St Bernadette’s School, we are committed to the Catholic faith, recognising and valuing every individual as special and unique, created in the image and likeness of God. We welcome and celebrate differences and our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s diverse range of experiences and prior learning from their previous settings and their home environment. We know the crucial role that early years education has to play in providing firm foundations upon which the rest of a child’s education is successfully based. Our EYFS curriculum is driven by our four fundamental EYFS curriculum drivers: Learn to Love, Love to Learn We want children’s curiosity and creativity to be nurtured so their love for learning is ignited. Through developing learning behaviours, such as: playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically, we want children to be autonomous with their own learning and resilient. We want them to plan, implement and review this process and do it with integrity and become successful, lifelong learners. Communication Communication and language skills are the cornerstone of learning. We want our children to be able to speak clearly and process speech sounds, express their ideas and to understand and interact with others. We want them to develop an enriched vocabulary and a love for reading. Communication is the vehicle for learning, making friends and succeeding in life. Community We want our children to develop a sense of pride in themselves and respect and tolerance for others in their immediate and school community, as well as the world that is beyond their local environment. They need opportunities to experience the richness of our diverse community and show they care about its management and sustainability. We want to cultivate partnerships with families and engagement in their child’s lifelong learning journey. We want children to develop a sense of citizenship in line with British Values. We follow the Values and Virtues from the Archdiocese of Birmingham's Catholic Schools’ Pupil Profile; we see them in action in our lives and in the lives of others and we work on how to encapsulate these values in our lives. Possibilities We are passionate about broadening the horizons of our children, providing rich learning opportunities and experiences to develop imagination, curiosity, creativity and ingenuity. Our children cannot aspire to things that they have never encountered; we want to expand their knowledge of the world in which we live. Play Based Learning Parents As Partners Outdoor Learning Maths Topic Overviews Reading Play Based Learning Play underpins the Early Years Foundation Stage at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School. When children play, they are learning at the highest level and through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. Play takes place indoors and outdoors and it is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world, practise new ideas and skills, take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others. We provide high quality planned and unplanned experiences for children’s play and our teaching team support children’s learning so that it is both enjoyable and challenging. Outdoor Learning “The best kept classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed only by the sky” Margaret McMillan (1925) The outdoors provides young children with one of the best possible environments in which to learn. ​ Why is learning outdoor important: Physical development is the pre-requisite for the children’s growth. It enhances the development of gross and fine motor skills, develops co-ordination, balance and body awareness. It develops a life-long good habit of daily exercise, encouraging them to be active and healthy. It provides the opportunity for assessed ‘risky’ freedom, where children can play and socialise freely and use their own imagination an initiative. All the areas of learning can be achieved outside while the children’s long-term social, emotional and mental health are being enhanced. Learning outside the classroom gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons. Playing and learning outside also helps children to understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and lifecycles. Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness. The outdoor environment offers space and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Very young children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which supports brain development and the creation of neural networks. For many children, playing outdoors at their early years setting may be the only opportunity they have to play safely and freely while they learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situations. At our school we have two well equipped outdoor areas, as well as a garden where the children can explore, learning and play. In addition to this, the children regularly visit the local EcoPark where they can experience, hands-on, pond dipping, mini-beast hunts, explore the seasons and build dens to name a few. Topic Overviews Autumn 1 Nursery Autumn 1 Reception Our EYFS curriculum is judiciously balanced, with a focus on the knowledge and skills children need to flourish. It is based on wonder and awe, delivered through topics which engage the children. Each half term, children will cover a new topic. Topic overviews are created which stipulate real life experiences, key texts, rhymes and poems, parental involvement, Cultural Capital links, key festivals and events, as well as key skills and knowledge that will be covered during the topic. However, our children are given the opportunity to influence and plan the direction of their own learning by identifying what they already know, understand and would like to know about each new topic of work. Each topic is then flexibly delivered, incorporating an initial ‘Sparky Start’ to ‘hook’ the children’s imagination in their new topic. Here you will find our Topic Overviews: Parents as Partners At our school we aim to build positive relationships with parents and to keep them informed of their child’s learning. We encourage parents to have an input in their child’s learning by asking them to complete regular Proud Clouds, informing us of the wonderful triumphs their children have achieved at home. Parents are welcomed each Friday to storytelling sessions with their children, where they can choose storybooks to borrow and share at home. In addition to this, we provide many workshops and parent events throughout the year such as; Phonics Open Week, A Journey to Writing Workshop (gross and fine motor skills), Maths Open Week, Stay and Play sessions, Bedtime Story Session, Christmas Craft Workshop, Christmas Nativity Play, Mother’s Day Picnic, Father’s day Den Building, Parent and child Prayer Services and EYFS Mass. Nursery Welcome Meeting Reception Welcome Meeting EYFS Mathematics There's more to mathematics than just counting! Children learn about maths through play and their daily experiences and the more meaningful to them and hands on it is, the better. Our Nursey and Reception (both indoors and out) is full of mathematical opportunities and has exciting things for children to explore, sort, compare, count, calculate and describe. This supports them to be creative, critical thinkers, problem solvers and to have a go and to be resilient. EYFS Mathematics Overview Click here to visit our Mathematics area of our school website for more information. Reading At St. Bernadette’s Catholic School we foster a love of reading from the onset, sharing stories, poems and rhymes to develop vocabulary and comprehension. We have selected a number of high, quality texts to support a love of reading. Nursery Reading and Rhyme Spine Reception Reading and Rhyme Spine Nursery Rhymes in EYFS We also follow Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’, this is a multi-sensory approach, introducing a simple way to inspire young children's language development through storytelling. Our children learn language through memorable, meaningful repetition. The ‘Talk for Writing’ approach enables children to internalise the language of story so that they can imitate it, innovate on it and create their own effective stories independently, allowing their language development and creativity to flourishes. We have a secure, systematic, synthetic phonics programme taught from the beginning of Reception, with phase 1 listening and attention activities being the focus in our Nursery. Our children have many opportunities to read and reread books that match their phonics stage. We also have a robust assessment system in place to quickly pick up children falling behind and thus we are able to give these children targeted support. Check out our Reading area on our school website for more information.

  • Topic Week Videos | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    Topic St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School is a beacon of hope and a place that offers children an education rich in wonder and memorable experiences. Through our diverse and inspiring ‘topic’ curriculum our children learn to love and love to learn. At St. Bernadette’s School, we take a ‘topic’ approach when teaching. ​ History, Geography, Art and Design & Technology. Each term, every year band studies a common theme through these four foundation subjects. This enables the children to develop their key skills as well as gain a deeper understanding of the world. It is our hope that our curriculum develops children’s curiosity and fascination about the world, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. ​ Art Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our art and design education engages, inspires and challenges our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Design and Technology Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, our pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. History Our history provision helps our pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and helps them to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Geography Our geography lessons equip our pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with developing a deeper understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. St Bernadette’s Topic Overview 2022-23 What do our children say about topic at St Bernadette’s School? “We got to make lots and lots of stuff. We even got to do some painting!” Parent: “Seeing our children on the trip was amazing. Their knowledge showed what good teachers they have.” “The trip was very good. We learnt lots.” “We loved working together.” ​ “Today is going to be the best day. It’s topic.” “This week felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity. We did so much that we don’t normally get a chance to do and we loved it.” Topic ​ . Continents song- Ocean song- ​

  • Our School | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    Ethos Pupil Premium The McNally Award Staff List Head Teacher's Welcome Welcome Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make in their early years. As a parent you want your child to feel safe, secure and happy at school. At St Bernadette’s School all children are encouraged, supported and challenged to become the best that they can be. St Bernadette’s is a Catholic school and our motto “Learn to Love, love to learn” is at the heart of everything we do. St Bernadette’s is much more than an educational establishment it is a place where the children are offered stability and enrichment to learn effectively and develop into well rounded, responsible and respectful young people. On a recent Ofsted inspection the school was classed as outstanding for personal development and welfare, this is something we as a school are very proud of, the Ofsted inspection is available on the school website and I would encourage you to read it. A Cowings Headteacher Ofsted Report The Archdiocese of Birmingham Education Service Cognitive Load Theory SIP Action Plan SIP Reading Action Plan SIP Writing Action Plan Ethos St. Bernadette’s is much more than just an educational establishment; it is a beacon of hope and a place which has to offer: Children: The stability and enrichment they need to become well rounded individuals who are well prepared for the life ahead of them. Staff: A sense of fulfilment and achievement. Parents: A school which assists them in the religious formation of their children and offers them support and advice to develop their children socially, morally and academically. Implications Therefore we need to provide: Children: A broad and exciting curriculum which engages all. A safe and secure stimulating environment in which children are nurtured and supported. A set of moral values, which inform the choices they make. Staff: Quality professional development based on assessment of needs. Opportunities to network with other educational establishments. Parents: Up to date information on curriculum and pastoral matters. Opportunities to develop parenting skills Prospectus School Tour 2020 /21 The Pupil Premium The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. See the pdf document below for detailed information on our Pupil Premium impact for 2018/19 and the action plan for 2019/20 PP Strategies Impact 2020 PP Strategies Plan 2020-21 Pupil Premium Policy The McNally Award DSC_9907 2019 2019 2017 2017 2016 2016 Show More The McNally Award Every year in the summer term, one child from each year band, Nursery to year 6, is nominated to receive the McNally award. Staff within the year band, choose a child who has displayed an exceptional attitude towards school life throughout the academic year. Typically, these children will display impeccable manners on a daily basis. They will give their very best in every lesson and will be supportive of their peers and their teachers. The award was introduced in 2015, following the death of Mr John McNally who had been the charismatic Head Teacher of St Bernadette’s School until 2005. Mr McNally saw the school grow from 180 pupils to 700 pupils over a period of years. He was well respected in the local community due to his strong leadership and continuous drive to achieve high standards of discipline and academic success. St. Bernadette's Staff Miss Cowings – Head Teacher Mr Carroll – Assistant Head / Science Faculty Leader Miss C Connaire - Assistant Head / Humanities Faculty Leader ​ Miss K Lakin – 6KL Year 6 Teacher / English Co-ordinator KS2 Miss Z Boron - 6ZB Year 6 Teacher Mr A Markham-Jones – 6AMJ Year 6 Teacher / PE Co-ordinator Mrs M Kerrigan – Year 6 Teaching Assistant ​ Miss C Grant - Year 5 & 6 English Teacher / MFL Co-ordinator Mrs K Harston – 5KH Year 5 Teacher / Topic Co-ordinator Mr E Baker - 5EB Year 5 Teacher Mrs L Canning – Year 5 Teacher / Assistant Head Mrs McCartan – Year 5 Teaching Assistant ​ Miss A Hulse - 4AH Year 4 Teacher / ICT Co-ordinator Mrs C Brownhill – 4CB Year 4 Teacher / Science Co-ordinator KS1 Miss C Manders - 4CM Year 4 Teacher Mr R Wayne - 4RW Year 4 Teacher Mrs Colclough – Year 4 Teaching Assistant ​ Mrs T Kelly – 3TK Year 3 Teacher Mrs E Lennon – 3EL Year 3 Teacher Mrs E Hill - 3EH Year 3 Teacher / RE Co-ordinator Ms Corkery – Year 3 Teacher / Science Co-ordinator KS2 Mrs Yakoob - Year 3 Teaching Assistant ​ ​ Miss O’Toole – Year 2 Teacher / English Co-ordinator KS1 Mrs S Hussain - 2SH Year 2 Teacher Miss S Fiddler - 2SF Year 2 Teacher Mrs L Gray – Year 2 Teaching Assistant Mrs J Robinson – Year 2 Teaching Assistant ​ ​ Miss Gibbs - 1EG Year 1 Teacher Miss O Bowden - 1OB Year 1 Teacher Mrs Clarke – Year 1 Teaching Assistant Miss McGrath – Year 1 Teacher / Topic Co-ordinator Ms Baker – Year 1 Teaching Assistant Mrs Begum – 1SJ Year 1 Teaching Assistant ​ Miss Deards – RSD Reception Teacher Mrs Dawood - RND Reception Teacher Ms T O'Neil – RSD Reception Teaching Assistant Mrs Devlin – RPF Reception Teacher Mrs Heeley – RPF Reception Teaching Assistant Mrs A Robbins - REF Reception Teaching Assistant ​ Miss Finnegan – Nursery Teacher / Assistant Head Miss E Barron – Nursery Teaching Assistant Ms O’Brien – Nursery Teaching Assistant Mrs S Buchanan - Nursery Teaching Assistant ​ Mrs R Kelly – SENCO Mrs Jones - PPA / PSHE Co-ordinator Mrs Docker – Support Teacher Ms Ryan - PPA ​ Mrs Shalvey – Learning Mentor / PSA Mrs Payne – Learning Mentor ​ Mrs Smallwood – Office Mrs Byng – Office Miss K O'Neil – Office ​ Mrs J Lewis – SEN Support Mrs Apted – Technician Mr Abbott – ICT Operations Manager Mr Malone – Building Site Supervisor Mrs Worth - School Cook ​

  • Science | St Bernadette's Cath

    Science At St. Bernadette’s, we are in the process of writing and developing a bespoke curriculum based on the National Curriculum. “…careful curriculum design, where new knowledge is broken down into meaningful components and introduced sequentially, can support all pupils to learn scientific concepts. This includes those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.” Research Review Series: Science. Ofsted, 2021. Science Curriculum Overview 22/23 Prior Knowledge “Assessing students' prior knowledge allows an instructor to focus and adapt their teaching plan. For students, it helps them to construct connections between old and new knowledge.” Assessing Prior Knowledge, Cornell University, 2022 Each unit with a prior knowledge check – this aids both teachers and learners. A focused flashback helps pupils to retain prior knowledge on the topic and make links between old and new content. Each planning grid outlines prior knowledge in order to support teaching. Retrieval “Sufficient curriculum time must be allocated for pupils to embed what they have learned in long-term memory through extensive practice before moving on to new content.” Research Review Series: Science. Ofsted, 2021. Each lesson begins with three flashback activities: The idea is that this: Will help to transfer information into pupils’ long term memories Will act as a ‘pre-teach’ for key concepts and vocabulary Will address common misconceptions before they arise Will lead to greater understanding as we progress through a topic as effective links can be made. Vocabulary “Vocabulary plays a crucial role in science because it is at the heart of science learning and knowledge building. To discuss and build knowledge, students need to have access to the vocabulary of science.” National Science Teaching Association, 2020 ​ ​ Each unit contains: A discrete lesson on vocabulary that is taught at the start of the unit, this pre teaches new scientific words. A selection of key vocabulary showcased on classroom science display boards. Each lesson contains: Scientists “Researchers have found that the sense of belonging in science matters more than grades and background when it comes to keeping students in science majors and careers. Creating a more equitable, inclusive, and leakproof STEM pipeline requires helping more students feel like scientists.” Helping students (re)think of themselves as scientists. C&EN, 2020. Each unit has a key scientist linked to it. These scientists have been reviewed to ensure our curriculum is more diverse and relevant to our pupils. Many units also have a ‘Just Like Me’ scientist also included, helping pupils learn about people like them working in different careers within the field of science today. When learning about scientists, we will focus on: the impact that scientist had on the world whose ideas that scientist built upon the barriers some scientists faced and how they successfully overcame these to make a significant difference to the world around them which of our ‘Working Scientifically’ skills these scientists utilized. Here are examples of a few modern and diverse scientists included in our science curriculum: Environmental Awareness “Environmental education promotes critical and creative thinking skills and inspires kids to become more engaged with their communities. It helps kids understand why the environment is important and provides them with the building blocks they need to live eco-friendly and sustainable lives.” Why Environmental Education is Important for Kids. Rubicon, 2021. The golden thread of environmental awareness runs through each unit in school. Each unit has a linked environmental focus – ‘Care of God’s Creation’ (linked to Catholic Social Teaching). This makes our curriculum more relevant to issues faced today, which should engage pupils and help them to see the real-world purpose of their learning. Enquiry Types Throughout school, children are exposed to five types of enquiry: Comparative/fair testing Research Observation over time Pattern seeking Identifying, grouping and classifying Working Scientifically A set of characters have been created to represent each of the ‘Working Scientifically’ skills that the children will utilise within their investigations and enquiries. These characters are displayed in every classroom and appear in many science lessons, even when the focus is not directly linked to enquiry. Reading At St. Bernadette’s, we believe that reading is a cornerstone of each and every curriculum area. As such, opportunities to share picture books, as well as fiction and non-fiction texts, have been planned into each unit. A range of books related to each science topic have also been purchased for each classroom in order to allow children to extend their learning outside of lesson time. Reading as part of the Curriculum (sample): Wider reading material (sample):

  • Curriculum | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    Curriculum All learning experiences are planned to offer the broadest educational opportunities to pupils. Everyday offers opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge. Learning is delivered through assemblies, visits, themed weeks, after school clubs, as well as through timetabled lessons for particular subjects. We employ a combination of setting and mixed ability grouping depending on the subject area. A range of strategies are used to motivate and address the needs of all learners. Whole class teaching, group work, paired work and individual study is used at appropriate times. Pupils are given the opportunity to take the initiative, make decisions, work co-operatively and sometimes independently, supported by the class teacher. Resources are varied and include textbooks, worksheets, audio-visual, ICT and interactive materials, all of which are intended to support learning. Foundation Stage Curriculum Developing creative, confident learners Children may enter Nursery in the school year in which they will be four years old and may start Reception in the school year in which they will be five years old. The Nursery and Reception Years follow the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, which is based on seven areas of learning: Prime Areas Personal, Social & Emotional Development Communication & Language Physical Development Specific Areas 4. Literacy 5. Mathematics 6. Understanding the World 7. Expressive Arts and Design In order for new pupils to settle into school, we ensure that the Nursery and Reception children have their own: Early lunch sitting Outdoor play area Induction day. KS1 & KS2 Children in KS1 (age 5-7, Yr1 and Yr2) and KS2 (age 7-11, Yr3- Yr6) follow the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum Consists of: Religious Education Core Subjects (English, Mathematics & Science) Foundation Subjects (Art & Design, Citizenship, Computing, Design & Technology, French, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education) Delivery of these subjects ranges from discrete lesson time, cross curricular elements through other subjects and in dedicated curriculum days. Intent, Implement, Impact Curriculum Maths Science Topic Computing English PE MFL EYFS