The National Curriculum for Literacy covers reading, writing and speaking and listening. In the Early Years and Key Stage One, children are taught to read and spell through a phonics based approach using 'Letters and Sounds '. In Key Stage Two the focus moves towards accurate use of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Throughout the school we endeavour to foster a love of literature and language, allowing all children to be confident readers and writers. 'Talk for Writing' is an important feature of our lessons; children learn to read as a writer and write as a reader.
We use drama and role-play in lessons such as Literacy, History and P.S.H.E. to help children explore characters and behaviour. During their time at St Luke’s, children also take part in productions which are performed to parents where they demonstrate confidence and a range of other skills.
Our daily maths lessons focus on number, geometry and measures. We recognise how important it is to learn and recall maths facts quickly in order to become efficient mathematicians. Through teaching and learning maths we aim to develop children's confidence and enthusiasm in using and applying mathematical skills and knowledge in everyday life.
Big Maths is used across the school to support the teaching and learning of number facts. Children understand the need for instant recall of certain facts and are encouraged to learn these facts "like they know their own name".
At St Luke’s we follow the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education’s agreed Syllabus for RE. During RE lessons the children will learn about the six principle religions represented in the United Kingdom (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism). Children develop positive attitudes of respect towards others who hold views and beliefs different from their own. They explore the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
Visits to local places of worship enhance children's understanding of our multicultural society and allow them to ask questions and develop their own individual viewpoints, whilst considering the importance of faith in the lives of others.
At St Luke’s we use topics to stimulate children's interests and understanding of past events and lives. We teach children a sense of chronology, starting in the Early Years where children find out about the recent past by asking questions to members of their family such as grandparents, as well as exploring key vocabulary related to the past. In Key Stage One children find out about changes within living memory and talk to people of an older generation to find out about important recent events and how life has changed recently. They learn about significant events such as the great fire of London and the first moon landings. Children also begin to think about significant historical events, people and places in our local area.
As children progress through the school they study changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. They learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, as well as the effects of Anglo-Saxon settlements and Viking raids and invasions. Children love to find out about the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece as well as Benin (AD 900). Through each topic they expand their knowledge and understanding of chronology, key historical facts, events and periods, as well as developing a growing appreciation for how past events influence our lives today. Children in Key Stage Two continue to extend their knowledge of our local area and how it has changed throughout different periods of history.
Our children are provided with opportunities to take part in singing, music making and music appreciation during their music lessons. Our younger children in Years 1 and 2 learn how to play the recorder and in Years 3 and 4 they build on their knowledge of sight reading and note playing and learn how to play either the Ukulele or Cello, as part of the Wider Opportunities programme. Music therapy plays an important role in the curriculum in relation to SMSC. Identified learners have sessions build into their personalised schedules to participate in Music therapy to facilitate their needs.
At St Luke’s, we believe that Physical Education can make a significant contribution to a child's emotional, intellectual and personal development; particularly their self-esteem. All children have timetabled PE lessons each week with a specialist PE teachers as well as their class teacher and in Years 3 children visit the local swimming baths for weekly swimming lessons.
Sports taught during PE lessons include football, athletics and hockey as well as gym and dance. Children have the opportunity to take part in sporting events within the school, and with other schools, including local tournaments and competitions.
There are also sport activities before and after school where children can experience the joys of keeping healthy through keeping fit.
Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship
PSHE provides children with the skills to help build respectful and understanding relationships. Children are taught how to be healthy, independent and responsible members of society and all lessons aim to develop a sense of self-worth.
We encourage all our children to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through School Council, fundraising events, supporting nominated charities and involvement in community activities. Children are given opportunities in PSHE, SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society. PSHE and Citizenship is also developed through our topic work and we actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs, encouraging everyone within our St Luke’s community to respect others.
Not only do children have the opportunity to develop their own artistic skills, but they learn about the work of famous artists, and learn to evaluate the work of their peers. They investigate shape,
line, texture, tone and colour through a range of materials in both 2D and 3D form. Work ranges from textiles to photography, paintings to collage and ceramics to still life.
We hold our annual Arts Week and invite parents in to school to see the wonderful displays and artwork produced by the children.
Geographical topics at St Luke's range from learning about local, national and international issues, mapping skills, environmental change and sustainable development.
Developing the children's geography skills and knowledge allows them to interact more effectively with their local and wider communities. They are provided with opportunities to research, compare and contrast their surroundings with other places.
Working with a variety of materials and tools, children learn new skills to produce a range of products such as photo-frames, moving toys, robots and bags. Children design, make and evaluate products through fun and focused practical tasks whilst learning to handle tools and equipment safely. Children are encouraged to create products for a purpose and often the inspiration for their work originates from the class topic.
Children from Reception to Year 6 have weekly computing lessons. Teachers use our 'Switched On' scheme to teach and develop skills such as web design, blogging, animation and control. This also covers writing algorithms and basic programming technology.
We are always looking to enhance computing skills through the use of new technology; recently we purchased 30 IPads which are used to enhance lessons across the curriculum. In addition to these, we have a set of IPods which are used by children to take photos and create videos.