St Nicolas CE Primary School

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Curriculum. Learning to Live... together.

We are committed to achieving a rounded and balanced academic, creative and sporting curriculum. 

We know the importance of children finding their learning rewarding and motivating. We therefore offer a relevant and interesting curriculum which provides meaningful contexts within which to learn and refine new skills. 

This is achieved through a topic based approach to learning where the basic skills of reading, writing and maths are often taught discretely but with the purpose of achieving something of value when applying them in the topic. We keep things varied to ensure learning is always fresh.

In addition to the core subjects taught at all schools, our exciting and challenging curriculum includes  languages - mainly Spanish lower down the school but with French in year 6 in preparation for their trip to France. There are frequent opportunities for music, drama and competitive sport for all children within the curriculum.  

We use established and proven teaching strategies such as 'Talk for Writing’, Working with Others, Assessment for Learning, use of graphic organisers and Blooms Taxonomy which promote thinking skills and cooperative learning and which enrich the statutory curriculum.

Our aim is a low stress, high challenge curriculum which gives the children the best possible opportunity to do well. 

Educating the whole child

Opportunities for learning do not stop when the curriculum time ends. We offer a wide range of extra curricular activities. 

Performing Arts: Music, Drama & Dance

We have an active choir who regularly take part in a concert at the O2 and the Brighton Centre as well as leading singing in services and assemblies. Our samba band leads our school at the yearly ‘Children’s Parade’ in Brighton. 

There are opportunities to learn drums, violin, keyboards, guitar, harmonica and we have a class set of ukuleles so that every child can learn an instrument as part of their class music lessons.

Productions and ‘Dance at the Dome’ are highlights of every school year.

Year 6 shoot and screen a feature film each year; Bugsy in 2014 and Joseph in 2015.

Sport

Elite sport has a high profile with the football, netball, mini-golf, swimming, cross country, tennis, athletics and tag rugby teams competing in tournaments. We also have a high degree of participation in sports clubs and organised sport at lunchtime, including lunchtime tournaments.

Clubs

A wide range of clubs from film club to chess, art club to dance are available - some paid for but many free. If any parent or friend of the school is in a position to offer another club, we would be glad to hear from you!

Reading

We use 'Little Wandle' to teach phonics. 
We use 'book bands' to enable us to use books from a variety of schemes and non-scheme books. 
 
There is lots more information about how we teach reading on the Curriculum - Reading page, our parents 'Reading' page and our parents 'Phonics' page. 
 

More Information

Should you need any further information about an aspect of the school curriculum, please contact the school office.