Teaching and learning - Our curriculum and how we work
We aspire to equip each individual in our school to face life confidently and to realise his or her potential. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In EYFS we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This develops children’s skills in, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Creative and Physical Development. Progress, achievements and attainments are carefully observed, monitored and recorded throughout your child’s reception year with us and we use an online system called Tapestry to collate all of this. Tapestry enables parents to not only be kept up to date with their child’s development but also actively encourages them to contribute to their overall learning journal. Further information about Tapestry is shared on entry to school - please speak to Mrs Moxham or Mrs Burton in class 1 if you would like to know more.
We also place great emphasis on opportunities to learn outside of the classroom; in 2015 we opened a brand new purpose built Foundation Stage classroom which provided us with the much needed free-flow connection to the outdoors. The outdoor provision for our youngest children is an area we are keen to see develop further in the near future.
The National Curriculum—Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2) and Key Stage 2 (years 3-6)
Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 at St Sebastian’s follow the National Curriculum, which was overhauled in 2014. This provides coverage of the core subjects Literacy, Maths, Science and Computing and the non-core subjects which are Art and Design, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music and Physical Education. In addition to this we provide Religious Education in line with the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus and most importantly throughout lessons and daily school life we endeavour to develop Personal, Social and Emotional Health and Citizenship.
We have a mixture of both single age classes and mixed age classes in the school; our highly skilled staff are able to adapt and put into practice a range of teaching strategies; these include individual, group and whole class methods of teaching to ensure all children receive a quality and exciting curriculum throughout their time at St Sebastian’s.
To deliver the National Curriculum, we use innovative planning and assessment to provide a creative approach to learning that enables pupils to engage in imaginative, original and purposeful learning activities which stimulate and excite them, giving them a sense of achievement and paving the way for them to become life-long learners. Planning is based on developing and building on children's knowledge as they move through school. Engagement and enthusiasm in the classroom creates a positive learning environment where enthusiasm for learning generates positive and purposeful behaviours.