We aim to provide the most appropriate education for every child in our school. Each class teacher will look at the range of children’s abilities in the class and will plan appropriate programmes and activities for each level. Every child will work in a variety of different ways in the classroom and will experience a range of teaching styles. There will be times for individual work, small group learning and whole class teaching. At St. Dominic’s we aim to use a broad range of teaching skills and methods in order to best suit the needs of all our pupils. Teachers meet regularly in their Key Stage groups to plan together, thus ensuring consistency and continuity throughout the school. The curriculum offered across the whole school is broad and balanced. The National Curriculum forms the basis of the children’s learning with the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies being the Foundations for teaching and learning in Mathematics and English. All other subjects (apart from RE and PSHE) are planned using the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Guidelines.
At St. Dominic’s we believe the ability to speak and listen is fundamental to pupils’ language and social development. It is an essential tool for all areas of the curriculum, as talk underpins all learning and thinking. Respectful and productive relationships between all who form part of our school community are crucial aspects of this ethos. As a staff, we therefore foster good communication amongst ourselves and with our pupils, their parents and carers, and with the wider community.
We strive to develop oracy skills through the taught curriculum, the hidden curriculum, playtimes and lunchtimes, extra-curricular activities and the whole ethos of the school. We believe that developing good speaking, listening, reading and writing skills is critical for effective learning right across the curriculum.
The aims of teaching oracy throughout the curriculum enable our children to:
- be encouraged to speak with confidence, clarity and fluency;
- recognise the value of listening;
- be encouraged to have the self-esteem to be confident in the value of their own opinions and to be able to express them to others;
- be able to adapt the use of language for a range of different purposes and audiences, including using Standard English;
- learn to converse, sustain a logical argument and respond to others appropriately;
- be encouraged to concentrate, interpret and respond appropriately to a wide range of listening experiences;
- be prepared to be open-minded, to value the contribution of others and to take account of their views;
- appreciate the diversity of languages, dialects and accents in the school and value the experience and contributions of children with a wide variety of linguistic backgrounds;
- develop empathy through drama.