We have received the following awards for the quality of our curriculum at St Matthew's.
RE Quality Mark Silver Primary Science Quality Mark Linguamarque
At St Matthew's our curriculum is designed to build upon prior learning, improve communication skills, promote creativity, broaden knowledge and prepare pupils for life beyond school. We embrace our diversity as individuals and celebrate our unity as a caring, Christian community.
Science continues to be a priority for us as a school and Mr Ridsdale has planned even more exciting things for the year ahead. Following on from our whole school investigations about 'Rocket Mice' and 'The Senses' our latest venture is exploring seed dispersal. This included a competition across all year groups to design and make a seed that will travel the furthest distance when dropped from a high place. We have also been working hard to make sure the work in our Science books is of the highest standard.
Art forms an integral part of the curriculum and often ties in with topic themed work. For example, the children in Year 1 developed their sketching and mark-making skills by drawing pictures of toys. The whole school follows the Suffolk Scheme of Work for Art and lessons focus on collage, drawing, painting, printing, 3D and textiles. Mrs Furniss organised lots of visitors and activities for our Arts Week in January.
At St Matthew's we have a wide range of devices that we use for Computing and within other subjects. The children regularly use laptops and iPads to support their learning and to discover more about programming. In KS1 we use Scratch Jnr, which is a free app on iPads, where the children use simple coding to design and create their own games. In KS2 pupils use Scratch on the laptops to develop their coding skills at a more advanced level. These programs are free to use at home too!
Humanities (Geography and History)
During the first half of the Autumn term most of the school focused on historical topics, finding out about Ancient Egypt, Greece and much more. In Year 2 the children researched 'The Great Fire of London'. They made model houses and actually set them on fire! Have a look at their year group page for photographic evidence. The Geography curriculum continues to reflect our diversity as a school, whilst including lots about Great Britain too.
Modern Foreign Languages (French)
Pupils in Key Stage 2 learn about French language and culture. They have a discrete weekly lesson and French vocabulary is incorporated into other aspects of the day such as registration and singing. We have received the Bronze Linguamarque in recognition of good quality teaching of MFL.
Music is a popular lesson at St Matthew's and the children love learning new songs from the Charanga scheme as well as singing in assemblies. Pupils in Year 5 are all learning to play the flute and in Year 2 they are starting to learn the recorder. Of course we use a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments throughout the school. 60 pupils in Years 5 and 6 took part in the 'Young Voices' event in London and we look forward to the return of the Samba Band in the summer term.
PE (Physical Education)
Our Sports Coach, Mr Andrews, is now employed by the school on a full time basis and he is working closely with staff to ensure our PE teaching is top notch. Alongside the weekly lessons he runs football, netball and multi-sports clubs. Pupils are competing regularly in inter-school competitions and we hope to continue our links with DanceEast in the future. Lots of children enjoy attending Sarah's Dance Class on Thursdays after school and will be performing for parents in due course.
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
PSHE is taught as a discrete lesson throughout the school, often responding to current events in the news or to situations in class as they arise. The PSHE leader is currently working with our Multi Academy Trust to prepare for the introduction of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) in September 2020. Parents will be fully consulted about this in due course. Each year group keeps a PSHE scrapbook to show what the children have been learning.
RE (Religious Education)
RE is taught throughout the school, based on the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus. As a Church of England school we follow the recommendation that greater emphasis is placed on Christianity. We also enrich our curriculum by celebrating Eucharist, Easter, Pentecost, Harvest and Christmas, which often includes services in St Matthew's Church.
In Reception, RE is taught as a discrete lesson and the children learn more about Christianity. In Key Stage 1 the children continue to study Christianity but are also introduced to Judaism as well. In Key Stage 2 lessons focus on Christianity, however pupils also develop their understanding of other beliefs including Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Humanism. This gives the children an opportunity to ask questions and compare religions. Much of the learning undertaken is evidenced in RE scrapbooks. You are welcome to look at these any time. Just ask the class teacher.