Teaching and Learning
Statutory requirements are met in teaching the National Curriculum in all subjects. The curriculum is well balanced and enables all pupils to make good or better progress.
Where possible, outside agencies are invited in to reinforce the learning within the classroom.
As part of enriching the curriculum, the children go out on trips to various centres, museums, galleries, theatres etc.
PSHE Education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage the many opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up.
By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, barriers to learning can be overcome, aspirations raised and the life chances of all pupils can be improved.
- Develop self-esteem and respect for others
- Consider other’s needs and behaviour
- Show empathy
- Explore relationships with friends, family and others
- Develop a sense of belonging
The curriculum has been developed to deliver the expectations of the National Curriculum from September 2014.
The curriculum has been designed with a thematic approach for the majority of subjects. English, Maths, RE, Science and P.E. have been designed to be taught as discrete subjects, with links to topics where appropriate.
We have ensured there is full coverage of the National Curriculum and a clear progression of skills and knowledge within each subject.
We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phonics programme and the Oxford Reading Tree scheme books at KS1.
(Please refer to the termly Curriculum Plans section).
Should you require any further information about the Curriculum, please contact the Mr Small, Headteaacher via the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Classes go out on their own individual trips which you can read about under their class heading. We also put on events for the whole school to enjoy. These are detailed below:
ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-20
Wow – the children have amazed their teachers with their great research homework on Space. Thank you parents/carers, for your support with this.
Our Lady of Grace has been a hub of Science research and investigations this week. Classes have investigated some of the following topics: Water on the Moon, Growing Plants on the Moon, investigating Forces by seeing how far a balloon can travel on a straw and a piece of string and Exploding Rockets.
On Thursday 12th March two astronomers, Dara and Bryony from the Royal Observatory Greenwich delivered great thought-provoking assemblies to each key phase about our Moon and other Mysterious Moons. The children impressed the astronomers with their clever answers and their interesting questions. Jordan in St Bernadette class in answering a question said, “We might get hungry as there is no food on the Moon.” The assembly for EYFS and Key Stage 1 focused on what astronauts need on a journey to the Moon and Wilhelmina commented afterwards, “When are we going back to the Moon?”
Key stage two were fascinated to learn that Scientists believe that life could exist on one of Jupiter’s many Moons called Io. Feyi in Year 5 commented, “I found it interesting that volcanoes on Io Moon can erupt into Space!”
The Astronomers were over-whelmed with how well behaved the children were. A great day! Classes will be buddying up to share their wondeful learning with each other.
EYFS Phonics and Maths Workshops
Mrs Adeyemi, Miss Gavure and their team ran Open Morning sessions in EYFS. The sessions gave parents the opportunity to observe Phonics and Maths being taught within the classroom but also, advice was given on how to follow this up at home.
- 61 parents attended the Phonics session
- 60 parents attended the Maths session
What our parents thought:
"It very useful to see how a lesson is taught, and what we should be doing at home, thank you!"
â“Great practical tips!”
“Children were engaged and enjoying themselves “
“Miss Gavure and the TA’s you all rock!”
”Excellent session, great insight for ideas on how to use at home!”
Mastery Maths Presentation
Miss Scotland led the Maths presentation last week and the session highlighted the Mastery Maths curriculum as well as giving practical advice on teaching Maths at home.
- 33 parents attended the Maths session
What our parents thought:
“Thank you, we are getting to know the approaches that the school uses in teaching maths.”
“Good to learn how the children are taught.”
“Really helped with the language used in class. Now feel able to engage at a deep level with homework and Maths in general.”
Paul Newman, from Ivydale Science and Technology Service in Peckham visited Our Lady of Grace School on Friday 15th November to teach EYFS, Year 1 and Year 5 children about his collection of animals – he has approximately 300! He brought a selection of bugs and reptiles and talked about their habitats, what they eat and their classification.
Fearless children got the opportunity to hold a milk snake , a tarantula and giant millipedes. They amazed their teachers with their brave attitude.
The children loved the shows and asked and answered lots of questions. Other classes will have the same opportunity to look forward to in the summer term.
Mrs Selwyn, Science Coordinator
Charles Dickens’ story of Scrooge from ‘A Christmas Carol’ was magically brought to life by Image Musical Theatre who came to visit us this week.
In this festive tale of redemption and compassion, over the course of one ghostly Christmas night, cold-hearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge learns to pity himself and to love his neighbour – but is that enough? The show was a wonderful tool to remind children and adults alike of the importance of kindness.
The show required the participation of the audience as the chorus and a few volunteers to play small parts. All the children took to it like a duck to water and everyone had a wonderful time!
To further engross children in their English learning, children receive inspirational talks and workshops from authors for them to understand the thought process behind their favourite stories. This year children received a visit from Eamonn Reilly. He provided a very exciting assembly for all classes in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. He told parts of his stories to get the children engaged, explained where he gets his inspiration from and provided tips on how to write stories.
A book fair was held this term for a week. Children had the opportunity to explore new books after school and bought the books that they were interested in. From the commission we earned, each class was given a budget to purchase new books for their book corners. The book fair was a huge success earning £841 commission to purchase new books, as well as promoting reading in the school.
Thank you to all the parents and children who supported this event.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-19
KS2 Sports Day 2019
Despite a little light shower of rain, the KS2 sports day went off really well. The children had such a great time taking part in their favourite races (shoe, sack, bean bag, egg and spoon, skipping) and real support for each other when pairing up with their team mates for the wheelbarrow and relay races.
Well done to all the children - another really successful event!
KS1 Sports Day 2019
During a week that wouldn't stop raining and a rescheduled venue for EYFS & KS1 Sports Day, the children still managed to have a really fun and exciting time.
Their enthusiasm and support for each other was really great to see, cheering on their peers and putting their best efforts into all the different events - running, skipping, egg & spoon, sack and hurdle races.
Well done children, you should be very proud!
The week before half term we were very lucky to have ‘Arty Party ‘ come into school to work with the children to produce a special Piece of art for OLOG. The children from Years 2,3 and 4 were lucky enough to be chosen to work on the painting of ‘Our Playground ‘ which is now displayed in the lower corridor for all to see.
The children had a fantastic time painting and using papier-mâché to make the 3D relief figures.
Everyone is thrilled with the end result and so a big thank you to the PTFA for their generosity in funding this project.
British Science Week - March 2019
The children had a wonderful time taking part in a variety of activities for British Science Week.
Please click on the link below to read more about it:
They also entered a competition and we had some really fantastic entries. Well done to all the children who took part and especially to the winners. Below are photos of their entries:
World Book Day - March 2019
At Our Lady of Grace, we celebrated World Book Day by coming to school with our favourite books and dressed in our PJs. Afterall it’s lovely to read when you are cosy.
The special message this World Book Day was the pleasures of reading and sharing a story, every day. Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their outcome and it’s fun for all involved. You can read together anywhere and everywhere, from breakfast to bedtime! In the park, on the train, on the sofa, on a plane – reading and sharing stories can happen anywhere at any time.
The children took part in various fun and creative reading and writing opportunities to really promote a love of books and of reading not just for pleasure but also for a purpose. Children read not only with their classmates but with children in different classes. They were given an opportunity to share and read various books. The adults also read and shared their favourite children’s books.
Here are a selection of photos:
Yesterday, we had a special visitor in school, Nigel Hinton. Nigel is an author of children’s books and he talked to us about how he creates stories. We learnt so much about story writing and then we remembered his tips when we wrote our own stories in class. Here are some of the things we learnt…
- Ask yourself questions, like “What is my character’s name?” “Where does s/he live?”
- Use my own experiences and feelings when I’m writing. e.g if I’m writing a scary story, how did I feel when I was scared?
- Use pictures, photos and objects to focus your mind
We really enjoyed meeting a real author! Thanks to the PTFA for making this possible.
Internet Safety Workshop
Thank you to all those parents who attended the Internet Safety Workshop.
It was an informative session, giving advice and guidance on the use of technology with children. Many thanks to Ken Palmer for leading the presentation.
EYFS Phonics Workshop
Thank you to all the Reception parents came to watch Phonics and Maths teaching sessions in both reception classes. Parents had a first-hand experience of what the sessions entail. Parents were shown different blending and segmenting techniques they can use when supporting their children at home and the maths system we use in school. We hope you found the sessions very informative.
Maths Workshop for Parents
A big thank you to everyone that attended the Maths Workshop today. The feedback was very positive, and I hope to run more workshops later in the year focusing on Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 separately. The PowerPoint and handouts are attached below and may be printed out for you to use with your child.
Many thanks, Mary Dowd
The whole school enjoyed the performance of Pinocchio put on by Image Theatre. They really enjoyed the story and pupils were chosen to take part in the production and what a great show it was! Thanks to the PTFA for funding this for the children. We are extremely grateful.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-18
Sports Day 2018
On a very hot and sunny Thursday afternoon the whole school took part in our annual Sports Day at Blackheath Rugby Club.
Thank you to all the parents who helped walk the children to and from the field - we really appreciated it.
The children had a great time taking part in a wide range of races - running, skipping, jumping, balancing bean bags on their heads, wheelbarrow racing and trying not to drop their egg on their spoons!
Well done to all the children (and parents) for taking part.
The Year One team held a parent’s information meeting about ‘Phonics at Our Lady of Grace’.
We looked at the importance of phonics and provided information about the Phonic Screening Check that all Year One children undertake in June. As part of the meeting we provided parents with a few usual ways they can help their child with learning phonics at home. The PowerPoint has all the information that we shared with parents.
Book Fair & Sponsored Read
In March we held our regular Book Fair each evening after School.
Because of your support for reading and the love of books, we as a School have earned £737.82 commission – this is to be spent on more books for our classes.
In addition, our Sponsored Read generated an amazing £706.90 which together with commission from Usborne Publishers, means the school has an additional £1,131.04 to spend on books.
In these days of increasingly tight budgets, this is wonderful news!
A special mention should be made to Sofia in EYFS who has won £20 of Usborne Books because she raised the most sponsorship money.
Well done to those children who took part in the Sponsored Read – and to their families and friends. We are so grateful to you all.
Year 6 SATs
Thank you to those parents attended the SATs session. Please click on the link below to see the presentation:
EYFS Phonics Workshop
Reception parents came in to watch Phonics teaching sessions in both reception classes over two days. The school uses Synthetic Phonics to develop children’s early reading and writing skills. Parents had a first-hand experience of what the sessions entail. Parents were shown different blending and segmenting techniques they can use when supporting their children at home.
EYFS Maths Workshop
Addition was the focus of the parents workshop on 29th and Tuesday 30th January. Parents observed two teaching sessions where teachers used different play methods and resources to teach the concept of addition. Both sessions were well attended by parents. Feedback given by parents confirms that they found the sessions very helpful.
Maths Workshop for Parents
Thank you to all those who attended the Maths workshop this morning; there was a great turnout and lots of positive feedback! The workshop explained the new mastery approach to teaching maths that we have implemented this year. Please see Mrs Dowd if you would like any further information.
Please click on the link below to see the presentation:
Christmas Musical Showcase
The children have clearly worked incredibly hard on their musical showcase this autumn term and produced a wonderful concert for parents and the entire school to enjoy. It's wonderful to see so many children learning an instrument - a skill that will stay with them for life - and appearing to revel in it. "Last Christmas" was a clear favourite among pupils and the tribute to George Michael was particularly moving.
Steve Mac never fails to capture their imagination and the children so obviously love his lessons. He and his son deserve huge congratulations for the important role they play in the school and ensuring it had a strong musical tradition. I am looking forward to next year already. Caroline Malley, Chair of Governors
Hansel & Gretel
The whole school enjoyed the performance of Hansel & Gretel put on by Image Theatre. Some lucky pupils were chosen to take part in the production and what a great show it was!
Summer Reading Scheme
Our Lady of Grace loves a challenge! Especially one which involves reading!
These children go along to their local libraries all the time. During the summer holidays, they read 6 library books and completed a series of fun tasks. Well done to our fantastic readers!
ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-17
On your marks... What a great sports day we had!
Firstly a big thank you to all the parents who helped walk the children up to Blackheath Rugby Club from our new school - we really appreciated it.
The children had a great time running, skipping, jumping, balancing bean bags on their heads, wheelbarrow racing and trying not to drop their egg on their spoons!
Well done to all the children (and parents) for taking part.
On Wednesday 22nd February we held a maths workshop for the children.
The children were paired up and had great fun solving a wide range of problems using the skills they have learnt. It was lovely to see the children having so much fun, working hard and using fantastic mathematical vocabulary!
A big thank you to Mrs Steenkamp for arranging the day; we look forward to next year!
A HUGE thank you to those parents who came to the English 'taster' sessions in Years 1, 2, 3 and 6.
The teacher's in each of these classes had invited parents to observe the teaching of writing and, judging by the comments left at the Reception office, they were very successful.
We will be continuing to offer 'taster' sessions in other classes and other curriculum areas later in the year.
'Beauty and the Beast'
The whole school watched and took part in a production of Beauty and the Beast which was put on by Image Theatre. They were completely enthralled and thoroughly enjoyed the show.