Curriculum Areas

Computer science teaches the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

Pupils will use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content, ensuring that pupils become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace. As active participants in an increasingly digital world, we teach children to use technology responsibly and safely.

Access to language and developing the means to communicate are the keys to expression and creativity.

Spoken Language: The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital in the development of their vocabulary and grammar and underpin the success of their reading and writing. The continual development of discussion and debate, the participation in and analysis of drama, and the conventions of conversation enable our pupils to gain a confidence and competence in spoken language, and the ability to listen and respond appropriately. We recognise the importance of storytelling in building children’s confidence and we are proud of our relationship with The Everyday Magic Storytelling Group.
Reading: Our teaching of reading encompasses the skills of both word reading and comprehension. Skilled word reading is taught from an early age through speedy decoding and recognition of printed words. Phonics are emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school, and we base our teaching on ‘Letters and Sounds’ while also drawing from ‘Jolly phonics’ and ‘Read Write Inc’. Comprehension skills develop through reading and discussing a range of high quality stories, poems and non-fiction. We encourage all pupils to read widely across genres in order to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to access all areas of the curriculum. Reading opens a world of opportunity for young minds, developing imagination and curiosity. Parents can use our suggested texts for reading to support at home.
Writing: We teach children how to spell quickly and accurately, to use correct grammar and punctuation and to develop a fluent and legible handwriting style. These basic skills then allow pupils to be confident at articulating and communicating ideas, to develop clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context. Pupils have opportunities to practise a variety of forms of writing, not only as a skill for later life but also as a means of artistic expression.

Maths is essential to everyday life, necessary for future financial management and employment. It is critical to the understanding of other areas of learning, scientific and technological. A high-quality mathematical education, as well as providing a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject, provides a foundation for understanding the world.

 We aim that our pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, developing conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Pupils’ thorough grasp of the number system, methods of calculation, geometry and measurement is built on as pupils move through the school. Their understanding allows them to reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their knowledge with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems and persevering in seeking solutions.
Parents can use our calculation polices to understand more about how mathematics is taught across the school:

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport, and embeds values such as fairness and respect. In addition, it provides opportunities for pupils to lead healthy lifestyles.

Oratory Primary School encourages pupils to take part in extra-curricular sport and we have an excellent record in local sport competitions such as netball, football and gymnastics. We hold a gold sports mark in recognition of our work to promote sport and games.
This year we have received a school sports grant. This is extra government funding to spend improving the teaching of P.E. and ensuring children adopt healthy lifestyles.

Religious Education is a fundamental part of our school’s curriculum. We use a comprehensive and well structured R.E. programme of study which ensures that as well as a strong understanding of scripture and tradition, pupils learn how to apply the teaching of Jesus into their daily lives.

 The R.E. whole school curriculum overview details the R.E. learning across the school. Further detail can be found within class curriculum maps.
Prayer is an important part of the school day. Each class has a dedicated prayer area, and as well as whole school assemblies, pupils are encouraged to lead their own acts of worship. Mass is celebrated regularly as a community, both at school and at the church and a Rosary Group is run during particular times of the liturgical year.
Parents may find the Oratory Prayer Guidelines useful for helping their children learn prayers at home.

Science provides the foundations for understanding the world through biology, chemistry and physics. All pupils will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through practical activity, they will develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

They will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to predict what may happen, and explain how and why. Science has changed our world and will continue to affect the prosperity of future generations. Our children will understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.