We are a Catholic school and this is shown in all that we do. Although Religious Education is timetabled as a subject, in its broadest sense, it actually permeates through not only the whole curriculum but informs and guides us in all that we do in school. There are daily Religious Education lessons and times for Collective Worship and prayer and the school follows the Archdiocesan syllabus for Religious Education – 'Come and See'. Mass is celebrated with the whole school at different times of the year. The weekly assemblies, in part led by the staff and in part by the children, provide further opportunity to re-emphasise the Christian values we seek to promote.
As a school, we seek to put into practice our Christian values, notably in a strong work ethic and high demands on the individual so that our Christian ethos is something that runs throughout the whole life of the school. It finds expression not only in our support for local and national charities, and our increasingly strong links with the local community, but also in the ideal of always striving to make maximum use of any talents which we have been given.
In order to ensure that our children are equipped to grow up and work in a multi-faith and multi-cultural society, we ensure that we give due to emphasis to the 'Other Faiths' topic in the RE scheme, as guided by the Liverpool Archdiocese. Therefore, the children will usually study an RE topic on 'Judaism' each year, as well as one on 'Islam'. Through assemblies and other activities, the children will also learn about other faiths, cultures and celebrations e.g. Chinese New Year, Diwali etc.
We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.
We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.
Ruth Miskin Training has awarded us with their Accreditation Badge, recognising us for teaching the Read Write Inc. programmes with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make literacy pleasurable and rewarding for our children.
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Mental Maths: A short burst of rehearsal that engages and challenges every learner whilst at the same time provides clear teaching points without hindering pace.
At Sacred Heart, in addition to the five hours of maths lessons each week, we do Mental Maths at least three times a week for approximately 20 minutes. In these sessions children:
These sessions are conducted orally and mentally with the help of whiteboards where necessary.
Key to our children's success has been the use of Number Fun across the school. You can find out more about Number Fun by visiting their website (clicking the picture).
The Internet and new technologies such as tablets and smartphones have had a great effect on our daily lives and have improved the education of all children, but with the use of these technologies there are some associated risks. At Sacred Heart, e-safety is a topic which is revisited throughout each year. Students are given an introduction to understanding of the risks associated with the internet and how they can stay safe online. Parents and carers can find advice about e-safety on the Think-U-Know website(click on the icon).