Our Vision and Values
Through our core Christian values of Thankfulness, Love and Hope, within a distinctively Christian context, our vision is to ‘Lay the Foundations for Life’, ensuring that all children are happy and confident; achieving their full potential through focused, high quality teaching and high expectations.
Learning at St Luke’s
Children’s learning will respond to their current and future personal needs, their future career needs and the needs of the varied societies and cultural groups in which they are likely to play a part. Children’s learning underpins everything we do. Helping children to learn – academically, socially, spiritually, morally, emotionally, and physically – is key.
At St Luke’s, we define learning as a change to long-term memory.
We aim to ensure that children experience a wide breadth of study and have by the end of each key stage, long-term memory of an ambitious body of procedural and semantic knowledge.
Procedural knowledge develops slowly with lots of repetition and is about knowing ‘how to do things’. Once you know how to do something it becomes implicit and you do it automatically, e.g riding a bike, cutting with scissors.
Semantic knowledge is about recalling general facts that have meaning, e.g. the sounds of letters, the capitals of countries, times tables, spellings. It is more likely that children will retain semantic knowledge if they learn through repetition. Retention of semantic knowledge relies on active learning, repetition and recall.
Our curriculum design ensures that:
Our Learning Heroes / Secrets of Success
One of our key aims is to teach children how to be successful learners and to develop good learning behaviours. We do this through the use of our Learning Heroes and our Secrets of Success. Through the story of Bear and Elli the elephant, we introduce our Learning Heroes to remind children about different learning characteristics through the imagery of animals in the story.
Every classroom has a set of learning heroes – an owl, tortoise, bee, chameleon, unicorn, cat and spider. We continually refer to these at all times and the whole school focuses on the traits on one learning hero each half term.
To find out more about our Learning Heroes, visit https://www.st-lukes.hants.sch.uk/our-learning-heroes/
Our ‘Secrets of Success’ remind children of the eight traits that will bring success. All children have a Secrets of Success bookmark.
International mindedness/ Adopted Countries / Global Neighbours
Another key aim is to develop in children an international mindedness, encouraging children to be active global citizens.
For our children at St Luke’s, we recognise the constraints on cultural provision in a rural area of the U.K. By promoting international mindedness, we believe we are part of a global learning community. The elements of the International Dimension for our children are to:-
The promotion of ‘International mindedness’ specifically ensures that children gain:
In order to promote international mindedness at St Luke’s, each class chooses an adopted country. Wherever possible, children learn about this country and use it as part of a comparative study. In 2021-22, the adopted class countries are:
At St Luke’s School, as well as promoting an international mindedness, our broad and balanced curriculum also promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance, our unique curriculum has a strong element of internationalism built into learning.
As a Gold Global Neighbours school, we aim to empower children to show courageous advocacy by being active global citizens and to see the connections which link all human beings together. Global Neighbours equips our children with the knowledge, skills and confidence to act against inequality and works towards empowering themselves to be active global citizens. In this way, they can become active in the hope of a more just and joyful world. It combines their needs and aspirations, their character, and their hopes for the world in which they are growing up. In exploring these concepts, Global Neighbours contributes to improved outcomes across the curriculum and in pupils’ personal development, through enhanced skills in critical and creative thinking, reasoning and communication. Formal opportunities for learning about being a good Global Neighbour are planned across the curriculum whilst we also respond to global events as appropriate.
To find out more about Global Neighbours, visit our Global Neighbours webpage.
Global Neighbours at St Luke’s
Maths Mastery Approach
At St Luke’s we use a Maths Mastery approach and Maths No Problem. Children are encouraged to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills through a concrete pictorial approach. In lessons, children use Maths No Problem textbooks and workbooks. To find out more about Maths at St Luke’s, visit our Maths webpage.
Maths at St Luke’s
Phonics / Reading
We prioritise the teaching of phonics and aim for all children to master the phonetic code as quickly as possible. Believing that reading is the key to success and underpinning all learning, we have high expectations and a consistent approach to phonics ensures children are given the best possible foundation for reading, writing and language skills. We teach phonics daily from Year R to Year 2. We follow a scheme called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds and the priority is that children develop their knowledge of the 26 letters in the alphabet, the 44 phonemes and 140 letter combinations. By teaching high-quality phonics sessions that allow for progression and continuity, we plan and deliver engaging and well-paced phonics lessons as part of a broad and rich curriculum. Ongoing assessment of children’s progress against phonemes learnt takes place and the books children take home are carefully linked to each child’s next step in reading. Children take home a fully decodable reading book based on their secure phonics knowledge (that a child can read at 90% fluency). Reading for pleasure books also go home for parents to share and read to children. To find out more about reading and the teaching of phonics, visit the webpages below.
Specialist Music Teachers and Sports Coaches
At St Luke’s, we believe that high-quality music and physical education are important and we use Sports coaches to teach sport and specialist music teachers from Hampshire Music Service in Year 2 to Year 6. To find out more about music, visit the webpage below.
We are a HeartSmart School. HeartSmart is a creative approach that we use to build character, emotional health and resilience. Equipping children with foundational principles and skills that will improve mental health and relationships and academic achievement. At St Luke’s. we want everyone to know that they are loved, cared for and valued. We recognise the value of educating the heart alongside educating the mind. We use HeartSmart to do that. Through the story of Boris the Robot, children learn to be HeartSmart.
Our High 5 Heartsmart principles are displayed around the school and in every classroom and referred to regularly.
Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RHSE)
In line with Department of Education Guidance, our school has a clear policy for Relationships and Health Education and Sex Education. This sets out clearly how content will be covered in Relationships, Health and Sex Education.
To find out more about our RHSE curriculum, visit Relationships, Health and Sex Education
We value and are committed to high quality teaching of R.E. The school follows ‘Living Difference IV’, the locally agreed syllabus for R.E., and also makes use of Understanding Christianity. Our R.E. policy contains further information. To find out more about R.E. visit our R.E. webpage. R.E. at St Luke’s