St. Philip's Catholic Primary & Nursery School

"Where everyone is valued and learning is celebrated" Headteacher: Mrs Elizabeth Taylor B.Ed (Hons) M.A. (Primary Education) NPQH

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On this page you will find information on the following:
  • Curriculum Statement
  • Long Term Mapping
  • Pupil Premium Statement of Intent
  • Pupil Premium Expenditure
  • PE Grant Expenditure
  • Attendance and Absence Information
  • Homework Expectations
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Curriculum Statement  Long Term Map 
We want our children to love learning.  We want them to love coming to school and be engaged with their lessons so that they are happy, fulfilled little people who want to carry on learning for the rest of their lives.
In order for us to do this, we try to plan an exciting curriculum which will interest and stimulate our children whilst at the same time, teach them basic life skills, not only reading, writing and mathematics (which are given the highest importance) but also speaking, listening and communication skills, learning to co-operate and work collaboratively in groups, to become independent thinkers and learners, to solve problems and to reflect on their actions and their learning.
They also have a right to learn about God’s wonderful creation - our earth -   and how we should be stewards of it; about the richness and diversity of cultures and nations; about people who have shaped our world through history; about people who have created works of art, literature, poetry and so on.  In short, we try to teach them that we live in a world full of gifts from God, still full of possibilities.  That’s why this year, all our themes begin with, ‘A world full of…’
We teach the children to be proud of their own cultural heritage and about the values which could be called ‘British’ but which could also be called ‘Christian’. So the children learn about democracy by voting for their own class members of the school council; they learn about the rule of law by following our Golden Rules and classroom rules and they learn about individual liberty in as much as they choose how to behave and that some behaviours could result in rewards or sanctions. The children also learn about mutual respect – adults in school show respect for children and one another and so that respect is also shown by children to adults.  We also teach children about faiths other than our own and in doing so, seek out similarities and learn to understand, accept and respect differences.
Whilst we are bound to fulfil statutory duties as laid down by the Secretary of State for Education (and enshrined in law), we also firmly believe that children should shape their own learning whenever possible. So, at the end of each year, we ask the children what they would like to learn about next year and we use their comments to inform our long term plans.  Like all best laid plans though, these could change over the year in response to children’s interests, opportunities suddenly presented to us or indeed to world events.
Over the past few years, we have noticed how much the children enjoy talking to others from different year groups about their work – this happens informally at break times and also at school council.  One of the greatest pleasures of a teacher (or headteacher) is to hear children talking about what they are learning.  Therefore, we plan our themes as a whole school, including Foundation Stage as far as we can.
We try to do this in a warm, loving, caring environment where, ‘everyone is valued and learning is celebrated,’ and where every adult in school, no matter in what position, contribute to shaping our children’s lives and their learning. 
Of course we place a huge emphasis on Religious Education and passing on our faith to the children. The most important lesson we need to teach our children, is that they are unique and gifted individuals – that there never has been and never will be again a child just like them – and that they are always and unconditionally, loved by God.  Thank you for entrusting your precious children to us.


When the coalition government came to power, Michael Gove was appointed to the position of Secretary of State for Education.  He expressed his, and the governments', intention to provide additional money to support the education of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The measure to be used for this additional support, is free school meals.  Schools are now given additional funding for children on their role who are entitled to free school meals, or have been within the last six years.
It is the statutory duty of the school, to provided information about how this additional funding is being spent.  At St. Philip's, funds have been allocated as follows:
*additional support staff.  All classes now have at least one full time teaching assistant and some have more, where particular children need additional help and support.  This is the main use of funding.
*increase in specialist, experienced support.  These include an experienced teacher of reading to support those children needing more focused help and a mathematics consultant to work directly with children and with their teachers.
*purchase of additional resources to ensure practical, hands on equipment to promote learning.
*support for enrichment activities such as visits out of school and visitors into school.
*additional support in small groups both after school and during the summer at Summer School.
*establishment and running of breakfast and after school care club which are available free of charge to children entitled to free school meals.
Although this additional funding is available for children who have free school meals, parents should be reassured that we always aim to meet the needs of all children and those needing additional support who may not be receiving this entitlement, will get the support they need.
Helping Us! If you feel your child/children may be entitled to free school meals, please speak to Mrs. Kinder who will be able to advise you about applying.  There is no stigma attached.  Children who have free school meals are treated in exactly the same way as those who pay for meals or have packed lunches.  If you are entitled, not only will your child/ren get a free, healthy, wholesome meal each day, s/he or they will bring additional funding into school and that can't be a bad thing! 
Thank you for all your support, as always! Mrs. Taylor
Please see below the information on the funding our school recieves for Pupil Premium and PE Grant along with a breakdown on what the funding is used for and the impact these additional initiatives have on the children.
Pupil Premium Expenditure and Statement for 2017-18
Pupil Premium Expenditure and Statement for 2016-17
Pupil Premium Expenditure and Statement 2015-16



‘Where everyone is valued and learning is celebrated’


Headteacher: Mrs Elizabeth Taylor MA (Primary Ed) NPQH


P E Grant Planning and Evaluation 2016-17 

Amount of Grant Received £8893.00 Total Expenditure £15968.00
PE & Sport Premium Outcome Indicator School Focus Actual Funding Impact
1. To increase staff and pupils level of knowledge and confidence in PE (Football). 

Key Stage 2 

Qualified FA coach to work alongside staff & pupils. 

(Year 3 & 4 – Every Monday) 
(Year 5 & 6 – Every Friday)
£2460.00 Pupils gaining more confidence in applying their football skills, and their knowledge about the game and tactics. 

Increased levels of participation in SSP events including the Leeds United Road to Wembley competition.
2. Enhance the PE resources in school to enable the delivery of high quality and well- resourced PE & Sport sessions for all pupils. 
Whole School

Netball Kit - £462.80
Netball Posts - £246.30
Football Nets - £300
Badminton/Tennis Outdoor sets: £50.00
Rebound Trainer - £208.00
Pass & Catch - £120.00
Dodgeball Sets - £120.00
Games Storage - £645.80

Sportsafe - £1830.00
£5932.00 Sport and physical activity taught more effectively with correct resources. E.g. playing netball with correct nets as apposed to basketball.
3.To increase pupils participation in the School Games competitions and events – on going.

Active Schools Subscription

Whole School
SSP Sports hall Athletics (KS2)

SSP Aqua Festival (KS2 - 32 children)
SSP Cross Country Event (KS2 - 61 children)
Leeds United Road to Wembley Competition (U11’s – Year 5 & 6)
Leeds United School Champions (U9’s – Year 3 & 4). 
SSP Mini Tennis – (KS2 Year 3 & 4)
SSP Tag Rugby Event (KS2 Year 5 & 6)
SSP Kwik Cricket (KS2) 
Bishops Cup Football & Netball

Access to events and competitions organised by the School Sports Partnership to contribute to our school sustaining our Gold Mark Active Schools Award for this year.

4. Introduce sport and activity afterschool clubs to increase levels of participation of all pupils.

Whole school

Netball – KS2 every Thursday
Football – KS2 every Monday/Friday
Change4Life Cookery Club – KS1/2 every Monday
Dance – KS2 every Monday
£1976.00 Increased levels of participation in after school clubs and events, resulting in more children being involved in active lifestyle activities. 

At present 83% of KS2 children attend an active afterschool club. 80% of KS1 - Year 2 children attend a Change4Life healthy eating club.

5. To promote work with Northern Ballet with both pupils and staff in Key Stage 2. Key Stage 2 – Year 4 £300.00 Increased awareness of dance as a form of physical activity and need for practise/control etc.
6. Transportation to and from competitions and festivals – on going Whole School

Transportation including both mini buses and coaches required for sports competitions and events organised by the SSP and Catholic Compass Schools.
£4300.00 Entry in to more competitions with more teams, including A, B and C teams to allow us to work toward sustaining the Gold Mark Award for the School Games. 



Future Planning for Sports Premium Funding (Estimate Actual £8893)



  • Multi-goal posts equipment (approximately £299).
  • Coaches to work alongside teacher/pupils to provide opportunities in basketball, cricket, gymnastic, archery etc (approximately £4000).
  • FA coach for football to be continued from 2016-17 (approximately £2400).
  • Transport costs to and from competitions/tournaments to participate in as many as possible as part of the Schools Sports Partnership (approximately £4000).
  • Northern Ballet to continue work with Key Stage 2 (approximately £300).



PE Grant Expenditure 2015-16
Absence from school (including illness and holidays in term time)
The only reason a child should be absent from school is because s/he is so unwell that attendance is really not possible.
All other reasons for absence require leave which can only be granted by the headteacher. Medical appointments (including dental and doctor's appointments) should be made outside of school hours. However, we appreciate that this is not always possible so leave will (usually) be granted in these instances provided evidence of the appointment can be produced. (This evidence will usually be photocopied and kept in school).
Leave of absence will NOT be granted during term time unless in exceptional circumstances and it must be stated that these are few and far between. However, if you are making a request for leave of absence for your child(ren), then this must be done in advance of the time off. Authorisation cannot be given after the absence and will result in a penalty notice being issued - please see below). Leave of absence is given entirely at the headteacher's discretion.
Additional holidays in term time cannot be authorised in any event under new legislation passed by the government. If parents take children out of school for holidays which amount to more than ten unauthorised absences (five days away from school as each day counts as two marks) they are likely to incur a fine which (at present) amounts to £60 per parent per child. These ten unauthorised absences do not have to be taken consecutively. (So a parent/carer taking their child out of school for three days and then later in the year for another two,  are still liable to be fined).
It is the government's view - and ours - that the thirteen weeks holiday children have from school each year is ample time in which to take holidays. It is a fact that usually holidays in this country and abroad are less expensive during term time and even after taking into account the cost of fines, savings could still be made. But we would ask you to consider, what price your child's education? Recent research figures show that children who have absences during term time are 10% less likely to achieve national expectations by the time they leave primary school.
Unfortunately, we have had instances (albeit very few), where parents have taken their children on holiday, phoned school with untruthful reasons for absence and then directed their children to lie about where they have been. We feel this is totally reprehensible and hope that you do too. Quite apart from the dishonesty, it puts an enormous amount of pressure on children to not talk about a holiday which of course they will be bursting to do!

Homework and Spellings Expectations.
  • Play games like Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Frustration, Connect 4, Draughts etc. These games help in turn-taking, building resilience (not giving up) as well as spatial awareness and strategy!
  • Play memory games such as Kim’s Game (assorted items on a tray, begin with 3 then build up the number of items. Let your child have a look for a minute, then remove an item secretly – a tea towel as a cover helps here – then see if your child can spot which item you have removed.
  • Another memory game is to hide several small items or toys before you leave for school.Let your child/ren see where you have hidden them and then see if they can remember where they are when they return from school! (Can be played in the holidays to of course).
  • Any opportunity for counting is great too! Children should be encouraged to count forwards and backwards, initially in ones but then in twos, threes, fours and so on (backwards with these as well please)!
  • Cooking and baking with your children is a great way to develop mathematical skills such as weighing and measuring.Reading scales often proves difficult for lots of children.
  • Telling the time on an analogue clock is very supportive too – just checking whenever is convenient and encouraging children to look at the clock for reading time, bath time, story time and bedtime too!
  • Watching television can be great but remember what Roald Dahl said about television, ‘chewing gum for the brain.’ Encourage your children to watch wildlife programmes – they love it when we watch clips in school or any other informative programme.We still have too many occasions when our children tell us they’ve been watching programmes that are simply not suitable for them!
  • Going for walks! Talk about what you can see, hear, find out the names of trees, plants etc.Middleton Park is a fantastic resource!
  • Visit the local library with your child/ren.Show that you are interested in books too!
    These are just a few ideas but please remember we are here to help! If you need any ideas, support or further information, please pop in and see us and we will do our very best to help!
As parents, you will want to support your children’s education as far as possible. Indeed, children who have support from home generally make much more progress than those who do not.  Homework is vital as it enables children to practise and develop skills they are learning in school and it is an opportunity for you to enjoy your child/ren’s achievements with them!  So please…
Listen to your child read at least five times per week.  Until their reading is fluent, they should read the reading books in their book bags.  As they get older, they can choose to read internet pages, newspapers or magazines and so on.  These are valuable reading opportunities and can be recorded in your child’s reading journal.

However, this should not be their only reading diet! They should read increasingly longer and more complex books (both fiction and non-fiction). Please also read stories to your child/ren (or share information books with them) that are beyond their reading ability.

We have been fortunate enough just recently, to replace and update many of our home readers so there is something for everyone to enjoy! 
Learning new words. Our children are taught to read using synthetic phonics but there are some tricky words that children need to learn by sight.  These will be in your child’s book back (usually only in Reception and Year 1 but sometimes in Year 2 as well).  Please help them to learn these words but try and keep it fun!

Learning Spellings. Every child from Year 3 to Year 6 will have spellings to learn each week.  Some children in Years 1 and 2 may also have spellings.  Please do support your child in learning their spellings so that they can achieve and even surpass expectations!  Children who regularly learn their spellings will quickly move up our spelling groups and those who do not will have to miss their chosen CIA (Child Initiated Activities) on Friday afternoons.

Mathletics. Rather than give our children written mathematics work to do each week, we encourage them to achieve at least 1000 points by working on ‘Mathletics’. This is an internet based programme of learning, matched to the child’s individual progress and ability and has been shown to have an amazing impact on children’s mathematical development.  Please encourage your child to spend time on this, as well as Spellodrome and Reading Eggs which are on the internet too!

Other activities to promote your child’s learning and development. These may seem obvious and we don’t mean to be patronising but here is a list of family fun things to do that will support your child/ren…

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