The curriculum, in its fullest sense, firmly underpins the Vision and Mission statements, from which a culture and ethos is generated that supports the spiritual development of all involved in the community. The school is committed to ensuring that the curriculum is broad and balanced, in order that the needs of all children are provided for, whatever their gifts and talents,. We aim to make provision for academic achievement and spiritual, social, moral, cultural, physical and creative development of our children.
We believe that intelligence is multi-faceted, and children learn in different ways; the curriculum must support this.
In the daily living out of our Catholic faith, we aim to ensure that religious education and spiritual development will permeate every aspect of the curriculum, so that it is explicit and implicit within the taught curriculum. Rooted in prayer and lived out in the daily life of the school, the children are supported, through the curriculum, to grow in faith and deepen their relationships with God and each other.
The curriculum aims to meet the needs of all children whatever their individual requirements.
The children will be encouraged to develop:
- their search for the truth;
- spiritual and moral values from the Gospel including respect for themselves and others
- an ability to work independently and collaboratively;
- high standards and personal achievement measuring themselves against their own personal best:
- an understanding that learning is a lifelong process;
- lively enquiring minds through questioning, investigating and the making of rational decisions;
- confidence in the basic skills of English, Maths and ICT;
- interests and skills, including physical skills which will enable them to enjoy and make the best use of their time both in and out of school;
- knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live;
- an attitude of respect and care for our environment;
- an understanding that our actions have an impact on others and on the environment;
- appreciation and respect for their own culture and the arts, and the culture and arts of other communities;
- racial tolerance and respect for religious differences;
- recognition of aspirations and achievements and celebration of success;
All children follow the statutory requirements of the Foundation Key Stage, the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1&2. The pupils are ensured quality access to the whole curriculum so that they may learn effectively, make progress and attain levels in line with, or better than, their prior attainment. Challenging, realistic and attainable targets are set in order to help pupils achieve this. Cross-curricular opportunities are given wherever possible to enhance children’s knowledge and understanding.
Learning takes place in a stimulating environment supported by a variety of experiences, including the full use of the whole school environment, educational visits and the expertise and knowledge of the wider community including:
- After School Clubs
- Peripatetic Music Lessons
- Residential Visits
- Themed Curriculum Days
- Curriculum Enrichment Groups
- Links with our main Feeder Schools
Enrichment support will be offered to our most able pupils in the form of extension groups for English and maths and special days set-aside for science art music and various sports activities. Our main feeder secondary school also offers extension days at their school during the summer term.
Citizenship is both planned and spontaneous and is included as part of the PHSE and RE curriculum.
The governors have agreed a policy for sex education.
Reference needs also to be made to the:
- Teaching Policy
- Learning Policy
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Policy for the Promotion of Racial Equality
- Policies for SMSC
- Able Child Policy
- SEN Policy
- Sex Education Policy
- Curriculum Subject Policy