Our Curriculum

The National Curriculum is a programme of learning followed by children

working at the National Curriculum level, usually from Year 1 upwards. It

clearly identifies skills and levels by which every individual child is ensured

to make progress.

 

We seek to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that guides the

children on a learning journey through a range of subjects. Our curriculum

is continually evolving in response to pupils’ needs to ensure all children

are helped to achieve their potential. We strive to develop child centred

learning through enriching and challenging experiences that allow

individuals to increase their knowledge of the world around them.

 

The National Curriculum subjects are: English; Maths; Science; ICT; History;

Geography; Music; PE; Art; Design and Technology; PHSE; Music and Modern

Foreign Language.

 

As a Catholic school Religious Education is the centre of the curriculum,

ensuring practice and actions are based on gospel values.

 

Our aim is to create an environment in which children are confident to

explore, evaluate and sometimes fail in order to understand and grow. We

are currently in the process of examining the curriculum and how it is to

be taught throughout our schools.

 

We aim to allow the children to embark on a wonderful adventure of

learning, where learning styles and varying intelligences are at the heart

of teaching and learning. The approaches and strategies incorporate visual,

auditory and kinaesthetic.

 

It is our belief that children’s learning will benefit from this more thematic

approach by encouraging them to transfer their skills and apply their

knowledge across the curriculum. Children will be empowered to take

responsibility

 

Foundation Stage

When children start school they follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum

until they reach the Early Learning goals, usually by the end of the

Reception Year. This Curriculum covers children in both Nursery Schools and

the first year at Primary School. The Foundation Stage Curriculum is a play

centered curriculum which recognises the importance of structured play

in the development of the younger child. There are six areas of learning:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language

and Learning; Mathematical Development; Knowledge and Understanding

about the World; Physical Development and Creative Development. These

are recorded in a Foundation Stage profile.

 

Key Stage 1 & 2

From the beginning of Year 1 children follow the National Curriculum. This

stage of their education is known as Key Stage One (KS1). At the end of

Key stage 1 (Year 2) children are assessed against national standards by

the class teacher which gives the level of attainment at the end of this Key

Stage.

 

The children then enter what is known as Key Stage Two (KS2). This

lasts until the end of Year 6 when once again children take part in some

standardised assessment tests which give the level of attainment at the

end of this Key Stage before they move on to Secondary School.

 

The curriculum is designed to ensure that all children are given the

opportunity to meet the five outcomes from the ‘Every Child Matters’

agenda:

 

l Being Healthy; l Staying Safe; l Enjoying and Achieving;

l Making a positive contribution; l Achieving economic wellbeing.

 

The older children are given the opportunity to learn a modern foreign

language. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship are

taught throughout the school along with the SEAL program. Children are

given first hand experience of what they have learned about democratic

processes through participation in the School Council. Thefor their own learning.