The curriculum is knowledge-engaged and is, at least, as ambitious as the National Curriculum. The programmes of study are the basis of pupils’ learning and have been adapted to fit the needs of all pupils in the two schools. Our ambition is that all pupils follow the full range of subjects. We ensure that our pupils have the opportunity to learn lots of additional skills and develop their knowledge and understanding fully, both through the curriculum and through enrichment and extra-curricular activities. We aim to deliver an inclusive and non-tokenistic curriculum which celebrates all cultures and diversities in working together to prepare our children for lives in modern Britain. In preparation for this, pupils are encouraged to challenge stereotypes, think independently and are taught to question and query. We have a shared responsibility in our ambition for pupils to be ‘ambassadors for change’. As Catholic schools we are deeply committed to developing pupils’ faith with Jesus Christ as our inspiration and St. Edmund and St. Patrick as our role models.
The curriculum in place for all learners is organised through the Early Years Curriculum and the programmes of study of the National Curriculum for all subjects from Years 1 – 6. Learning is sequenced to enable progression through age-related expectations for each year group (Years 1 – 6) in all subjects – to at least meet National Curriculum expectations in English, mathematics and science and to meet school expectations in all other subjects. The RE curriculum meets the expectations set out in the RECD.
We have taken the programmes of study from the National Curriculum and carefully sequenced learning to suit the interests of our pupils and the context of our locality. The approach to teaching and learning supports the curriculum by ensuring that component teaching builds on prior knowledge, relayed to children as ‘key concepts’ so that new end points can be reached. To enhance this, engage parents in their child’s learning and to provide children with opportunities to extend their learning outside of school. class teachers use Knowledge Organisers to identify the key knowledge, skills and concepts that pupils will learn prior to the start of their topic.
The key features of learning are that pupils are:
- expected to build on their prior knowledge and understanding
- expected to ask questions about their learning
- given opportunities to engage in active learning
- provided with different approaches used to stimulate pupils and meet their different learning needs
- provided with a variety of high quality & up to date resources that promote equality and celebrate diversity
- expected to use subject specific vocabulary correctly
- helped to challenge themselves in their learning
- provided with opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in all their learning
Assessment, both formative and summative, is used to inform teaching and learning and to ensure that all pupils are building on their prior learning and make progress appropriate to their ability. Regular assessments are undertaken in core subjects to gauge pupils’ progress and to adjust the curriculum and teaching and learning. In non-core subjects, quizzes are devised at the end of each topic to measure pupil progress in their learning, which will inform assessment outcomes.
As a result of these strategies, most children:
- are well prepared for the next stage of their education as resilient, confident and enthusiastic learners who are witness to Christ in their words and actions
- can celebrate and make links between themselves and people who are different to them
- are happy, well-rounded individuals who can articulate how their Catholic education has impacted on their beliefs and values
- disadvantaged, EAL and SEND pupils achieve the best possible outcomes
- produce good quality work across the curriculum, which they are proud of
- achieve consistently well in all subjects across the school
- develop detailed knowledge and skills across a range of curriculum areas
- apply their reading, writing and mathematical skills appropriately for their age
- show compassion, justice, love and forgiveness in their relationships with others