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 additional experiences through enrichment and extra-curricular activities. Pupils are encouraged to think flexibly and are taught independence, resilience and responsibility through our ambition for pupils to be ambassadors for change in preparation for their lives in modern Britain. 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.
To facilitate pupil progress and in-depth learning, the curriculum in non-core subjects is taught over a two-year cycle. In each subject, there are key strands of learning which are taught and then re-visited each term/ each year to enable pupils to build on their prior learning and knowledge and skills. In topic-based learning, class teachers use Knowledge Organisers to identify the key knowledge, skills and concepts that pupils will learn, to engage parents in their child’s learning and to provide children with opportunities to extend their learning outside of school.
The approach to teaching and learning supports the curriculum by ensuring that lessons build on prior learning and provide sufficient opportunity for guided and independent practice. The key features of learning are that pupils are:
- expected to build on their prior learning and understanding.
- expected to ask their own 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.
- provided with real life examples to give meaning and purpose to their learning.
- provided with challenges to apply their knowledge and understanding to achieve mastery within the subject.
- 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 confident and enthusiastic learners who are witness to Christ in their words and actions.
- 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.