Curriculum

“The academic curriculum, supported by a wide range of enrichment activities, enables pupils to develop their skills and talents well as they progress through the school.” – Recent ISI Report

The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. We go beyond the formal requirements of the National Curriculum in planning our pupils’ learning programmes and include a wide range of co-curricular activities in order to enrich the experience of our children.

It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.

Our curriculum is designed with reference to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils and promotes mutual respect and tolerance.

Our Physical Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to our own.

Our core curriculum subjects offer opportunities for our children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Opportunity to share opinions, speak publicly and have ‘a voice’ is afforded to all by way of the curriculum, the extra curriculum, assemblies, liturgical celebrations, plays, performances, the school council house and prefect systems.

In PSHE, RE and Humanities children are given the opportunity to distinguish right from wrong and are encouraged to respect civil and criminal law. Outside speakers are in brought across the age ranges to give weight to these issues. Children are expected to take responsibility for their behaviour and to demonstrate that they can make a positive contribution to school life and life in our local community through taking roles of responsibility, helping others and carrying out acts of charity and kindness in school and the local community.

At various times throughout the school year reference is made in assemblies and through PSHE to public institutions and services in England. For example a visit to the Houses of Parliament, outside speakers from the Police, the Judiciary and Local Authority. The school aims to effectively prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in British society.

We are proud of our multi-cultural community and celebrate our diversity. It is part of our daily life that we act in a tolerant and inclusive way to everyone. We talk daily about the Gospel Values that drive our ethos. We also hold an International Day inviting everyone to learn about the countries represented in our school. Every October, children celebrate Black History month.

We continue to learn about different cultures in Humanities and RE and displays demonstrate the children’s understanding and their enthusiasm for embracing our difference. In the wider community, our PTA hold multicultural events and celebrations and the local church uses our facilities for a variety of events.

We are an inclusive school which delivers the curriculum in a thoughtful way deferring to the categories of people who fall under the Equality Act 2010.

The children have a good understanding of the democratic process. They democratically vote for their representatives on the school council and held debates and elected parties during the General Election. All adults in the school community vote every year for the Year 6 school prefects and School Council Members.

The children are taught what it means to remain impartial and where it is deemed necessary are offered a balanced view.

Through the curriculum, children have the opportunity to discover how to keep safe in school, at home and when using technology. This is covered in IT lessons and through visiting speakers on the subject of Internet and Social networking safety.

In Literacy, Humanities, PSHE, assemblies and through the use of outside speakers the children learn about bullying and what to do if they think they encounter bullying. The school council also have anti-bullying on their agenda.