Our Curriculum Rationale
First and foremost, the individual pupil is at the heart of everything we do, taking into account background, SEND, ability and is based on the Gospel Values.
To ensure the individual pupil is at the heart of everything we do, taking into account background, SEND, ability and is based on the Gospel Values.
To ensure there are chances in most subjects to develop writing.
To ensure the curriculum is creative.
To include topics that will inspire pupils.
To set pupils work that challenges them at their level to develop as analytical problem solvers and critical thinkers.
To ensure that pupils have experiences beyond their normal range to allow them to have new experiences and develop life skills.
To allow children to learn about themselves as learners—to persevere and succeed, developing independence.
Our Aims and Objectives for Teaching and Learning
As a Catholic school we believe in fostering mutual respect and Christian love. This will be evident throughout our school.
- We aim to fulfil each child’s potential by ensuring that learning is well planned, well resourced and dynamic whilst fully meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum.
- Our teaching will provide a variety of techniques and styles, reflecting school/LEA policies and current educational thinking. The pace of learning will reflect the needs of the child and will be based on high levels of motivation and experience which will be clearly focused. Staff recognise the particularly important needs of children identified as having SEND.
- We will provide positive interaction and support for the children through praise and encouragement. This will be reflected through oral feedback and interactive marking whilst strengthening relationships.
- Classrooms will be stimulating, bright, well organised, well planned and resourced. Displays will be interactive, reflecting the National Curriculum subjects and will reinforce learning, whilst celebrating achievement and sharing the work of others.
- Classrooms will provide an atmosphere that is safe, secure, calm and hard working where pupil and teacher expectations are high in terms of behaviour, achievements and self motivation (see Behaviour Policy on our policy page).
- We recognise the importance of assessment in informing planning, next steps for learning and ensuring continuity, progression and differentiation of work throughout each Key Stage.
- We recognise the importance of structured intervention programmes, when the need of the child is not being met within the class room. Teachers and Teaching Assistants will liaise on pupil progress to ensure that pupil targets are met and that learning from the programmes is transferred into class work.
- We place the highest priority on planning and working co-operatively to ensure that the curriculum is appropriately resourced and differentiated to provide continuity for all. We recognise that direct experience will enhance learning opportunities.
- We recognise the importance of working in partnership with colleagues, parents, our parish and the wider community. We believe that this will enhance the children’s learning for life.
We have moved away from assessing using levels, as required by the new National Curriculum. We are now assessing children according to whether they are working towards, developing or secure in their year group expectations. If they are secure, we aim for them to deepen their knowledge their year group expectations by being fluent, able to problem-solve, reason carefully and use and apply their knowledge in different contexts independently. Please see the national expectations target grids we will be using, within the class areas below. If children are working towards or working at a deeper their year group expectations, we have developed further target grids that will be stuck in the children’s books. Please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher if you want any more information, or a copy of these grids.