St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School: Curriculum Policy
St Patrick’s curriculum is designed to ensure that all children achieve. Our curriculum aims to provide children with learning opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding and lifelong skills.
Our mission statement is
Belonging, Caring, Sharing safe in the arms of God’s love
We aim to ensure that all children:
The reasons for a book based curriculum:
(The literary curriculum research)
Underpinned by our school and Gospel values (including British values), curriculum drivers, learning habits, our academic curriculum uses either the EYFS or the National Curriculum as the basis for content and expectations. We have structured this so that each year group has:
Curriculum maps for each year group ensures each teacher has clarity as to what to cover. The curriculum is successfully implemented to ensure pupils’ progression in knowledge and the development of transferable knowledge for each subject in order to shape pupils as, for example, historians, geographers etc.
Out content is mostly taught subject specifically however a topic theme runs through some areas. Continuous provision, in the form of daily routines, replaces the teaching of some aspects of the curriculum and, in other cases, provides retrieval practise for previously learned content.
The impact of our curriculum is that the mission statement of the school: belonging, caring, sharing safe in the arms of God’s love, ensures that all children can reach their potential through an inclusive community where they are all valued and have the opportunity to develop: spiritually, academically, morally and personally. We aim that by the end of each Key Stage, the vast majority of pupils have sustained mastery of the content, ensuring that they develop a wealth of vocabulary through their study, knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live.
At St Patrick’s, we ensure the development of the whole person, so that all may achieve their potential and at the same time promote the common good of society. We encourage pupils to Encounter Jesus, Discipleship and Missionary Discipleship.
We aim to develop a caring Catholic Community based upon the life and example of Jesus Christ, which encompasses the life and lives of everyone and everything in our school.
We encourage our children to share their learning with each other, their families and the wider community. To understand our British Values and to value and learn from others around us.
Driven by the national curriculum guidelines, in order to develop the knowledge content of the curriculum, our aim is to make the curriculum relevant and exciting to our pupils, with purposeful outcomes that they care about achieving.
We want our children to have a love of learning, feel passionate about it and have ownership of the outcomes.
We aim to meet the needs of all learners in our curriculum, challenging them and enabling them to problem solve and undertake learning at a deeper level.
We are preparing our children for their future adult lives, whatever they may be.
To shape independent learners who are, explorative, questioning, and creative through:
Our provision is informed by educational research into effective teaching practices, cognition, learning and how knowledge and understanding develops. These act as a guide for the consistency and distinctiveness of our curriculum:
Our whole school curriculum comprises an entire planned educational experience informed by organisational principles and approaches, making full use of opportunities for real world learning: Pre and post learning maps ensure that children build on learning from previous year groups and gained knowledge from the world around them.
Specialist Roles: PE, Speech and Language, Music tuition, Fun Fit, Healthy Family team, Change4life, Anti-bullying ambassadors, mental health champions, School based and family SENCO, SLE, Chaplaincy, Minnie Vinnies
Sports: Cricket, Football, Swimming, Rugby, Tennis, Dodgeball, Dance, Athletics, Rounders, play leaders, Netball
Outdoor Provision: Forest schools, outdoor classroom, prayer area, basketball, football, daily mile, quiet Reading area,
Before and After school: Breakfast, afterschool, lunchtime, choir, football, band, drama, cross country
Interventions: speech and language, fun fit, physio, phonics, sensory room, anxiety, cooking, art therapy, nurture groups, playground pals, attachment, self-regulation, maths, fine motor skills, emotional literacy, reading, writing, bereavement, RE, handwriting, transition, language, social stories, friendships, outdoor learning, dyslexia, dyspraxia, problem solving, gross motor, reading comprehension.
Enrichment: Retreat afternoons, Collective Worship, Care and Prayer groups, Remembrance Day, Harvest Festival, CAFOD, Safer Internet and E-safety, DARE, a variety of author days, Book Week, National Poetry day, other religious festival awareness days, Patron Saint’s Days, mind body and soul, reflection time, charity support, Monarch Day, sports day, governor diploma award, a variety of residential excursions, sporting events, nativity, end of year play.
Our curriculum has an ambition for high achievement of all pupils irrespective of background and starting point. This achievement is represented in three key areas:
IMPACT 1: Learning
Children are confident and successful learners; demonstrating our values; they want to learn, achieve and make the right choices for their learning. The learning values have progression which provide challenge.
IMPACT 2: Progress
Children make progress which is reflected in national tests and examinations which meet government expectations or in the qualifications obtained. Children’s progress will be seen in pre and post learning activities which clearly show any new learning and skills gained.
IMPACT 3: Personal Development
Children learn to make the right choices for their own safety and development. The choices children make benefit the school and local community.
We regularly review how well our curriculum goals enable achievement:
High Quality Outcomes
We evaluate through monitoring, work scrutiny, data analysis and project outcomes.
Curriculum Content is Responsive and Relevant
We evaluate through monitoring planning, pupil conferencing, evaluations and work scrutiny.
Mastery for all Challenges for all
We evaluate through curriculum outcomes, book scrutiny, pupil interviews and assessment.
Embedding Knowledge and Skills
We evaluate through curriculum assessment.
Being part of a Family and a Community
We evaluate through pupil interviews, lesson observations and curriculum evaluations.
Cross School and external moderation, RE, R,W,M Tracking Data, Parent View and Parent Surveys ,Self-Assessment, Book Scrutiny, Foundation Subject Assessments, Learning Walks, Director of Performance and Standards visits, Lesson Observations, Discussions – Staff/Pupils/Parents, Director of Performance and Standards Reports, Governor Monitoring Visits and reports, Pre Key Stage Standards, Pira/Puma/GAPs Scores, Pupil, Comparison to National Data, Comparison to Local Data