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Our Lady and St Swithin's

Catholic Primary School

Love, Live and Learn

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Love, Live and Learn

Our Curriculum

Intent

The Learner is at the heart of all that we think, do and say. A creative and engaging curriculum, rooted in the Catholic ethos, is the way in which we strive to deliver learning opportunities, promoting learning experiences which are imaginative, stimulating and challenging. The way in which our curriculum is designed, allows our learners to be immersed in their learning, enabling them to be fully engaged and learning with a purpose. Our curriculum utilises our unique setting and environment and allows our children to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills so that they learn more and remember more; applying this in a variety of ways.

 

Implementation: How we deliver our curriculum

 

Our inclusive curriculum is delivered via a thematic approach. Each term there is an overarching theme that poses a thought-provoking question and directs the immersive environment within each classroom. These questions have strong cross-curricular links which enable all children to be immersed in their learning. Each half term commences with a driver topic week, based in either Geography or History. From this topic week, all learning is interwoven to ensure all links are applicable, and there is a clear sequence of learning and a progression of skills, knowledge and understanding. Each child completes a project based upon the theme in each term. These projects are child-led based upon their response to the thought-provoking questions.

English and Maths are taught on a daily basis. Structured reading lessons take place each week with the aim of enhancing and improving children’s reading ability so that they can fully access the broad and balanced curriculum that we deliver.

Aims and Vision of the School
As a whole school we promote positive relationships within a caring, inclusive, learning community. All staff will focus on developing successful learners and leaders who make effective contributions and responsible pupils. Governors will hold leaders to account and monitor with rigour the work of the school ensuring the school fulfils all statutory duties and the best possible outcomes for all pupils. Promote learning experiences which are imaginative, stimulating and challenging. Pace and challenge for learners will ensure sufficient focus on challenging and successful learning for all. Accurate assessment will underpin all planned experiences for learners enabling all learners to apply their learning in active and creative ways. Pupils will have the opportunities to make their opinions known and their views are taken into account when decisions are made. Parents will be well informed about their child’s learning and will be included at all times. All staff will have a good understanding of the needs of pupils of meeting the needs and in reviewing progress. We will reinforce community links and develop children’s awareness of the wider world engaging with all agencies. All will be achieved through an ethos based on the Gospel values and our Mission Statement.

 

We achieve our aims through our:

ETHOS AND ENVIRONMENT - We use Jesus’ life as the basis for our Faith and Prayer life, our relationships and our understanding of our rights and responsibilities and as a consequence our school is: -

A welcoming, friendly, bright, lively and happy place where children feel SAFE and where BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING is embedded. 

An INCLUSIVE SCHOOL where all are treated equally and fairly and given equality of opportunity and voice regardless of gender, religion, additional need, disability or race. 

An ACHIEVING SCHOOL in which success and achievement are promoted and all of our children are supported to set high standards for themselves and to work hard to achieve these. 

A HEALTHY SCHOOL in which we ensure the physical, social spiritual and emotional education and development of our children through both our curriculum and extra curricula provision. 

An active PARTNER with parents, the Parish and the wider community to continuously improve all aspects of our provision.

 

Provision
 Excellence in inclusive planning, teaching and assessment for learning which promotes a culture of high expectation is at the heart of what we do and as a consequence the teaching of the basic skills and the development of knowledge, skills, understanding and values:  -

Is responsive to learners’ strengths and needs and engages, motivates and inspires them.

Is of the highest quality and ensures every child succeeds.

 

ENJOYMENT OF LEARNING is at the heart of what we do and in our school.

Children are supported to learn how to learn and to develop positive learning behaviours and intellectual and emotional resilience. Learning is focused on individual pupil needs and abilities and is an active process which develops and stretches our children and excites their imagination.

Planned learning challenges enables our children to learn different things in many different ways; they learn through listening, watching and doing; they learn indoors and out doors and through play; they learn both independently and collaboratively; they learn through art, music, drama and sport; they learn from adults and from each other.

 

Learning supports our children to develop a hierarchy of transferable skills and the knowledge and values necessary to make positive decisions with regards to their personal, social, health and emotional development and to their role as world citizens.

A CREATIVE AND DIFFERENTIATED CURRICULUM is at the heart of what we do and in our school.

Our VALUES CURRICULUM supports our children to understand and develop their Faith and Prayer Life as well as alongside the knowledge and skills necessary to make positive decisions with regards to their personal, spiritual, moral, social, health and emotional development and their role as world citizens.

Our CORE CURRICULUM ensures that reading, writing and maths are taught to a very high standard.

Our WIDER CURRICULUM reflects statutory requirements whilst ensuring that our children have access to rich, broad and balanced experiences presented in an interesting, exciting and imaginative manner with lots of opportunities for firsthand experience, practical work, investigation and learning through play. The creative aspects including art, poetry, story, dance, music and performance are central to our provision in this area.

All aspects of our curriculum provision are enriched by themed weeks, trips, visits, visitors, celebrations and assemblies.

Our curriculum:

Is underpinned by aims, values and purpose. 

Develops the whole person – values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and understanding. 

Is broad, balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills. 

Is filled with rich first-hand purposeful experiences and encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom.  Has  local, national and international dimensions and makes meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum. and real life issues and contexts. 

Is flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests. 

Has an eye on the future and the needs of future citizens.

For each subject there are specific characteristics that we expect children to demonstrate in their learning. These characteristics form the basis of all work and have been developed with the children so they have an understanding of what is expected of them.

 

Our Curriculum Aims

Our Curriculum aims to ensure that all of our children become

Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.

Confident individuals who are able to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Our Curriculum aims to ensure that all of our children develop

Great learning attributes and attitudes and are resilient, reflective, resourceful, responsive and responsible.

Key skills, both subject specific e.g. literacy and numeracy and personal, learning and thinking.

Knowledge and understanding. The big ideas that shape the world.

Our Curriculum Organisation

Our curriculum is an entire planned learning experience underpinned by a set of common values and purposes.

Values Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Citizens of the World Curriculum

Social, Moral, Spiritual and cultural education.

Faith Life

Religious Education

PE

Focus weeks / Days – Wellbeing, Lent, Climate Change

School Council

Foundation Stage
Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts & Design.

KS1 & KS2

Reading, Writing, Spelling. Grammar, Punctuation, Maths, Science.

Art & Design

Computing

Design Technology

Geography

History

Music

Modern Foreign Languages (KS2)

How we maximise the impact of our curriculum

Ethos, immersive environment, routines & behaviours for learning

Progress in every lesson

Inclusion in every lesson

Powerful learning strategies

Training and deployment of staff

Quality Feedback

Intervention

Support

Challenge

Home learning

How we Quality Assure the impact of our Curriculum

Daily teacher assessment for learning

Termly standardised assessment

Termly tracking of whole school, class, groups and individuals

Termly review and adaptation of support, intervention and challenge groups.

Regular monitoring

Termly meetings with School Improvement Partner

Staff training and development linked to school priorities

What a St Swithin's Learner Looks Like

Long Term Plans

English Year Plan

Phonics programme is Read Write Inc throughout school with daily sessions from nursery to Year 6

Find out how we love ,live, learn and read

Maths

 

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This year, our school will be working towards an exciting maths award called ‘Liverpool Counts Quality Mark’.

The aims of the award are to promote a positive attitude towards maths and show how important maths is in school and at home.

We will also be looking at how maths is relevant in everyday life, in the home and at work.

 

There are many ways you can help at home. Involve your child in activities such as shopping, paying bills, cooking and baking, decorating and any other activities that will help to develop their maths skills and show them how much maths is used in everyday life. The possibilities are endless. 

Try this website for ideas.

http://www.familymathstoolkit.org.


This website helps with teaching young people about money.

 

The 'Personal Finance Education Group' https://www.pfeg.org/ are a registered charity whose aim, in their own words is, "We are here to help those teaching young people about money. We empower young people to develop financial skills in preparation for work and life".

They produce 'Get Money Smart' posters which you can download from the section below.

Get Money Smart Posters

 

 

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