Our Wider Curriculum

At St Catherine’s, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum, through a practical, skills-based, cross-curricular approach. We believe that learning should have a real-life context and pupils should combine knowledge with its practical application.

Our curriculum is based around themed weeks/projects, which allow our children to write for purpose, develop teamwork, collaboration, innovation and creativity and place learning in different situations.

Community Week

Love thy neighbour as thy self.

Mark 12:31

Based around our call as Catholics to act for the Common Good, every year we dedicate a week to living out our Gospel Values, by doing good in our community.

We consider the idea of our school, parish, local, national and global community and try to act at each level. Our children appreciate that our ‘neighbour’ includes all humankind. ‘Setting the World on Fire’ includes using our skills, talents and abilities to improve our community.

Our learning focuses: social responsibility, ecological awareness, PSHE, appreciation of others and sense of comminity.

Christmas Craft Fayre

One of the highlights of every academic cycle, the Christmas Craft Fayre (CCF) gets bigger and better every year! During this half-term, children take charge of their learning: planning, researching, designing and creating crafts to sell at the Fayre.

There are too many learning opportunities to list and the children are so absorbed in the fun of CCF, that they don’t feel like they are taking part in lessons!

On the CCF day itself, pupils utilise their persuasive skills to sell their wares! Every child has a slot on the stall and must use their mental maths ability to total bills and give correct change. It is wonderful to see our children blossom and their confidence grow throughout the CCF!

Each year, we invite members of our elderly community to share in a special Christmas lunch, cooked and served by the St Catherine’s staff. These VIPs are well fed, watered (with a glass or three of mulled wine), entertained and provided with a ‘goodie bag’ of craft treats. Seeing our children and the elderly in our community talk, laugh and be together is what Christmas is really about.

If you know anyone who would benefit from sharing in CCF 2021, please email admin@st-catherine.herts.sch.uk – we will arrange all transport and meals are free to over 65s.

Learning focuses: D&T skills, teamwork, maths, persuasion.

Art Gallery

During Art Week, each class studies a famous artist and emulates their work. The culmination of Art Week is an Art Gallery, where parents come and view the amazing work our pupils have produced.

Poetry & Performance Week

An opportunity for our children to explore traditional and modern poetry, and take part in live performances. Some pupils from Year 5 and 6 participated in Young Voices 2020. It was a wonderful experience for the pupils (and staff!!)



Dance

History in Action