Our curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It comprises not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’; this is what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. The school has a clear focus on the personal development and wellbeing of each child, as well as on their academic progress.
At St Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School, we aim to teach our children how to grow into forward-thinking, positive, responsible people who can work with, co-operate and support others while developing their knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their full potential – spiritually, morally, socially and academically.
To achieve these aims, the curriculum is planned to be:
• Broad so that it provides a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences;
• Balanced so that each subject has sufficient time to contribute effectively to learning;
• Relevant so that learning can link to the pupil’s experiences and to the world at large;
• Coherent so that topics can be linked to make the whole learning experience more meaningful;
• Progressive so that what is taught builds in a systematic way upon what has already been learned;
• Differentiated so that what is taught and the tasks that are set are matched to the aptitude and ability for each pupil;
• Accessible so that there is equality of opportunity for all.
The main approach to our curriculum is skills based. The key concepts, principles and themes are developed through cross-curricular links with the intention of giving children, teachers and teaching assistants more opportunity to work creativity. Long term planning allows cross-curricular links to be developed through topics, particularly whole-school projects that enable collaboration between children and year groups. However, topics may not cover everything that is expected to be covered across the whole curriculum during any particular year; wherever possible we will adopt a cross-curricular approach, however, areas of the curriculum that do not fit into the topics are taught as discrete subjects.
The emphasis for planning in the school is to make the curriculum relevant to the child’s learning by making explicit cross-curricular links. Our plans may alter and develop as the year goes on, taking into account the interest of the children, global, national or social issues of significance and the ever-changing world in which we live.