The curriculum will lead to successful learners with (a):
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The curriculum will lead to confident individuals with:
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The curriculum will lead to responsible citizens with:
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As a small Catholic community, set in an ever growing village, we aim to embed the core values of our mission statement – loving, laughing and learning as we believe our children are God’s amazing gifts!
We aim for all of our children to grow in the love of God and of each other. Central to this is an acceptance of where our children are in their learning journeys as they join our school. We believe that all children are uniquely special and created in the image of Jesus Christ.
We have created a family community where the children feel safe, valued and loved by all. We believe that relationships are key to our children achieving success and our half-form classes provides for the development of strong staff-pupil relationships.
Through our curriculum we provide for the spiritual, moral, social, emotional and academic development of each child.
It is our mission, through a rich and imaginative curriculum to provide a whole-child education, thereby increasing their life chances as they move on to high school.
The principles of growth mind-set, encourage all children to be inquisitive and enthusiastic life-long learners whilst promoting their self-esteem.
Our ultimate aim is to develop independent, collaborative and resilient learners, who will meet life’s challenges head on, as they continue their learning journeys
Central to our ethos, we strive to give every child real-world experiences through a rich and varied curriculum, broadening their understanding and appreciation of our diverse world.
We recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents, governors, parish, Diocese and the local authority to support our children in reaching their potential.
Led by our School Council, we encourage our children to be active and responsible citizens, contributing positively to our school community and beyond.
We believe that our world, as created by God, should be valued, cared for and protected by the children in our care. This is promoted through our social teaching.
Within our school, six Golden Rules are promoted which focus on the development of positive learning and peer behaviours:
We strive for all children to achieve a core value of
‘..love one another as I have loved you’
What does your child learn at school each day?
At St. Patrick’s, we plan learning in a thematic approach to the curriculum with quality texts to inspire discussion, support the development of reading and provide writing opportunities within each theme. Themes have been organised across each class group to ensure that there are a variety of curriculum drivers that cover the content of the national curriculum. This thematic approach leads to a more flexible delivery of the curriculum meaning that some weeks children may not study Art, instead they will have a focus on Geography. During other weeks, the opposite may be true, and some weeks there may be a balance across the subjects.
Organising the learning in this way ensures teachers have the flexibility to deliver the curriculum in the way that they feel will have most impact for learners. R.E and PE are planned weekly and follow whole school progression frameworks.
At times learning will be directed and other times more open-ended enquiry based approach through big questions posed by the teacher. With a mix of both practical and written work embedded. We see the local community as valuable to our children’s learning so we thread these links into the curriculum throughout each year group.
Trips/activities and experts are all vital to the enhancement of the learning opportunities we offer our children.
Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
At St. Patrick's we use the Read Write Inc programme to help teach children to read. This starts within our Foundation class and carries on into our Key Stage 1 class. More information about this programme can be seen on this information video for parents which can be found by clicking here.
Reading and Writing
We teach English through the Mastery of English programme from the Learning Unlimited Teaching School Alliance and the primary schools within the McAuley Family of Catholic Schools.
At St. Patrick’s we believe that the teaching of reading and writing is closely linked. This is shown through the programmes we follow for both areas. In Foundation Stage, we start off with the Read, Write Inc programme and by the end of Year 1, we believe this has given the children the basic foundation to be able to read and write.
In Year 2, children begin the English Mastery programme, which follows the same principles as the Maths Mastery – the absolute belief that every child can and will achieve!
English Mastery teaches all aspects of English – reading, writing, grammar and punctuation - through high quality texts from famous authors including Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo. Each term, each class will focus on one quality text, enabling children to: enjoy reading a full story, having had the reading style modelled to them, by the teacher; understanding what is happening within the text, having drawn out the meaning of vocabulary and sentence choices; knowing how an author can use ideas to write in different styles; and finally, understanding how the English language can be used to create a range of effects through grammar and punctuation.
Each lesson is fast-paced, containing 6-parts, which support and challenge children in their learning, and has an assessment at the end to allow children to practice their skills further or challenge them to think deeper.
We are proud to be working with the Learning Unlimited Teaching School Alliance and Ark Academies to deliver the Mathematics Mastery programme. The mastery approach has now been rolled out across the school and it is already showing impact on the results and engagement of our children. More information can be found out on the Mathematics Mastery website by clicking here.
Should you wish to come into school to observe or learn more about the Mathematics Mastery programme, please speak to your child's class teacher or Ms. Grainger who is our Maths Mastery Subject Lead.
Physical and Mental Health and Well-being
The promotion of understanding and managing pupils’ emotional health and well-being is threaded through the week at our schools.
Weekly Gospel worship as a school, as a key stage and as a class are linked to the Sunday Gospel and opportunities are given for children to reflect, consider and ask questions about the message heard.
School Council meetings provide an opportunity for issues, concerns or worries to be shared by year group representatives directly with senior leaders.
We promote healthy life styles through the following:
A broad and balanced curriculum
St Patrick’s School have developed a broad and balanced topic based curriculum for Y1-Y6 which incorporates the Programmes of Study (PoS) within the National Curriculum under a variety of topic headings. The teaching team along with senior leaders, have analysed the National Curriculum and split the PoS between the classes within each Key Stage to ensure this broad and balanced curriculum is created.
To ensure a holistic approach, which covers all the essential skills, we use Cornerstones to plan lessons which explore the National Curriculum objectives. The way in which the National Curriculum PoS are covered is adapted bi annually due to our school being a half form entry, based on current world events, the children's own interests and what the children have covered previously. Teachers use the topics and themes from the Cornerstones scheme to form their learning foci, and also have the freedom to follow current world news or other topics which will engage their classes based on their interests and needs. We also have planned weeks where we will explore specific topics across schools.
Teacher's amend their yearly topic plans each term, making amendments based on the skills the children need to cover or revisit. This will help us to ensure a Mastery approach to the Foundation Topics - practicing, repeating, applying and embedding the skills for each subject across the year. The two year programme ensures that all subject specific skills are taught within each year group and these skills are progressive for each subject as the children progress through each year group and key stage. The use of this scheme also ensures that skills are taught, practiced, and repeated throughout a key stage to deepen the children's understanding and skillset.
In addition to class topics, whole class focus weeks are also incorporated into the school/class planners. (Please see class pages). The changes made to our curriculum over the past few years have provided us with the opportunity to offer an inspirational curriculum for our children which is helping us to increase attainment for Foundation Subjects.
Topics change termly. At the beginning of each topic, teachers send home a topic overview and a list of ideas for topic homework. These are available to view on our class pages. We also encourage our children to engage in creative homework to engage their families in their learning.