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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’
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.