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The curriculum will lead to successful learners with (a):

 

  • Confidence
  • Positive attitude to learning and work
  • Inclusive approach when dealing with others
  • Enthusiasm to learn
  • Determination to achieve
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Independence

And able to (be):

 

  • Make balance judgements
  • Use research skills
  • Mathematically and literally confident
  • Achieve goals
  • Think independently
  • Think for themselves
  • Show determination
  • Show resilience

The curriculum will lead to confident individuals with:

 

  • Self-respect
  • Ambition
  • Mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Independence
  • Empathy and understanding
  • Determination

And be able to:

 

  • Make friends
  • Work as a team
  • Be self motivated with personal drive
  • Relate to others
  • Manage themselves
  • Pursue a healthy lifestyle
    work indepently and as part of a team
  • Want to do well
  • Be understanding of others

The curriculum will lead to responsible citizens with:

 

  •  A moral compass
  •  Make commitments
  • Respect for the law 
  • Respect for others
  • Commitment to participate in economic and social life#
  • Empathy
  • A drive to do well
  • To cope in the real world

And be able to:

 

  • Be accountable
  • Treat people fairly
  • Budget and make decisions
  • Balance their personal needs with the needs of others
  • Form opinions and beliefs
  • Be tolerant
  • Deal with conflict
  • Know the difference between right and wrong

Curriculum Intent

 

At St. Patrick’s we want our children to experience:

 

•   Strong Catholic ethos seen each day which lets the children feel loved, nurtured and cared for by God.

•   Spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences threaded through all we do which will help them with all they need to face the future with confidence

  • A curriculum that has knowledge and vocabulary at the heart of their learning, from Nursery to Year 6
  • A rich curriculum that enables pupils to see the world from a wide range of perspectives, from trips and days out to overnight stays
  • A curriculum where knowledge forms the basis of what is learned and enables the application of useful skills and attitudes
  • Opportunities to embed skills and express knowledge in a variety of ways that equip our children for life in the 21st century
  • Developing resilience, perseverance, challenge and support so they have the confidence to aim high and aspire to more whilst feeling safe that they live and grow in the love of God
  • Opportunities for deeper learning, building on skills progressively each year as our children become high school ready
  • A curriculum that responds to findings from pupil feedback and school data to ensure it is fits their needs and reflects an ever changing world
  • A curriculum that helps children to know how to live confident, healthy lifestyles – both physically and mentally

 

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.

 

Phonics

 

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.

 

 

Maths

 

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:

  • All children are given opportunities to complete the ‘Daily Mile’ during the course of the year
  • The school promotes healthy eating through healthy snacks
  • There is a well-designed P.E curriculum that leads to children developing excellent skills and competition in a range of local tournaments
  • Activ-Regen sports coaches ensure that all children are encouraged to be more active through excellent coaching in P.E sessions and after school clubs
  • Reception Buddies offer peer to peer support for our youngest children with playtime difficulties or any issues arising at lunchtime.
  • Daily collective worship gives children the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and feelings.
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