St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy

INTENT

Our intent is to provide an ambitious curriculum for all our pupils. We want our curriculum to excite and inspire children and be reflective of them and our community. Our curriculum is specifically designed to be progressive by building on prior learning and experiences. Through quality teaching of knowledge, skills and vocabulary across all subjects, our children will be challenged to become inquisitive, compassionate, self-reliant and creative learners. Each subject has been carefully and thoughtfully created to provide challenge and takes the children’s learning beyond the classroom, creating knowledge that sticks and has purpose. We intend to open our children’s eyes to awe and wonder and cause them to marvel at the incredible and fantastic world in which they live.

IMPLEMENTATION

Our curriculum has been designed to encompass knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live as well as the events that have shaped it in the past, making it what it is today. We are particularly proud of the respect and care that our children show for one another, the environment, and the community around us.

· Catholic Education provides the foundation for all aspects of learning throughout the curriculum.

· The curriculum is taught with the consideration of the needs of all our learners; it is exciting and inspires children to nurture a passion for learning.

· High priority is given to foundation subjects and curriculum coverage ensuring that our children have a breadth of knowledge to inspire them and fully prepare them for life in secondary school and beyond the classroom.

· Learning sequences are clear, highlight skills progression and contain milestones to ensure children are at the expected standard.

· Teachers explicitly teach the meaning of subject-specific language, and we expect lessons to contain challenging reading and writing.

· Knowledge organisers provide students with key information that they are expected to learn and recall with fluency, enabling them to develop their understanding of key concepts outside of their lessons.

· Curriculum leaders support teachers in using their pedagogical subject knowledge to ensure high quality teaching and learning.

· Members of staff are given responsibility for leading, managing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing their curriculum areas.

· Teachers and Teaching Assistants are given excellent opportunities to use their subject expertise to enhance the curriculum.

· Opportunities are taken to enliven the curriculum using educational visits, experience days, visitors, artists, crafts people, actors and musicians - developing connections in their learning and aid long-term retention.

· Across all subjects we make links with our local area encompassing Skipton, Bradford and Yorkshire, helping the children to make sense of the world, their local area and their place in it.

IMPACT

The rich and inspirational curriculum we provide enables our children to develop and embrace their God given gifts, talents and skills. They use their excellent grasp of English and maths to access the skills and knowledge required to achieve high standards in all subjects. 

Our carefully planned curriculum enables them to retain information and apply it in a variety of situations. All children become resilient and independent learners.

Our curriculum is underpinned by effective systems to check progress to ensure continuity and challenge.

Children having a secure knowledge and understanding of where they live and their place in the world.

Children’s work and achievement throughout the curriculum is celebrated and displayed to enable it to make a significant impact on the visual appearance of the school and to contribute positively to our wonderful ethos.

National Curriculum

The core subjects are English, Maths, Religious Education (RE), and Science The foundation subjects are Music, Art, Physical Education, History, Design Technology, Computing and Geography. For each subject programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught and attainment targets set out the expected standards of pupils' performance.

On-going assessment is also vital to inform our planning. Children are more formally assessed in line with national expectations at the age of 7 (Key Stage 1) and 11 (Key Stage 2). Pupils in Year 1 also take part in a Phonics Screening test at the end of the year. Pupils in Year 4 take part in the Time tables tests.

(Link to Current National Curriculum)

Curriculum Policy - reviewed January 2020