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St. Chad's Catholic Primary School, Catholic Lane, Sedgley, Dudley

Curriculum

The curriculum at St Chad’s Catholic Primary School is committed to meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum and our aims reflect the values of the Catholic School Pupil Profile.

The Intent of our Curriculum

Our intention is to provide opportunities for our children to develop into independent, confident, successful learners with high aspiration, exhibiting the values of the Catholic School Pupil Profile by the time the children complete their Key Stage 2 learning.

We want our pupils to develop academic, moral and spiritual skills so they can make a positive contribution to their school, parish community and the wider society by becoming global citizens ready to take their next steps into society. We seek to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, provide a purpose and relevance for learning and ultimately help every pupil to find their strengths and interests. Pupils at all stages of their learning are helped to achieve their potential, recognise their strengths and identify what they need to do to improve. Children are challenged in their learning and encouraged to expand their skills and knowledge through varied curriculum opportunities.

As well as nurturing the values of the Catholic School Pupil Profile, our curriculum also meets and exceeds the subject content demands of the National Curriculum for England.

The curriculum is designed to ensure coverage and progression and to provide pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. We strive to promote a love of learning and enjoyment of the curriculum so children are inspired, have a sense of pride and develop confidence and resilience. Stimulating visits and visitors are also part of enhancing the curriculum.

Also see our Foundation Stage page for curriculum information for our Nursery and Reception children.

The Implementation of our Curriculum

The implementation of our curriculum is through a thematic approach to teaching and learning. Evidence suggests that teaching subject knowledge and skills as part of a wider themed based curriculum allows pupils to make useful links between areas of learning whilst consolidating skills. Children are also likely to be more engaged in their learning if it has a context and theme that runs through it.

We find that using the thematic approach, improves the quality of teaching and learning in many ways:

  • It enables children to make connections in what they are learning.
  • It increases the children’s interest.
  • It keeps children engaged.
  • It draws on connections from the real world and life experiences.
  • It promotes visits and visitors to enhance the learning.

Over the course of the school year themes will be taught in each year group, each one focussing on a specific subject area. The thematic curriculum is mapped out to ensure progression in learning and is followed by children from Years 1 to Year 6.

English and Mathematics are taught on a daily basis for approximately one hour each. Where possible this is linked to the theme currently being studied by the children. Other curriculum areas such as Art, Science, Technology, Computing, History and Geography are taught through a thematic approach. PE and Religious Education are taught for two hours a week. All children experience Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) through the Ten Ten Programme.

St Chad's Citizen display

Each theme will demonstrate Curriculum Drivers which will support the children in becoming a St Chad’s Citizen. The Drivers are:

  • Ambitious promotes activities that challenge the children.
  • Faith-Filled demonstrates how the learning tasks promotes a faith-filled response.
  • Creative focuses on how the children can show their creativity.
  • Digital demonstrates how children can use their IT skills to enhance their learning.
  • Global focuses on how children can become global citizens to help change the world around them.
  • Knowledgeable seeks to show how knowledge and facts improve children’s learning.

To further support the thematic curriculum there are detailed plans for every subject. Each subject is split into curriculum units for each year group. Units of work are carefully sequenced to ensure they build upon each other to reinforce and extend previous learning. The curriculum for each subject is carefully cross referenced to what has been learnt before and what will be learnt in the future.

The curriculum is also matched to the Catholic Schools Pupil Profile and we make explicit links between the spiritual and academic values and the lesson content.

Within each curriculum unit of work, the lesson content is broken into component chunks that build together towards a composite piece of learning within the subject. We use a wide range of resources to help us to deliver our curriculum, including published schemes of work where these matches our own curriculum plan.

Phonics and Reading Scheme

In Reception and KS1 Phonics and Reading are taught daily.

In Phonics we follow the Letters and Sounds framework where children learn to recognise letters as sounds to blend for reading and segment for spelling.

In reading sessions, the children develop their fluency, comprehension and enjoyment of books by reading one to one with an adult, in small guided groups and independently.

Monitoring the Impact of our Curriculum

School leaders and subject leaders monitor the quality of the provision in every subject throughout the year using a range of monitoring tools.

Subject monitoring includes lesson observations, book scrutiny and pupil interviews. Emphasis is placed on listening to the views of children so that we can ensure they are engaged and motivated by our curriculum. We are constantly adapting our curriculum to meet the needs of pupils.

Attainment and progress data is collected every term and is carefully analysed to identify any gaps in learning that need reteaching. Data is also carefully analysed to look for trends and address weaknesses where these exist.

School leaders and subject leaders prepare action plans every year to develop and improve the provision for each subject. These action plans are reviewed regularly.

Our Teaching and Learning Policy: ‘How We Learn'

We have a simple and consistent approach to teaching and learning throughout the school from Early Years through to Year 6.

As a result of being rooted in the Catholic School Pupil Profile, our teaching and learning approach is a seamless component of the curriculum itself. Children are first taught to use a range of learning skills that are linked to the Catholic School Pupil Profile under the broad disciplines of Remembering, Analysing, Creating, Applying, Evaluating and Understanding. As the children become more experienced they start to choose for themselves the learning skills they will need in different lessons and contexts.

Our approach to teaching and learning is rooted in both Blooms Taxonomy and The Catholic School Pupil Profile.

Curriculum Documents

Skills Progression

End of Year Expectations

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Maths Progression Maps

National Curriculum Progression Documents