We have designed a curriculum for the children of St.Chad’s that will help them develop a love of learning, activate their enquiring minds and develop as Global Citizens. We are a diverse Church of England school where we have a curriculum which develops children as responsible, knowledgeable and proactive school, local and global citizens. We fully support the children being involved in the design of their learning journey and favour a creative curriculum underpinned with a daily dose of basic skills. Each half term the curriculum will be delivered through a literature focus, be topic-based or through a current topical or global issue. We expect there to be lively and engaging learning experiences for all the children with visitors and first hand experiences to help bring the curriculum to life.
Our curriculum is underpinned by the following key concepts or “Big ideas”:
St Chad’s Curriculum Aims:
- St. Chad’s curriculum aims to develop children into ethical, moral and socially responsible individuals. Through our rich curriculum and Christian ethos, we promote compassion, empathy and equality. Daily worship and links to the local church help to make St Chad’s a warm, loving and inclusive place to be. This is underpinned by John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full”
- St. Chad’s curriculum aims to develop children who understand they are citizens of the wider world. They are aware of environmental, local and global issues. By using their voice and through their actions they are able to have an impact and make a difference.
- St. Chad’s curriculum aims to support children to acquire a wealth of knowledge appropriate to their age and stage, through a wide range of high quality teaching and learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom and which at times involves the wider community. A curriculum which creates a buzz around learning so that the children are excited, engaged and challenged to be their best selves; children who develop resilience, confidence and their personal talents.
At St. Chad’s we have a shared pedagogical approach to teaching and learning which is research based. We believe that the most effective teaching and learning methods involve children being actively reflective on their own teaching and learning journey. We utilise a combination of Metacognitive strategies and Growth Mind-set approaches within lessons in order to support our children in making the most of every learning opportunity. As part of each teaching and learning journey there will be opportunities for: drawing on prior learning, being introduced to new knowledge and concepts, teacher modelling, opportunities to discuss and ask questions, guided practise, independent practise and reflection on learning using success criteria.
In order to support teaching and learning we have progressive schemes of work which outline expectations in each year group which are linked to the national curriculum.
Personal, Social and Health Education
Personal, social and health education and citizenship are taught as cross curricular themes throughout the school, within the framework of circle time. P.S.H.E. includes the concepts of:
- children finding out about themselves
- learning how to interact with others
- learning how to live a safe, healthy lifestyle
Citizenship comprises of three main strands: social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy.
The aims of the curriculum inter-relate closely with the ethos of the school and promote each child’s personal, social and emotional development within the whole school environment, whereby everyone can feel safe, secure and valued.
Relationships & Sex Education
In the Foundation Stage and KS1 and early KS2, sex education is taught within the framework of science and personal, social and health education. It includes concepts of: growing and changing, the life cycle, relationships and caring for each other.
In teaching sex education we aim to provide knowledge about the processes of puberty and reproduction, foster a positive approach to ourselves and to others, explore sensitively the emotional and moral aspects of growing up and forming relationships. We follow the ‘Living and Growing’ scheme of work. The governing body is aware that the teaching of sex education is a sensitive issue involving individual requirements, and give parents the opportunity to withdraw children from these lessons.
Outdoor Education / Schools Visits and Local Walks / Residential Visits
During the time the children are at St.Chad’s Primary, we offer the opportunity for them to go on many educational day trips connected with topic work, as well as walks, visits and studies within the local area. We believe in first-hand experience and believe that these visits play an important role in the children‘s learning.
Parents will always be informed of these visits and where there is a cost incurred, will be asked to make a voluntary contribution.
Meeting the Needs of Individuals
We recognise that children may have a range of special educational needs during their time at St.Chad’s Primary which may need short or long term provision. The Special Educational Needs co-ordinators have responsibility for the day to day operation of our school special needs policy, supported by all members of staff.
We recognise the need for early identification and intervention. Class teachers are responsible for the beginning of this process and parents will be consulted about concerns. Other agencies may become involved at a later stage to determine the type of education and support each child requires to meet his/her specific needs. Parents will be kept informed throughout the whole process.
We keep a register of all pupils with special educational needs and their progress is monitored and reviewed regularly. Similarly we recognise that more able children also have additional needs and these children are included on our Gifted and Talented register. All children should be challenged and stimulated within lessons.