Curriculum Rationale

 

  • The curriculum at Sacred Heart is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.
  • It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
  • The curriculum celebrates diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The Catholic ethos, underpins the curriculum, teaching and learning and development of our school community.
  • The curriculum is engaging and enthuses all learners to shrive to achieve their full potential in all areas.

 

Curriculum Statement 2019-2020

 

At Sacred Heart Primary School, we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach and assessed against the curriculum objectives. We have designed a clear cycle of History, Science and Geography approach to each topic. This model enables learners to experience an enriched curriculum to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Assessment for learning is embedded, to track the children and adjust teaching, ensuring all children are progressing. Sticky Knowledge Mats are used within each curriculum area and pupils revisit key knowledge regularly to ensure life-long learning takes place. Children are challenged and those who find some aspects more difficult, are appropriately supported, so that they too are enabled to experience success. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum. The Catholic ethos, underpins the curriculum, teaching and learning and development of our school community.

Specialist teachers and instructors support music, physical education and the teaching of French. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, drop down days and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.