'Christ is our example in our learning: so we aim to give our best in everything we do, working together to achieve our potential as we learn about our God given life and world.'
Curriculum Statement 2020-2021
At Sacred Heart Primary School, we offer a curriculum 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. Each subject area is underpinned by the school vision.
We recognise that children have been effected in many ways, by the recent school closures. We are following the latest DfE advice on curriculum planning:
Education is not optional:
All pupils receive high quality education that promotes their developments and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The Curriculum remains broad and ambitious:
All pupils continue to be taught a wide range of subjects, maintaining their choices for further study and employment.
Where needed, this is high-quality, safe and aligns as closely as possible with in-school provision: schools and other settings continue to build their capacity to educate pupils remotely, where this needed.
We have taken into account that the needs of our children may have altered and have made suitable adjustments to our curriculum. By adopting a recovery curriculum, we are able to ensure we cater for the emotional and academic needs of the children at Sacred Heart.
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.