Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School,

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Highfield Road, Hemsworth, WF9 4LJ

01977 625354

Curriculum Rationale

The children at Sacred Heart School are at the heart of our curriculum. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop and build their self-esteem and self-confidence, in a school where they feel loved and cherished. 


  • 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 curriculum at Sacred Heart is designed to provide exciting and engaging opportunities that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.  
  • Our teaching and learning  is underpinned by the values of Jesus Christ.  
  • We aim to provide a curriculum which enthuses all learners to shrive to achieve their full potential in all areas.   
  • We promote a positive attitude to learning, by ensuring the well-being and mental health of all children remain at the forefront to their education and our nurture programme is fundemental in supporting the development of the whole child.  
  • 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.  


Curriculum Statement 2018-19

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 National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach and assessed against the curriculum objectives. Assessment for learning is embedded, to track the children and adjust teaching, ensuring all children are progressing. Children are challenged in their learning and those who find aspects of their learning more difficult, are appropriately supported, so that they too are enabled to experience success.

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, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

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 within the BKCAT and local authority. 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.

As a school in the Diocese of Leeds,  we are a vital part of the Church’s mission and ministry. We follow the religious education scheme called 'The Way, The Truth and The Life', and 10% of our teaching timetable is dedicated to the teaching of Religious Education. The prayer life of the school is intergral to our ethos. Parents, families and the local community are invited into school on regular occasions to particpate in Collective Worship with the children.

In Foundation Stage we use the EYFS Statutory Framework. For more information, please click on the link below.

In Key Stage One (Year 1 and 2) and Key Stage Two (Years 3-6) we follow the National Curriculum. For more information, please click on the link below.