St Andrew’s Catholic Primary Curriculum – Intent/Implementation/Impact
St Andrew’s School will be rolling out a newly designed Curriculum, which will be fully bespoke to the needs of our children with the aim of developing pupils who have every advantage to succeed in life, as people made in the image of Christ. The intent is thus: Develop a new school curriculum rich in cultural capital, which prepares pupils for life in modern Britain. Our aims are:
- To provide a holistic education that looks at the broader development of our children – developing them spiritually, morally, socially and culturally – through the Jesuit Values & Virtues that underpin everything we do in the Catholic life of school.
- We want our children to be well-rounded individuals confident and secure in themselves.
- School will provide rich experiences to engage all pupils – enabling them to explore their own talents and interests so they have a wide view of society and their place in it; both now and as an adult.
- We want all pupils have a clear opportunity to develop their understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance and respect.
- When a child leaves St Andrew’s School, they will understand, appreciate and respect difference in the world.
- They will have the capacity to articulate their own informed views in a respectful manner; whilst having the ability to understand others perspectives and that this is a right enshrined by law.
- The school will provide opportunities for children to understand how to be responsible pro-active citizens who contribute positively to society; are aware of their own capacity and responsibility to promote change and be able to look beyond British society and know the responsibility that we have as citizens and custodians of our planet.
- There will be up to five Golden threads that we feel are central to developing children for a future world that is very different to our present one. Children from Year 1- 6 will engage in the same five threads building on their prior knowledge each year to gain a full grasp of the subject matter from a variety of viewpoints and a more complex and flexible schemata – this will also enable school to ensure that vertical progression through the year groups is evident.
- Each thread will have a very specific outcome that the children will work towards which they can showcase to the rest of the school and parents – a memorable moment and a celebration of learning and achievement.
- The genesis for each thread has been the literature and themes studied in our Literacy scheme “Teaching Toolkits” we want all of our pupils to gain a love of reading and this approach will reinforce readings importance to life and its relevance. The variety of text type and subject matter will appeal to all children and encourage the skill of researching and reading around a subject matter.
- Each Year Group will focus on a different aspect of the thread and this will be linked to progressively more difficult age appropriate texts.
- The majority of the wider curriculum will be taught in the context of this thread – this will aid cognitive load in that it will facilitate concrete links between subject matter. We will reinforce that the aspects of learning belong to each named subject discipline but the children will know that the threads will have meaningful links to say Geography, History, Science, Art, and Music &DT.
- All National Curriculum statutory requirements will be met and surpassed with specific key knowledge that will be acquired – much of this knowledge goes beyond the National Curriculum and will indeed provide children with the relevant cultural capital to succeed in life They will indeed be educated citizens with an appreciation of human creativity and achievement; acceptance of differing views and beliefs in the world; a respect for the planet and everything that lives on it; and ways in which we can effect change and make the most out of our talents.
- The focus on sequentially development of skills will further prevent a narrowing of the curriculum, as these skills will enable pupils to achieve accelerated progress in all core subjects – thus preventing a lop-sided curriculum – particularly in Year 6. In fact, the skills based threads should enable more children to learn at a greater depth and certainly make greater progress across the curriculum by rehearsing identified key skills.
- Long term planning of all threads has been completed by the Senior Leadership Team and presented to the class teachers for implementation. The idea is that ownership passes to the teacher who will be free to develop the medium and long term plans to achieve the intended outcomes. Each thread will be reviewed annually by all teaching staff and amended as necessary. The most important concept is that this curriculum approach has the biggest impact upon the children and as such should be regularly reviewed and amended if necessary.
- A new Presentation & Marking Policy will be implemented to dramatically reduce the time spent on marking, whilst still enabling children to understand their performance. This will enable children to spend appropriate time developing their subject knowledge and prepare detailed plans that sequence the learning in a logical fashion with developing skills with high expectations of outcomes.
- Teachers will enable pupils to understand key concepts and check their understanding effectively so that they are embedded in the long-term memory and applied fluently and consistently.
- Trips and educational visitors to school will be central to the new school curriculum: to contextualise learning and add resonance to the idea of cultural capital- how the principles of learning can be applied to real life scenarios and experiences- make learning tangible.
- Teachers must ensure that they have a clear grasp of what the children have learnt in the previous year, the subsequent one so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before, and pupils can work towards clearly defined end points.
- The mantra underpinning implementation of the new school curriculum will always be to develop pupil understanding by connecting new knowledge with existing knowledge.
- Pupils will develop fluency and begin to unconsciously apply their knowledge as skills.
- Well rounded pupils with excellent learning behaviours, who are confident in their learning and good human beings. All pupils should leave St Andrew’s having fulfilled their potential and being ready to thrive in their secondary education.
- All pupil groups (including disadvantaged & SEND) having acquired the cultural capital that they need to succeed in life.
- The skills based curriculum will lead to more competent learners who have been thoroughly engaged with their curriculum and this will be evident in successful Key Stage statutory performance.
Click on the links below to see what the Curriculum is like for your child's year group.
The Teaching of Reading in School
The school reading scheme is 'Oxford Reading Tree' by OUP. Details of this can be found on the OUP website here.
The children are taught phonics through the recommended scheme of 'Letters and Sounds' as well as supporting texts from the 'Oxford Reading Tree' series called 'Floppy Phonics'. Further details can be found in the Literacy Policy which can be read here.