Explore our curriculum
Builders of hope
“We can ask ourselves this question: Am I stuck on a playground or do I wish to fly high? Am I tied to a herd, blindly doing what everyone does, seeking only self-satisfaction, focused on myself, or do I look above to fly high? Don’t be scared, dare to have fabulous plans. I encourage you to not be afraid to dream, to have great ideals, to be builders of hope.” (Pope Francis)
As a Catholic school, we hold Christ at the centre of everything we do. Our curriculum is closely designed around our school mission and vision statements and has been developed to support the needs of our community and the child as a whole. Working alongside our parish and local community we foster an ethos of service to individuals and to society. Our curriculum is underpinned by our core virtues of: Compassion and love, tolerance and peace, forgiveness and mercy, faith and hope, justice and truth, service and humility.
When planning our curriculum, we recognise the disadvantaged social and economic backgrounds of many of our families and therefore it is designed to enhance children’s awareness of different cultures, practices and beliefs. We include and promote British values to ensure that our students are aware of their rights and responsibilities in modern Britain and that they are prepared for life today and life after Sacred Heart Catholic Primary & Nursery School. We intend that our curriculum educates the children in the appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, so that children can flourish, reach and exceed their potential academically, close the cultural gap and raise aspirations.
We have a cross-curricular topic approach and, alongside this, we build in enriching and enlivening topic weeks which immerse the children in a variety of relevant themes. If we are to open doors for the children’s futures, then a curriculum that is literacy rich and language rich is a must for our school as so many of our children start school with a very limited vocabulary. Therefore, we place a high focus on developing the children’s vocabulary and spoken skills and use quality texts to do this.
Reading is at the heart of our school and central to the children’s learning. Our curriculum is designed to develop the behaviours which learners need to succeed in the world such as concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, the enjoyment of learning, self-improvement, enquiry and independence. We believe that enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour and the curriculum is designed to include a range of life experiences (including trips and extra- curricular activities) which will enhance the children’s learning.
Oracy is a whole school priority as we recognise that our children need the vocabulary and spoken language skills to be successful and happy members of our society. We want them to be confident communicators with the ability to express themselves clearly and with emotion. We want them to respect others speech and make the right choices to develop their own voice.
We intend that our curriculum will promote physical, emotional and mental well-being and ensures children know how to keep themselves safe and healthy. We recognise the valuable contribution and positive impact of sport and children are offered and encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities.
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