St Charles’ Catholic Primary School
Curriculum Statement 2020-2021
At St. Charles’ Catholic Primary School we offer a curriculum which has the teaching of our faith at the centre. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Mission of “Love, Learn, Grow together.” 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.
Aspire to excel
Perseverance and challenge
Potential is fulfilled.
Love, learn, grow together,
Excellence in all we do.
The curriculum is broad and balanced and 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. It is important that the curriculum considers the development of the whole child.
In Reception class, the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is delivered, which provides opportunities for children to learn through play. Phonics is taught through the Read, Write Inc programme. In Key Stages 1 and 2, national requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly.
Specialist teachers and instructors support music, Spanish and physical education. All subject leaders are given training and opportunities to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents/carers and other learners through school-based performances, competitions and events; 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.
We have devised our curriculum with a thematic approach with the starting point being the high-quality texts used in the Read to Write scheme which we use in our English curriculum. The Foundation Subjects are linked, as far as possible, to those texts. For example, in Year 5, one text studied in English is Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, so in History the children investigate and learn about the Atlantic Slave Trade in the same half term.
This is our whole school curriculum map, showing those links.