Welcome to the Curriculum Pages
This is our curriculum statement. We are ambitious for all our learners and strive to deliver a curriculum that will enable them to flourish. During the current pandemic, we recognise that there will be significant challenges to deliver the full depth and breadth of the curriculum we have designed. While all areas of the curriculum, including foundation subjects, are being taught, we have made adaptations to provide additional time to catch up in core areas of Maths and English. In particular, additional time has been allocated to phonics and reading, which are key components of our curriculum. To achieve this, we have reduced the time devoted to foundation subjects. We aim by summer 2021 to deliver the full curriculum however, we will review and evaluate our position based on latest DfE guidance to make the best informed decisions for our pupils.
At Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, we are very proud of the full, rich and unique curriculum our children receive. We are determined that all children receive a broad and balanced curriculum that inspires them to learn. Our curriculum is designed to meet the specific needs of the children in our school. The links below and curriculum overview will give you an insight into how our curriculum is structured here at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School.
Whole School Intent
“The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients. This is why there are so many subjects — because development is the results of different elements that act together and stimulate intelligence, knowledge, the emotions, the body, and so on.” (Pope Francis).
We aim for all children to:
- Nurture a love of learning, developing spiritually, religiously and academically
- Be ambitious and have high aspirations for themselves and others
- Value knowledge and skills to support them as life-long learners
- Be faithful global citizens, equipped to make a positive impact now and in the future.
Our curriculum ensures coverage and progression and is bespoke to the needs and interests of all pupils at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School. It not only focuses on appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the EYFS framework and National Curriculum, but also on modelling the virtues given to us by Christ, and by developing individual and collaborative learning experiences, a positive growth mindset, a sense of responsibility and challenges that take them beyond the classroom.
Our curriculum is constantly evolving, responding to the needs of our learners and their interests by enhancing their learning experiences and raising awareness from the local area to national and global arenas. Thus, we will develop outward looking pupils who are able to engage in learning about themselves and have an understanding of the wider world and its diverse cultures. From 2008 – 2019, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School was awarded the Gold Level International-Schools Award from the British Council in recognition of our outward looking curriculum and promotion of global issues.
Ultimately, our curriculum is intended to live out our school mission:
All school stakeholders are part of the curriculum design process. During the development of our curriculum, we have considered:
Whole School Implementation
Our School is long established with well-embedded community links. As such we have a clear awareness of our pupils’ backgrounds, life experiences and culture. This has helped us to design a full and rich curriculum that offers a range of experiences to every child. Our activities support and champion our culture and ensure
s that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) experiences. These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values, and the diverse society to which we belong and in which we play an active part. We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work towards their goals and dreams in life.
We deliver a diverse and balanced curriculum, placing equal importance on core and foundation subjects and encouraging the transfer of knowledge, understanding and skills across the wider curriculum. In this way, our children can take ownership of their learning through an active pupil voice that develops confidence, resilience, co-operation and problem solving; key skills for successful life-long learners.
Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important to their academic development. We understand that they will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, so we place high priority on ensuring their physical and mental wellbeing needs are met. We carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to ensure that we can meet and respond to their needs as they arise. As part of the Shrewsbury Diocese, we follow the RE scheme of work, ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’ and teach the RSE programme to enrich and support their learning journey. We monitor their progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.
Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives and careers. Our full and rich curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, is designed to ensure that every pupil at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School makes excellent progress both academically and personally. Our curriculum ensures that every child is given the opportunity to shine and flourish.
At Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School we recognise that progress manifests itself through a variety of measures. Academic achievement is measured in relation to each unique child’s individual learning journey and the progress they make from their individual starting points towards their learning goals. A love and engagement with learning is also central to our curriculum and we consider a successful curriculum is one that instils a life-long love of learning and the skills necessary to be successful members of society. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of their learning and lives.
Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child. Our curriculum is designed and planned to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.
Whole School Impact
The impact of the curriculum is evident in the outcomes for all pupils.
- Resilient, active learners who will be academically, spiritually and physically prepared for the next stage of their education journey and for life in the modern world.
- Assessment data which reflects progress made against national expectations.
- Evidence to support SMSC and spiritual development.
- Our children will approach challenges every day with confidence because they don’t give up, are highly motivated to succeed and achieve and are equipped with all the necessary personal skills.
- Our curriculum enables children to become excellent role models and the very best version of themselves.