Curriculum design statement: intent, implementation, impact
Our curriculum is designed around the Gospel values and Catholic teachings through the teaching of Religious Education, Catholic Social Teaching and UNICEF Rights and Responsibilities to ensure that pupils have secure understanding of shared values and grow to become highly skilled, cultured, educated global citizens, ready for the challenges of the modern world.
We aim to provide a coherent, structured, academic curriculum that leads to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable.
Our curriculum is based on a thematic approach with reading at the core. Themes are well chosen to stimulate, engage and enthuse pupils and are supplemented by a range of experiences such as trips and visitors to school. Reading is at the heart of each theme and pupils and are exposed to a wide range of high quality texts to enhance a passion for reading, expand their ‘cultural capital’ and develop a sophisticated, mature vocabulary from which pupils can articulate their thoughts and ideas. Core and foundation subjects are explicitly taught to secure a sound understanding of subject specific knowledge and skills within a curriculum structure that is designed and structured to maximise learning. Core concepts are sequenced to ensure regular repetition within themes and key stages to build schemas in our long term memory to draw upon and develop a deeper understanding of each subject in the context of the world around them.
Pupils are evaluated alongside criteria for progression within each concept. The acquisition of fundamental foundations is built into the early stages of each phase (BASIC). When fluent, these fundamentals are then used to apply to decision making (ADVANCING) and furthermore the inventive application of fundamentals (DEEP) towards the later end of each phase. These ‘milestones’ are evidenced in each subject using a range of strategies including summative and formative assessment.