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Curriculum

The curriculum encompasses all the opportunities for learning within the school. The Governors note the requirements of the National Curriculum and endorse the call that it should be broadly based and related to the Gospels with each child being valued for his/her own self and encouraged to grow in God's love.

The curriculum clearly relates to the school’s Mission Statement and Aims and acknowledges the varied needs and abilities of all pupils. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, social and physical development of each child and prepares each to live as full members of God's family recognising each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

The National Curriculum lays down the three core subjects: Mathematics, Literacy and Science, and the foundation subjects: History, Geography, Technology, ICT, Music, French, Art and P.E., in addition to Religious Education which, in a Catholic school, is an integral part of all learning, providing a context for the whole curriculum.

To support learning we try to create an interesting and stimulating environment within the school, have high expectations of all our pupils and strive for excellence in all our teaching. Teaching in the early years will be more topic based and cross curricular with a gradual introduction of subject teaching. At Key Stage 2 topics are centred on individual subjects with a more formal timetable. Teachers use a number of organisational strategies which include whole class, group and individual teaching. For some activities children are grouped according to ability. Assessment is systematically incorporated into teaching strategies. In addition standardized testing is used in the Key Stage 2 classes, and Years 2 and 6 take part in the Standard Assessment Tasks. Nursery and Reception teachers will carry out a Baseline Assessment in the first few weeks of term.

Information sessions for parents are held regularly to keep parents informed on aspects of School organisation and curriculum development. The school prospectus, policies, National Curriculum documents, Diocesan and LEA guidelines, minutes of Governor meetings, are all available for parental reference.