At St Francis Catholic Primary School we believe that excellence is only achieved by nourishing the whole child through an understanding and development of the virtues taken from the teachings of the Catholic Church. As Saint Francis taught us, ‘The journey is essential to the dream’ and therefore our curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal and communication skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage the learning of our pupils and truly believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.
At our school every child is recognised as a unique individual with their own personal strengths and talents. Our children are taught to be reflective and appreciative of the worth and value of themselves and others. We celebrate and welcome all differences within our school community. We recognise that the ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and moral values. Positive attitudes to learning are taught, which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.
Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, religious feast days and celebrations and learn new skills to enable the children to take an active role within their local area and the wider community.
Children leave our school with a sense of belonging to a tight knit community and have the confidence, aspirational attitudes and social skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners who flourish as they embrace life’s challenges and opportunities in an ever- changing world.
We provide a curriculum that:
- is ambitious for all of our pupils
- is coherently planned and sequenced to lead to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable.
- is successfully adapted, designed and developed for the needs of all pupils
- is broad and balanced for all pupils to provide appropriate experiences and a rich cultural capital
If you would like to read The National Curriculum for primary schools, or require information about what should be taught in the different subjects then please click on the link below:
Our curriculum coverage is structured in the following way:
Core curriculum subjects:
Foundation curriculum subjects:
Design and Technology
Our curriculum breadth provides the key knowledge within each subject area and allows for the development our pupils’ growing cultural capital. Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that pupils can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge, competence and understanding required to succeed in a modern society. It is a way to celebrate and embrace the different backgrounds, heritage, language and traditions of all the children living in this country. The National Curriculum states: ‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’” We provide this through the range of texts our children are exposed to, the vocabulary they develop, their general knowledge, their cultural experiences and their awareness of the British values.
British Values and SMSC
Please find below an overview of our British values curriculum for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development:
If you would like to know more about how our curriculum is structured please read the information in each section below.