Underpinning our curriculum is a forgiving and caring ethos, lifting our St Francis’ family up to let them shine, to be the best they can be (in line with the teachings of Matthew 5:14-16). We have structured the requirements set out in Curriculum 2014, so that pupils have opportunities to:
build on prior knowledge
gain first-hand experiences
make links between subjects
apply basic skills in different contexts
deepen their learning through social interactions
promote independent learning through presenting tasks in small steps
More information can be found on subject Long-Term plans, termly curriculum webs and for teaching staff, Medium-Term plans.
We have outlined, on our termly curriculum webs, additional curriculum decisions we have made based on our current pupils’ interests. These may be adapted from year-to-year, based on the year group interests and gaps in learning. This includes: educational visits / experiences; books and texts and any extra-curricular activities. Remote learning has provided us with opportunities for enriched technological literacy and this will continue to be integrated across the curriculum offer.
In order to close the attainment gap, we provide a vocabulary rich, broad and balanced curriculum where skills and knowledge are built upon incrementally across the year groups. Subject leaders’ work together to ensure topics that link, are taught in a way that promotes depth in learning. Teachers explicitly help children to see the links between topics and previously taught materials.
After learning through a global pandemic, we are consciously adapting our curriculum to help them escape educational poverty. All pupils are treated as experts at their current level of learning and we all learn from each other. We actively promote the spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of all our pupils and stakeholders. Children are taught the value of critical, caring, collaborative and creative thinking when learning together across all subjects. This enables pupils to:
access and acquire a route out of poverty through gaining equality of mind and spirit
develop a set of skills to access and process information
use critical thinking to support lifelong decision making
grow in the knowledge and wisdom of what constitutes a good life
The teaching staff and fellow pupils are alert to the electricity of learning in our community and through praise and recognition of new skills, pupils’ learning is embedded.
Working in line with the Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014, we do not discriminate access to our curriculum for any pupils, we make reasonable adjustments to enable access for all. For more information about how this works for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, please click here.
If you have any questions or comments relating to the curriculum please contact Mrs. Lakey, Headteacher.