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"To be the best we can be"

Click on NEWS above (NEWSLETTERS below on phones) for the latest updates from school including what we have been learning, achievements, routines and dates for your diary. Thank you for your continued support, Mrs. Lakey and your St Francis' family.

Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Intent

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
     

“The school is a beautiful and welcoming environment for the children... Everything about the school’s presentation is high-quality. · The National Curriculum subjects are high profile in classrooms and corridors.” Angela Westington, March 2022 DfE Reading Audit.

 

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 coordinators’ work together to ensure topics that link, are taught in a way that promotes depth in learning. Teachers, HLTAs and TAs 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 children needing to, 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.

 

The long term plan of what is being taught in each year group can be found on the 'What will my child be taught' section, click here. Weekly curriculum updates are shared on the Newsletters that are e-mailed to parents at 7pm on a Thursday, these are also posted on this website, click here. 

 

Should you wish to find out more please ask your child's class teacher, speak with the school office. 

 

Our curriculum has been developed, to ensure that it continues to be creative, challenging and specific to our school context, whilst also ensuring complete coverage of the national curriculum, in a school with ever changing year group numbers and class structures.   If you would like to find out more about our curriculum please book an appointment with Miss Cooper, Curriculum Leader. 

 

“St Francis’ staff achieve strong outcomes with their children. The 2019 Year 6 combined reading, writing and mathematics scores were above national and the reading outcomes overall are high.” Angela Westington, March 2022 DfE Reading Audit. In 2023, results had continued to improve with 72% of children (not in reciept of an EHC plan) achieveing national expectations in Y6 combined reading, writing and mathematics. 

 

Our wider curriculum is structured around four key aspects of learning.  These are:
 

  • Key Concepts - I understand ...
  • Key Knowledge - I know ...
  • Key Skills - I can ...
  • Key Vocabulary - I use ...
     

The curriculum to which each child is entitled is laid down by the requirements of the National Curriculum. This curriculum is followed by all children of compulsory school age. During a child’s first year at school they will follow the LKS2 (Year 3 or Year 4) Wider Curriculum, as we have fluctuating pupil numbers so sometimes use a LKS2 and UKS2 rolling programme.

 

We believe in providing our children with an exciting, stimulating curriculum through which they can develop into critical, creative, collaborative, and caring thinkers.

 

Teachers plan the curriculum with a focus on developing the key skills necessary for confident and effective learning, which is enriched through the provision of additional activities and opportunities. We welcome visitors into the school to share their skills with the children. We also ensure that we have close links with the local community and our children are regular visitors to local events and places of interest.

 

In addition to the subjects above, the curriculum includes Philosophy 4 Children, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. Relationships and Health Education is taught both within our Science curriculum and as a stand-alone subject, with the statutory aspects of Sex Education being taught within Science.  The content is agreed by the school governors and parents are informed of the subjects covered. 

 

"Pupils said that the philosophy work they do makes them think deeply about sometimes difficult topics. I was impressed by their depth of thought and the breadth of vocabulary that they used in conversation. For example, they spoke to me about the racist attitudes they sometimes encounter outside the school and how they must ‘rise above it’." Ofsted 2019

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