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Leadership, Aspiration, Growth Mindset, Environment, Community, Diversity

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School Curriculum Statement

Our school Mission Statement states that we want the children at St Patrick’s to become innovative, life-long learners. Our curriculum is key to realising this vision. Through the themes we have chosen, and the topics which will support pupils’ learning, children will leave St Patrick’s well prepared for the next phase of their education.

They will know and understand the key components required to become a successful global citizen in today’s ever changing society. Importantly, they will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to use their God given talents for the benefit of themselves and for others - qualities needed to make a successful contribution to their own future, their families and friends and in preparation for the communities which they will be part of in a modern world.

Intent

When developing the intent of our curriculum, we took into account the following factors:

● Our local environment;

● The expertise of our staff;

● The values and traditions of our school;

● The needs of our school community;

The aim of the curriculum at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School is to provide the children with a bespoke curriculum that suits their needs and teaches then to become model, global citizens. We have engaged with key stakeholders to explore what our children need in order to devise our Key Curriculum Driver words. After much thought and discussion, we believe that the following characteristics are needed to support and underpin what our children need in their learning. They are:

· Growth Mindset

· Environment

· Leadership

· Aspiration

· Community

· Diversity

By the end of their time at St Patrick’s the children will:

● Be resilient, flexible and strong but understand that failure is part of a successful learning process; that even the greatest leaders, inventors etc. have failed many times before finding a solution;

● Have aspirations and hope for their future life and career, understanding that through the efforts they put in, they can experience many successes - to know that everyone has a huge amount of potential and that there is a direct link between effort and success.

● Know the impact of service on their local community and be aware that a successful community needs all members to generously contribute to its success.

● Share in the mission of the Common Good – practising charity, acceptance, understanding through dialogue and discussion with one another.

● Be aware of the impact human actions have had on the natural environment in the past, how our actions are affecting the environment today and what changes we can in the future bring to protect and value our planet.

● Become aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the need to manage and take care of themselves mindfully and through their relationships.

To support the Curriculum Driver Words, by the time the children leave St Patrick’s on their journey they will:

● Know the stories of great leaders, what joy they have brought, and to develop these skills to become courageous leaders of their own families and communities

● Know that all individuals are unique, made in the image of God and that Jesus is the model teacher

● Know that our community respects and values diversity and believes that we are a stronger society because of our differences

● Have a thirst for knowledge and become life-long learners

Implementation

A whole school curriculum map has been created to ensure a broad and balanced coverage of all curriculum areas throughout the year. However, the overriding themes are interconnected partly due to the scale of the curriculum which is offered through the subjects. The aforementioned characteristics are embedded as part of the mission of St Patrick’s and will be referenced at different times of the academic year.

As a Catholic Christian school we examine our spirit of charity and look at those strong leaders who exercised love, hope, generosity and peace to one another. In the curriculum the themes are also contributing to the foundation subjects including the Arts, Sciences and sport; sequenced in a way to allow children to develop their knowledge, skills and crucially, a developing and understanding about their role as a global citizen for the world in which we live.

A positive, ambitious mindset is introduced early on in the academic year to allow children to be aware of the need of having a strong work ethic. Following this, children will consider their own aspirations and develop leadership, making important everyday decisions. Elsewhere a deep understanding of the environment and our role in protecting it is developed with an emphasis on the huge responsibility of caring for our planet.

The whole school curriculum map which is for each year group has been developed to be taught over the course of a half term. The core subjects of Religious Education, Reading, Writing and Mathematics, will continue to be taught during morning sessions but the Curriculum driver words offer preparation above and beyond what is expected from the children in the classroom.

Impact

The impact of the curriculum will be evaluated by school leaders by monitoring the progress of all children over time, within all pupil groups. In so doing, subject leaders will ensure that:

● Teaching matches or exceeds the breadth of the national curriculum;

● There is necessary time allocated for the meaningful coverage of their subject area;

● That the teaching in the subject area is closely matched to the skills and knowledge which all pupils, need to succeed in life;

● That opportunities are taken, when presented, to promote reading and writing during lessons;

● Pupils can articulate, at an appropriate level, learning that has taken place;

● Pupils progress is monitored in an appropriate way with timely feedback provided;

● There are opportunities for learning in their subject area to be enriched beyond formal classroom teaching.

● Connection and evidence of the characteristics of the curriculum from the children

The true impact of our curriculum on our pupils may not be seen in its entirety during the time they spend at St Patrick’s. This curriculum is underpinned by regular opportunities for high quality personal and spiritual development in which pupils will grow in faith and come to know and live out the Christian Virtues.

January 2021 Update

No amount of planning could have prepared the school community for the onset of COVID-19. From March 2020 to July 2020 school was closed to all but children of Key Workers and those who are vulnerable. In September 2020, when school reopened to full classes there were still many operational hurdles to overcome. Subsequently, year groups, together with children and staff had to isolate during the course of the Autumn Term. Remote learning was introduced and, gradually over the weeks leading up to Christmas, staff and children shone.

In January 2021, school was once again closed to all but KW and Vulnerable children. Although this was difficult at first, all staff came to school and children were taught in class with their peers learning at the same time during live lessons. Very quickly school drew deeply on its curriculum characteristics and all six elements were implemented. Teachers and children learnt new skills; resilient and determined in their approach to learning and to succeed. New skill sets have been adopted where flexibility and class leadership was ripened. Children showed their organisation skills, becoming more adept at holding conversations on line with their teachers. The school community responded and with the children and staff observing how hard each other were working the aspirational approach became embedded.

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