The policy at St. Patrick’s is that the curriculum should help all pupils to:
- enjoy learning and perceive education as a life-long process
- develop the attitude, understanding and skills necessary, now and in the future, to exercise independence and initiative and to work, participate and thrive in a democratic society
- to involve pupils fully in each of the following areas of learning and experience:
aesthetic and creative, mathematical,
scientific, human and social, moral,
spiritual, linguistic and literary,
physical and technical
A real emphasis is placed upon the children actively taking part in their learning, by first hand experience, by group work, by making decisions and taking responsibility and especially, by encouraging an enjoyment of school as a place of learning and excitement.
- develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to: find and use information, question and debate rationally, apply understanding and skills in order to address issues, solve problems and carry out practical tasks
- develop worthwhile personal values and attitudes, including good manners and respect for others, and gain a clear understanding of the way of life of other people and other cultures
- understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations
- develop appreciation and concern for the environment
work co-operatively with others, including developing confidence and respect in relating to adults
- develop self-reliance and the ability to learn independently
We follow the National Curriculum for both Key Stage One and Two, and in the Foundation Stage, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
At St. Patrick’s, we see that the best way of implementing all of these things is to use a mixture of thematic and subject based topics. This also enables us to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. Where it is both possible and beneficial to link curriculum areas, we will do so, otherwise teachers will plan in subjects. Our curriculum is skills based, with a focus on improving key subject skills. This is so that children gain the subject knowledge, skills and understanding appropriate to their stage of development. We follow the Chris Quigley (curriculum expert) frame for creative curriculum.
At St. Patrick's we focus on teaching the children to be successful and reflective learners.
We teach a set of Learning Skills based on the Secrets of Success by Chris Quigley to help our children in their behaviour, attitudes and values. As well as in the classroom, we have focus assemblies on each skill and recognise them during our reward assemblies.
In line with the national strategy we provide a curriculum to educate our pupils about the dangers of drugs and their misuse, including tobacco and alcohol, at a level appropriate to pupils’ age and understanding. The school has a wide range of policies, which guide the implementation of the curriculum. Further information is available on request.
The Curriculum Includes:
We also teach children about modern British values such as the democratic law and the right for fairness and a right to vote, personal liberty and the rule of law and how to respect and tolerate other faiths and beliefs.
- Mathematics - developing, using and applying mathematical skills.
- English - speaking and listening, reading and writing.
- Phonics - the teaching of the relationship between letters and sounds for reading and writing
- Religious Education- 'The Way, the Truth and the Life'
- Geography (including environmental education)
- PE (including swimming provision for beginners)
- Design and Technology
- Personal, Social, Health Education (including Sex Education)
- MFL-Modern Foreign Languages (French)
Children are taught not just about what they are learning but also about why it is important for them to learn such knowledge and to have such an understanding of their world.
There are many opportunities for children to have a voice in committees such as the Children's Committee, Mini Vinnies, Eco-Warriors, SNAG ( School Nutrition Action Group) and as sports reporters/ journalists.
The school has recently received silver kitemark status for PE.
You can find out more about the curriculum content by looking at the termly curriculum letters in class pages.