As a Catholic school our faith underpins everything that we do and we believe that, with God, everything is in our reach. At St Francis RC Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, and which also prepares them for the next stage of their education. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum but also takes into account the needs and interests of our pupils, enabling them to grow healthily, safely, academically and responsibly.
- Ensures equality for everyone, providing opportunities for all members of our community to learn, achieve to the best of their abilities, experience success, gain confidence and grow in independence.
- Motivates and extends all children, helping them to develop a full range of knowledge, skills and understanding.
- Enables children to talk about how they learn, think creatively, ask questions, take risks and handle change so that they can become lifelong learners, able to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing world in which we live.
- Actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
- Places an emphasis on the development of courteous, co-operative and caring individuals who are sensitive to the needs of others and form and maintain constructive relationships based on respect.
- Includes high quality PSHE and Relationships Education so that pupils are able to develop a positive sense of well-being and keep themselves safe and healthy.
- Encourages children to recognise their responsibilities as citizens by providing opportunities for them to play an active part in school life, take care of their environment and develop their understanding of the mutual interdependence of the global community.
- We strive to ensure that the children all respect everyone regardless of background, race, religion gender or sexual orientation.
Our curriculum design is broad and balanced and progressively builds on knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding year on year. The National Curriculum objectives are organised to ensure clear progression through subjects that tailor to the needs of the children. We have a topic-based approach to our foundation subjects, this ensures cross curricular links, enabling pupils to be immersed within the context of their learning and gain a depth of knowledge. Our topics are carefully selected, planned and delivered to ensure they are relevant to our pupils, taking into account their locality, heritage and life experiences. These have been chosen to ensure not only a full coverage of the National curriculum, but also to provide our children with knowledge and understanding of the world which they live in whilst reflecting on the differing backgrounds they come from. Our core subjects of Maths, English and Science are taught alongside these throughout each term, making cross-curricular links wherever possible.
Our curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum. This enables them to become masters of their learning. The essential knowledge and skills of each subject enable sequence and progression in their learning, ensuring knowledge is built on both throughout the year as well as throughout their time at St Francis.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. We ensure our curriculum enhances cultural capital and so a broad and varied range of experiences trips, visitors, hands-on tasks and other relevant activities are planned into the curriculum. These help them to develop as independent, informed and inquisitive learners. Furthermore, as a Rights Respecting school, the United Nations Rights of the Child are woven throughout all aspects of the curriculum ensuring that purposeful and meaningful links are made.
As a school with a Platinum Award in school games, Health and Physical education is fundamental to who we are as a school. Our learning in these areas moves beyond PE lessons and is embedded into the children’s time here. We aim for this to always be a child-centred approach and our Sports Squad and Health Champions work to plan and inspire an active and healthy lifestyle within our school, ensuring all children are excited to take part.
In the Early Years at St Francis, we believe in providing children with a safe and stimulating environment where they can explore, learn, socialise and express themselves. The EYFS page on our website outlines in further detail the intent, implementation and impact of our Early Years curriculum.
To understand the impact of each subject area as well as gain a greater understanding of our curriculum, please visit the relevant subject pages where you can see our explicit intent, implementation and impact of these areas.
For details of what is taught in each class please look on the childrens' pages and the subject pages on the left hand side.