At St. Luke’s, we provide a rich, meaningful and motivating curriculum with many links to real life. Our aim is to develop your child into an independent and lifelong learner. The teaching in the school is based on the needs of the child; to ensure that the learning and development of any child meets their individual needs.
Our Curriculum Rationale
First and foremost, the individual pupil is at the heart of everything we do, taking into account background, SEND, ability and is based on the Gospel Values.
To ensure the individual pupil is at the heart of everything we do, taking into account background, SEND, ability and is based on the Gospel Values.
To ensure there are chances in most subjects to develop writing.
To ensure the curriculum is creative.
To include topics that will inspire pupils.
To set pupils work that challenges them at their level to develop as analytical problem solvers and critical thinkers.
To ensure that pupils have experiences beyond their normal range to allow them to have new experiences and develop life skills.
To allow children to learn about themselves as learners—to persevere and succeed, developing independence.
Each term your child’s curriculum will be based on a theme which will match your child’s interests and age. There will be opportunities for your child to have an input into the curriculum and also for them to experience first-hand experiences through educational visits and practical activities. Literacy and Numeracy is taught and embedded through a variety of subjects and topics, as well as in dedicated sessions every day. We are proud to have recently been accepted as a Heritage School, and are planning towards including the development of children’s interest in and respect for their heritage.
We have moved away from assessing using levels, as required by the new National Curriculum. We are now assessing children according to whether they are working towards, developing or secure in their year group expectations. If they are secure, we aim for them to deepen their knowledge their year group expectations by being fluent, able to problem-solve, reason carefully and use and apply their knowledge in different contexts independently. Please see the national expectations target grids we will be using, within the subject areas below. If children are working towards or mastering their year group expectations, we have developed further target grids that will be stuck in the children’s books. Please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher if you want any more information, or a copy of these grids.
Learning to learn:
Building Learning Power (BLP) is an approach to learning that we have begun to implement at St. Luke’s Catholic Primary School. This approach was created by Professor Guy Claxton. It is based on the idea that we are all capable of becoming better learners. BLP applies this idea directly to the work of teachers in the classrooms, to provide a practical framework for fostering lifelong learning in all young people.
At St. Luke’s Catholic Primary School, our school ethos is one of striving to be the best we can be, recognising that we all have different strengths and interests.
BLP allows us to nurture this ethos and build the children’s learning power through a variety of strategies and techniques.
Read more in the guide below:
Long term curriculum overview by class: