Our Curriculum

This section of our website is focused on our Curriculum and provides an overview of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework and the Curriculum offer for children in Years 1 to 6.

The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.

All classes use a mixture of teaching styles and techniques during the week in a variety of groupings – whole class, ability groups, mixed ability groups, paired working.

Children are taught daily lessons of English/Literacy and Mathematics/Numeracy where the level of work is tailored to individual ability. A broad and balanced curriculum is planned and taught in a happy and stimulating environment in accordance with the National Curriculum requirements.

Independent and collaborative skills are encouraged in all year groups and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is readily used and embedded across the whole curriculum.

All curriculum policies are available for parents to view (please ask at the office for details or see the school website). The school combines a variety of published national schemes together with its own Creative Curriculum to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for quality learning and teaching.

Our school curriculum is explained in further detail below.

Our curriculum includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children.

Our Curriculum also includes the social aspects imperative for lifelong learning. The Rights Respecting School Award and Investing in Children Award demonstrates the importance of children having high expectations of behaviour and tolerance towards each other.

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School aims to maximise social and academic potential for every pupil on their exciting school journey.

Religious Education

As a Catholic School Religious Education is central to the education we provide for our pupils. We base our teaching upon the ‘Come and See’ scheme. We place great importance on providing opportunities for everyone within the school community to continue their personal Faith journey. During the school year there are many opportunities for the children to take part in school worship through assemblies, Mass and other celebrations.

The Governors are required to remind parents of their right to withdraw pupils from religious worship and education. However parents are also reminded that the school exists to give a Catholic/Christian education to its pupils and therefore parents are expected to be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the school. It should be noted that parents who choose to exercise their right of withdrawal are responsible for the supervision of their children during these periods of withdrawal.

The Sacraments

The children receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist during Year Three. We believe in the importance of a Home and Parish partnership in the preparation of the children for these important Sacraments. The children receive the Sacraments with their own family and the Parish community.

Education in Personal Relationships

We consider that sex education should be taught within the context of personal relationships and that it should also be linked to Religious Education, because it is concerned with the person as a whole. Through Science, R.E., P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship, our aim is to make the children aware of the changes which take place both emotionally and physically as they mature. We aim to do this in a caring and supportive atmosphere, linking this knowledge to an understanding of God’s plan for our growth and personal relationship with Him.

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils needs.

At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School remain committed to:

• A range of teaching and learning styles

• Differentiated learning materials

• Access to ICT and Technology

• Additional in class support

• Additional out of class support

• Many Enrichment and Enjoyment opportunities to stimulate and motivate learning

• Flexible groupings – including small group support work

• An innovative and supportive curriculum

• The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions

• A broad range of extra-curricular activities, including one to one support and booster/extension sessions

• Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements

• Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate