Our curriculum is balanced and broadly based. It consists of all the activities designed or encouraged in the school to develop the intellectual, personal, social and physical activities in the children.
We aim to help our children, with the co-operation of their parents:
- To develop into happy and confident individuals with a secure foundation in learning that will last throughout their lives
- To uphold established Catholic values and traditions
- Develop lively and enquiring minds through knowledge with understanding
- Establish a command of the subjects contained in the National Curriculum
- Develop a respect for the views of others
- Understand something of the world in which we live with regard for our mutual dependence on others as individuals, groups and nations
- Appreciate human achievements and aspirations.
We try to do this by providing:
- a school environment in which they can enjoy developing their mental and physical abilities
- whole school and individual staff professional development which ensures the highest quality of teaching and learning
- opportunities to work with other children and adults in a friendly atmosphere and so develop social skills in co-operating with each other.
We have wider aims to:
- play our part in raising national standards in education through sharing good practice with other schools and teachers across the country
- take a leading role in national initiatives.
Our curriculum includes not only the formal programme of lessons, but the ‘informal’ programme of extra curricular activities as well as the features which produce the school’s ethos, such as equality of opportunity, the values shown in the way the school sets about its task and the way in which it is organised and managed.
The curriculum is planned by the whole school family. The National Curriculum provides a necessary framework and ensures continuity throughout the child’s school life. The curriculum detail forms the most important element in the School Improvement Plan which in turn covers all aspects of school life.
Our teaching is child-centred in that our pupils are central to all our planning. We have high expectations of our children. They have already learned a great deal so that we start with what is familiar and, using practical activities wherever possible, extend this knowledge. We aim to interest the children, even excite them, so that they want to learn and enjoy their new skills. Success is a firm foundation for future learning and we show our appreciation of their successes.
Within the class our children are grouped according to their abilities in the different fields. Our planning is detailed, inclusive and differentiated to meet all pupils’ talents, skills and abilities.
Please contact the school if you wish to find out more about the curriculum at St Bede’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy. We would be more than happy to talk to you and show you our planning and some examples of work.