Our Curriculum

The children are the heart of our curriculum. At St. Gerard’s Primary and Nursery school the curriculum is made up of all the activities that the school undertakes in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It is designed to fulfil our mission to guide the children to love, hope, dream and achieve. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its primary goal of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to lead a fulfilling and productive life. Our curriculum has been developed, and shall be delivered, with full awareness of our responsibility and commitment to the purpose of British Values.

 

As a Catholic school it includes all the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the extra-curricular activities and the practise of our faith which we consider to be of equal importance. We feel that the children learn as much from the way they are treated and the expectations we have of their behaviour as Christians, as from the formal curriculum. Our curriculum is underpinned by the beliefs we share as Christians and the desire to worship God in everything we do. We are a church school and a caring school family. We want our children to grow up and have a sense of appreciation for the world in which we live; feeling a valuable part of it, knowing they have a contribution to make. We recognise and respect the range of beliefs and cultures within our world. Christian values and the love of God are at the heart of our teaching and learning. Our subject leaders and Key Stage Leaders have all developed the subject area and influenced the curriculum using their expertise and specialism.

 

Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values that we hold dear at our school. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.

 

The school follows the Liverpool programme for English, Maths and “Read, Write, Inc” for Phonics, reading and spelling.

 

Key Facts following changes made by the Department for Education National Curriculum :

 

  • Schools are free to choose how they organise their school day, as long as the content of the National Curriculum programmes of study is taught to all pupils.
  • By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programmes of study.
  • The new National Curriculum identifies what to teach but not how to teach.
  • The new National Curriculum does not have levels of attainment, but expectations at each banding.
  • “Literacy” title has been replaced by ‘English’.
  • ‘ICT’ title is replaced by ‘Computing’
  • No PSHE or RE contained within the Curriculum 2014 (but still to be taught).
  • An Act of Daily Worship is expected in all schools.
  • In Maths there will be a greater emphasis on arithmetic, and the promotion of efficient written methods of long multiplication and division. There will also be a more demanding content in fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • In Science there is a stronger focus on the importance of scientific knowledge and language and a greater emphasis on the core scientific concepts underpinning pupils’ understanding. For the first time primary aged children will learn about evolution and inheritance.
  • The English programmes of study will embody higher standards of literacy. Pupils will be expected to develop a stronger command of the written and spoken word. Through the teaching of phonics pupils will be helped to read fluently.
  • The study of languages is compulsory in Key Stage 2.
  • The current ICT curriculum is replaced with a new computing curriculum with a much greater emphasis on computational thinking and practical programming skills.
  • It is essential to distinguish between the statutory National Curriculum and the whole school curriculum. All schools must provide a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils.
  • In other subjects and key stages there is a greater amount of time and flexibility for schools and teachers to design their curriculum and lessons by focusing only on the essential knowledge to be taught in each subject.
  • What Are The Main Changes?
  • The new curriculum has basically been divided across the three phases in primary schools i.e. Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6).
  • There are no specific times during each phase where topics have to be taught nor how long it should take. This is left to the discretion of individual schools and teachers as it is dependent on how quickly children grasp the specific area being taught.

Assessment

Children are continually assessed and a full record of attainment progress and targets are recorded. Throughout the year teachers assess and record progress on a daily basis. We have a central database of attainment for each class and year group, with individual assessment and progress also recorded in detail. There is an Individual Tracking System within the school with predictions and individual targets informing the planning, teaching and learning. The A.P.P Protocol is in place for Mathematics and English.

Further information about the school's curriculum or assessment can be obtained from our Curriculum Leader and Assessment Leader Mrs McCallum by using the school contact details:

http://st-gerards.halton.sch.uk/contact

Promoting British values

As a Catholic School we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. We are confident that our continued focus on the Gospel Values will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today, and embed in them the building blocks of a future successful and productive life.


Through our RE, PSHE, SEAL, Geography and promoting The Common Good we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general. Through our Creative Curriculum we teach about democracy (school council elections), civic responsibility (being part of making rules and looking after the world around us), rules and laws, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness (eco-schools) and understanding of other faiths through visits to places of worship and visitors to school.

Please see our Class Pages, "Autumn", "Spring"and "Summer" Pages for more detailed information.

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