St Gabriel’s Catholic Primary School Curriculum

Mission Statement

St Gabriel’s Catholic Primary School is a nurturing and inclusive community, united through the love of Jesus and inspired by Christian values to share the Good News.

The ethos of our school is a crucial element in the development and delivery of the Curriculum.

The Core Values of:

  • Respect
  • Love
  • Forgiveness
  • Honesty
  • Courage
  • Effort
  • Responsibility

Are the foundations on which our curriculum and ethos of the school is built.

Curriculum Intent

At St. Gabriel’s Primary, we aim to provide a broad, balanced and experiential curriculum, that meets the needs of all our children and which develops the knowledge required for learning, skills for life and develops aspirations for the future.

Curriculum Implementation

We do this by ensuring that our English curriculum is designed from the National Curriculum Aims and Objectives.

We employ a Speech and Language Therapist for three days a week, to ensure that our children’s communication skills are developed from an early age.

We use Read Write Inc as our phonic programme, this provides our children with the foundations needed to become fluent and independent reader.

The English Curriculum is planned around quality core reading materials which are linked to our Foundation Subjects and Science so that transferable knowledge and vocabulary can be acquired.

The core reading materials inspire our children to become avid readers and they provide a stimulus for children to develop their writing skills. These texts also promote and develop our children’s vocabulary and provide them with the confidence to articulate what they have been learning and make links to previous learning.

Our Maths curriculum follows the National Curriculum Aims and objectives. There is an emphasis on securing mental recall facts which can be applied across all curriculum subject areas. Maths teaching incorporates practical tasks and resources, visual aids and songs which support the acquisition of mathematical abstract concepts. Maths learning is facilitated through the skills of fluency which are then secured and applied through reasoning tasks and problem–solving

We recognise R.E as a core subject, so we follow diocesan programme, ‘Come and See.’ which helps our children to develop both morally and spiritually and allows them to develop a sense that they are all unique and special in the eyes of God and everyone else in our school community.

Our curriculum is designed to provide a breadth of experience within each subject area, drawing on outside speakers and through many visits we aim to develop a sense of curiosity and increasing subject specific knowledge.

Sport and physical activity is central to both our curriculum and extra-curricular provision; we know this is hugely beneficial to all our children.

We have invested heavily within P.E. and sport provision, with inclusion for all being a key focus and this has been celebrated through achievement of the School Games Gold Award in 2017-18 which reflects the effective sport provision offered.

Music also has a prominent role in our curriculum with our Creative weeks having a clear music focus, weekly singing practice and children taking part in a large choral performance with other local school ‘Let’s Sing’

Our children also have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument through the Wider Opportunities programme and other music lessons are also offered.

The PSHE curriculum is developed in line with National Curriculum expectation and guidance from the Archdiocese. At St Gabriel’s we use the PSHE Association documents to help develop the curriculum. Within the PSHE curriculum, account is made of the difficulties the local area faces and we recognise that children need both a sense of valuing themselves, developing aspirations for their future and for their community

We also ensure the wellbeing of our children is at the heart of our curriculum. In recognising the development of the whole child, the pastoral support given to our children allows them to access the whole curriculum.

Nurture principles sit at the heart of our school and this allows vulnerable children to access their learning and to make progress. We also ensure that every child starts the school day with something to eat and drink, either through the free toast that is offered or through attending at Breakfast Club.

There are various systems which support the emotional and mental well-being of our children: such as employing a school counsellor for a day each week and using Local Authority Support services to assist in planning group and individual projects for targeted children.

We have planned and developed ways in which children can express and communicate their feelings before learning begins with the introduction of Zones of Regulation.

Family Time also provides older pupils with the opportunity to guide and support younger children. They have the opportunity to assist the family leader in planning and preparing for the Family Time themes, which have a clear PSHE focus and allows time for shared reflection or Circle Time.

Keeping Safe is a key priority within our curriculum given the social context and high levels of deprivation in the community.

Opportunities to reinforce learning linked to the KCSiE document are planned throughout the academic year. Along with other issues that affect our local community such as domestic violence, obesity and anti-social behaviour

A focus on British Values is interwoven within all areas of the curriculum to promote tolerance and respect for others.

Our Curriculum reflects the diversity of society and is inclusive of all, ensuring everyone is treated equally.

The Outcomes of our curriculum are:

  • For our children to develop spiritually and morally through prayer and reflection.
  • For our children to develop an ability to apply Core Values independently in all aspects of life.
  • For our children to develop a wider bank of general knowledge and vocabulary to make sense of the world.
  • For our children to be confident and competent Readers, applying their reading skills across the curriculum, to develop and increase subject specific knowledge in all subject areas and broaden their understanding of the wider world.
  • For our children to be competent Writers, who can confidently write for a range of purposes and audiences, applying their knowledge and vocabulary in a wider context.
  • For our children to be competent Mathematician, demonstrating a sound and secure understanding of the mathematical concepts taught and applying them to real contexts.
  • For our children to be confidently able to articulate their views and opinions in school and throughout their future lives.
  • For our children to develop a sense of Self-worth and well-being so that aspirations can be developed and achieved in the future.
  • For our children have first-hand experience of the wider world through visits such as Low Bank Ground and visitors linked to both curriculum areas and PSHE issues.
  • For our children have good Physical and Mental health, which will allow them to foster positive, healthy and purposeful relationships.

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