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:
Are the foundations on which our curriculum and ethos of the school is built.
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.
We do this by ensuring that our English curriculum is designed from the National Curriculum Aims and
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
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
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
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
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
A focus on British Values is interwoven within all areas of the curriculum to promote tolerance and respect
Our Curriculum reflects the diversity of society and is inclusive of all, ensuring everyone is treated
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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