Governing bodies are required to produce a curriculum statement annually. This replaces the requirement under the School Framework and Standards Act 1998 for a curriculum plan.
From September 2014 there is an expectation from the government for all mainstream primary schools to deliver the new National Curriculum. We have therefore adapted our School curriculum accordingly to ensure that we meet the current aims and statutory requirements.
Curriculum Provision at St Helen’s Primary School
Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014), we enhance this with planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum. Learning is always exciting and in a meaningful context for chidlren. Where commonality exists between subjects and aspects learning is linked and lessons taught using a cross-curricular approach. Where this is not achievable subjects are taught discretely. The rehearsal and application of basic skills learned in the the core curriculum is a driver for the entire curriculum.
We place a strong emphasis on the development of the basic skills necessary to be confident independent learners and successful adults. Children rapidly begin to read in our Reception class and Key Stage 1 through our daily phonics provision. In addition, all children take part in a daily English and Mathematics lesson.
At St Helen’s, children develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect and understanding of people who have different characteristics to themselves, whether that be age, disability, gender, race or sexuality. A rigorous, well planned curriculum, delivered in an ethos of care, love and support enables our pupils to be well rounded, empathetic young people who have a thirst for learning and respect for all around them.
St Helen’s Primary School promotes high achievement and learning for life by working with children to:
• Set high individual standards in all areas of the curriculum
• Develop enquiring, creative minds and a spirit of curiosity
• Have high self-esteem and confidence – respecting themselves and others
• Be able to live and work independently and collaboratively
• Be flexible, creative and adaptable for life in the modern world
• Become self-motivated life-long learners
• Develop confident technological and practical skills
• Develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of Christianity
• Seek to extend themselves in mind, body and spirit
• Live a healthy life style
• Respect and care for the environment