St Matthew's Curriculum Statement
Our school seeks to provide quality teaching and we aim to teach a curriculum which meets the needs of pupils and leads to the raising of attainment for all.
The practical application of our school’s mission statement and aims are the basis for effective learning and teaching in all subjects and for all pupils. We also reference our curriculum individual subject policies, Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Policy, More Able and Talented Policy, Feedback & Marking Policy, Assessment, Recording & Reporting Policy, Equal Opportunities Policy, British Values Policy and the school’s Inclusion Policy.
Our policies define the principles of a quality educational experience for our pupils. As such, they identify the responsibilities of us all (school staff, pupils, parents and Governors), thus ensuring a clear understanding of our roles in contributing to a successful educational experience for each pupil.
We aim to maintain the fundamental guiding principles set down in this statement in a changing educational environment.
These principles underpin all effective learning and teaching, whilst at the same time acknowledging the need for the curriculum’s content to evolve and develop to meet the demands of society. We seek to deliver the very best to the children in our care through a high quality learning experience, ensuring that all have the chance to succeed.
We believe that for the school curriculum to be effective it must embrace the child’s whole experience, not simply the imparting of specific knowledge, skills and understanding. As a Church school we endeavour to uphold the moral and spiritual elements of life throughout the curriculum, including the promotion of Christian values and attitudes as taught by the Church of England.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
“To create and nurture a secure and caring Christian environment where every child can develop in their own faith and learning journey.”
“Let the little children come to me for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs.”
Mark 10 (14-15)
Our aims are directed towards preparing each child for life beyond St Matthew’s. To accomplish this we aspire to:
- Offer an education based upon Christian aims and values;
- Provide a curriculum that is:
relevant to each child’s experience;
+balanced across a range of experiences that make an equal contribution to the child’s development
+broad in the range of opportunities and experiences which it provides
+is a knowledge-based curriculum, underpinned by skills
- Ensure equal opportunity for every child to realise his/her maximum potential, spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially, creatively and academically;
- Develop high self-expectations and a delight in achieving, encouraging the acquisition of self-responsibility, confidence and independence in learning within a secure, happy working environment;
- Promote respect for the abilities, skills, feelings and needs of others;
- Prepare each child for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life, enabling them to make a positive contribution to society.
PRINCIPLES OF OUR TEACHING & LEARNING POLICY
- Central to effective teaching and learning is the quality of relationships throughout the school community, relationships that must be based upon respect for each individual and a desire to promote their well-being.
- Within the prescribed curriculum each teacher should be allowed to exercise discretion to find the best ways to inspire in the children a joy of and commitment to learning, taking opportunity to open up and investigate the curriculum rather than simply delivering it.
- To give children the opportunity to gain awareness of their own preferred prominent learning style.
- To provide a broad and stimulating curriculum and an environment in which children feel secure enough to take risks with their learning.
- To enhance our curriculum planning to provide challenging activities which cater for multiple-intelligences and learning styles, e.g. with reference to Blooms’ Taxonomy (see Appendix 1), Visual Auditory and Kinaesthetic activities and differentiation for a range of abilities.
- To teach listening skills, thinking skills, give time for thinking and introduce methods to promote memory, retention and recall, including: - the importance of review, mind-mapping and a variety of methods of recording their learning.
- To develop effective target-setting for each individual.
- To be models of good learners and demonstrate a fascination for learning.
- To raise levels of attainment for all pupils, enabling them to achieve their personal best.
- To develop confident, disciplined and enquiring learners who are able to make informed choices.
- Throughout the child’s time in our school the learning process should be a positive, enjoyable experience through which he/she acquires an appetite for learning and a sense of on-going achievement.
- High expectations are essential for all involved in the life of the school.
- Each individual should be encouraged to develop his/her skills to their fullest extent, contributing them to the growth and enrichment of the school community.
- We recognise the vital importance of differentiation, treating all children as special individuals at varying stages of physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual development.
- We believe that it is important that the children in our care enter into an environment that is secure, welcoming, stimulating and enhancing, providing challenges that develop creativity, communication skills and the ability to reason and make meaningful choices relating to their learning.
- By establishing such an environment we foster a sense of self-esteem, through which the child feels valued, accepted and able to express him/herself with confidence.
- To teach IT skills so that pupils are confident and prepared for a world increasingly reliant on Information and Communication technologies.
- To develop confident communicators able to work with and alongside others – both adults and pupils alike.
- To enhance pupils’ problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- To develop in pupils the desire and skills to become a life-long learners.
DfE 'end of year expectations'
This information for parents and carers includes the DfE 'end of year expectations' for children in our school.
These have been identified as being the minimum requirements he DfE considers your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the following year.
All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching by our staff.
Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.
If you have any queries regarding the content of the information or want support in knowing how best to help your children please do talk to your child’s teacher.
Here you will find, by year group, a full overview of the school curriculum, which meets - and indeed exceeds - the statutory requirements of the 2014 revised version of the National Curriculum.