St Swithun Wells is a Catholic primary school and our curriculum is based on our faith and the teachings of the Church. At St Swithun Wells we believe that every person is a child of God, uniquely valued.
Therefore the curriculum enables us to meet our School Aims and offers children interesting and relevant learning experiences, appropriate to their individual needs. It enables each child to learn at their own pace and make good progress and equips them with skills for life. The curriculum is firmly rooted in the context of a developing relationship with God and celebrates our love for God and recognises Him at the centre of all that we aim to achieve.
Children learn best when learning is active and relevant, an approach which helps to develop their understanding and is supported by the acquisition of basic skills. The curriculum goes far beyond the legally required elements of the National Curriculum documentation and involves the rich fabric of spiritual, creative, cultural, sporting and intellectual opportunities that St Swithun Wells’ offers. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential
Our curriculum aims to
In order to achieve our aims the school will
Organisation and planning
In order for pupils to be successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens the curriculum is organised so that there are opportunities for children to develop enterprise skills; an awareness of the environment; a global awareness; a spiritual and moral understanding and a sense of community and collaboration. These principles underpin and influence curriculum planning, especially in relation to the foundation curriculum and themes that are taught.
The curriculum is planned in three phases.
A long-term plan for each key stage. This indicates what topics are to be taught in each term, and to which groups of children. It is reviewed on an annual basis.
Medium-term plans give clear guidance on the objectives and teaching strategies that are used when teaching each topic. For English and Maths the school has adopted the Primary Framework and takes the medium-term planning from the guidance documents which is adapted to meet the needs of all pupils. Other core and foundation subjects are based on skills development and include a cross-curricular approach. Religious Education is taught using the Diocesan programme “God Matters.
Short-term plans are those that the teachers write on a weekly or daily basis. They are used to set out the learning objectives for each session, and to identify what resources and activities we are going to use in the lesson. Each week an English, Maths and weekly overview planning sheet is written.