At St. Luke’s, we provide a rich, meaningful and motivating curriculum with many links to real life. Our aim is to develop your child into an independent and lifelong learner. The teaching in the school is based on the needs of the child; to ensure that the learning and development of any child meets their individual needs.
Our Curriculum Rationale
First and foremost, the individual pupil is at the heart of everything we do, taking into account background, SEND, ability and is based on the Gospel Values.
To ensure the individual pupil is at the heart of everything we do, taking into account background, SEND, ability and is based on the Gospel Values.
To ensure there are chances in most subjects to develop writing.
To ensure the curriculum is creative.
To include topics that will inspire pupils.
To set pupils work that challenges them at their level to develop as analytical problem solvers and critical thinkers.
To ensure that pupils have experiences beyond their normal range to allow them to have new experiences and develop life skills.
To allow children to learn about themselves as learners—to persevere and succeed, developing independence.
Here at St. Luke’s we now use the Cornerstones Curriculum as a basis for our topic work. We have customised Cornerstones to meet the needs of all our groups of learners and provide a broad, rich and deep curriculum. However, we are continuing to design and refine our curriculum throughout this academic year.
The topics we cover provide a progression of skills for geography, history, science, DT and art and design that translate the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum into effective classroom teaching, whilst inspiring our pupils to learn.
Each topic is split into the four cornerstones; Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
Engage- we feel this is a highly valuable stage of learning as it provides our pupils with first hand experiences and overcomes some of the barriers to their learning
At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:
At the ‘Innovate’ stage, children:
At the ‘Express’ stage, children:
We want to ensure that all the children enjoy and achieve their learning in all lessons. We ensure that whatever the children’s strengths may be they have a chance to shine.
We are delighted that our new curriculum inspires our children, ties in beautifully into our Catholic ethos and develops their social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding.
We assess children according to whether they are working towards, developing or secure in their year group expectations. If they are secure, we aim for them to deepen their knowledge their year group expectations by being fluent, able to problem-solve, reason carefully and use and apply their knowledge in different contexts independently. Please see the national expectations target grids we will be using, within the subject areas below. If children are working towards or mastering their year group expectations, we have developed further target grids that will be stuck in the children’s books. Please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher if you want any more information, or a copy of these grids.
Learning to learn:
Building Learning Power (BLP) is an approach to learning that we have begun to implement at St. Luke’s Catholic Primary School. This approach was created by Professor Guy Claxton. It is based on the idea that we are all capable of becoming better learners. BLP applies this idea directly to the work of teachers in the classrooms, to provide a practical framework for fostering lifelong learning in all young people.
At St. Luke’s Catholic Primary School, our school ethos is one of striving to be the best we can be, recognising that we all have different strengths and interests.
BLP allows us to nurture this ethos and build the children’s learning power through a variety of strategies and techniques.
Read more in the guide below: