Our Lady's Curriculum Intent and Rationale
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is a Catholic Primary School situated in the Ditton area of Halton. With a single form entry intake, we have a stable pupil population with a mainly white British demographic.
Our Catholic identity and the Gospel values are deep-rooted in everything we do. With this at the forefront of our minds we are committed to helping our pupils make links across themes and subject disciplines, by providing a cohesive, well-planned learning journey. Therefore, we have designed a curriculum that is outward-facing, relevant, nurturing, and inclusive. We want our pupils to become educated and responsible global citizens, developing their cultural capital, whilst teaching them all about human creativity and achievement. We also want to introduce them to new opportunities and raise aspirations. Underpinning this is our Catholic mission which is at the centre of all learning therefore this curriculum design is firmly connected in a meaningful way, evidencing clear progression, and should demonstrate a consistent approach throughout school.
We especially want our pupils’ learning to be relevant and outward facing. This is why we use the Dimensions ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum, which is underpinned by four highly relevant world issues, known as the four Cs:-
Culture Communication Conflict Conservation
We believe effective communication underpins all aspects of learning. Poor speech and language, resulting in a narrow range of vocabulary, means that our children can struggle to express themselves or say how they are feeling. We want them to be more well-rounded communicators. They need to develop their written communication skills and our aim is to build and deepen their vocabulary. We also want them to build independence and resilience, so they can articulate themselves well.
Social media communication now has more power over what they are hearing. We aim to teach them to have discretion, understanding that bias exists, whilst recognising what is true. We also want them to be able to deal with negative communication and learn how to cope with challenging situations. Our curriculum provides lots of opportunities for pupils to develop their language and broaden their vocabulary in different contexts, in a progressive, structured way. They enjoy reading and we build on this, providing quality texts to engage and help motivate the pupils.
As a school that predominantly represents a white British demographic with limited exposure to other cultures, we want to broaden our pupils’ experiences of life, giving them a richer knowledge and understanding of the wider world. We also want them to have the courage to challenge racism, generalisations and stereotypes. Through a range of cultural experiences, we believe that the strong global focus in our ‘Learning Means the World’ curriculum helps teach them tolerance and respect, accepting others for who they are, and encourages them to treat everyone equally, linking naturally with British Values and SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural).
We want to equip our children to deal with conflict independently, managing conflict issues well through positive strategies. They often know the answers to their disagreements and can articulate what they should be doing, but at times can find it difficult to put these into action.
They need to learn to deal with all different sides of life e.g. school life, home life. All our children need to learn how to handle conflict, as they can occasionally bring online conflicts into school. We want them to develop an appreciation of others’ opinions and perspectives, whilst learning the skills to resolve conflict well.
We want our pupils to practise our Catholic values by taking care of the world, as global citizens. We want them to realise that every positive action, no matter how small, can contribute to a global movement towards sustainability. Whilst we already have an eco-club and school-wide recycling takes place, we want to make conservation a central focus. By developing their problem-solving skills in this area and embedding the importance of good stewardship, we believe our pupils can make a difference through involvement, resulting in positive change.
As well as these four core areas, our curriculum also incorporates history-based aspirational Theme Units, which draw inspiration from a range of diverse historical role models like Thomas Barnardo and Ada Lovelace, helping to promote courage, commitment, creativity, and a sense of community in our pupils.
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