What is a 'curriculum'?
"The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage (intent); for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation) and for evaluating what knowledge and understanding pupils have gained against expectations (impact / achievement)." Ofsted 2019
Our curriculum, hand in hand...
We have specifically designed our curriculum to ensure that it is enriched with engaging, purposeful and quality learning experiences that meet the needs and demands of our learning community. Carefully planned opportunities drive a life-long love of learning which promotes positive learning behaviours and helps our children to grow as confident, well-balanced and successful individuals.
Our curriculum intent is underpinned by our vision statement of ‘hand in hand we learn, we grow, we soar’.
We want our children to learn and understand a rich body of critical knowledge, skills and concepts that equip them to succeed in both today’s and tomorrow’s world, enabling them to have an impact on themselves and others.
We want them to grow as unique and curious individuals with the resilience and determination to continually better themselves. Through the curriculum they will refine their ability to create, perform, author high quality work, develop positive self-esteem and well being and instil and demonstrate a set of core values and attitudes.
Our curriculum us underpinned by the 'National Curriculum 2014', using the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), and sets out to ensure our children acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of each of the different subjects.
We want our curriculum to enable every child to soar creating leaders, instigators, investigators, researchers and change makers.
St Bartholomew's uses a variety of teaching approaches to create the best possible learning opportunities for all our children. Many subjects are also supported by experiences beyond the classroom - from theatre or museum outings, to residential field trips.
More detailed Curriculum information can be found below.
Teaching and Learning
School life at St Bartholomew's is safe and caring, inspiring and exciting! It is a welcoming, vibrant place – offering an innovative and enriched curriculum.
The atmosphere is calm and happy, as our children work hard to develop their learning skills, knowledge and interests during the course of their school day. St Bartholomew's is especially committed to promoting and rewarding good behaviour so that the children get the very most from their learning and school life can be enjoyed by everyone.
Throughout our year groups, St Bartholomew's is clearly focused on the teaching of skills and knowledge with rigorous attention to the National Curriculum subjects of:
- Religious Education
- Design and technology
- Art and design
- Physical education (PE), including swimming
- Modern foreign languages (at key stage 1 and 2)
Subjects may be met individually or within carefully planned themes so that particular skills, concepts and knowledge can be developed. Children work with their class teacher for the majority of the time. When appropriate, children may come under the guidance of another teacher or teaching assistant in order for a teaching specialism to be effectively used or specific support to be given. Some teachers exchange classes for specific lessons in order to utilise these skills e.g. PE, Music, RE, PSHE and Relationships and Sex Education.
Relationships and Sex Education
The objective of relationships and sex education is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. RSE will promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils in our school and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Pupils will be encouraged to talk openly and their questions answered appropriately and honestly in a way that respects diversity of cultures and family forms.
We aim to ensure that pupils:
- develop confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships.
- develop their self esteem and sense of responsibility.
- are able to name parts of the body and describe how their bodies work.
- can protect themselves and ask for help and support.
- are prepared for puberty.
Parents of year 6 children are invited to an Information Evening where they are able to view resources that are used, including a DVD. They are also given the opportunity for their child to opt out of this part of the sex education programme (as the law states).