‘..to empower pupils to acquire, demonstrate, articulate and value knowledge and skills that will support them, as life-long learners, to participate in and contribute to God’s global world.’
At SJB, We have religious education as a cornerstone of our curriculum as we use the opportunities every day to develop our understanding and love of God. Our curriculum fulfils the expectations set out in the statutory National Curriculum. It has been developed and built around the needs and interests of our pupils and the community in which they live. We have chosen an ambitious, knowledge-rich curriculum whereby knowledge is applied through the development of key skills to embed learning both within the subject and across other subject areas.
Implementation -A well-defined curriculum
Each subject area in our curriculum is well defined and clearly organised into knowledge and skills content for each year group, starting at EYFS. Within this is woven cross curricular links to ensure that the curriculum is well sequenced to offer rich and meaningful learning opportunities. Key aspects of knowledge and skills are assessed for each child as they move through the school to inform progress and aid planning.
Teachers present the learning in a variety of ways to excite and enthuse learners. Pupils are given opportunities to write for a range of purposes across the curriculum but are also given the opportunity to record their learning in creative ways which enables them to evidence their learning and experience success.
Teachers and pupils understand what they are learning and why they are learning it due to the clear sequencing of the knowledge which deepens and develops throughout the learning journey.
At SJB, each subject is of equal importance to ensure that pupils can explore and develop their passions and talents. Our curriculum is intended to excite and engage pupils in their learning so that they can see the relevance of their learning experiences. This enables development of self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Our curriculum is strongly aligned to our school values and we are committed to ensuring that all pupils experience success in their learning, they are confidence to take risks in order to deepen their learning and fulfil their potential.
Subject lead teachers have developed and refined their curriculum over a period of time, researching best practice to enable them to secure their own subject knowledge and support the planning and delivery of their curriculum across the school.
Our curriculum is fully inclusive and accessible to all pupils through knowing our pupils and their needs well. We use this knowledge to carefully differentiate and adapt planning and resourcing for our pupils with SEND.
Through our social responsibility and personal development (RSHE) curriculum we will provide opportunities for pupils to make sense of a world in which they live including conflict, environmental change, inequality and poverty. Pupils will recognise and celebrate different perspectives, ideas, beliefs and values. Developing a sense of community and belonging, pupils contribute to our school, community and the wider world.
The mental health and wellbeing of our pupils is a key driver at SJB. We recognise that optimal learning only takes place when pupils’ emotional needs are met. Pupils are taught explicitly about mental health and wellbeing each year as part of the RSHE curriculum, but this is also regularly promoted through assemblies.
The outcomes of the curriculum are measured by the attainment and progress made by the children. Put simply how much the children know and remember including whether or not the children have mastered a particular skill. Teachers continually use assessment of the children’s responses and the work they produce to measure impact. Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. This includes book looks, learning walks, lesson observations to measure the impact of teaching and learning. As well as pupil interviews to gauge children’s engagement and enjoyment of the curriculum. Teachers and leaders also have the school’s curriculum assessment data to support judgements on the impact our curriculum is having.
The leadership team in consultation with staff and children regularly review and renew the school curriculum to ensure all elements are fit for purpose.