St. Gerard’s Catholic Primary School exists to bring children to a greater love and knowledge of God. This fundamental belief permeates the whole curriculum. Curriculum means all those activities that are designed to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and in society.

Sound teaching methods are employed which reflect the best of modern ideas together with a sense of care and respect for all involved in the learning situation. All children follow National Curriculum programmes in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT as well as Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and PE. To find out more about the National Curriculum, click here.

The curriculum defines and describes the full range of experiences that St. Gerard’s School plans and delivers for its pupils in preparing them for the opportunities and demands of adult life. It has clear aims and is grounded upon a set of values and attitudes that influence the activities and quality of relationships within the school. Consequently, St. Gerard’s School curriculum includes the Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum and other statutory requirements and recommendations.

Through our curriculum we are striving to enable learners to develop their knowledge, experience and imaginative understanding and their awareness of moral values. We hope that it will enable them to enter life after formal education as active participants in and contributors to society, capable of achieving as much independence as possible. In supporting this aim, the school curriculum should encourage individuals to derive satisfaction from their learning, enjoy its processes and be able to see links between their learning and their life as well as learn from their experiences and the experiences of others.

At St. Gerard’s, the curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all the pupils and to prepare them for life in modern Britain. We have created and established a stimulating and interesting curriculum that focuses on subjects beyond English, mathematics, science and RE; this curriculum is rooted in subject-specific skills and knowledge and is essential to our pupils’ success, both now and in their futures as informed, contributing citizens.The main principles underlying all curriculum policies in St. Gerard’s School are entitlement, inclusion and raising achievement.

English

At St Gerard’s Catholic Primary School we use the New Primary Curriculum for English (introduced September 2014).  Writing is taught through the Talk for Writing Approach which enables pupils to learn the features and structure of different genres of writing and the appropriate vocabulary.  At St. Gerard’s, reading is a priority in the English curriculum.  Planned reading lessons take place daily and teaching and learning focuses on the keys skills of reading:  vocabulary, inference, the purpose of a text, making predictions, retrieving information and summarising a text.  We use several resources such as Literacy Shed, Reading Rocketers and class reading books.  In EYFS and KS1 there is a focus on children reading with an adult and on the securing of phonological awareness through the Sounds Write phonics programme.

Mathematics

Maths lessons also follow the New Primary School Curriculum. The new curriculum is designed to enable children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children work towards developing the skills to reason mathematically and solve problems.

At St. Gerard’s we use the White Rose scheme which we adapt to suit the needs of each individual child.

Science

St. Gerard’s follows the National Curriculum to teach science. We aim to provide children with learning experiences to develop an understanding of the world by using and applying scientific knowledge and skills. Children are encouraged to use different types of scientific enquiry to ask and answer questions about each topic through first hand experiences.
Science is taught through a variety of topics covering Light, Seasonal Change, Plants and Animals, Materials, Sound, Habitats, Forces and Magnets, Light, Rocks, States of Matter, Electricity, Earth and Space and Evolution and Inheritance.

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 

 

Long Term Plans

We have a two-year rolling programme of whole school themed topics which structure and shape our learning throughout school. These topics are then broken down into different aspects for each year group. Use the link below to find out more about what we will be learning about.

This year, we are following the topics for Year B.

EYFS long term plan 2020-2021

EYFS Long term plan 2021 – 2022

Year 1 Year 2 curriculum overview

Year 3 Year 4 curriculum overview

Year 5 Year 6 curriculum overview

Key Knowledge, Skills and Expectations for Y1 with Challenge

Key Knowledge, Skills and Expectations for Y2 with Challenge

Key Knowledge, Skills and Expectations for Y3 with Challenge

Key Knowledge, Skills and Expectations for Y4 with Challenge

Key Knowledge, Skills and Expectations for Y5 with Challenge

Key Knowledge, Skills and Expectations for Y6 with Challenge

MFL

Swimming

Post Covid 19 return to school

Due to the reduction of pupils attending school during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is necessary to re-evaluate our school`s approach to the provision for our children as and when they return to school. This will ensure all children have the level of support that they need to become ‘effective’ and ‘engaged’ learners who are able to access all that school has to offer.

The school has reviewed the curriculum in order to assist the recovery and reconnection process for all pupils. The school aims to restore the mental health, and rebuild the resilience, of our pupils to allow them to become effective learners again by:

  • recognising the experiences had by all
  • restoring trust and relationships with staff
  • re-establishing friendships and social interactions
  • regaining structure and routine
  • rebuilding a sense of community
  • regulating their emotions and managing behaviour
  • re-engaging children in learning
  • preparing children for transition.

The Reconnection Curriculum Framework is based upon the work of Barry Carpenter and the Evidence for Learning team, which sets out the importance of recognising the trauma and loss that children will have been through during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The primary focus of the reconnecting curriculum is to ‘help children to recover from their loss of routine, structure, friendship, sleep, opportunity and freedom’.

Successful transition is key for children to enable them once again to become efficient and confident learners. The way in which we do this is to acknowledge and accept the losses that we have all been through during the pandemic. It is essential that we adhere to these aims and objectives with the content we believe is best for our school community.

St Gerard’s Reconnecting Curriculum

Parents Guide

Help Your Child at Home

Please click on the links to download your copy of the National Curriculum expectations for each year group in English and Maths.