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 Primary Curriculum for English (introduced September 2014).  Writing is taught through ta variety of approaches, 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.  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, Grammasaurus, Reading Rocketeers and of course 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 Primary School Curriculum. The 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

St Gerard’s Yearly Overview 2021-22

MFL

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Parents Guide

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