Our school curriculum is continually developing with staff and governors involved in identifying not only the needs but the aspirations for all our children. We have enhanced the delivery of the statutory national curriculum with a school curriculum, enriching pupils learning experiences and developing the whole child. At St. Wulstan’s, we operate under a strong set of values, which permeate all aspects of our teaching as well as daily lives in school.
As a Catholic School, we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils’ character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. We are confident that our continued focus on the Gospel Values will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today, and embed in them the building blocks of a future successful and productive life.
Curriculum Statement of Intent September 2019
St. Wulstan’s provides its pupils with a broad, balanced curriculum which is underpinned by our Mission Statement:
Believe to Achieve
Love God…so we follow the example of Jesus
Love Learning…so we always do our very best
Love One Another…so we treat each other as we want to be treated
- The core values of our Catholic education remain central to the life of our school and we want our children to have a sense of self-worth through their experience of belonging to a caring community. We aim to develop the importance of values, whilst respecting the differences of others.
- We believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the idea that both adults and children learn new things every day. We maintain that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone; it should be fun. Through our teaching we aim to equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their lives. We believe that appropriate teaching and learning experiences help children to lead happy and rewarding lives
- We seek to develop the full potential of each learner in our school. We also recognise and acknowledge the hugely important role that all adults in our school play in the learning process and we value the contribution of parents in this process because they are the primary educators of their children
- Our curriculum is designed to develop independent, confident and successful learners with high aspirations and who are well prepared for life in modern Britain. We aim to provide them with a clear understanding of the possibilities and opportunities that there are for them in life and we believe that our pupils should leave St. Wulstan’s with a love of learning and an understanding of the world. We want our pupils to be prepared and equipped with the necessary skills to be able to face the challenges ahead
- At St. Wulstan’s we have a curriculum which is challenging, exciting, dynamic, fun and relevant to our children. We have a firm belief that we need to develop their inquisitiveness, determination, motivation, resourcefulness and resilience. The curriculum is purposefully designed to develop confidence in working both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
- By providing the children with an engaging curriculum, with emphasis on learning through doing, it assists the children in developing language and vocabulary skills
- Our children benefit from a number of visits, visiting partners and specialists make a significant contribution to our curriculum intent: it provides the children the opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge of topics and experience learning in a more creative and stimulating approach. We also provide a variety of learning enrichment opportunities and extra school activities. Our Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to participate in a residential visit to further broaden their experiences.
- The National Curriculum is taught as separate subjects; however, the long term plans are carefully adapted to ensure a cross-curricular approach to help the children make links. Staff set high expectations for all children and plan to ensure that there are no barriers to every child achieving. To ensure all children reach their full potential the end of year milestones/expectations are clearly planned and progress is measured against these regularly.
- Subject leaders have an important role in the success of the curriculum because each subject leader reviews the curriculum plans for their subject, ensures that there is full coverage of the national curriculum programmes of study and that there is progression of skills, knowledge and understanding.
- At St. Wulstan’s we provide high-quality and inspiring teaching from well-trained teachers which is vital to ensure effective pupil engagement and progress of pupils. This is done by providing all staff the opportunity to attend a range of relevant and the most current professional development courses.
LONG TERM CURRICULUM PLANS
Click on each year group to see our long-term curriculum plans