At St Chad's we aim to provide a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum that enables our children to become confident, responsible and independent learners. Through our curriculum we aim to develop children’s caring, creative and critical thinking skills through an ethos of inquisitiveness, enquiry and enterprise with high quality relationships, caring attitudes and a sense of fairness.
We value the diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils, staff and families, celebrating this at every opportunity. Underpinning all that we do is our school's vision, LOVE: Learning Outstanding Values Everyday. Our LOVE values are carefully developed through our Collective Worships and curriculum themes which as a result consolidate the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. This approach not only helps prepare our children for their future life, but it enriches the daily life for everyone at St Chad's, teaching us to understand, enjoy and respect the differences in our community and the wider world.
The underpinning principles of our curriculum are to:
- Inspire excellence and aspiration, through engaging, exciting and stimulating activities and environments;
- Develop and challenge every child to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to succeed as learners throughout their life;
- Ensure equal rights of access to each area of the curriculum, irrespective of ability, gender and ethnic or cultural backgrounds;
- Instil the values of democracy, liberty, respect and tolerance.
At St Chad's we recognise that the early years are an important time in a child's life, as it is during this time the foundations for all learning are laid. By the age of three when children start in our nursery, they have already developed a range of skills, and an understanding of the wider world, according to their cultural heritage and home experiences. It is upon these early foundations that we build our learning.
Working in partnership with our families and our community we provide children with the time and opportunity to develop and master new skills in a safe and secure environment. We provide language rich learning opportunities to develop early communication skills as well as opportunities for both indoor and outdoor learning to develop children’s communication, physical, personal and social skills.
Whole school policies are essential in ensuring continuity and progression. Our school has recently taken on and developed the 'Cornerstone Curriculum' which encourages children to experiment, explore and pursue their own interests within their topic work. Although content is important, and is taught according to National Curriculum requirements, skills and attitudes are continually developed regardless of the content covered. One feature of our curriculum is that each theme has a “big question” as its central route of enquiry. Themes start with an engaging opener, the “big start”, and conclude with a “big finish”. By the end of each theme the children will have achieved an outcome from their learning, which they present to their class, key stage, whole school or parents. Children's sense of achievement is increased as they work towards their goal and they see tangible evidence of the skills they have learnt, developing a sense of pride in their work as well as identifying ways in which they can improve in the future.
We believe that primary education is not just about targets and results in league tables, nor is it simply a preparatory step for secondary school; it is much more than that. As a school we believe that by developing skills, knowledge and attitudes, our children will become individuals, who can access and enjoy learning throughout their lives. We want children to have a memorable learning experience at St Chad's that encourages and inspires them to achieve their potential and fosters an attitude of “wanting to learn” as well as “needing to learn.”
For more information about what we teach in each year group and how you can help your children with their learning, please contact the relevant members of staff, see below :-
Foundation Stage - Miss Gilsenan, Miss Afzal, Mrs Holland and Mrs Begum
Year 1 and Year 2 - Mrs Harley, Mrs Habib, Miss Hewitt and Miss Wright
For more information about the Cornerstones Curriculum please visit their website, see link below.