Our Curriculum Design

At St Chad's we believe in offering an engaging, broad and balanced curriculum that enables our children to become well-rounded, happy, confident and successful learners. We recognise that every child is a unique individual.
We value the diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds of all our children, staff and families, celebrating this at every opportunity. Underpinning all that we do is our school's distinctively Christian vision, LOVE. We teach our children to:
Look after their school and each other
Only ever do their best
Value everyone and remember their manners
Enjoy their learning!
We want to ensure the rounded development of the whole child through academic achievement and spiritual development. With this in mind, we have devised a 'Heads, Hand and Heart' approach through our whole school curriculum design. We aim to develop children’s caring skills (heart), creative skills (hands) and critical thinking skills (head). We are immensely proud of the diverse community in which we serve and our curriculum values talk, language and communication at its heart.
Any curriculum decisions that we make are driven by our desire to ensure that every child in our care experiences exciting and relevant learning that enables them to flourish.
We aim for every child to:
  • LOVE themselves and each other
  • LOVE their learning now and their learning for their future
  • LOVE their community and our world

The underpinning principles of our curriculum are to:

  1. Inspire excellence and aspiration, through engaging, exciting and stimulating activities and environments;
  2. Develop and challenge every child to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to succeed as learners throughout their life;
  3. Ensure equal rights of access to each area of the curriculum, irrespective of ability, gender and ethnic or cultural backgrounds;
  4. 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 speak with your child's class teacher or refer to our 'year group' section on our school website.