STATEMENT OF CURRICULUM INTENT
At St. Cuthbert’s we want pupils to leave our school with a sense of belonging and purpose in our world: following Christ’s teachings to use their uniqueness and talents to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society. We develop curious, independent and aspirational learners who respect the talents and individuality of everyone in our school community.
Following the Coronavirus crisis, we recognise the need to make the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of our children the absolute priority. We have carefully planned a “recovery curriculum” which will initially focus on supporting pupils to re-establish relationships and routines in school as well as a strong emphasis on PSHE, PE and the opportunity to play and explore through the arts and music. Staff have worked closely to understand the gaps that will have occurred in the curriculum and we will prioritise reading, writing and maths for catch up. Staff will regularly review this so that the curriculum is increasingly built upon to best meet the needs of individuals and groups and in line with government guidance we will make sure that over the next year our broad and balanced curriculum builds back up so that pupils continue to learn in all subjects.
Our curriculum provision equips our pupils with the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they need for life in the modern world and prepares them for life long learning and success in their future. Senior Leaders and Curriculum Leaders are clear about the key knowledge they want pupils to know and remember: our schemes of work show progression in helping children to acquire this knowledge in a meaningful way and are designed to help pupils remember what they have been taught.
By having a clear understanding of our pupils and their needs and talents, staff ensure that teaching in all areas of the curriculum is inclusive, supportive, challenging and enriching. Targeted support and intervention is given where needed to ensure all learners develop and learn in a style that suits their individual needs. Children with SEND and additional needs thrive in our school and are given high aspirations and personalised support. We challenge our most able pupils with depth and extension and develop and celebrate talents right across our curriculum.
We build on pupils’ knowledge by giving them opportunities to be confident, creative and critical thinkers who work well individually and collaboratively. We offer many opportunities to develop resilience, to make links between curriculum areas and to learn in different and memorable ways both in and out of the classroom. We make meaningful links with our community – our parish; our local area; our heritage; and our global responsibility and stewardship. Our Catholic faith is integrated into every aspect of our learning and Gospel values are at the core of everything we teach.
The current primary focus for curriculum development at St Cuthbert’s is to ensure our schemes of work are thoroughly progressive, relevant and purposeful. Senior Leaders are committed to giving staff the time and professional development opportunities they need to implement this and to reflect on the impact it has.
What role does our governing body play in ensuring good curriculum provision?
Our governing body work closely with subject leads to monitor the curriculum. All governors are updated in termly governing body meetings and subject areas are allocated a link governor who meets termly with subject leads to discuss priorities and progress and look at work in school.