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Approach to the Curriculum

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School is a member of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.  

 

KCSP Statement of Curriculum Intent

 

I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full

John 10: Chapter 10. V 10.

 

Inspired by Jesus Christ’s example and the Gospel values of love, joy and compassion, we nurture and develop the whole child so that each unique individual grows constantly in confidence, and has the knowledge, skills and self-esteem to achieve their true potential.

 

All children will access a rich, ambitious, challenging curriculum; one that is broad, balanced and relevant, fostering curiosity, creativity and a life-long love of learning.  It will prepare them well for each stage of education, employment or training and enable them, as educated citizens, to contribute to creating a better world. 

Curriculum Vision

Our curriculum fosters Catholic values and principles, within the context of a strong academic and personal education.   We have been proudly serving the local community since 1899, embracing the many cultural and ethnic changes in our community during that time, to ensure we provide a strong educational foundation to all.  In this, we are primarily guided by the National Curriculum, our local context and the teachings of Jesus.

Our curriculum is designed to engage children with multi-sensory approaches and repeated exposure in order to enhance learning. We have integrated wide opportunities into our curriculum to ensure that all pupils, including SEN and PP, have the knowledge and cultural capital to succeed at their primary education phase and are prepared both academically and in personal outlook for the challenges of the next stages.  We provide enrichment days and carefully selected trips to enhance our children’s experiences.

Our curriculum is broad and challenging, each year's content progressively building on that of the previous year.  It is designed to develop the talents of all learners, while ensuring they are provided with the firm foundations to become highly literate and numerate.  We have included strategies developed from the most recent research on learning, including the mastery approach to maths, provision of rich texts in English and pupil centered active learning models across the curriculum in order to promote deep learning and independence.

We ensure that children are equipped for future roles and developments, having learnt the basics of coding and computer animation and we proudly note that many past pupils are subsequently working or studying in a computing field.    We have excelled over a number of years with our PE provision and outcomes in local competitions, an aspect which children find highly motivating.  We have ensured that the arts are incorporated in a cohesive manner into topics, allowing children the opportunity to develop their learning and understanding across the curriculum through music, art, dance and drama.  We promote language learning, concentrating on French and offering clubs for other languages, with very positive uptake.  We have made our curriculum locally relevant eg the study of Canterbury Cathedral and of Ashford as a gateway to Europe but have also embraced our cultural diversity by including topics such as The Shang Dynasty and The African Kingdom of Benin, in consideration of our large African population (12%)  and Asian population (14%). 

As a school, we are passionate about the environment and have ensured this thread is a consistent feature of the implicit curriculum.  In response to growing concern about the mental health of our learners, we promote Mental Fitness throughout the school, ensuring there is an ethos where dialogue around mental health issues is welcomed and supported. 

Our curriculum continues to evolve and adapt, reflecting changes in society and in our school community.  Please see individual class and subject pages for details of termly curriculum coverage. 

 

2019-2020 Curriculum Overview


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