Saint Clare’s Catholic Primary School Curriculum Intent Statement
Saint Clare’s is a Christ-centred family where everyone is valued and respected. We learn and grow, whilst strengthening our relationship with God and one another. Together in His love, we can achieve our full potential.
Play, learn and grow together with Christ
Our curriculum is intended to meet the needs of all children at Saint Clare’s and reflect a range of cultures and traditions to further the children’s skills, knowledge and understanding. We will provide a Catholic setting in which all children can grow in understanding, acquiring valuable skills, attitudes and values whilst fostering a growth of commitment to the love and service of Christ.
At Saint Clare’s we will ensure that your children are happy, stimulated and challenged so that they can make good progress across the curriculum and achieve the highest standards possible. All staff in school have high expectations and plan a curriculum that is interesting, relevant, extends your children’s understanding of the subject and ensures high quality work.
As your children progress through our school, they will develop a positive attitude to achieve well in terms of their learning and behaviour, focused on practicing and finding alternative ways to achieve their goals. They will be encouraged to be independent learners who can also work cooperatively with others.
There are three key stages in school:
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Little Saplings and Rowan
Willow, Hazel and Beech
Pine, Elder, Cherry and Oak
Pre-school & reception
Year 1 & 2
Saint Clare’s curriculum is based on the September 2014 National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2 and the Early Years 2021 framework in Foundation Stage. It also plans activities which promote learning, personal growth and development; and includes extra-curricular activities that enrich the pupils experiences.
Please refer to each individual class page on our school website to review the yearly overview and half term overview which details topics and objectives that will be covered over the half term. If you require any further information about our school curriculum please do not hesitate to contact Mr Parkinson, our curriculum lead, in school.
- Saint Clare’s curriculum prepares children for life in modern Britain and ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the school’s
- Saint Clare’s curriculum teaches respect for our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our
- Long term plans and policies detail how subjects can be taught e.g. as part of a cross-curricular topics organised into sequences of lessons or as discrete standalone one off
- Saint Clare’s teachers and teaching assistants developed an in-house Quality First Teaching framework, reflecting our commitment that ‘Every teacher is responsible for every child in their class no matter where and with whoever they are working’.
- All teachers are expected to meet Age-Related Expected standards across all themes as a minimum, with aspiration and endeavour to move towards Greater Depth as their experience and training supports the learning provided for our children.
- Teachers and TAs actively model appropriate and acceptable behaviour, valuing differing strength, opinions, beliefs and
- Saint Clare’s promotes the values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty ensuring mutual respect for all and tolerance towards others and
- Curriculum workshops (reading, maths, writing, phonics, e safety) are held to increase families’ capacity to support learning at
- In the recent COVID lockdown and bubble isolation the Saint Clare’s website supported Home
- Saint Clare’s has a Home Learning Policy that has ensured highly accessible home learning for Bubble Closures and effective systems for cascading home learning for pupils who are self-isolating.
- Subject leaders have files to guide, record and inform their actions. The staff handbook has a termly overview of actions. Directed time is provided for subject
We have outlined below examples of how the school will enrich the curriculum in order to give all pupils the opportunity to excel and to ensure that they are stimulated by their learning and motivated to learn more.
- Regular opportunities to share their achievements in assemblies and other whole school events.
- Regular opportunities to contribute towards his/her learning and be involved in decision-making that effects the whole school either through the School Council, Eco Council, Sport Council and through regular pupil perception surveys etc.
- Opportunities to represent the school through sporting events and musical/dramatic performances.
- A wide range of clubs and extra-curricular activities both after school and during lunchtimes.
- A close relationship with our parish with regular opportunities to work with the local community.
- The opportunity to be a peer mentor, where older pupils might support younger pupils in their reading or writing.
- The opportunity to undertake ‘bikeability’.
- Opportunities to perform in plays and other dramatic and musical performances and the support for those who find that challenging.
- On-going opportunities to learn through practical, hands-on, investigative activities – growing fruit and vegetables, cooking, etc.
- The opportunity to access our forest school.
Visits and Visitors
During the seven years at Saint. Clare’s Catholic Primary School, each child can expect to experience the following visits and visitors to the school:
- A residential visit – Year 5 and Year 6
- Visits or visitor linked to topics – at least one visit per term
- The opportunity to play in local sports tournaments across the year
- Opportunities to perform in a theatre or concert hall – KS2
The curriculum at Saint Clare’s plays a significant part in the progress that our children make in their own formation both spirituality, academically and morally.
We want children to leave Saint Clare’s having been:
- Given continuous opportunities to develop their relationship with God as they grow in his image
- Challenged to develop their strengths and acknowledge their weaknesses
- Valued and respected for who they are
- Given a wide range of opportunities to stay healthy in mind and body
- Encouraged to be the best they can be and reach their full potential
- Given a love for learning and a wide range of interests
- Prepared with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need for secondary school and beyond