The Curriculum Intent at St Gregory’s
At St Gregory’s, the curriculum our children experience enables us to live out our Mission Slogan:
Loving all, like Jesus, we flourish together.
We aim to enable all our children to flourish, regardless of background or disposition by offering a rich and informed curriculum packed with opportunities for all our children to experience ‘life to the full’ (John 10:10).
Taking the National Curriculum as our basis, alongside the fundamental life skills of Reading, Writing and Maths, woven throughout our curriculum are opportunities for our children to develop The Seven Skills of the Steward – attributes and attitudes which we believe are essential so as to enable our children to thrive in the world of the future:
Team-working † Problem-solving † Creativity † Peace-making
Empathy † Resilience † Gratitude
We believe that this powerful combination will enable our children to perform well at end points in their relevant stages of education (for example at the end of EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2), as well as allowing them to enjoy successfully playing their part in helping to make our wonderful world an even better place and make ‘Thy Kingdom come’.
Careful mapping of the National Curriculum during a recent process of curriculum review, monitored closely by our curriculum and subject area leaders, has ensured our new curriculum is sequenced so as to enable current learning to be founded upon prior development of relevant knowledge, skills and understanding. We have also built into our curriculum a wide variety of ways to help make our children’s experiences meaningful, motivating and memorable, not least in the way we aim to apply our English and Maths skills across the curriculum to provide relevant opportunities to demonstrate thorough understanding in a variety of contexts.
Informed by the voices of those across our school community, our curriculum has been designed to reflect the needs of the children at our particular school. We also aim to utilise our links within the community to provide the very best ‘linked-up’, relevant learning experiences for all our children. Currently, we are especially focusing on developing early communication skills and vocabulary acquisition (particularly for our children for whom English is an additional language), as well as striving to provide a wider variety of life experiences – key factors to help our children further flourish (for example, through Forest Schools, our 'Passport of Experiences' and increased Extra-Curricular Activities such as clubs and trips). In the same way, our Reading Policy is firmly focused on enabling all our children to develop their reading ability in age-appropriate ways – an essential factor in ensuring success across the curriculum.
Any gaps in our children’s understanding of the curriculum which may present themselves are addressed in a multitude of ways. Amongst other things, these include: obtaining and enabling any necessary Educational Health Care Plans or access to Special Education Need Support; ensuring an effective strategy is in place for use of Pupil Premium funding; making sure quality first teaching is in place consistently across the school, with lessons differentiated and resources utilised accordingly and a wide range of experiences and approaches in effect; systematic targeting of specific children who have ‘fallen behind’ with relevant interventions put in place; in-depth analysis of all pupil performance at termly pupil progress meetings; ensuring an open-minded culture amongst all staff is in evidence across the school so we are always willing to continuously improve our practice to get the very best for the children in our care.
Our curriculum is reviewed frequently by a range of stakeholders, the results of which are then fed back into the educational experiences our children partake in – all the while mindful of how we can best ensure
all the children at St Gregory’s flourish continuously.