Curriculum Statement

Introduction

At St Stephen's our curriculum has been developed with the values of our school at heart. It is ever changing and constantly under review by teachers and subject leaders, adapting to children's needs and world events. Subjects are woven together where applicable, with links to English and reading enhancing the Curriculum areas. Our Key Stage Overviews show topics covered in each cycle and has phase expectaions from each subject embedded

Intent

At St. Stephen’s, we are proud that we all ‘Aspire to Greatness’ in our distinctively diverse school - where cultures and faiths come together to learn with each other, about each other and from each other. Within this unique environment, our curriculum enhances learning opportunities for all children including the most disadvantaged pupils. This is achieved through our distinct Christian ethos, a broad and balanced and cohesive curriculum, a firm belief in providing our children with experiences to enhance their cultural capital and quality first teaching. Entwined in our schemes of work, are opportunities for children to experience learning inside and outside of the classroom, in our local community and beyond it. We celebrate each other’s faith practices, have opportunities to
enhance learning though a wide menu of enrichment activities and have the freedom and independence to develop empathy and kindness through our courageous advocacy programme. Our distinctive school has a distinctive curriculum which meets the needs of our children in our current local andsocial climate. At the same time, we work within National Curriculum  Requirements for all Key Stages issued by the Department for Education.

Implement 

Lessons are taught using systematic and progressive sequences which build upon what the children have previously learnt. This happens in all subjects and ensures progression and differentiation in children’s learning. Clear outcomes are worked towards and learning is checked regularly, in line with our marking and assessment policy. This enables staff to address misunderstandings and correct these as appropriate and which informs a teaching ethos where children are supported to learn and progress at an appropriate pace for them. Our aim is to ensure the transference of fluent knowledge and skills into children’s long-term memories in the most effective ways possible whilst developing vocabulary. To ensure coverage, we have a dedicated time allocation for each subject where teachers can deliver the curriculum in a creatve and engaging manner . Timetabling maximises the opportunity for subjects to be linked to Literacy lessons and we endeavour to make cross curricular links wherever possible. ICT, Maths and Literacy are particularly linked into the learning of other subjects and regular reading for enjoyment and purpose is highlighted as a priority for our pupils. Through the implementation of our curriculum, teachers and school leaders establish a culture for learning where no child is disadvantaged.

Impact

The impact of our curriculum is evident in the outcomes of our pupils. This evidence is collected and analysed in a variety of ways.  We use a variety of ongoing assessments of children’s learning in order that we can constantly reflect on the impact of our teaching and can ensure we plan learning opportunities which are meeting individual children’s needs. This  allows us to constantly capture their progress and ensure they are given the best possible opportunities to meet the end of year expectations.

Everything we do in our school impacts on our children and their futures. At St. Stephen’s we aim to make this
impact with an inspirational and cohesive curriculum, accurate assessment of outcomes for children, a rich balance
of opportunities to develop cultural capital and faith in the knowledge that our whole school community truly can
‘Aspire to Greatness’.

 

Aspire to Greatness

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