Curriculum

St Helen’s Primary Academy - Curriculum

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Our Philosophy


We, at St Helen’s Primary Academy believe that primary school should be a safe and wonderful place where children want to be, and learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. Learning should be through a mixture of exploration, engagement, enrichment and a variety of sensory and kinaesthetic experiences which encourage learners to want to explore more in a journey of lifelong learning. They will learn the English and Maths skills needed for life and learning and to progress in their education. Children will learn to shape their futures and develop their unique characteristics and skills. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. They will develop the first understandings of employment and entrepreneurship. A primary education should set up learners for life, with the knowledge and skills to be well-rounded individuals, emotionally and physically healthy, with an appreciation for and a generosity towards people, the world and the universe around them.


Our Principles


  1. We engage and enthuse all in learning

  2. We are Inclusive and diverse

  3. We are child and context centred learning

Intent


At St Helen’s the journey for every child is grounded in inclusive opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and life experiences our children need to go on to choose to lead a remarkable life, while they are with us and beyond. Our curriculum is built on strong foundations of social and emotional wellbeing that encourage children to try new experiences, build resilience and embrace any new learning opportunities they may encounter in our holistic curriculum. We are a community that embraces our differences and values every person's contribution to making us remarkable


Our Aims

#Finding our Remarkable


  • We put the children and families at the heart of everything we do

  • We offer a curriculum to meet the needs of all children

  • We aim to offer children a range or experiences to give them life enriching opportunities

  • We aim for children to explore all the possibilities that life can hold

  • We engage children through interesting topics and hands-on activities.

  • We make meaningful links between subjects.

  • We ensure that children know, understand and remember more so that they are well prepared for the next steps in their learning.

  • We make effective connections to the real world.

  • We help children to think creatively and solve problems.

  • We develop children’s capacities to work independently and collaboratively.

  • We enable children to make choices about their learning.

  • We take account of children’s interests and fascinations


Our Drivers

Engage

  • To attract children's interest in learning

  • To ensure that provision meets children's needs

  • To ensure that our curriculum stretches the ambitions of our children

Explore

  • To inquire into or discuss (a subject) in detail.

  • To be inquisitive in all areas of learning.

  • To travel through (an unfamiliar area) in order to learn about it


Enrich

  • To offer opportunities for children to participate in experiences that brings value to their lives

  • To ensure our curriculum offers numerous opportunities to build knowledge and skills.


Implementation

Our Approach


  1. We develops children to ensure they reach their potential

  2. We helps children to find their passions and interests

  3. We support children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding

  4. We help children to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally

  5. We assists children in becoming independent, responsible, useful, confident and considerate members of the community

  6. We promotes a positive attitude towards learning, so children enjoy coming to school

  7. We help children to acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning

  8. We create and maintains an exciting and stimulating learning environment

  9. We enables children to flourish within a culturally diverse society


Our Curriculum Design

We teach the subject using the following resources:

AET schemes of learning for Maths, English, Science, MFL, History and Geography

Kapow schemes of learning for Music, Computing, Art, Design Technology

PHSE - Jigsaw

R.E - Discovery R.E


Impact


We monitor and measure the impact of our curriculum by asking the following questions:


Our Questions


  • Attendance - Are children in school/do they want to come?

  • Retention of knowledge - Do they know more and remember more and can they apply this knowledge?

  • Academic achievement - Are children achieving age and stage related expectations

  • Are children ready for their next step in Education??

  • Behaviour - are children engaged in learning. Does the Curriculum meet their needs?

  • Have we developed children’s passions and interests?

  • Have our childrens developed intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally their potential?

  • Do we support children achieving above average expectations to follow their talent?

  • Do we assist children in becoming independent, responsible, useful, confident and considerate members of the community?

  • We help children to acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning?

  • Do we create an exciting and stimulating learning environment?

  • Do we enable children to flourish within a culturally diverse society?

Long Term plans at St Helens' Primary Academy