At St Dominic’s we are passionate about creating an exciting and engaging creative curriculum for our children’s academic and personal development. We strive to provide our children with exciting learning opportunities through a broad and balanced curriculum in accordance with the National Curriculum. (Please see the link for the full National Curriculum) www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
As we are a small school with mixed year group classes from Years 1-6 we take a whole school approach to planning a truly creative curriculum. Children and teachers work together to design bespoke topics to ensure high levels of engagement and enthusiasm for learning. We use Chris Quigley's Essential Skills curriculum programme to help us plan for progression both in the development of Key Skill and in deepening knowledge and understanding. As Catholic Primary School, our core Christian values are interwoven into the curriculum. We believe that our individual pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of their overall education and their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide all pupils with positive, rewarding experiences through a planned and coherent curriculum that is founded upon our Christian values.
We begin our school day with a daily act of collective reflection either as a whole school or within individual classes and follow the Catholic syllabus 'God Matters' for teaching religious Education.
We believe that children learn best from active, collaborative activities and from having opportunities for learning experiences outside the classroom. We make the most of our rural setting by ensuring that our children have the opportunity to take their learning outdoors and throughout the year all classes take part in Forest School activities. Where possible we use the church links, locality and local community to further support learning, working in partnership with parents and families to share expertise and experiences.
Parents receive information about the different topic areas to enable them to have a better understanding of what the children will be learning. Each class takes part in a range of experiences to enhance learning, these include educational visits, workshops and visitors. The pupils also take part in a range of themed days and weeks during the year.
Please see our ‘Themes for Learning’ for this academic year below. This is only a snap shot of what our curriculum has to offer and over the coming year we aim to provide a further insight into our children's learning experience through our class pages.