At St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience through which the foundations for lifelong learning are laid. We aim to provide all pupils with positive learning experiences and equality of opportunity through a broad and balanced curriculum which integrates the progressive development of key skills and subject knowledge. The National Curriculum is used as a benchmark for planning Creative topics, alongside the interests of our children and what they want to learn about. We also use Chris Quigley's Essential Curriculum to plan the progression of key skills from EYFS to Year 6.
Our policies and practices are founded upon on our core Christian values of: hope, compassion, truthfulness, service, justice and forgiveness.
Through the delivery of our broad and balanced curriculum:
we strive to ensure each child achieves his/her potential and receives appropriate challenge
We encourage independence and personal responsibility.
We actively involve the children, parents, governors and the community in life of the school.
We encourage personal responsibility, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and aim to build self-esteem.
We develop links with other local and national primary schools, secondary feeder schools, the community and local churches.
We provide a stimulating environment where active learning is given the highest priority.
We encourage and expect high standards of behaviour of pupils and adults.
At St Dominic's we learn through P.R.A.I.S.E, the life long learning behaviours we develop (Purposeful, Resourceful, Adaptable. Interdependent, Self-aware and Evaluative) and aim to show we are S.M.A.R.T through our actions (Super-safe, Marvelous Manners, Awesome Attitude, Real Respect and Tremendously Try.)
Key elements that lie at the heart of our Curriculum
OUR CURRICULUM PRINCIPLES
- Detailed, shared planning of key skills lie at the heart of curriculum design with meaningful links made between subjects
- Opportunities for children to contribute to the planning process, including opportunities for choice, investigation through first hand, providing practical experience and opportunities for evaluation
- Inclusion of Wow factors that work as a hook to grab children’s attention and ignite learning, including active learning opportunities, including outdoor activities, visits and visitors.
- Sufficient challenge to enable - inquiry, debate, experimentation, presentation and review.
- Flexible and responsive approach to planning, including a learning review half way through the topic – what have you learnt so far and where next?
- Use of a range of available resources including the local environment and school grounds
- ICT is embedded into the curriculum along with SMSCD. Topically ‘items’ are address and incorporated into it.
- Flexible approach to timetabling to accommodate new way of integrated learning and other opportunities for working with other classes/Key stages
For more information please also refer to the class information and policy pages.