St Philip’s Curriculum Intent Statement
At St Philip’s, our curriculum aims to ensure that children are involved in enjoyable and engaging daily opportunities, which provide them with an appropriate level of challenge. Creative approaches are used in all subject areas, to deliver child-centred, fun-filled memorable experiences.
Curriculum Statement Long Term Map
We want our children to love learning. We want them to love coming to school and be engaged with their lessons so that they are happy, fulfilled little people who want to carry on learning for the rest of their lives.
In order for us to do this, we try to plan an exciting curriculum which will interest and stimulate our children whilst at the same time, teach them basic life skills, not only reading, writing and mathematics (which are given the highest importance) but also speaking, listening and communication skills, learning to co-operate and work collaboratively in groups, to become independent thinkers and learners, to solve problems and to reflect on their actions and their learning.
They also have a right to learn about God’s wonderful creation - our earth - and how we should be stewards of it; about the richness and diversity of cultures and nations; about people who have shaped our world through history; about people who have created works of art, literature, poetry and so on. In short, we try to teach them that we live in a world full of gifts from God, still full of possibilities. That’s why this year, all our themes begin with, ‘A world full of…’
We teach the children to be proud of their own cultural heritage and about the values which could be called ‘British’ but which could also be called ‘Christian’. So the children learn about democracy by voting for their own class members of the school council; they learn about the rule of law by following our Golden Rules and classroom rules and they learn about individual liberty in as much as they choose how to behave and that some behaviours could result in rewards or sanctions. The children also learn about mutual respect – adults in school show respect for children and one another and so that respect is also shown by children to adults. We also teach children about faiths other than our own and in doing so, seek out similarities and learn to understand, accept and respect differences.
Whilst we are bound to fulfil statutory duties as laid down by the Secretary of State for Education (and enshrined in law), we also firmly believe that children should shape their own learning whenever possible. So, at the end of each year, we ask the children what they would like to learn about next year and we use their comments to inform our long term plans. Like all best laid plans though, these could change over the year in response to children’s interests, opportunities suddenly presented to us or indeed to world events.
Over the past few years, we have noticed how much the children enjoy talking to others from different year groups about their work – this happens informally at break times and also at school council. One of the greatest pleasures of a teacher (or headteacher) is to hear children talking about what they are learning. Therefore, we plan our themes as a whole school, including Foundation Stage as far as we can.
We try to do this in a warm, loving, caring environment where, ‘everyone is valued and learning is celebrated,’ and where every adult in school, no matter in what position, contribute to shaping our children’s lives and their learning.
Of course we place a huge emphasis on Religious Education and passing on our faith to the children. The most important lesson we need to teach our children, is that they are unique and gifted individuals – that there never has been and never will be again a child just like them – and that they are always and unconditionally, loved by God. Thank you for entrusting your precious children to us.
Below you can follow the links to documents outlining the long term plans for all our classes.