At Our Lady Mother of the Saviour we have a curriculum that keeps the Gospel Values at the centre of everything we do. Our curriculum is designed to develop the full potential of each child and to prepare them for opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of adult life. We aim to broaden the range of everyday experiences for our children broadening their horizons and enriching our community.
Knowledge intertwined with skills underpins our curriculum design; we believe that knowledge enables our children to develop and apply skills. We want our children to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and to have an informed understanding of local, national and world issues. Our curriculum design ensures that there is progression of knowledge in each subject across all year groups. What we want children to know is clearly mapped out in our curriculum grids, we believe it is important to give our children lots of well-connected knowledge as it’s the connection between facts that gives understanding and leads to the development of crucial skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. Cross curricular links are made when opportunities naturally arise this helps children to make links between knowledge and skills acquired.
Intelligent repetition of content is built in to our curriculum as we recognise that children need to be able to retrieve core knowledge quickly if they are to use it efficiently. Therefore our curriculum plans in opportunities for content repetition and practise developing children’s procedural memory. Knowledge and skills are assessed both in a formal and informal way; this information is used to inform future planning.
At Our Lady Mother of the saviour we recognise that emotions and intellect are not contradictory – you need both to be successful. As such we operate an emotional intelligence curriculum for all our children. This curriculum is based on developing key areas: managing feelings, self-esteem, self-awareness and consequences, resilience, communication and empathy. This is delivered through assemblies, PSHE curriculum focus weeks and weekly ‘ME TIME’ sessions in all classes. All children are taught specific strategies to help them to manage their emotions. Supporting our children’s mental health and developing emotional intelligence is something we invest much time and energy in at Our Lady’s – it is a crucial part of our ethos, vision and values as a school family. We aim to educate our children to be emotionally literate and morally responsible.
Learning in a Wide range of Contexts
-Learning outside the classroom is an integral part of our curriculum; this takes place through exploring our local environment, visiting places of interest and enjoying residential activities.
-We have developed an enriched outdoor learning environment within our school grounds.
- We deliver a wide range of extra-curricular activities – e.g. sports, art, gardening, cookery, music; this underpins and enriches the curriculum and the school has strengthened the opportunities for our children by becoming part of the Children’s University.
-Sports funding is well planned for and is targeted to develop teaching skills, promote a healthy lifestyle and allows pupils to be involved in competitive sports.
At Our lady Mother of the Saviour Primary School and Pre School we are fully committed to providing an EYFS curriculum that is broad, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils. Pupils will feel safe and secure through our excellent personal relationships and nurturing environment. Our children understand the importance of daily physically activity and the positive effects this has on their academic achievement and emotional well-being. We have a curriculum that keeps the Gospel Values at the centre of everything we do. Our curriculum is designed to develop the full potential of each child. We offer a stimulating, creative, encouraging environment which fosters independence and develops critical thinkers. We want our children to be fluent and articulate speakers and we therefore place communication at the centre of our curriculum. Children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions, to be adventurous and try new things and to become independent thinkers who are inquisitive and are eager to learn. Children leave our EYFS confident, resilient learners who are ready to address the challenges of school life.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to their full potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age 5 have a major impact on their future life chances. We work hard to establish professional relationships in our locality that will enable all our children to have a good start. We strive to establish strong parent partnership that will provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. As children commence their journey at Our Lady’s, we endeavour to develop and nurture strong positive attitudes where children are kind respectful and honest. The Early Years Foundation Stage applies to children from birth to the end of the reception year. We follow the principles of EYFS at Our Lady’s. Our priority is to keep all our children safe. We follow the school policies and the safeguarding and welfare requirements detailed in the New Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Guidance
Reading / Phonics
At Our Lady’s we follow the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics programme. This offers a lively, vigorous approach to learning synthetic phonics. We place great emphasis on children mastering phonics in year Reception and year 1to enable them to become skilful readers. Through a fast paced and rigorously assessed approach children are exposed to a phonics curriculum based on repetition, over teaching and a rich diet of literature. Reading is closely linked to phonics development; once children know the letter sounds they will bring home a reading book to practise reading at home, this book will be clearly matched to their reading and phonics level. Children have daily story time sessions with staff and parents are encouraged to share a wide range of books with their child at home through our book for bedtime scheme.
During years R,1 and 2 you will be invited to join your child at weekly Stay
Reading is at the heart of everything we do at Our Lady's as we recognise the importance of developing reading skills, extending children’s vocabulary knowledge and encouraging reading for pleasure. This is done in a variety of ways e.g. Reciprocal Read sessions, Book Fairs, After School Book Buddies, Reading Picnics, Visits to local library etc. Each class has designed and created inspirational reading corners to encourage reading for pleasure.
Our Lady’s has achieved Gold level Reading Quality Mark
The school’s Religious Education reflects the values of the Catholic faith and is based upon ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ religious education programme. The children are taught through a thematic approach, and we have a whole school policy in which topics are addressed each term at the level appropriate to the child’s age.
This programme also recognises the important role of the school as part of the parish community. Children attend Mass on a regular basis and help to prepare liturgical celebrations. Our ongoing preparation for the sacraments is incorporated into the religious education programme.
Further details about our curriculum can be gained by contacting the headteacher Mrs J Ward