Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

Curriculum

Together,
We Learn and Grow in God’s Love
           
At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary we aim to provide an excellent education where all children make progress.  The children are encouraged to think for themselves and to acquire lifelong skills which will prepare them for life in a modern society.  The development of the whole child is at the forefront of all our activities which means that we encourage academic achievement as well as their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.   The teachers assess the children in their care, in order to plan with the needs of each child in mind, setting challenging but realistic targets so that children can make progress and achieve their potential.
We have embraced introduction of a new National Curriculum in September 2014. The school has worked on tailoring the new curriculum to incorporate the successful skills based curriculum that we use whilst ensuring that we are also delivering the statutory content of the National Curriculum. Maths is taught throughout school using practical application of Problem Solving, Reasoning and Fluency. While English provides the bed rock to all areas of learning we challenge and inspire our children through their learning.
At Sacred Heart we promote Growth Mindset where the children are understand how they learn and what they need to do to improve. Our children learn that to have a growth mindset means that they will say statements such as:
“I never give up”
“I like my work to be difficult – it means I am working”
“I want people to praise me for the effort I put into my work”
“I feel clever when I am learning something new”
“I learn from my mistakes”  
We aim to be innovative in our practice to provide contextualised, stimulating learning opportunities which allow all our children to access learning.  We work as part of local networks (e.g. The Leeds Catholic Community of schools) to share ideas and resources.
We ensure that children have a series of memorable learning experiences. This includes: visitors into school, themed dressing-up days, project work, an assembly or a recreated experience in school. Children will expect to have at least on trip or visit each half term that enriches their learning where classroom does not.
We enable our pupils to succeed through challenging tasks and activities that encourage them to take risks. We develop their ability to think independently, enabling them to transfer their learning to all aspects of their life; preparing them for the future. We actively teach the skills needed to be a successful learner and reward these in our weekly “Celebration Assembly.”
The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

More information on the new curriculum can be found in the documents on the right.

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