At St Clare’s we have two over-arching ambitions for our pupils. Firstly, we want our pupils to grow into the best possible versions of themselves, so we provide an engaging and challenging curriculum, that promotes academic achievement, a love of learning, and a growth mindset. Secondly, we want our pupils, as they grow up, to use their gifts and talents to better their world. So we have linked our curriculum with the United Nation’s vision of a better world, via the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
We teach Catholic values, and everything we do is under-pinned by our school motto,
“Let our Light Shine”.
In order to realise these ambitions for our pupils, we have built our curriculum around a clear set of principles.
- Every child at St Clare’s is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse school community.
- We stress the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare our pupils for life beyond primary school.
- We constantly provide enrichment opportunities and strive to engage our pupils in their learning.
- We believe that childhood should be a happy, safe, investigative and enquiring time in life, and we instil, in our pupils, a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.
- We identify our pupils’ starting points and their individual needs and we provide well-planned programmes of study and appropriate levels of support
- a language-rich and visually stimulating learning environment;
- a curriculum which is engaging, enjoyable, immersive and full of first-hand experiences;
- a curriculum that is inclusive and appropriately differentiated,
- but also one which provides aspiration and challenge;
- we celebrate our pupils’ achievements and build their self-confidence;
- we promote resilience, teamwork, critical thinking and creativity.
We focus on our ‘St Clare’s Values’
(aspiration, determination, respect, faith, trust, friendship, curiosity and forgiveness)
to promote positive attitudes, which reflect the values and skills needed for future success. We teach a Catholic Education and promote Catholic and British values in a multi-cultural setting.
We seek to give our pupils an interest in the wider-world, its processes and history, its people and their societies; in the arts and culture; in computing and the digital world; and in sports and healthy lifestyles.
We believe that this approach will best equip our pupils for later life.
English statement of intent
To deliver an exciting, innovative English curriculum which enables and empowers children's written and oral communication and creativity.
Maths statement of intent
For every child to develop a sound understanding of Maths, equipping them with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school.
RE Statement of Intent
To provide an opportunity to explore the beliefs, values and the way of life of the Catholic tradition and other faith traditions. Our children will reflect on what it is to be human, to reflect spiritually, to think ethically and theologically, and to experience religious commitment in everyday life.
Science Statement of Intent
To develop children's scientific knowledge and understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, for now and the future.
Humanities Statement of Intent
To develop children’s experiences and understanding of Geography and History, inspiring and igniting their curiosity about the wider world.
Art and Design Statement of Intent
To engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. They should also know how to think critically and how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world.
Music statement of Intent
To provide a A high-quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
MFL Statement of Intent
To develop the teaching and learning of French across the school, preparing children for future opportunities in French speaking countries.
Computing statement of intent
To develop children's experience and understanding of ICT, preparing them for jobs of the future.
PE Statement of Intent
To develop, in our pupils, the skills and confidence necessary to partake in a variety of sports and enable them to achieve personal successes. To enable our pupils to lead a healthy lifestyle.
PSHE Statement of Intent
To develop children’s understanding of PSHE and provide them with a foundation of life skills across all contexts (home/school/community) and time spans (primary/secondary/later life).
The Implementation of our Curriculum
We teach all the statutory National Curriculum subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, a Foreign Language and Music as well as Religious Education (R.E). We also offer a PSHE programme of study and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). We also include aspects of British values, e-safety and safeguarding.
We understand that for our children to succeed and derive the maximum benefit from school then we have to offer all pupils a wide-ranging, exciting and interesting wider curriculum. For this reason, we choose to deliver History Geography, Art and DT using an immersive topic based approach. Pupils study two history led topics, two geography led topics and an art and a DT based topic during the year, but within these topics there is a cross curricular element which adds richness and depth necessary to bring the topics alive. The other foundation subjects and science are
taught via discrete programmes. They are planned carefully using consistent approaches which enable pupils to make progress as they move through the Key Stages.
(Please see the Subject pages for more detail of how each subject is implemented.)
Essential Skills Trackers
What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
Please click on the link below to see the curriculum overview for each year group in our school. The information will show you the topic they will be studying.
For more detailed information and to see first hand all that the children do please take a look at the individual class pages.
Once opened the documents can be zoomed in to see in more detail. Alternatively please feel free to ask for a paper copy at the school office.
Each half term the class teacher will also send out a 'Learning Journey' which outlines what the children will be studying and how you can help at home!
If you would like more information about our curriculum please contact the main office; (Tel: 0151 733 4318) and ask to speak to the Deputy Head Teacher or the Assistant Head Teacher.