Curriculum Overview

 

At St William’s Catholic Primary School we have developed a more active, exciting and creative primary curriculum with the help of Dimensions Curriculum! As experts in primary curriculum design, they are able to confidently support schools like ours, in developing and implementing a new primary curriculum model that is truly fit for our unique purpose. All statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum are mapped in with Dimensions to ensure complete coverage through both thematic and discrete teaching of subjects. You can see in more detail what this looks like on our curriculum overviews.

 

For details on the National Curriculum 2014 guidance please click here

Early Years – Nursery and Reception

 

Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At St William’s Catholic Primary School we greatly value the importance that the EYFS plays in laying the secure foundations for future learning and development. However, we also believe that early childhood is valid in itself as part of life. It is therefore important to view the EYFS as preparation for life and not simply preparation for the next stage of education.

At St William’s we recognise that all children begin school with a wide variety of experiences and learning and it is the privilege of the adults working in the Early Years team to accept the task of building upon that prior learning experience. This is done through a holistic approach to learning; ensuring that parents and guardians, support staff and the Early Years team work effectively together to support the learning and development of all children in their care.

At St William’s we follow a topic based approach (Dimensions Curriculum) which is completely aligned to the statutory EYFS national framework. The curriculum is divided up into six half termly themes per year and we implement this through a two year rolling programme. The two year rolling programme involves both year groups teaching the same theme with differentiated skills, concepts and activities.

The children learn through playing, observing, talking, listening and having fun. They experience a wide variety of exciting learning activities designed to help them develop their linguistic and numeric skills and knowledge and understanding of their world. The children also learn to socialise, play and develop their motor and creative skills.

 

For a detailed outline of the Early Years Statutory Framework please click here

For a detailed outline of the Early Outcomes please click here

For a detailed outline of the Early Years Foundation Stage Guide for Parents please click here

For a copy of ‘What to expect when…’ please click here

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

 

In Key Stages 1 and 2 learning continues to be purposeful, exciting, interesting and fun. At St William’s we follow a topic based approach (Dimensions Curriculum) which is completely aligned to the statutory national curriculum. Our model covers all year groups, from Year 1 to Year 6. In Key Stage 1 it is used as a two year rolling programme and in Key Stage 2 it is used in single year groups. The subjects integrated into our curriculum model are currently English, Science, History, Geography, DT, Music, Dance, Drama, PSHE, Citizenship and ICT / Computing. The subjects taught discretely, although linked in through our topic based approach if possible, are Maths, PE, MFL and RE. All statutory National Curriculum 2014 prescribed coverage for Science, History and Geography is mapped explicitly throughout the model. Other statutory coverage is included through the Skills Ladder.

The Skills Ladder provides comprehensive coverage of all skills by Curriculum Area AND by year group. The skills from the Skills Ladder are mapped in with the curriculum themes used in the model, making it easy to chart progression and continuity across each phase and within each theme. A set of Lifelong Learning Skills are provided to help equip pupils with the tools for effective, generic learning. As there is a main focus on developing creativity within our curriculum model, we have included a skills set which is not subject-bound and, when applied across the curriculum, will help to nurture the overall creativity of pupils.

Subjects included under the curriculum areas are:-

 

Expressive Arts - Art, Dance, Drama, Music
Science and Technology - Design Technology, Science, Computing
Place and Time - Geography, History
Mathematics - Mathematics
Communication – English, MFL, ICT
Health and Wellbeing - Physical Education, Personal Wellbeing
Faith and Community – R.E. and Citizenship

 

Dimensions Curriculum are not only supporting us, but are also in hundreds of schools across the UK, as well as schools all around the world! They have many great, original, innovative ideas and some of the best available creative curriculum resources that are guaranteed to engage and inspire pupils in order to develop their love of learning. To find out more, go to:- www.dimensionscurriculum.co.uk

Key Stage 1 Phonics

 

Our reading resources are taken from a variety of published schemes, colour banded to aid progression in reading skills. Teaching in phonics follows the Letters and Sounds programme.

For a detailed outline of the Letters and Sounds programme please click here 

Internet Safety

 

Throughout the year all of the children learn about how to keep safe on line. We have had some assemblies and class discussions on staying SMART on the internet. Some parents have attended our e-safety workshops led by our local Police Community Support Officers. To view some helpful information please click on the links below.

 

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https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

 

 

Curriculum Themes Overview

Our Class Curriculum Overviews

Subject Overviews