At St. Benet’s RC Primary School we will ensure that our children are happy, stimulated and challenged so that they can make progress across the curriculum and achieve the highest standards possible. As a Catholic school, the precepts of Catholic education remain at our core. This includes the pursuit of excellence and preparing our children as world citizens of the 21st Century. Children will be taught by teachers with high expectations who will plan a curriculum that is interesting, relevant, extends their understanding of the subject and ensures high quality work and outcomes.
As children progress through the school they will develop high expectations of themselves in terms of their learning and behaviour; they will be encouraged to be independent learners who can also work cooperatively with others. They will develop support skills and nurturing skills towards their peers and younger pupils and also organisational skills to support their learning.
Our Curriculum Intent focuses on these three learning areas:
Intention 1: Develop our learner’s learning (what we learn)
To develop the appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, so that children can flourish, reach and exceed their potential academically, physically and artistically.
Intention 2: Develop the independent nature of our learners (how we learn)
To develop the independence in our learners which will prepare them for the everyday challenges of life in the modern world and will promote self-motivated and confident learners.
Intention 3: Develop the moral compass of our learners (Our place in the community and wider world: who we are)
To understand spirituality in themselves and others, develop social skills and understand society, build a firm set of personal morality, and to engage in the culture they live in and understand the cultures of others.
Our curriculum will focus on our local heritage; preparing our children to become educated citizens with the knowledge and understanding of our world from a local, national and global perspective. As part of this Statement of Intent we have outlined below examples of how the school will enrich the curriculum in order to give all pupils the opportunity to excel and to ensure that they are stimulated by their learning and motivated to learn more.
During the eight/seven years at St. Benet’’s RC Catholic Primary School each child can expect to experience the following:
- Regular opportunities to share his/her achievements in assemblies and other whole school events
- Regular opportunities to contribute towards his/her learning and be involved in decision-making that effects the whole school either through School Council, Mini Police, E-Cadets, Mini Vinnies etc, and through regular pupil perception surveys etc.
- Opportunities to represent the school through liturgical celebrations, sporting events and musical/dramatic performances
- A wide range of clubs and extra-curricular activities both after school and
- The opportunity to grow closer to God through the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation
- Regular opportunities to partake in charitable events, considering the rights of everyone
- The opportunity to play a musical instrument
- The opportunity to join a choir – Year 5/6
- Regular opportunities to work with the local community
- The opportunity to be a buddy, where older pupils support younger pupils
- Forest School Learning in our local environment
- On-going opportunities to support a positive well-being
Visits and Visitors
During the eight/seven years at St. Benet’’s RC Catholic Primary School each child can expect to experience the following visits and visitors to the school, which will provide career development opportunities.
- Visits to local attractions that enhance the children’s awareness of our heritage including trips to Beamish, Durham Cathedral, Gibside, The Seaside, local museums etc – at least one per term
- Visits to places of interest further afield that enhance the children’s historical and geographical knowledge including The Jorvik Viking Centre, York, Holy Island, The Lake District
- Visits to London, our capital city, to widen our children’s multi-cultural experience
- Residential visits starting in Year 4
We have provided Curriculum Subject Overviews on our website.
School Year 2019-2020
- Religious Education Overview 2018-19
- PE Curriculum Map 2018-2019
- DT and Art Curriculum Map 2018-2019
- Geography Curriculum Map 2018-2019
- History Curriculum Map 2018-2019
- Music Curriculum Map 2018-2019
- Science Curriculum Map 2018-2019
Assessment at St Benet’s
At St Benet’s, children carry out a piece of assessment in Reading, Writing, Maths and Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation each term. The children also complete a piece of assessment in RE each term and a Science assessment at the end of each topic. Test scores, as well as the work in books, are used to collate the overall child’s performance that term in each subject. In termly reports, children are reported as:
- Working below the age related expectations
- On track to meet the age related expectations
- Working above the age related expectations
Children in Years 2 and Year 6 who complete SATS at the end of their Key Stage One (Year 2) or Key Stage Two (Year 6) phase, shall also be given a scaled score and an indication if they have achieved the expected standard or not met the expected standard as well as an indication of whether they are working at a greater depth standard/ high score (working above age related expectations).
Schools have been asked to explain how they promote British Values in all that we do. Find out how St Benet’s RCVA Primary School is promoting British Values.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Children with special educational needs and/or a disability have access to the curriculum links appropriate to their year group. Based on their need and any Statement of Special Educational Needs/ Education Health Care plan which may apply, some children will access the curriculum at a lower level. Maths and English subjects are tailored to the child’s ability. Here at St Benet’s we will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. In some classes, eg: Reception and Year 6, Maths and English lessons are taught in ability groups as extra teaching provision is available. This enables those children who require additional support to access the curriculum at their ability level and reinforce the basic skills that they need to be able to progress further. Moreover, those children who are performing above their age-related expectations also have the opportunity to thrive in Maths and English as they are challenged to achieve better than the expected standard.
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
- Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- To work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
- To promote self-worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
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