St. Cecilia’s Junior School Curriculum
At St Cecilia’s Junior School we believe that all children are precious and we strive to ensure every child has a truly positive experience whilst at this school. We believe that our curriculum must be shaped around the needs of each child, be broad in its nature and be devised to equip the children to strive forward and make a difference to the world. We want our children to be inquisitive and to come to school with a hunger for learning. We deliver a learning challenge curriculum, this is not simply a list of specific topics to cover, but it is a way of planning and delivering lessons which capture the interests of the children and make the learning relevant to them, whilst also meeting the National Curriculum requirements.
The purpose of our curriculum is to equip pupils with a set of relevant personal, learning and thinking skills needed for success in both learning and life.
We want to encourage:
Our curriculum requires teachers to actively think about what their lessons need to inspire the children to be avid learners, thus leading to high standards in all areas. Our inquisitive curriculum approach allows teachers to focus on the best way to present their lessons rather than solely upon what they need to teach. We strive for high standards across the entire curriculum so that the children are superbly prepared for the next steps in life. We provide the best experience for the every child fostering and nurturing curiosity and talents through our broad and balanced curriculum.
We have used a topic-based approach to the curriculum for many years; this involves linking some subject areas through a common topic or project, designed to ensure the children are interested in purposeful learning, allowing the children to take more ownership of their learning and to develop independence and confidence. The challenge for our many able and gifted children is ideally facilitated by this approach and it also provides an excellent platform as we do our utmost to ensure our SEND and Pupil Premium children are also given every chance to achieve.
Woven into our curriculum there are many themed days, trips, visitors, projects and topics taking place in each year group.
At St. Cecilia’s Junior School we believe that the curriculum should be alive! The children must have a voice to say what they enjoy most and what they need to learn. Here’s to a rigorous, lively and enjoyable curriculum that is fun to learn and great to teach!
The Learning Challenge Curriculum – A New Approach to Topic Work
At St. Cecilia’s Catholic Junior School we have worked with education consultants Focus Education to introduce the ‘Learning Challenge Curriculum’. This brings the curriculum alive by promoting enquiry-based learning through a skills-based curriculum.
The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work resulting in a meaningful curriculum which promotes high standards. (Focus Education)
The key drivers of this approach are that it is:
Planned around the distinctive needs of children at St. Cecilia’s
The aims of our Learning Challenge Curriculum are for children to:
The Learning Challenge Curriculum is a skills and subject led approach to teaching and learning, in which we aim to teach skills thoroughly; allowing the children to experience an in-depth curriculum; especially as we monitor standards in each subject very carefully. Each half term, we have a foundation subject being the main area of focus in our Theme lessons and every week we aim to produce a piece of writing linked to our learning; this then helps us improve our crucial literacy skills.
We continue to teach RE, English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology, Spanish, Computing and PE separately, although we do link where possible.