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Learning Challenge Curriculum

Our Curriculum – Aims and Principles

At St. Cecilia’s Catholic Junior School we want a meaningful curriculum, which prepares our pupils to be citizens of modern Britain. We aim to do this by allowing our children to be independent learners with greater involvement in their work, were they can reach their full potential.

Our curriculum has to take into account the principles that:


·It is broad and balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills.


·It is relevant – filled with rich first-hand purposeful experiences, which is flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests.


·It shows differentiation – what we teach, and how it is taught, must be matched to each child’s ability.

We teach the National Curriculum, comprising the core subjects of: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science and Computing, along with the foundation subjects: History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.


Click on the links below to view the long term curriculum overviews for each year group.



Year 3 Curriculum Overview

Year 4 curriculum overview

Year 5 Curriculum overview

Year 6 Curriculum Overview

Year 5 Spring 2

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

  • Enquiry-based to promote curiosity
  • Outcomes driven to raise standards
  • Embeds the application of basic skills
  • Allows writing to be meaningfully embedded
  • Cross-curricular (where meaningful)
  • Integrates empowering learning (‘learn to learn’) skills
  • Underpinned by latest thinking about quality learning and brain-based learning

The aims of our Learning Challenge Curriculum are for children to:

  • To teach children an awareness of their own spiritual development.
  • Enjoy learning
  • Feel successful in their learning and to promote high self esteem
  • Become creative, independent learners
  • Be given significant time to learn new skills and have time to practise those skills
  • Have the flexibility to decide how best to learn in different situations
  • Have the flexibility to decide what they are going to learn and how
  • Be given the opportunity to decide upon the final outcome of their learning
  • Be able to set own targets for learning
  • Know what their strengths are and which areas they need to develop
  • Become successful lifelong learners who are able to reach their full potential
  • Be able to evaluate and assess their own learning
  • To approach and value the contribution made by all ethnic groups in our multi-cultural society.

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.