St John Bosco Catholic Primary School
St John Bosco Curriculum Statement — Intent, Implementation and Impact
What are the key aims and values underpinning our curriculum?
At St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, we believe in providing all children with the very best teaching and learning experience so that our school’s mission statement ’Enjoy, Embrace, Excel’ becomes a reality. Underpinned by our Gospel values, we aim to provide a curriculum that engages, enriches and excites our children as learners, whilst also developing their confidence, curiosity, wellbeing and resilience. We pride ourselves on having happy children who love learning through a variety of mediums and who are prepared to ‘Have a go’ at all of the opportunities presented to them.
What principles underpin the delivery of our curriculum?
We firmly believe that our ability to provide our children with a broad, balanced and knowledge rich curriculum, delivered using a topic/thematic approach were real links between subjects are valued, engages and excites all children and provides opportunities for deeper learning so that they they can achieve their full potential and become future citizens we can be proud of. Our curriculum fulfils all of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and much more. We aim to deliver a connected curriculum which ensures that children make progress throughout their learning journey, making links between areas of learning and ultimately between themselves and the world around them. We ensure that we explore concepts deeply and make every effort to give children the language and vocabulary to engage with learning, within the classroom and beyond. We enrich the curriculum with first-hand experiences such as trips, visits or speakers with the intention of providing knowledge and skills, as well as building aspirations for future life.
How does our curriculum develop the ‘Whole Child’?
As a school we acknowledge the importance of academic achievements and we want every child to achieve the very best that they are capable of. However, we place importance on the development of the ‘whole child’ and we want to ensure that our children grow as individuals and value their place in our community and in our rapidly changing world.
We promote British Values in all aspects of school life, (Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance). We also ensure that the children are aware of their rights and we promote fairness, empathy and understanding. Through our R.E. curriculum (Come and See), children learn about other faiths and how their own faith relates to the world we live in.
Our statutory curriculum is supported by a wide range of extra-curricular activities which include sport, music, dance, archery and Lego. Extra-curricular activities and providing children with opportunities to develop relationships and skills beyond our statutory curriculum is something we are incredibly passionate about and which we have built a strong reputation for. To celebrate this, our children also take part in ‘Children’s University’ which rewards children for developing a ‘Have A Go’ attitude to activities by giving them the opportunity to graduate in Year 2 and Year 6.
Within our curriculum and throughout everything we do, we promote Christian values. Our school is a place where children and adults alike are respected and treated fairly. Each person is uniquely valued and their gifts and potential are nurtured and developed; each member of the school knows that we belong to one ’family’ and all members accept the responsibility of caring for each other and for God’s world. Our children know that Christ is at the centre of our school community; a happy place where we live, love and learn.
In planning our curriculum, we take into account current research into the knowledge based curriculum and cognitive learning. We have identified ‘Essential Knowledge’ throughout all of our subjects which aims to inspire pupils and promote excellent outcomes for all. This curriculum content has been carefully chosen and is organised in a coherent way, ensuring children can build on their knowledge from year to year. In this way, the knowledge in the curriculum is cumulative, constructing firm foundations from which children can progress and develop deeper conceptual understanding and subject-specific skills over time.
In Reception, the curriculum meets the requirements of the statutory framework (EYFS) and follows the guidance from Development Matters (2021) (2021). Our KS1 & 2 curriculum is built on the National Curriculum Programmes of study for each subject area. The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens.
A topic/thematic based curriculum approach has been implemented at the school to ensure coverage and progression in and across a number of curriculum areas. This approach enables learning which fosters each child’s curiosity and interest throughout each topic and also enables the achievement of depth in knowledge and skills. Opportunities for child voice and evidence of initial understanding are planned at the beginning of each new topic and this is used to inform the learning for each topic to ensure relevance. The curriculum also provides children with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.
The children’s own community, its heritage and traditions are frequently used as a starting point for engaging interest and developing cultural capital. Themes linked to the City of Liverpool, the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, Aintree Racecourse and the Grand National, local fundraising initiatives and many others have enabled children to engage with the local community and enrich their learning experiences.
We have three main intentions when it comes to measuring the impact of our curriculum.
Intention 1: To develop our learner’s learning
We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment in core and foundation subjects is in line with or exceeding their age related expectations when we consider the varied starting points of children. We measure this carefully using a range of materials which is supported by what children have learned and what learning they have retained. We intend that the impact is that children will be academically and physically prepared for the next phase of their education and that they develop learning behaviours so they don’t give up, are highly motivated to succeed and achieve and are equipped with all the personal skills to do this.
Intention 2: To develop the character and spirituality of our learners in line with our Christian Values
The impact will be that our learners will have fully rounded characters with a clear understanding of complex values like equality, friendship, trust and many others. Only by really learning what these mean will our learners be able to develop a character that prepares them for living in the community demonstrating tolerance and equality. We measure this not just by the work our children produce, but in the behaviours we see each and every day in all learners on the playground, in the corridor, and in the many roles we give them. The impact of this intention is seen in the daily interaction of all members of our school community
Intention 3: To develop the moral compass of our learners
Our learners will be motivated by a strong personal sense of morality. They will make decisions for the right reasons and in the best interests of their community. They will be able to decide what is right and what is wrong, and will be resilient to the influence of others. They will go out into the world and make a difference in their own life and to others. Our learners will be the owners of their own destinies.
As a school we firmly believe that the role we have in our children’s lives follows the message from the Gospel according to John (John 10:10)
"I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full".