St Kentigern's

R.C Primary School

 

Curriculum Intent

At St. Kentigern’s, we promote the holistic development of each child and provide the best education within a supportive, Catholic environment.  We nurture each person in our school community to allow them to grow socially and emotionally,

secure in the knowledge that they are loved by God and respected by all who share our school life. We strive to ensure each child attains the highest academic achievements.  St. Kentigern’s curriculum is designed to offer stimulating and broad

opportunities, enhanced with a wide variety of extra-curricular learning. Opportunities are offered to our children to understand our faith, to worship in the Catholic tradition, and to discover and develop a personal faith that respects people of

other faiths and none. Tolerance and respect are the cornerstones of school life.

Children at St. Kentigern's will be provided with rich, cultural experiences through a stimulating, creative and varied curriculum. We have a high focus on developing children’s spiritual, moral, social, emotional, and cultural understanding.  Children

at St. Kentigern’s are taught to be stewards of creation. Bishop John’s words echo our ethos. “We are all part of one rich tapestry and we are responsible for it. We are stewards of God’s gift to us, our planet Earth, and everything that belongs to that planet.”

At St. Kentigern’s we take a holistic approach, building self-esteem, resilience, and independence. We strive to ensure that the curriculum is accessible for all pupils, regardless of disability or SEND. Children will develop transferable skills to enable

them to become aspirational, articulate, and confident individuals, knowing their worth within society. Our children leave us with the knowledge and skills to take their place in the modern world and with an enthusiasm for learning.

 

Implementation

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and supplemented in more depth by themes and topics which we believe are relevant to our pupils: 

Democracy and the Rule of Law, the key to enabling children to understand their place in society and how every person can impact in a positive or negative way;

The Environment and Climate Change, a challenge they need to understand and face as they grow into adults, and how we can all make positive changes to the way we live; 

Love of and interaction with nature.  We believe that this can help to alleviate the stress of modern life.  We do this through half-termly school trips, residential visits, and an experience-rich curriculum.   We have a close partnership with Dunham

Massey and regular visits there by Reception and Key Stage 1 classes are a delight for children and teachers alike. 

Opportunities to develop speech drive our Early Years Curriculum.  Talk is central to our pedagogy across Early Years and beyond.  Exposure to books and reading is addressed by daily sharing of rich texts, prompting discussion and development of

vocabulary and thought.  We are committed to ensuring that children acquire knowledge and develop skills to enable them to meet and exceed national expectations.   The Senior Leadership Team actively reviews a very organic curriculum

provision that responds to the needs of the children at any specific time. Essential to the implementation of all subjects is accessibility regardless of any disability or SEND.  To ensure this accessibility, planning is adapted, areas of study are devised

to engage all learners and high-quality resources are provided for learning both inside and outside of the classroom.  School trips are researched and risk assessed to ensure that all children have the opportunity to maximise their learning.

 

Impact

Our pupils over the years grow in the knowledge that they are valued and their needs are important to those who lead the school.  Because of the high level of nurture, children are able to achieve well across the curriculum as they feel secure and

supported in their learning.   At the upper end of the school, pupils debate and consider ethical questions with maturity and understanding.  Success at the end of Key Stage 2 gives children confidence as they move on to high school in their ability to

face challenges with resilience and determination.