At St. George’s, we follow the National Curriculum, which we have adapted to address our children as individuals; celebrating diversity and culture, alongside bringing our school community together through mutual respect and British Values. We aim to unlock the potential which lies within each and every child, preparing them to be happy, successful and responsible citizens in the future.
Our intention is that our curriculum gives children a love for learning, raises their aspirations for themselves and opens their eyes to a world beyond their immediate environment. We want our children to feel equipped with skills they need to progress onto their next stage of learning, and ultimately enables them to live happy, healthy and successful lives.
At St George’s, we recognise children as individuals on their own learning journey. Our curriculum is designed to celebrate all heritages and cultures, as well as taking children on a voyage of discovery through topics such as Ancient Greece, Safari, Optical Illusions and Extreme Earth, to name a few.
Whilst following the National Curriculum to ensure coverage and progression of key skills in all subject areas, we enrich children’s experiences through trips and school visitors, as well as Year 4 and Year 6 enjoying residential trips. Themed days such as RE days, E-Safety Day, St George’s Day and weeks such as British Science week, International Week and Keeping Healthy week, all contribute to children’s immersive experiences in our broad curriculum.
Our families play key roles in their children’s education and we are grateful to those who actively participate in helping their children progress. We hold workshops for parents and carers throughout the year to further tighten that link between school and home. We show parents how we teach Phonics, Maths and Science at school so this can be supported at home too, as well as workshops informing families of the importance of staying safe online and healthy living.
Our curriculum is focused on the development of key skills across all subjects and preparing children for their next stage of learning. In Maths, we follow a mastery approach where all children are taught to their year group and support and challenge is given where necessary. Reading has a high profile at our school and we use a whole class reading approach. We have a huge focus on vocabulary as we believe this is the key to understanding the curriculum. STAR words are taught each day in reading sessions and always taught at the beginning of new topics in each subject. We use Read, Write, Inc as our Phonics scheme from Reception to Year 2, and beyond for those children who still need it. RE is a core subject at our school and we teach through AT1 – Learning about religion and AT2 – Learning from religion; we believe this approach develops children’s philosophical and reflective minds. We aim to build resilient learners with a positive mind-set and our curriculum is continuously under review by Subject Leaders and Senior Leadership through monitoring and keeping up to date with training and continued professional development.
In their first year in school our Reception children follow the Early Years Curriculum and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through a combination of both play-based learning and more focused teacher-led sessions. Pupils learn to share, work independently and play with others. As children progress through the school, each subject’s curriculum is taught and assessed so that gaps can be identified early on before the next academic year. Children with Special Educational Needs are well-supported in school with regular interventions and excellent communication between families, teachers and the SENCO.
At St George’s, we have a commitment to educating our children about the difference between right and wrong. Our curriculum teaches the impact that discrimination and prejudice has on people and how to be a part of a fair and democratic society. We teach children to stand up for what is right and how to make their voices heard in a productive and considerate way.
We believe our curriculum prepares children for a life-long love of learning and gives all of our pupils the confidence to believe in themselves and know their worth. We aim to provide our children with skills they need to unlock their potential and the cultural capital they need to succeed in life.