The Curriculum at English Martyrs'
English Martyrs' Catholic Primary School Statement of Intent
At English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School, we strive to be a caring, sharing and friendly school by treating every stakeholder as equals regardless of creed, background or social standing.
Within our curriculum, we ensure all children are prepared for life, with the skills they need to achieve, aspire and accomplish; meeting every child’s potential and their needs. At English Martyrs’ this includes meeting the needs of a very mixed community representing a broad range of socio-economic circumstances: a significant proportion of children with high needs and are disadvantaged; children living in high social deprivation, asylum seekers, vulnerable children and families who seek security and safety in our school family.
Our Intent is to meet these needs by...
…having Christ at the centre of the English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School family and all that we do.
…establishing close links between home, school and parish to provide the best for all the children.
…treating every individual child as a unique and valued member of God’s family, so that respect for each other is centred on the Gospel values of justice, tolerance, peace and forgiveness.
…developing the talents of all pupils and prepare them for the changes, responsibilities and challenges of life.
…providing a curriculum that is rich and broad, with high expectations and a culture of challenge for all, including a broad curriculum offer for Blended Learning.
…nurturing a sense of belonging by developing our responsibilities as citizens in the local, national and global community.
…by giving children opportunities to develop understanding and tolerance of all faiths, creeds and cultures including their own.
…by developing positive links between all stakeholders including the wider community.
…by working with parents in their role as first educators.
With Implementation by…
…by providing appropriate cultural capital so that no one is left behind
…planning and delivering a bespoke, exciting and enriching curriculum including extra-curricular activities ensuring there is provision of a rich variety of learning opportunities.
…planning and delivering a bespoke, exciting and enriching curriculum including Blended Learning opportunities.
…providing work for the individual child with appropriate challenge and differentiation to meet their own needs.
…using assessment, marking and feedback to inform, develop and enhance future teaching and learning so that each and every child can reach their full potential.
…providing professional development opportunities for all staff to develop.
…having challenge and high expectations in all we do.
As an Impact of this we see…
…forward thinking and outward looking individuals.
…resilient, confident children who take sensible risks knowing they are capable and safe to do so.
…well-behaved, polite and well-mannered children and stakeholders.
…a culture of innovation, can-do and will-do in all aspects of school life, from all stakeholders.
…no child left behind through the Covid 19 Pandemic as a result of isolation
…learning without barriers.
English Martyrs’ offers a broad and balanced curriculum which is in keeping with the National Curriculum and the Catholic nature of the school. Subjects are taught according to the National Curriculum programmes of study and Key Knowledge. Work is organised on a cross-curricular and thematic basis in all Key Stages in our school, from Nursery and Reception through to Year 6.
As part of our Curriculum Offer, we develop the whole child, providing enhancement opportunities alongside the academic curriculum. We ensure no child misses out for any reason, therefore we provide all our children with Cultural Capital and Personal Development experiences.
In developing the whole child and supporting the foundations of positive learning through positive learning behaviours, we deliver weekly Yoga sessions for every child, Nursery - Year 6, ensuring they have the reflective, self-regulation, tolerance and positive mindset to learn for life.
As a Catholic School, we promote and teach the doctrine and philosophy of the Catholic Church. This will include participating in class/whole school Prayer & Liturgy each day and also attending school Masses and Liturgies.
We follow the `The Way, The Truth and The Life’, 'Caritas in Action' and 'Come and See' schemes of work which strive to ensure that the Christian values show themselves not only in the R.E. lessons but at all times.
Parents who wish their children to be prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation follow a programme prepared by the parish.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from Prayer & Liturgy and Human Relationships and Sex Education (HRSE).
Human Relationships and Sex Education is integrated into the curriculum in such a way as to meet the needs of the children as they grow and develop. If children are to develop an appropriate attitude towards sex, sex education needs to be integrated into the rest of their learning. Our teachers are prepared and ready to answer specific questions which will arise from their work. Parents views will also be taken into account where possible if such a situation occurs. Separate lessons for sex education will not be the norm.
The National Curriculum
All pupils follow lessons in:
Design and Technology
Art and Design
Foreign Languages ~ Mandarin