Our Curriculum Design
Our mission statement strapline: ‘Learning and growing together in Christ’ underpins everything we do at St Hilda’s.
The Seed of Faith
Through faith we are ‘Learning and growing together in Christ’ so that we will become inquisitive, independent, resilient citizens and have the compassion, curiosity and courage to flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness, in the modern world.
Our vision is rooted in scripture:
“Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
Matthew 13 v32
Like the mustard seed, our children have the raw potential to achieve well and we want them to achieve their full potential. We aim to provide a literacy-rich, questioning curriculum that is broad and balanced and meets the needs of all the children in our community.
Curiosity, Knowledge, Skills, Independence, Enrichment
The curriculum is all the planned activities that we, as a school organise, in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes, not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.
We aim to:
Develop curiosity by providing a literacy-rich, questioning curriculum that engages and challenges all children
Deepen knowledge and develop skills, ensuring effective progression in all subjects across all year groups
Support and nurture so that all children can access the curriculum fully. We enable children to be independent thinkers and learners who are confident, responsible and resilient
Provide children with well-planned, ‘wow’ moments, memorable experiences and experiential learning, and offer children access to a range of quality resources, activities, visitors and specialists to enrich their learning journey and broaden horizons.
Our Christian Values flow from our vision and we explore these alongside developing our children’s understanding of fundamental British values:
‘Creativity, Thankfulness, Perseverance, Love, Hope, Service, rooted firmly in Faith.’
At St Hilda’s we implement an engaging and exacting curriculum that meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum is well-planned and provides literacy-rich, cross-curricular opportunities.
The children study five topics across the year in our linked learning curriculum that focus on Science, Geography, History, Art and DT. Teachers start each topic with a question, to pique the children’s interest and develop their curiosity. We build in experiences our children may not otherwise have the chance to access and teachers plan a ‘wow moment’, (trip, visit, visitor, experience) to engage the children; provide first-hand experiences and make learning meaningful. The children then develop their knowledge and skills and ‘show case’ what they have learnt to someone else. Children can select from a range of homework activities related to the topic.
Teachers check children’s prior knowledge at the start of all linked learning topics and add these to the Linked Learning floor books. Knowledge organisers are shared with parents and are shared with pupils in lessons. This is to develop curiosity, encourage discussion, develop vocabulary and deepen knowledge. Lessons are well-planned to develop and increase children’s knowledge, building on prior experiences and making meaningful connections in their learning. Children then apply knowledge to skills.
Teachers use carefully selected, high-quality texts to deliver elements of the English curriculum.
Teachers ensure that there are opportunities planned for children to further develop their literacy skills, including regular cross-curricular writing, ensuring that standards are consistent across the curriculum.
There is a clear focus on phonics for our younger pupils and effective support is in place for any older children who may need additional help: these may be SEND, EAL or children who are new arrivals to the country.
Children are immersed in, and exposed to, a diet of high-level, subject-specific vocabulary in both discrete vocabulary lessons and across the curriculum. This both aids understanding and extends their breadth of language.
Our children have the opportunity to learn a common language and culture through our MFL curriculum.
Our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all faiths and cultures. We value the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth. We organise our curriculum so that we promote cooperation and understanding between all members of our community and develop fundamental British values, supporting pupils to debate and disagree well.
All of our staff have had training in trauma-sensitive approaches in order to develop self-regulation and resilience to enable our children to access learning effectively.
We never stand still. Our curriculum is continually shaped, refined and developed to meet our children’s interests and needs.
Our curriculum ensures that children are knowledgeable and skilled, make excellent progress and achieve their full potential at each stage of their education. Through our curriculum offer, our children are inquisitive, independent, resilient citizens who are articulate and prepared for the next stage of their education.