‘Before you start teaching your curriculum again, make sure your pupils are emotionally settled and feel secure at school.’ Department for Education Guidance for full opening of schools 2nd July 2020
Barry Carpenter (Professor of Mental Health in Education, at Oxford Brookes University) has identified 5 losses that the children may have experienced due to the national lockdown: ‘Those five losses, of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom, can trigger the emergence emotionally of anxiety, trauma and bereavement in any child. The overall impact cannot be underestimated. It will cause a rapid erosion of the mental health state in our children.’
Professor Carpenter goes on to recommend that a Recovery Curriculum is built on 5 Levers, as a systematic, relationships-based approach to reigniting the flame of learning in each child. ‘The Recovery Curriculum is an essential construct for our thinking and our planning. Each school must fill it with the content they believe is best for the children of their school community, informed by your inherent understanding of your children in your community.’
Curriculum Statement St. Mary’s R.C. Primary School
At St. Mary’s we have designed our curriculum with pupils’ learning at the centre with the aim of ensuring that it prepares our children for the ever-changing world that they will grow into. It provides enriching experiences to develop and foster a love of learning for all our children. We want our pupils to be active learners, become creative and critical thinkers.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced and designed with our pupils in mind, to meet their needs and build on their interests. It meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. (2014)
At St. Mary’s RC Primary School, catholic social teaching is the foundation that guides all our work and approach to relationships with others. Our Mission Statement
‘To learn and grow together in Christ’ underpins our curriculum and all we do at St. Mary’s.
Physical and mental well-being are prioritised within our curriculum allowing pupils to exhibit spiritual, social and cultural understanding, and recognising the valuable contribution and positive impact of sport and the arts.
Aims of our Curriculum
For all pupils to:
- Become fluent and confident readers and to develop an appreciation and love of Reading whilst gaining knowledge across the curriculum.
- Use excellent basic skills across the curriculum including Reading, writing and mathematics.
- Develop a sense of morality, respect and community.
- Be excited by the curriculum and want to learn.
- Retain and build on key knowledge in all curriculum areas.
- Become independent, resilient and divergent learners so they are prepared for the wider world.
- Be challenged and make progress across all areas of the curriculum
- Have a broad and lasting knowledge of subject specific vocabulary.
- Have a wide range of life experiences that enhance their learning.
The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of pupils can be met within the environment of high quality teaching. The delivery of the curriculum takes place within school, outside in our extensive school grounds or at external locations. Opportunities are sought within the curriculum to encourage strong community links.
The curriculum is designed in a blocked approach to ensure coverage and progression. The objectives are planned in a weekly format in response to the pupils needs incorporating a variety of differing approaches to teaching and learning.
Feedback is provided to support and challenge learners as appropriate.
Our curriculum delivery in sports is enhanced by specialist coaches that deliver high quality provision for all pupils.
We are committed to the broadest educational offering, and that means looking beyond the National Curriculum and enables the development of the whole pupil, whatever their ability. A successful enrichment programme is offered through school trips, visiting specialists and themed days and weeks.
In Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published in March 2014 by the DfES. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum.
These areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design