Curriculum Overview

The vehicle by which the National Curriculum objectives are taught can vary year on year to meet the developmental needs and interests of the children in each class. This also allows teachers to set timescales to ensure progression in key concepts and a depth of knowledge and understanding.

A culture of shared planning and professional dialogue supports teachers to set high challenge for pupils in an engaging and meaningful way. (Wow)

The vocabulary for each theme is displayed in shared areas and classrooms and will be explicit in teacher planning and through high quality texts. Outcomes for children will be routed in planning which provides quality opportunities for the application, and therefore depth, of what they have learned to enable them to teach others around school (Kapow).

The principles of P4C will encourage a high level of depth in questioning. Outdoor Education also supplements the curriculum offer by developing the concepts of teamwork, resilience, problem solving, confidence and self esteem.

The curriculum for English in year 2 and above is based on the principals of our English Mastery planning which is based around key texts. In foundation stage and year 1 the emphasis is on early reading, where we use the ‘Thrass’ approach to teaching phonics alongside letters and sounds.

Our Mathematics scheme enables the large majority of pupils to progress through the mathematical curriculum content at the same pace. Differentiation at Holy Family means deep knowledge for those pupils who grasp concepts rapidly and individual support through pre-teaching and impact work for those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier content. These pupils consolidate their understanding through additional practice and mathematics meetings daily. Teaching is underpinned by the design of the mastery scheme, hand in hand with a professional development toolkit which provides a lesson-by-lesson guide to the conceptual and procedural knowledge, tips for classroom practice, and guidance for teachers to improve learning.

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