Our school curriculum is bespoke and designed to provide ‘Excellence, Enrichment and Enjoyment’ for each pupil in each subject area. We want every pupil to achieve well academically so that they have the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become literate, numerate and problem solvers.
Every child is unique and made in the image of God. Therefore, we value each pupil’s individuality and it is our mission to help each one of them reach their full potential through the pursuit of excellence in everything we do for them and in everything we teach them. Our curriculum is designed to be exciting, engaging and challenging, enriched with opportunities to develop each child’s God-given talents, build their character and improve their cultural capital.
Our school curriculum is designed to meet the full requirements on the national curriculum but goes beyond this so that the content is pertinent to their lives and our local context. We will take every available opportunity to improve their cultural capital, develop strong communication and language skills and instil British values and the Catholic virtues of friendship, responsibility, respect, honesty, forgiveness, self-respect, justice, compassion, patience, generosity, empathy and tolerance.
The foundation subjects are planned, taught and assessed to the same excellent standards as the core subjects in recognition that the arts, humanities, languages and sports are important for human flourishing and the development of cultural capital.
Progression Maps for each subject identify the knowledge, skills, understanding and vocabulary that pupils are expected to master each year in each subject. They also identify opportunities to develop cultural capital in each subject area. Teachers use these maps to weave together a cohesive curriculum for their year group that makes cross-curricular links around a theme when possible but recognises that some knowledge, skills and understandings should be taught discreetly.
Children should be happy and learning should be enjoyable! Our curriculum is designed to engage, excite and challenge our pupils so that they are comfortable to take risks with their learning in a safe environment. They will have opportunities to follow their own lines of enquiry and learn new knowledge from expert teachers.
Having a close relationship with God enriches our lives so Catholic Social Teaching and Gospel Values permeate all areas our school curriculum. Our Catholic values and virtues are a golden thread throughout our curriculum and inform our teachings on British Values and shape our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
At Saint Michael’s, we want each pupil to flourish, so our curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for each pupil to develop their interests and God-given talents. Our curriculum should inspire a love for learning and pupils should be good communicators, have a positive, growth mindset and have reached their full academic potential. They will have formed a strong moral code, informed by Catholic teachings and have a strong faith to support themselves. They will have the confidence to continue to the next stage of their education and continue to succeed academically, socially and emotionally.
Our catholic ethos, religious education and wider school curriculum is designed to instil:
the fundamental British Values of: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
This essential personal development, which helps our pupils aspire to be virtuous, kind, compassionate citizens of the world.
Cultural capital, which compromises the essential knowledge that children need to be educated citizens and prepare them for their future success. We aim to introduce our pupils to ‘the best that has been thought and said
These fundamental values and opportunities are promoted in all we do and say but some specific curriculum opportunities for explicit teaching of these values are detailed below.