Our curriculum is underpinned by the Come and See Religious Education Programme and National Curriculum (2014), we enhance this with planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum. All of our classes from Y1 to Y6 teach the 2014 National Curriculum. Learning is always exciting and in a meaningful context for children. Where commonality exists between subjects, learning is linked and lessons taught using a cross-curricular approach. Where this is not achievable, subjects are taught discretely. The rehearsal and application of basic skills learned in the core curriculum is a driver for the entire curriculum.
We place a strong emphasis on the development of the basic skills necessary to be confident independent learners and successful adults. Children rapidly begin to read in our Reception class by following a phonics programme called 'Letters and Sounds' which is taught systematically and daily. The ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme is continued into Key Stage 1. All children engage in a weekly guided reading sessions where they develop their reading and comprehension skills in addition to developing a command of all aspects of the English language. We use a variety of reading schemes which are book banded. Children are regularly assessed to ensure that they are reading within the correct book band.
At St Basil’s Catholic Primary School, children develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect and understanding of people who have different characteristics to themselves, whether that is: age, disability, gender, race or sexuality. Our Gospel values are explored within weekly worship, referenced in RE (Come and See), PSHE, Philosophy for Children and across all subjects so that they are embedded within the curriculum and lived out by every member of the school community. We ensure that our pupils develop into well rounded, empathetic young people who have a thirst for learning and respect for all around them.
At St Basil’s, the children benefit from weekly a French lesson from specialist teacher,. In Years 3, 4 and 5 pupils have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and take part in an orchestra. In addition pupils have the opportunity to work with specialist art, dance and PE specialist teachers. In Years 3 to 6 pupils have the opportunity to attend residential trips. Where ever possible we enrich the curriculum with visits and visitors, many of which can be found on our news page.
Through the learning challenge curriculum we integrate learning from both the arts and humanities, a strong emphasis is placed upon extended writing and the application of learning from across the curriculum. Each half term planning is sent to parents so that they can support their child’s learning.