At St. Vincent’s Catholic Primary School we study Religious Education, the National Curriculum and age appropriate Relationships Education. Through these subjects we deliver our vision:
- At St. Vincent’s we will endeavour to educate children through the teachings of Christ, to develop their academic potential to the full and nurture their individual needs within an outstanding school.
- The Catholic St. Vincent’s family will work together to develop academic, moral, social and spiritual growth for all within the local, national and global community (giving and receiving).
- We will do this by promoting an ethos of care, support, responsibility and awareness of self and others within a safe, healthy and friendly environment in which we can all inspire and be inspired.
Information about the curriculum for each Year Group can also be found on the relevant Year Group pages. Each Year Group has an age appropriate Learning Journey for Religious Education, Reading , Writing and Mathematics detailing the relevant National Curriculum objectives to be achieved by the end of the year. A termly Information Sheet provides more detail such as the National Curriculum objectives and links to the Creative Curriculum. Please speak to the classteacher if you would like more information.
Religious Education is the core of our curriculum and we use the Come and See Scheme of Work, which we supplement as appropriate.
Our Religious Education curriculum includes the teaching at least other religions per year. Learning about the religion and cultures of those who do not share the Catholic faith is one of the ways in which Catholic schools embody the call to love one’s neighbour. As the Church says, “The love for all men and women is necessarily also a love for their culture. Catholic schools are, by their very vocation, intercultural.” (Congregation for Catholic Education p61).
For English, we use the Literacy Tree Scheme of Work, which we supplement as appropriate.
Our School reading Scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, which uses well-loved characters, a varied choice of writing styles and genres and a rigorous and systematic introduction of phonics to enable children to make progress in their reading learning journeys. In addition to this, children are encouraged to develop an avid interest in all types of books by borrowing books from the class and school libraries. Regular class visits to our local Marylebone Library to borrow books also promote a passion for reading.
At St Vincent’s, we place a high priority on children acquiring a sound grasp of the phonics system and being able to apply this when reading and writing. From Nursery to Year 2, we use the scheme Letters and Sounds to teach Daily Synthetics Phonics. Parent workshops, homework books and class Meet the Teacher sessions provide extra information on how we teach phonics.
The Nelson Handwriting Scheme is a consistent whole-school handwriting programme for Reception–Year 6 which introduces letters in line with Letters and Sounds and cursive handwriting in line with the latest UK curricula.
From September 2016 we have been following the Maths No Problem scheme.
We are proud to teach a broad and balanced, Creative Curriculum which is based around exciting cross-curricular projects and meaningful, stimulating tasks. Our aim is for all children to become confident, successful, life-long learners who achieve their full God-given potential.
Our curriculum has been carefully developed to:
- Encourage children’s imagination and originality
- Enable children to be active partners in their learning
- Provide child-centred learning with many first-hand experiences
- Allow children to make links and apply their learning across the curriculum
- Develop life-long learning skills which are relevant for an unknown, changing future: resourcefulness, resilience, reflectiveness, reciprocity (good relationships)
- Incorporate a range of teaching strategies and learning styles
- Involve parents and carers at every opportunity
- Extend children’s involvement into the local community and beyond, developing their understanding of environmental and global issues
- Provide thorough coverage of the skills, concepts and knowledge set out in the 2014 National Curriculum programmes of study (Classes 1 to 6) and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (Nursery and Reception).
Termly Creative Curriculum Projects: Every class has a termly project with an inspiring theme, launched with a Creativity Session, to which parents and carers are welcomed to join. Key national curriculum objectives and the knowledge expected to be learnt are shared in the Topic Information Sheets. These are published on the relevant class website pages. Children are involved in the planning stages of the project and collaborate in designing an end of project event, in which their learning and achievements are celebrated and shared with parents and carers. Learning is assessed by this event and also an end of project quiz, focussing on the key learning objectives. Past project outcomes include:
A comic-convention led by Year 2 (Superheroes and Monsters Project)
A Roman Museum Tour led by Year 4 (Ruling Romans Project)
A film premiere led by Year 5 (Magical Movies Project)
A 1940’s fete led by Year 6 (Life in the Blitz Project)
Themed Weeks: Each half term, the whole school also participates in themed weeks planned to develop a particular aspect of the curriculum in an exciting, interactive way. These include Enterprise Week (business and innovation skills), Anti-Bullying Week, Science & Engineering Week, World Week (global awareness), Art Week and Health & Fitness Week.
Some subjects are taught discretely, although cross-curricular links will be made where possible.
Fundamental British Values
Across the curriculum we also teach pupils about the fundamental British values’ of:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
We have a number of pupil groups comprising of respresentatives from different year groups:
- Pupil Chaplains
- School Council
- Green Team
- Sports Ambassadors
Selection for the different groups varies but include writing manifestos and conducting elections.
Together through Christ we grow and learn