At St Vincent’s, we 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. 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. 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.
The curriculum for each Year Group can be found on the relevant Year Group pages. Each Year Group has an age appropriate Learning Journey for Reading , Writing and Maths detailing the relevant National Curriculum objectives to be achieved by the end of the year. A termly Information Sheet provides more detail and links to the Creative Curriculum. Please speak to the classteacher if you would like more information.
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.
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
From September 2016 we have been following the Maths No Problem scheme.