KCSP Statement of Curriculum Intent
I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full
John 10: Chapter 10. V 10.
Inspired by Jesus Christ’s example and the Gospel values of love, joy and compassion, we nurture and develop the whole child so that each unique individual grows constantly in confidence, and has the knowledge, skills and self-esteem to achieve their true potential.
All children will access a rich, ambitious, challenging curriculum; one that is broad, balanced and relevant, fostering curiosity, creativity and a life-long love of learning. It will prepare them well for each stage of education, employment or training and enable them, as educated citizens, to contribute to creating a better world.
In agreement with KCSP, at St Augustine’s we recognise the many gifts given to us all by God and so our responsibility and desire to afford every child a broad and balanced curriculum which enables them to enjoy a rich school experience.
Our aim is to inspire everyone in our school community to learn, to gain knowledge and understanding with skills that enrich their life now and in the future, to appreciate difference and celebrate diversity.
We believe that all of us learn best when we recall, relate to or take part in purposeful, interesting and exciting experiences which we can then use as a basis for exploring learning. We want our children to enjoy learning; to be confident and independent, to build resilience and persistence, to be able to transfer skills from one area of learning to another, to work both as part of a team and as an individual, to articulate and share ideas, thoughts and feelings which enable excellent well being and good mental and physical health, to be creative in whatever way they can, in and out of the classroom, and to be intellectually challenged and fulfilled.
We do this by valuing:
Our curriculum is designed to link planning and assessment in a structured, manageable and useful way. This supports the children’s learning which is relevant to them and enables staff to assess progress, intervene appropriately and ensure a partnership with parents and carers by sharing information.
Each year we choose a guiding idea linking many aspects of what we are learning for example ‘Flight’ and ‘Exploration’. This can be directly or indirectly linked to the planned learning and is designed to offer enrichment to all learning experiences.
Marking and assessment are designed to be purposeful, interactive and adaptable. This offers opportunities for feedback and improvement which is immediate and ensures progress for every child regardless of their starting point.
Staff have a clear understanding of the expected standards in all areas of the curriculum supported by an in-depth subject knowledge, sound pedagogy and frequent opportunities for moderation against internal, local, Trust wide and national expectations.
Reading and Phonics
At St Augustine's we follow the Little Wandle Phonics programme