The school curriculum reflects the requirements to provide a broad and balanced curriculum as per the Academies Act 2010, and the National Curriculum programmes of study which we have chosen to follow.
It also reflects requirements for inclusion and equality as set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014 and Equality Act 2010, and refers to curriculum-related expectations of governing boards set out in the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook.
In the EYFS, the school follows the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. More information can be found here: EYFS Statutory Framework 2017.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children are taught phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme. More details can be found here: Letters and Sounds.
Book bands are used throughout the whole school to ensure that children are taking home books which are matched to their reading ability, with PM Benchmarking used to assess progress and identify next steps in learning.
Maths is taught following the White Rose Scheme of Work, supplemented by resources and activities from a number of other sources including the NCETM, Numicon and Times Table Rock Stars. Further information about White Rose Maths can be found here: White Rose Maths.
Religious Education is taught through the Come and See programme, written by Diocesan advisors and in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church, this scheme of work also includes appreciation and understanding of other faiths. More details can be found here: Come and See.
Our curriculum is organised through a thematic approach with appropriate links being made across subjects to enable children to gain a thorough understanding of a topic through the broad range of curriculum subjects. Where links are not strong or relevant, subjects will be taught discretely so as to not dilute the learning.
Details of the exciting broad and balanced curriculum we provide to the pupils at St Clare’s can be found by clicking on the relevant year group below.