St Therese of Lisieux

St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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“A communion of high achieving Catholic Schools where every person meets Jesus and grows uniquely in God’s love.”

 

 Spalding St Norbert’s Catholic Academy

Striving to nurture the whole child through:

‘Love of God’

‘Love of one another’

‘Love of life itself’

Curriculum Guidance

“Students learn by doing – smelling, seeing, hearing, touching and tasting as well as thinking either creatively or logically. All their senses are utilised in all sorts of manners so that learning is meaningful and practical- not something so alien that they have to be forced upon to do. When children find learning meaningful, they will naturally want to learn more and hence, they will be self-motivated and do not need to be pushed by adults to learn.” (Burke and Grosvenor, 2003)

Article 28:  Children have the right to an education.

MissionStatement

St Norbert’seducation first and foremost is rooted in the Catholic teaching of the church and Gospel values, growing caring, compassionate and well-rounded citizens of future.

Here at St Norbert’s Catholic Academy School we believe in ‘creative writing’.  We take the view of the whole child and seek to embed the characteristics of effective learning in our Early Years Foundation Stage and throughout the school.

Creative learning in our school is teaching that allows our pupils to use their imaginations, have ideas, generate multiple possible solutions to problems, communicate in a variety of media and in general “think outside the box”.

We strive to provide practice in which our pupils develop that capacity to assess and improve work, sustain effort over time, exceed what they thought was possible and work well with others to combine ideas and approaches. 

We want children to apply their creativity through making choices about what and how they will learn, negotiating about the curriculum and being involved in generating possibilities and making decisions.

We will achieve this through providing a creative and challenging curriculum which motivates and encourages children to encounter opportunities with resilience, perseverance and self-determination to grow and become responsible independent learners.  We will work closely with families who are the primary educators to foster local and Parish community to the benefit of all.

Article 29:  Education should develop each child’s personality and talents to the full.  It should encourage children to respect their parents and their own and other cultures.

Aims

 

Our key aims are based upon A.C.H.I.E.V.E.R.S:

 

A – achieve an understanding of who God wants me to be

 C – caring citizens grow in and leave our school

 H – high standards in learning and achievement

I – inspire one another to do our collective best

E – engage in a strong and trusting home, school and Parish partnership

V – value the power of prayer and develop our Catholic Faith

E – everyone to grow closer to god and follow Church teachings

 R – respect and understand other cultures and faiths

S – school environment that is safe, caring and nurturing

  •  To aim for every child to reach their potential in all areas of curriculum.
  • To prepare children well for Key Stage and Secondary transition.
  • To provide a curriculum that is designed to excite and motivate children with varied topics, projects and immersive learning to interest them and to which they contribute.
  • To ensure learning is a knowledge and skills balanced approach that is engaging, interactive and challenging.
  • To create a positive, safe learning environment that nourishes the ‘whole child’ meeting all needs
  • To develop responsible British Citizens for the future that can contribute positively to our richly diverse society.
  • To support emotional well-being so children can talk openly about feelings.
  • To equip children with the skills to evaluate and assess to take risks, making positive choices.
  • To promote lifelong learning to all children and staff alike ensuring a whole school learning and development culture.
  • To be a truly inclusive community in which we not only seek to develop children but in which all stakeholders are involved in developing the school itself.

“See a child differently see a different child”

Article 4:  Governments must do all they can to make sure every child can enjoy their rights. 

Curriculum Organisation

Our pupil’s learning depends on our curriculum in which:

  • All pupils from every kind of background are equally recognised as being creative.
  • Develops spirituality and sense of moral purpose.
  • Learning engages pupils in serious, meaningful, relevant, imaginative and challenging activities and tasks.
  • Pupils are respected for their knowledge, experience and capabilities.
  • Pupils have an individual and collective right to actively shape their education.
  • Adults have the power to support, adapt and evaluate learning experiences for pupils exercising professional judgement.
  • We invest in staff and community learning.
  • We build partnerships with creative individuals and organisations.
  • We enable pupils to participate fully in social and cultural worlds.
  • Families and community play a purposeful role in pupils learning.

 

Our curriculum has been organised ensuring that we provide the children with the statutory requirements as set out by The National Curriculum (2014).

 

We aim to ensure that all pupils are able to leave KS2 at Age related expectations.  We also strive tirelessly to ensure that our children develop into aspirational, hardworking young people with a great understanding of our school learning values that will prepare them for a life beyond school.

“When adults change, everything changes."

 “Every interaction is an intervention.”

Article 3:  All organisations concerned with children should work towards what is best for each child.

School Values

To achieve our full Christian potential we all need to live out the Gospel Values:-

Love:  A Christ-like love respects the talent of each person in our school.

Faith:  Faith helps us to do God’s will in this world.

Hope:  Hope helps us to see a new life beyond our present one.

Truth:  We should show God’s truth in all we do.

Joy:  We show we are joyful and happy and that we are friends with God.

Prayer:  Through prayer we stay close to God.

Mission:  Our mission is to live as Christ Lived.

Justice:  We always live a life that works against injustice and wrong.

Peace:  We know that if we love one another, peace will be all around us.

Mercy:  We believe that mercy will be shown by the way we forgive others.

Community:  We believe our community here unites us all as a follower of Jesus.

This forms part of our Value of the Term and Faith Journey Projects.  We also have a Value of the month that we focus on through class P4C and general daily provision.

Month

Value

September

Respect

October

Friendliness

November

Diversity

December

Honesty

January

Self-Discipline

February

Trust

March

Co-Operation

April

Patience

May

Self-Belief

June

Courtesy

July

Aspiration

Article 13:  Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

Whole School Long Term Plan July 2019

Phonics in school- information about how Phonics is taught at Saint Norbert's.

Early Years Curriculum- information on The Early Years Curriculum.

Gifted and Talented- information on how we provide for children who are Gifted and Talented.

Promoting British Values - Promoting British values across the curriculum at Saint Norbert's School.

Department for Education website- information on the National Curriculum for this academic year.