Our Curriculum Intent
“Why are we teaching our curriculum to our children in our school?”
At Our Lady of Lincoln Catholic Primary School, we celebrate the gift of each child as a child of God – unique and different, but ALL entitled to the same opportunities and experiences.
Our intention is that the curriculum at Our Lady of Lincoln Primary School will build on the school mission and values – to create good citizens and to sow the seeds based on Christ’s commandments and to enable our children to live positive, successful and fulfilling lives.
Through our empowering curriculum, we promote ambition for our community, teach strategies for overcoming barriers, share examples of God’s care and love and raise aspirations by opening our children’s eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment. Our curriculum is designed to allow our children to believe that the sky is their limit, by sharing with them the best that has been achieved and giving them the knowledge and skills to identify their passions and interests to then go forward and make a difference.
Our curriculum encourages our children to:
Be positive, Be respectful, Be resilient, Be independent, Be knowledgeable, Be ambitious and Be confident
We aim for all our children to become good communicators whose voices are heard by sharing their opinions, standing up for their beliefs and speaking with different audiences.
We believe that an effective curriculum offers knowledge, skills, understanding and progression. Our curriculum is designed with these principles: it is personalised, reflecting the background and experience of our pupils; it is outward facing, setting learning in global contexts wherever possible and it is rooted in context so that learning is relevant.
At Our Lady of Lincoln Catholic Primary School, we see knowledge and skills as intertwined. The curriculum is about how we can ensure that pupils can achieve both. Curriculum content is designed with this in mind and subject leaders work actively to review this aspect regularly. Our curriculum is split into subject areas with threads that intertwine through each subject. Each subject has an individual intent statement focusing on the knowledge and skills to be learnt.
A specific plan of what we want our pupils to know and to be able to do, at different stages and by the time they leave school is the next part of our intent. It outlines the objectives and sets out the sequence and structure of how it will be implemented.
Ultimately, our ‘intent’ will permeate school life and will be seen embedded in daily classroom life as this is when the true impact of why our curriculum is designed for our children will be evident.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, English and Maths lessons are taught on a daily basis; and RE and PE are taught weekly. The other subjects of Science, History, Geography, Music, Art, DT, Computing, PSHE and French are delivered in modules throughout each term. Clear links are made between the different subjects and pertinent connections are made between English and Maths and all other subjects, so that children’s literacy and numeracy skills are developed across the curriculum. Combining this with children’s own individual skills and interests, we provide each pupil with a relevant learning experience irrespective of the stage that the children are in their development.
The teaching phonics begins in the Foundation Stage using ‘Letters and Sounds’, supported by the use of Jolly Phonics and a range of fun, stimulating games to help children begin to learn to read and write. The teaching of phonics continues throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, systematically, progressively and regularly so that by the end of Year 2 or early Key Stage 2 almost all children will be ready to move into the KS2 Spelling programme.
Home reading books are provided first of all using the Phonics Bug reading scheme before moving into the Bug Club scheme. Children are also encouraged to choose from recommended reads in their classrooms.
Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Handwriting are progressively developed as children make their way through the school.
Throughout KS1 and 2, the English curriculum is delivered in units of work lasting on average for three weeks per unit. The first week of the unit is spent focussing on developing children’s reading and comprehension skills and finding out about the text genre and its features.
The second week of the unit focuses on developing the children’s writing skills in that particular focus genre. Teachers give clear feedback as to how children can improve their writing and pertinent links are made with improving the children’s grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary skills.
By the third week of the unit, the children are ready to write independently for an extended period of time in the focus genre. Their final piece of writing is assessed and feedback is given to each child as to how well they have done and what they need to do to improve further.
Individual targets are then set for the next unit of work, and children are encouraged to self assess against their targets for improvement.
Literacy skills are not just taught during English lessons but are evident in many other areas of the curriculum. It is not confined to school either and the elements of Homework, weekly spellings and the Library / Home reading book are key instrument to children’s development in Literacy.
The importance of Mathematics is well recognised in making sense of the world around us. We encourage practical investigation and place emphasis on children’s ability to calculate mentally and using written methods and then applying these to different every day contexts. This involves children knowing their number bonds and their times tables, so that they can use these to aid their mental strategies.
The Maths curriculum is taught on a modular basis and revisits key concepts on a termly and yearly basis reinforcing and then building on previously taught skills. The children are taught a range of calculation methods to deepen their understanding of number, and the school’s whole school Calculations Policy ensures that continuity and progression of skills are built up as each child moves through the school.
During daily maths lessons, children will experience whole class interactive teaching, as well as working in groups, with partners and carrying out tasks independently. Real life problems will be used, where possible, for investigations and to put the topic into a real context.
We also use a range of technologies to enhance teaching and learning in Maths, and throughout the curriculum