At St Gregory's, we are inclusive and recognise that everyone has their own unique God-given talents. Our curriculum is progressive and builds on prior knowledge, understanding and skills so that we develop our whole school community academically, spiritually, emotionally, morally and socially. This enables our children to become righteous citizens who give to society. We provide creative and engaging opportunities that inspire and motivate our children to become lifelong learners, who have aspirations to be the very best they can be.
We recognise that the Curriculum reaches far wider than the learning that happens in formal lessons in each classroom. It includes everything that a child experiences in their time at our school and develops the very person they are becoming, with their talents, needs and aspirations for the future. Each experience provides a learning opportunity to develop and prepare our children for life in modern Britain as global citizens through the lens of Catholic life.
As such, our Early Years Curriculum, The National Curriculum and knowledge and skills the children gain through the formal teaching of this sits alongside the far wider vision we have for the characteristics of the learners we develop at our school. We are unapologetic for the focus given to the characteristics we seek to develop in each and every member of our school community. These characteristics, which include Catholic Social Teaching principles, threading through all we do, are the key to developing lifelong learners and global citizens. These permeate our curriculum:
At St-Gregory’s we use Catholic Social Teaching, Restorative Practise, Growth-mindset and Teaching for Mastery to help us develop these characteristics within our learners both inside and outside the classroom.
Whole school design and structure of the formal taught curriculum
We have designed the curriculum around year group themes which are driven by high quality texts. Encompassing texts into our themes captures children’s imagination, supports a deeper acquisition of language, vocabulary and knowledge and generates stronger links between subjects as well as promoting a love of reading.
To ensure that children experience real breadth and depth in their learning, each theme has been devised with a clear thread in mind that takes children on an engaging journey through the curriculum. These help them to make links, apply skills and knowledge and build upon prior learning in a variety of ways.
Curriculum leaders carefully sequence the expectations from Development Matters and the National Curriculum across Year groups to ensure coverage and provide clear opportunities to build on prior learning of knowledge and vocabulary. They have generated progression of skills documents and progression of vocabulary documents to support teaching, learning and assessment. Allowing children to revisit and build on skills as they move through the school ensures we provide a progressive curriculum so that children know more and remember more.
Themes begin with a launch, and include opportunities to explore, deepen, reflect and celebrate, through experiences, trips and events both inside and outside of school. Learning is contextualised through a termly History, Geography or Science theme that makes purposeful links. Some subjects and objectives are taught discreetly.
The learning cycle is expanded further in our Teaching and Learning Policy
As a school we continuously reflect on the impact that our curriculum has on our whole school community, in helping our children to know more and remember more as well as preparing them to be the best they can be as global citizens.
We use both qualitative and quantitative means to reflect on this impact:
St Gregory's School Curriculum Overviews By Year Group
Please note that as our curriculum evolves across the academic year, year group overviews may be tweaked and changed. See overviews by year group HERE.