The Curriculum at St Teresa’s
‘Our children are receptive, inquisitive learners who, through our Gospel Values, have a unique sense of the world’
Our curriculum is designed to enable all pupils to fulfil the aspirations set out in our curriculum vision statement above. Our entire school curriculum is underpinned by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. It also takes into account the community of St Teresa’s; specifically, the strong sense of Catholic commitment amongst our families, the multitude of different cultures and ethnicities that make up our school community and the context of our local area.
A clear structure to our curriculum as well as the conviction that all children can achieve success is key to all teaching and learning at St Teresa’s. In all subjects, recalling pre-knowledge and skills is fundamental to our rationale for all curriculum areas. This means that essential knowledge and skills are revised, and links are made with children’s current learning in all subjects. Key concepts and end points for each topic are highlighted and over-learning of these areas occurs through repetition, modelling and scaffolding of learning. Moreover, reading and vocabulary are emphasised in all subjects.
Subject Leaders are given autonomy over their subjects and as such make key decisions regarding the implementation of schemes ensuring that learning for all is progressive and sequential. A child centred approach is taken by ensuring pupil voice is present in the enhancing and tailoring of the provision.
All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnicity, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background. We strive to meet the needs of those pupils with Special Educational Needs, those with disabilities, those who are more able, those with special gifts and talents and the children who are learning English as an additional language.
Our curriculum is rich and challenging; it goes beyond the subjects in the National Curriculum and can be considered as the entirety of the experiences that our children receive during their time with us. As such, school trips and workshops, sporting and competitive activities, themed and topic days as well as spiritual participation in Masses and Liturgies are seen as part of our curriculum and enable our children to leave us as confident, resilient learners in all aspects of life.