Our vision for our curriculum is that it will ensure that children have access to a world class academic education founded on the Principles of The National Curriculum 2014 and rooted in the Christian faith. A curriculum that inspires aspirations and enables pupils to develop respect for themselves and others in the school community and shapes their future lives. Through the opportunities the children receive to reach their potential, the curriculum will ensure that children’s life chances are maximised. Our curriculum upholds and promotes Christian values and is built upon our high expectations for every child, which underpin all that we do in school: fostering independence and resilience. By focusing on questioning and reasoning, we develop children’s knowledge and strengthen the children’s ability to learn at a deeper level.
At St Bartholomew’s, our aims are:
– to provide a Christian education based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, in which the core values of the school underpin all aspects of school life;
– to provide an environment in which the dignity of each person as a child of God is recognised and developed; and to promote the full potential of each child through a curriculum which develops spiritual, academic, social and emotional growth;
– to provide a curriculum which is enriching and challenging, where children experience the opportunity to learn in a wide range of contexts.
Our Principles for Learning and Teaching
All children are entitled to be engaged in their learning and to be active learners; discovering and finding out.
All children are entitled to understand what they have achieved and know what to do to make progress.
All children are entitled to be independent, enthusiastic and self-motivated learners; raising their own questions.
All children are entitled to time to evaluate and reflect on their learning.
All children are entitled to have their different learning styles recognised.
All children are entitled to teaching that inspires their learning.
All children are entitled to teaching that encourages them to be creative.
All children are entitled to be challenged and enjoy learning, as well as encouraging problem solving.
All children are entitled to develop spiritually, morally and as members of their community and the wider community.
Curriculum Intent – how we designed our curriculum and are continuing to developing it.
As a Church of England Primary School, the precepts of a Church of England education remain at our core. This includes the pursuit of excellence and preparing our children as world citizens of the 21st Century. In order for this to be achieved our children need high levels of Literacy and Numeracy. We use the Lancashire Scheme of work as a basis for our curriculum and are adapting it to meet the needs of the children we serve. We recognise R.E as a core subject and follow the Church of England Blackburn Dioceses Syllabus for R.E. We also recognise that the Church of England and in particular, St Bartholomew’s Church is our partner in educating faith and we work closely with them and their community in embedding and promoting strong links. Additionally, we have close links with other faiths to ensure our children are able to experience these and develop tolerance. Through these strong links with our church and our local community we foster an ethos of serving both individuals and society. Charitable links and service remain a focus of our termly spirituality days, as does seeking awe and wonder. The school recognises that science is both an exciting academic subject and another area where children can develop a sense of awe and wonder.