Curriculum Provision at XII Apostles

Organisation

This is a one formed entry primary school which means that there is one class in each year group with one teacher and a teaching assistant. The children are organised into classes according to their age. There are 7 classes as follows: Reception, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6. Each class teacher in consultation with the Headteacher is responsible for organising and delivering all the subjects of the National Curriculum and Religious Education for the children in their class.

Whenever it is possible, class teachers can call on support from other teachers with specific expertise in such subjects as French, Information Technology, P.E., Music or R.E.

Our Curriculum Intent

Our Mission: Through learning and loving we will follow Jesus

Our Intent

  • For our children to fulfil their unique human potential, follow the Gospel values and place Christ at the centre of everything they do

Implementation

At XII Apostles our outstanding curriculum is designed to fulfil the aims of our mission statement. As a Catholic Primary School, the gospel values are interwoven into the curriculum and all aspects of school life. We believe that our individual pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of their overall education and their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide all pupils with positive, rewarding experiences through a planned and coherent curriculum that is founded upon our Christian values.

Our Intent

  • For our children to receive the very best education by providing a broad and balanced, engaging and interesting curriculum, ensuring they develop the necessary skills in reading, writing and mathematics thus enabling them to fulfil their human potential in all curriculum areas.

Implementation

We follow the aims of the national curriculum;

The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

However, our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of our children using a cross curricular approach, were appropriate. Our curriculum is carefully planned and sequenced to allow the development and progression of skills and the acquisition of knowledge in meaningful and relevant contexts. Subject leader’s long term plans detail the development of skills in each subject area.

Our Intent

  • For our children to be aspirational and have high expectations of themselves, and to be ambitious for their future.

Implementation

We strive to ensure our children have access to rich and varied life experiences in which they will have the motivation and confidence to go out into the wider world and fulfil their human potential. We challenge and overcome low aspirations and poverty of ambition. There is a strong emphasis on using the curriculum to develop behaviours through learning powers that would serve pupils well as they progress to the next stage of their learning and the world of work. Furthermore, we also endeavor to develop our children’s attitudes and mind sets towards the challenges they face within their learning. This is achieved through the idea of learning ‘powers’. We encourage our children to focus on themselves as learners, and to realise that they can learn to be good at learning. The idea of every child having learning powers enables skills such as resourcefulness, resilience, collaboration and independence to be explored, developed and applied. We believe that developing these powers will equip our children with the ability to keep going when problems arise as well as be able to think about how they can achieve a goal and solve problems effectively. Eventually, our children will be able to transfer and develop their powers into life skills and feel confident as they face new and different situations in school and their lives beyond.

Our Intent

  • For our children to have a sound understanding of their heritage and have open hearts and minds to the diversity in their immediate community and the world beyond.

Implementation

In addition to the National Curriculum each year group studies an element of local History and Geography. Our curriculum reflects the rich history and geography that our local area holds. Children are encouraged to consider the role they play and how they can make positive contributions to the local community. Trips and visitors are organised so that the children can develop a deeper understanding as to how our local area has changed.

Our Intent

  • For our children to be healthy in body and in mind. To give children, who would otherwise not, the opportunity to participate in a range of sports and healthy activities.

Implementation

We have a full, rich and varied sports curriculum which is enhanced by extra-curricular clubs and activities. All children participate in sport and enjoy all it has to offer without any cost to families. We encourage the children to learn, through sport, how to win graciously, lose with courage and never give up. Opportunities throughout the whole curriculum are used to ensure the children develop a healthy image of themselves as individuals and to recognise the unique beauty in each and every individual as they were created by God. Our focus on learning powers gives children knowledge and skills to grow up to be resilient, responsible, confident and independent.

Our Intent

  • For our children to appreciate experience and engage with all forms the arts. For children to develop the skills within music and art to enable them to access a world of possibilities that music and art can offer them both now and later in their lives.

Implementation

The Art, Design and Music National curriculum is enriched through a range of visits and visors to school. The children have the opportunity to visit Art Galleries work with artist in residence and also attend an Art residential. They all study different Artists and their work. Musical experiences include, visits to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester to listen to the Halle Orchestra. We have close links with Wigan Music services who provide induvial tuition in a range of instruments. Through Wigan services the children have the opportunity to listen to various musical ensembles perform including, jazz and brass. All children in KS2 have the opportunity to join the school choir and take part in regional events like lets sing and young voices. They have many opportunities to perform for audiences throughout the year.

Please go to the class pages to view each year groups termly curriculum overview.

Assessment

Class teachers are responsible for the assessment and recording of achievement of their children in line with the schools’ policy on Assessment.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), children will be assessed against statements in the EYFS profile on entry to the Reception class and summatively at the end of the Reception year. Please see link below for more information about the EYFS profile.

In line with the expectations of the National Curriculum, children will be summatively assessed at the end of each year against the objectives for that year group. At the end of Key Stage 1/Y2, the children will complete Standardised Assessment Tests (SATs). The results of these, along with the teacher’s assessments, will be used to judge whether the children have met the age related expectations, are working towards them or are working at greater depth in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Please see link below for more information about the age related expectations and assessment processes at the end of Key Stage 1.

At the end of Key Stage 2/Y6, the children will also sit the Standard Assessment Tests in Reading, SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and Mathematics. The results of these will be used to judge whether the children have met the age related expectations for that key stage, are working towards them or are working at greater depth. These tests are externally marked.

Children’s attainment in writing will be judged by the teacher using the children’s written work across the curriculum, in line with the interim assessment framework. Teacher’s assessment judgements are moderated internally and within external cluster groups to ensure consistency and accuracy.

Please see the link below for more information about Key Stage 2 assessments.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/534658/Information_for_parents_-_2016_NCT_results_at_the_end_of_key_stage_2.pdf

Extra-Curricular Activities

We are proud to offer a wide range of clubs and activities for everyone to enjoy. We provide many after school sporting activities including football, rugby, cricket, badminton, table tennis and netball. Many of these are seasonal. There is also a well-established school Choir that performs annually for parents and carers and provides a real opportunity for children who love to sing and perform to shine. Eco Club and CAFOD club also run throughout the year. However, there are a wide range of clubs available at different times in the year including a dance club, cookery club and an art club. Children who are interested in music can take lessons in a variety of instruments provided by external teachers.