At Holy Family Catholic Primary School, our knowledge based curriculum is designed to build on children’s prior learning and experiences by fostering resilience, encouraging children’s thirst for new experiences and developing the skills of enquiry enabling children to speak clearly and confidently about their learning.
We do this by providing the highest possible standards for the children in our care. Through challenging, stimulating and inspirational opportunities, we enable children to make connections between their skills, knowledge and concepts and work independently and collaborating with others.
Children leave Holy Family Catholic Primary School belonging to a tightly knit school community. They have the confidence and skills to make significant decisions through peer and self-reflection and have aspirations and high expectations of themselves, enabling them to enhance their cultural capital and know about life beyond Stainforth.
Children experience a broad and balanced curriculum through three different themes. Our Autumn theme revolves around History (with cross-curricular links) where our children gain knowledge about exciting and key historical events which then leads to children asking further questions that directs the learning taking place in classrooms.
Our Spring term theme is Geography where our children learn all about their local environment; this progresses through Doncaster, Yorkshire and continues until children understand key geographical features around the United Kingdom.
Our Summer term theme expands on the Spring term theme as we want our children to look at life beyond Stainforth, therefore children gain knowledge and understanding about different countries and cultures from around the world.
Children learn essential knowledge that is celebrated at the end of each theme with parents through an exciting community event.
Our children will leave Holy family having gained valuable knowledge and skills of enquiry that they will always remember and communicate with to fellow peers and visitors in school. No matter what background, our children will experience an eye-opening curriculum that will allow them to succeed in today’s society, encourage them to continue their studies past high school and allow them to aspire to be the best they can possibly be and look beyond their local community.
Like most schools in England, we aim to follow the National Curriculum – it sets out subjects and content which we teach. Within this, however, there is flexibility so that we can interpret and plan to meet the needs and interests of our children now and for the future. The key aim for all our teaching and learning is to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn, to enjoy and to achieve. Programmes of Study for each Year group and subject
We encourage and stimulate the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all our pupils. Our curriculum builds on pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences and develops children’s confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.
We place great importance on the skills of literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology and problem-solving. We promote skills that help our learners to improve their own learning and performance and that help them to work well with others.
We place a high priority on developing pupils’ physical skills, self-esteem and emotional well-being. We encourage them to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping themselves and others safe. We promote happy, effective relationships that are based on respect for themselves and for others.
We do this through teaching knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain’s diverse society and of the local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions of pupils’ lives. We want everyone in our school to understand and appreciate their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence our communities.
We provide rich and varied contexts for pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills. Doing so enables our pupils to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to make a difference for the better.
We promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, in particular, the differences between right and wrong, and that we have rights but also responsibilities. We want everyone in our school to be responsible and caring citizens who make positive contributions to communities.