St Wilfrid’s School Curriculum 2017-18
Our curriculum is organised in accordance with the New National Curriculum introduced in 2014. However, as a Catholic school the basis of all our learning is that Christ is the foundation of the whole educational enterprise within our school.
The Church provides Catholic schools to be more than just places where pupils are equipped with learning and skills for the workplace and responsible citizenship. Rather, they are to be the communities where the spiritual, cultural and personal worlds within which we live are harmonised to form the roots from which grow our values, motivation, aspirations and the moral imperatives that inform our choices and actions as persons.Gravissimum Educationis, Declaration of Vatican II on Catholic Education, 28 October 1965.
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
- Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. It includes those aspects that are difficult to quantify - play, acts of worship, and social relationships - as well as the teaching/learning situation in class time. The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. It 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.
Our Curriculum is made up of Religious Education, plus the National Curriculum Subjects.
Core subjects: English, Maths and Science
Foundation subjects: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education and French at Key Stage 2.
In addition to the basic Curriculum, children are also taught about personal, social and health education including Sex and Relationships Education. This is organised as whole school age appropriate themed weeks throughout the year.
Opportunities to extend children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), together with the promotion of British Values are woven into our school curriculum.
All children take part in the activities lists in the National Curriculum. All children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including swimming, football, rounders, athletics, netball etc.
All the children in Year 6 have the opportunity to take part in a residential weekend, which concentrates on team buildings and personal development through engaging in outdoor pursuits eg, caving, abseiling etc.