Curriculum Rationale

Curriculum Intent

At St. Edward`s Catholic Academy we believe that the curriculum we teach our children should be broad and balanced, offering children the opportunity to achieve success in many different areas. We seek to strengthen those moral and Christian values that parents will have taught their children during their early years. Gospel values influence everything that goes on in the classroom and throughout the school.

We know that children learn best when logical connections are made between different aspects of their work and we endeavour to make these links where possible. Learning experiences provided by the teacher aim to be both meaningful and challenging, and seek to build on children’s existing knowledge and conceptual understanding. Skills already acquired are reinforced through a wide range of activities.

Children are encouraged to see themselves as active participants in their own learning. They are encouraged to develop a positive ‘can do’ attitude towards themselves, their work and towards others.

Learning is facilitated through sensitive intervention on the part of the teacher, who actively seeks to promote co-operation, independence and self-discipline so that each child feels confident and secure within the learning environment.

We support our children in becoming ‘aspirational’ in order to make the most of their learning opportunities. At St. Edward’s we believe in an active partnership between school and home to support the children in their learning journey.

We aim for our children to:

  • Know God, to recognise His presence in every human being and all of creation
  • Develop inquisitive minds, a spirit of curiosity and a passion for learning
  • Reflect on their learning and seek to extend themselves mentally, physically and spiritually
  • Promote independent thinking
  • Persevere and learn from their mistakes
  • Have high expectations and self-belief to enable them to fulfil their potential
  • Be equipped with the skills to fully participate in an ever changing world
  • Be respectful and productive members of the community
  • Have the courage and confidence to take calculated risks

Although our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, there are other planned opportunities throughout the year which make up the wider curriculum. Children have the opportunity to develop their skills through a focused day or week, which will culminate in sharing assemblies or exhibition events.

We teach the subjects of the National Curriculum both discretely and through topics which are carefully planned, in order to ensure the children cover the key skills.

Our Curriculum overviews are available below. Further information on each year group’s coverage of the curriculum can be found on individual class pages. Here you will find an overview for each year group.

The PowerPoint from our Parents’ Information Evening can also be found below. If you would like any further details please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you would like further information on our curriculum please contact Mrs Methven.