At St Francis CE Primary School, our curriculum aims to deliver:
Inspiration – To inspire all learners through a broad curriculum rooted in our Christian values, strong SMSC culture and the National Curriculum, that offers a wide variety of engaging and dynamic opportunities, experiences, hooks and rich texts, and motivates children to want to learn more.
Living well together – To promote tolerance and respect throughout all areas of daily school life, ensuring difference is valued and nurtured, to enable all within our community to live well together, both in school and with those in our wider communities.
Improving self – To commit appropriate support and challenge to enable all children to reach high standards of literacy and numeracy skills, that they transfer across a variety of subjects, contexts and their curriculum, through effective and high quality teaching. To ensure our curriculum is planned carefully to build upon pupils’ prior learning and experiences so all future learning is purposeful and relevant. Above all of this, it is fundamental to our St Francis curriculum that there is an explicit focus on being well, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
Securing the future – To nurture and develop effective learning habits for all our pupils to grow to be well-rounded, successful role models within our school and beyond. To provide challenge and tricky learning and preparing our children to become responsible, confident and resilient learners, but also citizens, who look after our natural world, achieve economic well-being and innovate for the future.
Much of the curriculum above is enhanced and underpinned by reading, in which we encourage our children to enjoy real texts, including classical and contemporary literature, and a diverse range of non-fiction from our two libraries. This is supplemented by Oxford Reading Tree resources for our younger readers.
The main phonics scheme we use to support the teaching and learning of spellings is the gov.uk programme Letters and Sounds.