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OUR Curriculum

 St Francis Catholic Primary School has Christ at its centre and is rooted in Gospel values. Each child is a unique individual, therefore our rich curriculum is designed to: broaden horizons, recognise prior learning, provide first-hand learning opportunities, allow children to develop interpersonal skills, build independence and become creative critical thinkers.

Following in the footsteps of St. Francis; we love God, learning together as a community, using our hands, our heads and our hearts

Curriculum Intent

At St Francis, pupils are supported to access the key cultural, historical, artistic, linguistic, mathematical, technological and scientific knowledge necessary to make connections and informed decisions; to become life-long learners prepared for life in 21st century Britain and the wider world.

The curriculum is designed to develop creativity, to foster the ability to solve problems, to enable learners to become responsible members of the community and to become effective communicators. Emphasis is placed on embedding the skills pupils need for future learning, including resilience, adaptability, self-reliance and self-regulation.

Pupils are enabled to build strong and positive relationships to embrace the character and resilience needed to deal with future challenges. Pupils learn about the importance of positive personal attributes – such as self-worth, honesty, kindness and a sense of justice and are encouraged to become respectful, focussed and caring.

The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and a range of other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of pupils.

The curriculum is broad and balanced. Individual subject disciplines ensure that subject specific knowledge, vocabulary and skills help to secure prior learning, develop and extend future learning and build cohesively towards clear end points (end EYFS, end KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2).                

Each subject is afforded sufficient space on the timetable, either through weekly lessons or blocked lessons, to deliver its distinct contribution, and subject specific vocabulary is clearly articulated.

The curriculum aims to provide pupils with memorable experiences, investigative and enquiry based learning activities, purpose, audience and relevance for learning and rich opportunities from which they can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.  The inclusive environment, where learners demonstrate high levels of enjoyment in their education, enables pupils to make good progress in a range of subjects and areas of learning.

Explore our Curriculum

Our curriculum is organised into Core and Foundation subjects that cover the programmes of study outlined in the National Curriculum.  

Core Subjects

Religious Education English Mathematics Science

Foundation Subjects 

Art and Design Computing Design Technology
History Music Physical Education
Geography Modern Foreign Languages PSHE including RSE