Curriculum Intent and Rationale
Saint Aidan’s is a one-form entry Catholic primary school situated in Wythenshawe. We are keen to provide a curriculum that ensures everyone in our community feels valued and accepted. We are a happy, caring school with a strong sense of community, we benefit from family support across generations. Our Catholic ethos is central to all we do and we are a truly ‘Christ-centred’ school.
Saint Aidan’s is a school where we teach our pupils to believe they can succeed linked to the choices they make and accessing the opportunities that are available to them. Our curriculum looks to raise aspirations, by providing pupils with a wide range of experiences, developing their cultural capital, as well as teaching them about human creativity and achievement.
We want our pupils to be outward-facing, helping them to recognise the potential they have to make a positive contribution within, not just our own community, but on a global scale.
The school mission statement helps frame our curriculum intent
Christ is at the centre of all we do
Here, we value each other as a unique child of God and citizen of the future
Respect for everyone and the world we live in is at the heart of our Catholic teaching and learning
In our Catholic primary school we nurture, educate and inspire the whole child to develop independence and confidence so as to reach their full potential
Spiritual, social, moral and cultural growth is actively encouraged through prayer, study, worship and creative liturgy, also the wider life of school
Together we create a safe, happy, healthy and welcoming environment for all who enter our school community
We are committed to helping our pupils make links across themes and subject disciplines, by providing a cohesive, progressive learning journey. We believe the curriculum should be connected in a meaningful way, evidencing clear progress in knowledge and skill-building, and should demonstrate a consistent approach throughout school.
Rationale for Implementation
We use Dimensions ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum, which is underpinned by four highly relevant world issues, known as the four Cs:-
These four world issues link with the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching, which are:-
Life and dignity of the human person (Culture)
Care for God’s creation (Conservation)
Call to family, community and participation (Communication, Community)
Option for the poor and vulnerable (Culture, Community)
Rights and Responsibilities (Conflict)
Dignity of work and rights of workers (Conflict)
As a school, we have chosen the following key values, which also connect to the four Cs:-
Equality, Understanding, Respect, Co-operation, Kindness (Communication)
Tolerance, Respect, Resilience, Courage, Humility (Conflict)
Happiness, Friendship, Inspirational, Respect, Tolerance (Culture)
Responsibility for God’s World, Respect, Hope, Determination (Conservation)
Christ – Dignity, Respect, Belonging, Trust, Hope
These values also tie in with the ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum Learning Pathways, reinforcing the importance of these positive behaviours.
The built-in progression and continuity within ‘Learning Means the World’ through a progressive Skills Ladder and Knowledge Building focus means that staff can concentrate on developing memorable learning for the pupils. Making lessons fun and creative, by using the practical, hands-on activity ideas as a springboard, staff can be confident of a consistent whole school approach that nurtures a love of learning, provides challenge and meets the needs of all pupils.
With the progressive ‘Learning Means the World’ Learning Pathways (Explorers, Pathfinders, Adventurers and Navigators) and through aspects such as pupil-led activities (independence) and high ability tasks (resilience), this curriculum enables us to really challenge our pupils to extend their thinking.
As a school we want our pupils to fully appreciate and embrace cultural diversity, learning about and experiencing a range of different cultural and faith heritages. We actively and explicitly promote cross-cultural friendship, respect, tolerance and understanding through ‘Learning Means the World’.
We believe that communication is key to accessing learning and securing pupils’ future success. We are committed to developing language skills and, with a school focus on speaking and listening, we are able to develop pupils’ skills through the communication focus by giving children a voice.
We also feel our pupils need a more structured approach to developing greater awareness and appreciation of local, national and global conservation issues and initiatives, learning how they have an important role to play in sustainability.
We want to maintain the high standards of behaviour we see around school and help pupils to become increasingly responsible, educated citizens. Through the conflict strand of our curriculum, we are able to develop their self-regulation skills and help them to recognise the triggers to conflict and learn how to disagree well.
Our curriculum offer will ensure our children grow in confidence in their learning and are able to develop their skills and talents in all areas.