At St Paul’s we want to equip our children with the knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to achieve highly and develop awareness, compassion and respect for others. The curriculum is both broad and inspiring, designed to offer exciting learning experiences shaped by our Christian vision and values which are at its heart.
It is our intent to provide a curriculum which is relevant to the 21st Century – one which prepares the children for the world in which they will live and work. We want our children to enjoy personal success, to be enthusiastic learners and develop skills such as resilience and team working which will support their love of learning as they progress through school. For us, the curriculum is the total experience of learning. It encompasses aims, content, pedagogy and assessment. The children’s learning is underpinned by the National Curriculum, with a focus on the progressive acquisition of knowledge and skills, embedded into the long-term memory through spaced repetition over time. In each year group there are many links for cross-curricular work. We believe that children learn best when engaged with meaningful, creative and practical activities and we seek to encourage the children to be inquisitive, exploring topics to gain greater understanding, and to think for themselves. Learning is enhanced by many educational visits, which provide wonderful opportunities for the children to immerse themselves in practical learning.
We are very proud of the specialist teaching provided at St Paul’s. All children learn a musical instrument in Years 3 and 4 and can enjoy being part of a thriving orchestra and choir; Spanish and PE are also taught by subject specialists. As a Church of England school, RE and Collective Worship are important times of the week for us. We follow the London Diocesan Board for Schools RE syllabus. Children are taught about other world religions and views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world so they can discuss and express their ideas with perception and clarity.
We have developed three drivers that shape our curriculum, that bring about the vision and values of the school and respond to the particular needs of our community. Our drivers are designed to ensure that the children are personally successful, independent thinkers and ready for their journey of lifelong learning.
Growth: – children at St Paul’s will grow in many ways. They will grow their vocabulary and deepen their knowledge about the topics they study. Their memories will grow in order to retain their learning, apply their skills and develop links in their understanding. They will grow as people, being given opportunities to be challenged and to take risks within a safe environment.
Spirituality: – children will learn about themselves and their families within the context of our Christian ethos. They will develop an appreciation of what it means to be part of a community and learn how to make a positive contribution to society. They will know about British values and understand the importance of difference and diversity. They will develop strategies to build good mental health in order to enjoy their lives ahead.
Possibility: – children will leave St Paul’s knowing there is no ceiling to their aspirations. Our curriculum will present them with inspirational ideals and open their horizons. They will understand the importance of climate change and sustainability and the importance of protecting our planet for their future and the active role that they must play in this – we want theirs to be a world of hope and possibility.