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Curriculum

Four Core Purposes

 

The four purposes of the new curriculum for Wales inform our teaching. Our learning experiences enable our pupils to be:

 

  • ambitious, capable learners who undertake research and evaluate critically what they find and are ready to learn throughout their lives
  • enterprising, creative contributors who give of their energy and skills so that other people will benefit and are ready to play a full part in life and work
  • ethical, informed citizens who show their commitment to the sustainability of the planet and are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world
  • healthy, confident individuals who have the skills and knowledge to manage everyday life as independently as they can and are ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

School Aims

 

The general aim of the school is to provide quality of education within a framework of quality of life.  This may be achieved through Educational Aims and School Aims.

 

  • Develop a sound knowledge of the Catholic faith by helping to produce responsible individuals able to care for themselves and get on with others different from themselves, recognising that each has different individual needs.
  • We aim to develop good relationships with the Governing Body, St Francis and St Clare’s Parishes, the local community, home and support services, in order to meet the children’s needs and educational requirements.
  • Develop religious and moral values, a respect for oneself and others, which informs everyday life and relationships, promoting appreciation of other races, friendliness, politeness, as well as a respect for ones own property, the property of others and the school environment.
  • We wish to give the children the confidence and the ability to question and apply themselves to situations, to tackle and solve problems with flexibility and openness of mind to meet challenges, make judgements and encourage them to reach their full potential in all they do.
  • We wish to give children a sense of enjoyment and pride in their achievements, a positive self image, respect and dignity and real aspirations to achieve their goals.
  • Encourage pupils to appreciate human achievements and aspirations in order to inspire their lives and encourage high aspirations in themselves.
  • Develop the child’s knowledge, skills and understanding across all areas of the curriculum.
  • Evaluate our work and aims at regular intervals adapting them as necessary to identify the training needs of all staff.
  • Help each child to know and understand the world in which they live, with special reference to Wales, Welsh culture and language.
  • Maintain and further develop links with Mary Immaculate High School.

 

Educational Aims

 

  • To recognise the uniqueness of each child created in the likeness and image of God and to help him/her to develop his/her fullest potential

  • To develop respect for religious and moral values
  • To make each child an independent learner, actively and purposefully participating in his/her own learning.
  • To provide a stimulating environment in which each child is given a variety of means to communicate.
  • To develop the skills of literacy and numeracy so that they can be used effectively in further work and craft.
  • To enrich the child's aesthetic and linguistic experience through story, poetry, music, drama, art and craft.
  • To encourage the children to be aware of and to enquire about their environment and to be aware of the geographical, historical and social development that have shaped their community and to use this to develop all learning processes.
  • To train the children to develop scientific and study skills through topic work, the use of resource material and the library.
  • To develop lively, enquiring minds capable of logical and sequential thought.
  • To develop relationships between children, teachers, parents and the community and use them to further the school's educational effectiveness.
  • To equip the children with 'life skills' such as respect, care for others (persons, property and opinion), sensitivity and critical awareness in order that they might become caring responsible citizens.
  • To provide each child's physical and manipulative development through drama, dance, movement, physical education and craft.
  • To help pupils to understand the dynamism of the world in which they live and the interdependence of all living and non-living things.
  • To capitalise on the talents of every member of staff and encourage professional development.
  • To carefully monitor progress in order to detect learning difficulties as soon as possible and to provide for those who are specially gifted as well as the under achievers.
  • To establish an environment within which teaching and support staff, governors, advisers, parents, future parents and friends of the school can work with each other for the successful achievement of these aims.