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St Agatha's Curriculum

Rationale

At St Agatha’s School the children are offered a broad, exciting and creative curriculum to enthuse and motivate them in their learning. The requirements of the National Curriculum are fully encompassed in all subjects; core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Religious Education and the foundation subjects of Art, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Spanish (MFL) and Technology. The children are also offered the opportunity to experience dance, drama, poetry, presentation skills and investigations.

Class teachers have high expectations of both behaviour and learning with a focus on attainment as well as progression. Careful planning ensures that the curriculum provides challenge for all children with opportunities for them to continue their learning at greater depth. Staff provide an environment which is stimulating to engage all learners but is also safe, allowing children to take risks with their learning.

To support the children’s attitude towards their learning, St Agatha’s has a whole school initiative based on Guy Claxton’s ‘Learning to Learn’ and the work of Carol Dweck on ‘Fixed and Growth Mindset’. The children are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, to reflect on what they have learnt and to be resilient when learning is not easy.

The combination of a creative curriculum and ownership of their learning will prepare the children from St Agatha’s to be lifelong, independent learners in the 21st Century.