2017/18 Curriculum Statement
At Sacred Heart we carefully design, plan and implement a curriculum which provides breadth for every pupil.
We believe that the mission of Sacred Heart Catholic Academy in educating children, is not simply to impart information or to provide training in skills intended to deliver some economic benefit to society; education is not and must never be considered as purely utilitarian. It is about forming the human person, equipping him or her to live life to the full – in short it is about imparting wisdom.
All teaching and learning is focussed on the uniqueness of each person made in God’s image and likeness. Here is the development of understanding that God has placed a desire for happiness in every human person, and by God’s gifts of reason and free will, human beings are capable of knowing and choosing good and rejecting all that is wrong.
Through Christ the gift of eternal life is assured. Love of neighbour involves respect for the religious beliefs of other people, particularly other Christians and the main world religions.
Our Curriculum proiorities are:
- Aspirations- we aim to provide experiences which show children the wider range of possibilities available for their future
- Initiative- we aim to offer experiences which help them to become independent and resourceful learners
- Environment- we aim to provide experiences which help our pupils to value God's creation, on a local and global level
We have embedded the wider curriculum so that it meets the requirements of our children in the light of the latest National Curriculum review. This exciting development includes a computing curriculum ( Purple Mash) that will integrate new technologies, programming and media into school life. Our curriculum continues to ensure that our children’s learning is both meaningful and benefits from a specific focus on the core.
Our wider curriculum, at the moment,is based around Cornerstones. This is being further developed in the Spring term of 2018 and will be trialled by 2 year groups in the Summer term. Our maths curriculum is based around White Rose maths and our english curriculum is based around Word Smith.
To get a feel for the sorts of things your child will be learning this year, please click on the year group buttons or links below. As we build up this website further, there will be photographs too.
Phonics at our school
We follow the Ruth Miskin scheme for teaching phonics from Foundation 1 onwards. In F1, F2, Year 1 and Year2 phonics is taught as a separate lesson and from Year 3 onwards, it is used as an intervention for children who need a bit more time to grasp the concepts.
When your child starts in F1 or F2, you will have a chance to learn more about phonics teaching from their teacher. Please practice at home with them- children learn much quicker if this happens!
Reading at our school
Children are encouraged to love books and read for pleasure. We do have a number of different 'scheme' books which children can choose to take home but there are also 'real' books in every classroom to encourage reading of fiction and non-fiction.
This year in particular, we are focussing on all aspects of reading in school. We are passionate that by the time children leave the school, they will want to read for pleasure. Look out for lots of lovely workshops, special days and activities about reading over the year.
Mrs, Ong has developed a booklet for each year group to help parents to read with their child at home. Please ask at parnet's evening for your booklet.