We believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the idea that both adults and children learn new things every day. We expect that the children will learn respect for others, resilience in dealing with life’s challenges and will take responsibility for their own actions. We celebrate the success of all the children and will always endeavour to seek new ways to improve the quality of learning opportunities for our children. Learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone. We also want our children to develop a growth mindset. When a child has a growth mindset, they understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. Through our teaching and our rich and challenging curriculum, we equip learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to be successful later in life.
At St. Patrick’s we strive to ensure that every child receives a broad, balanced curriculum. We want our children to achieve the highest possible standards in reading, writing and maths, but believe it is equally important that they enjoy learning in a range of other subject areas. Every child in our school is recognised as individual and unique. The ability to learn is underpinned in curriculum subject areas by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and vocabulary. There are clear, identified end points in each phase of learning which build upon what has been taught before and gives pupils the required knowledge and skills for their next stage of learning. Our curriculum at St. Patrick’s is not solely focused on academic subjects and achievement. Our school’s curriculum drivers, Community, Communication, Wider World, Possibilities and Healthy Lifestyles allow us to build on children’s talents as well as giving them opportunities that they may not take be familiar with. We provide pupils with rich learning experiences, educational visits, residentials, extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities. We want children to have fun at school and talk about their primary school years as being full of great memories.
Our vision is to provide an overall education which prepares each pupil with the tools and strategies needed to cope with the challenges currently posed in modern day Britain e.g. social media, health and relationships and finance. We also aim to ensure that our pupils know how to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society. We want our pupils to take an active part in developing links between the Parish and local community so they are able to relate their learning to their own experiences.
Alongside the teaching of knowledge, skills and vocabulary, here at St. Patrick’s, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our school community including, staff, pupils and families. We pursue this aim using both universal and whole school approaches as well as specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play. We have a dedicated member of staff in school that deals with the emotional well-being of all our school community. Pupils are encouraged to talk openly about their mental well-being and access support as and when required. We aim to provide pupils will the tools and strategies needed to cope when faced with challenges within school or home life.
Using our Curriculum Drivers and Jesuit Pupil Profile we aim to enable all children to:
- Feel safe and valued as part of a caring community that celebrates success
- Be independent thinkers / learners who are able to seek solutions creatively and cooperatively
- Develop an enquiring mind and be able to ask questions
- Be confident enough to take risks in their learning
- Experience and actively participate in a relevant, enjoyable curriculum that evolves to meet the needs of all
- Be able to listen and articulate responses showing consideration to others
- Be polite and courteous
- Be proactive in their responsibilities towards the community, society, the environment and economy, linking ‘real life’ with their learning
- Understand and respect diversity
- Be aware of and recognise their own learning needs and be involved in planning future steps
- Develop a sense of self-esteem: be well balanced and healthy individuals
To ensure that each subject area is developed and enhanced each teacher leads a subject, monitoring how it is taught, how well children are progressing and what actions the school needs to take to improve the teaching and learning the children receive.
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