St. Hild’s Church of England School Curriculum Vision and Intent.
At St. Hild’s Church of England School we aim to provide all our pupils with a world class education in a Christian context.
We expect to find God at work in our school, and our vision for our curriculum provision is routed in our core values of care, honesty, equality, respect and responsibility, and our motto “life in all its fullness”.
It is our intent that the curriculum at St. Hild’s offers the opportunity for all pupils to:
- Care for themselves, their community and the world in which they live. Helping them to develop into good citizens.
- Be honest about what they can do and where they need support so all can experience success.
- Have equality of opportunity whilst still having their individual needs met.
- Respect other pupils right to learn and develop good behaviour for learning.
- Take responsibility for their own learning and develop resilience and a love of learning.
We are aware that children develop at different rates and so there are no “pathways” at St. Hild’s; pupils are given the opportunities to explore their talents and so our curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant and personalised. Our pupils are encouraged to work hard and aim for excellence. Our Inclusion offer gives more bespoke support for pupils with their learning.
Alternative Curriculum Days, where the normal timetable for the whole school is suspended, happen each term. These days offer pupils the opportunity to work with external providers, engage in enrichment and to develop their interpersonal skills. Alternative Curriculum Days, along with our Worship, Assembly, Registration and PSHE programmes support pupils’ character development. SMSC, Careers, British Values, Staying Safe and Study Skills are also delivered through these programmes.
To ensure pupils have a calm and orderly start to their day, we begin with Registration. Thought for the Day is a focus, along with readiness for the working day. For pupils in Years 7 to 9 there is also a focus on reading. Developing the literacy skills of all pupils is important to us and we have a school library that supports pupils to discover a love of reading.
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
All subjects follow the National Curriculum and show ambition for pupils at each Key Stage to develop their knowledge and skills to reach age appropriate end points.
As a response to the global pandemic all schools have had to evolve the way they teach and pupils learn. We have adopted Microsoft TEAMS to deliver a recovery curriculum. Using on-line learning to ensure all lessons are accessible for pupils who are working from home; this will improve pupils’ digital literacy and confidence. Our home learning provision is not solely focused on-line, and activities are planned to ensure pupils take time away from the virtual world to focus on well-being.
- communicated with Parents/Carers about how lessons are provided
- provided laptops and IT support
- evolved our on-line teaching skills
- adopted TEAMS as a safe, reliable and accessible platform
- developed and are delivering a blended, recovery curriculum that sequences
knowledge and skills to ensure learning is secured
- ensured all teaching and in-class support staff have had the CPD required to deliver quality on-line learning
Key Stage 3
Pupils in Key Stage 3 follow the National Curriculum; English, Maths, Science, Creative Industries (Art, Food and Technology), Drama, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Computing, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education which offers a broad and balanced educational diet.
Each department has a curriculum plan that ensures knowledge is well planned, sequenced, resourced and revisited. Assessments are used as end points to capture what pupils can do and what they know; this informs future learning.
Pupils have a lesson dedicated to Accelerated Reading. Opportunity is given in Years 7 and 8 for the personalisation of the curriculum for those who require more support with literacy.
Key Stage 4
Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum is broad so that pupils can experience a range of opportunities across the curriculum; balanced because it is unwise for pupils to narrow down their options before the age of 16; relevant to pupils’ individual needs; personalised so that the level and type of work are suited to the ability of each individual pupil.
We believe in curriculum principles which have stood the test of time and will stand our pupils in good stead for the future, regardless of the continually changing face of education politics.
In Key Stage 4, pupils have enhanced time for the core subjects of English and Maths.
As a Church School, it is right that all pupils take GCSE RE.
The time for PE recognises the importance of maintaining health and fitness in our lives and promoting positive mental health and well-being through exercise.
All pupils have the opportunity to study Separate Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics; this is reviewed at the end of Year 10 and again following the mock examinations in Year 11; those pupils who struggle to keep pace with the increased content will then follow the Combined Science route.
Pupils select three option choices to give more time to enable study in greater depth, whilst still allowing for a broad and balanced curriculum overall. Option choices have been carefully grouped to ensure a balanced curriculum. Within this framework, which accommodates the ‘English Baccalaureate’, pupils can take between six and 10 GCSEs or equivalent according to their abilities.
Our Level 2 courses are predominantly GCSE courses, but we offer BTECs in Health and Social Care, Travel and Tourism, PE, and Engineering. Due to the level of difficulty of some courses on offer, we do stipulate eligibility criteria for selecting these courses.
Use is made of alternative provision to meet the needs of some identified pupils. In creating our offer, we carefully listen to pupil demand and where possible, we will find ways to facilitate courses where pupil numbers are small, for example GCSE Music.
Our extra-curricular offer is used to enhance and enrich provision, even in the current climate. There are a range of local, national and international field trips, various sporting activities and clubs; we run a successful Sports Leadership course. Performing Arts is developing and there is an annual performance. Art club and the Librarian programme are well established and highly successful provisions. New additions to our provision are the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the Community Group.