St Gilbert's Curriculum
A Rationale for Curriculum Design at St Gilbert’s RC Primary School – INTENT
‘Inspired by St Gilbert, as God’s family, we are growing in love and faith, becoming the best that we can be’.
Inspired by our role model, Jesus Christ, our curriculum first, and foremost, aims to develop all our children so that they are able to, ‘have life and have it to the full’. (John 10:10). Therefore, we see each individual as a child of God, made in His image and likeness and, therefore, deserving only of the very best.
At St Gilbert’s, our curriculum is ambitious and aims to give all of our learners the knowledge and cultural capital that they will need to succeed in life and indeed live their lives to the full.
We believe that being fluent in knowledge leads to children being able to develop and apply the relevant skills that they need in order to make them successful learners. Therefore, our curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced, and focuses on an in-depth understanding of topic areas. We believe that this is best achieved using a cross-curricular approach where appropriate.
At St Gilbert’s we want to develop learners under the 4Cs of the 21st century:-
We want them to be Critical thinkers and problem solvers
We want them to be good Communicators who are able to understand their learning and coherently present their ideas
We want them to be excellent Collaborators who can work co-operatively and productively with others
They are already Co-Creators and stewards of God’s creation. We want them to continue to develop this talent so that they can produce the highest quality work and use this talent in order to change, challenge and transform the world in which they live in order to make it a place fit for God’s children
Moreover, at St Gilbert’s, we want to develop lifelong learners who have a real love of learning – innovators who are not afraid to take risks and, as a result, develop as confident, independent and resilient learners.
The curriculum that we offer at St Gilbert’s starts with, takes into account the needs of all of our pupils and is designed to encourage them to challenge and question the world in which we live and think about how their place in the world can make it better. We want to develop future change makers who believe that all is achievable through hard work, dedication and determination.
In order to ensure that our curriculum is relevant to our children, we draw on the rich reserves of our locality in order to support topics taught. The curriculum is further enhanced by a variety of extra-curricular learning opportunities, outdoor provision, trips, visits by external agencies and extra-curricular clubs.
To summarise, we offer a broad curriculum that has a clear intent for each subject area. This clearly informs our planning, teaching, learning and assessment. Our curriculum is rooted in the needs of the community at St Gilbert’s in order that each individual is valued as a unique part of God’s family. Our aim is to uncover and grow to fruition the unique God-given gift that each individual bears.
Our R.E. Curriculum is taken from the Scheme 'Come and see' as recommended by the Salford Diocese.
EYFS and Key Stage 1
Our book banded reading scheme is made up of books from Oxford Reading Tree, Dandelion Launchers, Bug Club, Collins Big Cat and a variety of other reading schemes. It includes books that reinforce the phonics that the children are learning in class. Throughout the scheme the children to take home a range of picture, fiction and non-fiction books. Once children have reached the end of the scheme they can choose their reading book from our library. This is also colour-coded and the children move onto a new level as they progress with their reading. Each class also has a reading corner with a supply of more books to read for pleasure.
At St Gilbert's we teach phonics across EYFS & KS1 by following the Read, Write, Inc. scheme. We follow Phases 1 - 6 starting in EYFS. Please click here for more information.