‘it is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’ (J.K.Rowling)
The world in which our children are growing up in is increasingly complex and is a mixture of live and virtual experiences. This presents us with many positive and exciting opportunities to learn about the wider world but brings with it challenges and risks.
Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure each and every child can ‘be the best people that can be’ by offering stimulating and awe-inspiring learning experiences with our Catholic values at its heart.
It is designed to meet the needs of the pupils at St Mary and St Andrew’s, not only by focussing on appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, but by modelling the virtues given to us by Christ. Our aspirational curriculum intends to develop individual and collaborative learning experiences; a positive growth mindset; a sense of responsibility and provide challenges that take learning beyond the classroom. The intention of our curriculum is to provide children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be safe and healthy, and the understanding of how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive and safe way. Our curriculum is planned to be inclusive of all learners, addresses protected characteristics and reflect the needs of our local community.
Working alongside families, parish and local community, our curriculum is implemented by staff with strong pedagogy and pedagogical content knowledge. The learning environment is stimulating and supportive for all children and provides a safe space for children to learn, make mistakes and learn from them. Providing children with coherently planned sequential learning opportunities to develop ‘sticky learning’; carefully informed assessment practices and the development of effective characteristics of learning drives our quality teaching and learning. To deliver our discreet programme of PSHE, we use Coram’s SCARF material – SCARF = Safety, Caring, Relationships and Friendships. Other bespoke materials are included to ensure this work covers all aspects of what we have identified as crucial to our children. This helps us to weave through our Golden Threads of: ‘Inclusion/Diversity/Growth Mindset and Success.’
Extra-curricular activities are a strength of our school. They are designed to complement our curriculum. enhance pupils’ learning experiences, form personal connections between pupils and their peers and teach skills essential for life after school.
Strong personal development and our children’s progress and achievement will be rigorously monitored, highly valued and reflect the success of every individual. Children will be supported to ‘be the best that they can be’ academically, personally, emotionally, socially and faithfully. When children leave our school, we aim to have helped to develop well-rounded, knowledgeable, deeply-faithful young people who are confident and resilient when facing personal, social, academic and professional challenges.
How do we do it!
Let’s do this together
Need help talking to your children about periods? Try https://bettyeducation.com/
Thinking about drinking? Some practical ways you can educate your children and teenagers about healthy ways to use alcohol and when it is appropriate to drink (the legal bits!) https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/news/guest-blog-a-parent-s-guide-to-preventing-underage-drinking?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=teenage_drinking_search&utm_term=teenage+drinking&gclid=Cj0KCQjwqoibBhDUARIsAH2OpWhAakc_IWDkjMpI_yUwgX4-MNhqYaIixuctVwswyco_68dasb66-LgaAv0PEALw_wcB
Online doesn’t have to be scary – have a look here for how to have healthy online behaviours and what to do if you’re worried!
You will find lots of useful links on our online safety page here at our school’s website https://www.st-mary-st-andrews.lancs.sch.uk/keeping-safe-online-keep-checking-back-for-more-information-this-page-is-being-updated/ – and don’t forget – come and talk to us. Staff have expertise in many online safety areas but if there’s something we don’t know, we have access to so much expert advice that we can share with you.
HRSE – Human relationships and sex education has its own page too. There, you will find our programmes of study, we use ‘Journey in Love’ to help our children prepare for puberty and changes from birth to adulthood. Thanks for your help in our recent consultation – you overwhelmingly voted in favour of this programme and the resources we use. https://www.st-mary-st-andrews.lancs.sch.uk/hrse/
Celebrations of our children’s work