Curriculum Intent, Implementation, Impact
A Better Start for a Finer Finish
'Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us' Hebrews 12:1
At St Stephen’s, our curriculum strives to develop resilient, reflective and independent learners who make progress across the curriculum and achieve the highest standards possible in a safe, secure environment that pupils can thrive within.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure that every child achieves their full potential and has access to a range of rich experiences and opportunities, whatever their starting point or circumstances, in order to provide children with ‘a better start for a finer finish.’
In order to successfully deliver a structured, rich curriculum with clear progression of skills, we follow the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and use a number of different approaches in subjects to explore the topics taught.
The use of technology has an important place in school enabling our children to become technologically confident as well as inspiring and motivating them to apply their skills across the curriculum. Our curriculum is further enhanced by a wealth of extra-curricular sporting activities as well as through a range of educational visits for children to extend and apply their knowledge and understanding of topics by bringing them to life.
At St Stephen’s, we teach subjects discretely using a wide range of valuable resources. Building on this, we take every opportunity to exploit cross-curricular links to provide pupils with meaningful experiences to enable them to apply the skills learnt in a number of ways.
Each class teacher is responsible for a subject area that is linked to their passion and they use their skill set to ensure their subject has a continuous cycle of improvement following a ‘monitor, plan, do, review’ approach.
The use of ongoing assessment trackers and termly data analysis in each subject area enables teachers and leaders to identify pupils achieving well as well as those in need of additional support so that provision can be adapted proactively and swiftly.
The achievement of our pupils can be seen in a number of ways including:
pupils, parents, staff and stakeholders who are proud of their achievements;
the high standards that pupils achieve academically;
pupils who are well-equipped, confident and ready to move onto their next phase of learning.
Our school values, the St Stephen’s Six, are at the heart of our school. Providing children with an awareness of these values, and ensuring they understand the importance of them, enable our children to be better equipped for today and the future.