Curriculum Statement of Intent
To ensure that our school is authentically and distinctively Catholic, we are called to be witness to a living Catholic Faith by being at the heart of the community through the ethos we create and the environment, curriculum and experiences we provide.
‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full’ John 10:10
The context of our school is similar to others in our area. A significant number of pupils come from low socio-economic and challenging backgrounds. In the last academic year the percentage of children living in the 30% most deprived area of Bolton was above 50% running through school. 27% of the school population is entitled to PPG. The percentage of children currently on roll recognised as having SEN is 12%. Current attendance is 96%.
Due to this context and the knowledge of families our barriers to learning are identified as poor language and communication, limited aspirations and limited life experiences beyond our locality.
At SS Osmund and Andrew’s we believe that we know our children and our families very well. Our curriculum has been carefully structured to meet the needs of our school context; to enable all our children to overcome barriers and develop knowledge and understanding across all subjects in a structured and sequential manner.
Language, communication and reading is at the heart of our learning. We offer a highly tructured programme for phonics teaching alongside the development of higher order reading skills, the deliberate sharing of the highest quality literature and the development of explicit opportunities to broaden and deepen vocabulary. Reading opportunities are planned into a wide range of subjects and this underpins the success of our broad and balanced curriculum.
The intent of our curriculum is to develop a can do attitude to learning, a lifelong enjoyment and desire to learn and a resilience when faced with difficulties. We provide additional experiences beyond the classroom to inspire the learning journey and raise aspirations.
We have very high expectations for all of our children and their standards of attainment, progress and achievement. Children are taught the skills to enable them to access learning that is challenging, exciting, interesting and creative. We aim to teach all our children how to question, reason, be critical, self- aware and to be motivated. We do this through a coherently planned and sequenced curriculum that not only builds on previous learning, but also prepares our children for success in future education.