At St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School we teach and encourage the transferable skills for independent, life-long learning. We shape our curriculum to reflect the ethos, aims and values of our school. In every year group throughout the school, our teachers plan a series of topic-based approaches to learning which are based on the 2014 National Curriculum and firmly rooted upon a set of skills that are progressive.
What is a Creative Curriculum?
Creative Curriculum is the umbrella term used for the creative and humanities subjects. We teach Geography, History, Art, DT, Computing and Music, alongside the core subjects of Literacy Numeracy, Science and RE, in order to provide a broad and well-rounded curriculum for the children. Creative Curriculum topics are centred on a ‘topic hook’, which we use to engage our learners. This year, some of our topics have included The Gunpowder Plot, The Great Fire of London, World War Two, Shakespeare, Space, The Stone Age, Ancient Greece and the Romans.
Within each class, mid-term plans show the links between subjects and over each topic we are able to meet our curriculum objectives for a given subject. In addition to our weekly teaching, we also have several subject days each year, which enable us to have a whole school focus on a topic. These days have proved highly successful in engaging children both at school and at home and have produced excellent quality work from the children as well as promoting a passion for learning. Our Art days have been hugely successful, enabling children to explore and produce a wide range of pieces of work. We also like children to continue to study the topic area at home and encourage parents to work with their child on topic projects which they then showcase back at school.
To further support the delivery of our creative curriculum, we visit local museums, galleries and subject specialists for educational visits. Over the last year, we have made visits to Beamish, The Great North Museum and the Discovery Museum as well inviting subject specialists into school to increase the children’s understanding of and aspirations in foundation subjects. These opportunities are key to helping the children to realise their potential in a range of subjects. In addition, we celebrate cultural diversity within our school, with themed school lunches, language clubs and dance festivals.
We have excellent links with staff in our MAT partner school, St Thomas More, and they have visited and worked with our children. This aids transition across the key stages and helps our children to be confident in their move to secondary at the end of KS2.
We now have two Forest School Leaders in school. Following completion of our building work, we are working to further develop our outside area to enable us to continue to deliver ‘Forest School’ sessions to our children to build their confidence in outdoor learning and to support the delivery of our foundation subjects.
We place a strong emphasis on developing creativity in all areas of a broad and rich curriculum and prioritise independence in learning to encourage all our children to make their own choices, as well as supporting each other. Our children are excited by their learning and are able to develop a wide range of skills that they will be able to carry with them throughout life.
In our ‘Curriculum Overview’ sections, you will find Termly Overviews and Creative Medium Term Plans to keep you up-to-date with what your child is learning so that you can better support them at home.