Our ‘Childhood Curriculum’ at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School
‘Childhood is not preparation for life, childhood is life.’ (Professor T. Ripaldi)
As well as ensuring that our children are academically prepared for the next step in their educational journey, we are passionate about ensuring our children’s school days truly are ‘the happiest days’ of their lives. Our ‘Childhood Curriculum’ is designed to ensure all our children leave St. Matthew’s with a breadth of experiences, designed and delivered with the purpose of developing key life skills. It is the intention of our ‘Childhood curriculum’ to improve communication, build confidence, encourage creativity, embrace challenge and enact positive change.
At St. Matthew’s we strive to deliver a curriculum which will also enable our children to be ready for the next stage of their educational journey and for adult life. As such, we have worked in collaboration with our partnership school, St. Thomas More to develop a curriculum offer which provides our children with the building blocks for future success.
We see our curriculum as both structured to meet the needs of our pupils, but also, importantly as dynamic, so that our pupils benefit from the opportunities presented by an ever-changing world.
Across all subjects, each programme of study has been carefully devised so that learning is both sequential and purposeful. We place equal weight on the acquisition of both knowledge and skills and we place a heavy emphasis on our ‘Make it Stick’ principle. In practice, this means that our children are provided with regular opportunities to embed prior learning and consolidate core knowledge and skills that they will require for future success.
‘The 7 Cs’
Communication. Confidence. Creativity. Challenge. Change.
Communication brings people together. Through focusing on the development of communication skills, we will be empowering our pupils and enhancing their ability to collaborate with peers and to convey their thoughts and feelings in an age-appropriate way.
Confidence is the cornerstone on which future success is built. Through accessing our broad and enriched curriculum, our children will grow in self-confidence and realise the importance of self-acceptance. Our curriculum will offer all children the opportunity to shine whether it be through the arts, STEM or through sport.
Creativity is experimenting, growing, taking risks, making mistakes and having fun. Our curriculum is designed to inspire our children to look at things in different ways and to challenge their notions of what is possible.
Challenge is what makes life interesting and overcoming it is what makes life meaningful. Not only will our children face and embrace challenges through our curriculum, they will be encouraged to challenge the status quo so that they can become leaders of the future.
Change is inevitable. Our curriculum is dynamic so that it reflects the constancy of change, both within the individual, and in the world. Our children will learn that change is good and that it should be embraced and not feared.