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Curriculum Statement

At St Vincent’s we offer an inclusive, broad and balanced curriculum which is designed to give children the knowledge and skills to prepare them for the next stage in their education. We aim to create aspirational targets for our children, increasing their potential for achievement in life, whilst holding on to their Christian values and duty to care for all in God's world.

Teaching and Learning

  • Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)
  • Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2)
  • Key Stage 2 (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6)

Foundation Stage

Children are currently admitted into Nursery in the September following their third birthday and they start in Reception Class in the September before they are five.
In the Foundation Stage we provide children with the facilities to make progress towards the early learning goals. These goals cover seven areas of young children's development and learning. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in Nursery and Reception. The framework outlines seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early year's settings. It focusses on three prime areas of learning as the foundation for all learning.

The three prime areas of learning are:
• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development

The four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied are:
• literacy
• mathematics
• understanding the world
• expressive arts and design

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

The English Curriculum objectives are taught through quality texts. Maths is taught through the Collins scheme. The school teaches phonics through the letters and sounds programme.
The foundation subjects are taught through the Cornerstones Curriculum.
This is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum, to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.

The curriculum is delivered through topics which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children’s learning. Every unit begins with a Memorable Experience and every unit ends with a celebration/performance.

We believe our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will inspire and excite children, requiring them to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Children in Key Stage 2 are taught a modern foreign language which is French.

A full list of subject areas and what is covered is outlined on each year group's curriculum map on their class page.

Religious Education

We believe that R.E. embraces both your child's life and the life of the school. Through our R.E. programme we provide daily opportunities for your child to explore through different mediums, for example; scripture, worship, singing, art, poetry and music. These are all ways of enhancing our Christian community.

Our school policy aims to foster the religious growth and development of children during their time with us. This is achieved through a partnership with home and parish. This aim is reflected in our Mission Statement.

We follow the 'Come and See' RE programme, a scheme based on the teachings of the Catholic church. Within our RE programme the children are also taught about aspects of other faiths.

The Parish, supported by the school, undertakes preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

The right of parents to withdraw their child from Religious Education and collective worship must be discussed with the Head Teacher/Governing Body prior to admission to the school.

Sex Education

We recognise that it is the privilege of parents to inform and educate their children in all matters concerning sexual development. We also recognise that parents need the support of the Christian community in this sensitive task. At school we teach the facts of human development in accordance with the age of the children, the demands of the National Curriculum and in the light of Christ's teaching on love, marriage and the sanctity of life. To teach this aspect of the curriculum the school follows the Journey in Love programme and parents are invited to a meeting each year to view the materials and content of the programme.

We provide a context in which respectful, warm relationships are fostered between staff and pupils so that children's attitudes are strengthened by their experiences of life in school. (Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education provided – but not from teaching of the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction that is necessary under National Curriculum science).

We follow the developmental programme 'Journey in Love' sponsored by Brentwood Religious Education Service and endorsed by Bishop Alan Williams.

If you require any further information about the school's curriculum, please see our termly curriculum newsletters, curriculum maps or feel free to speak to your child's class teacher.