Curriculum Statement and
Policy on Teaching and learning

St Winifred’s is a nurturing, inclusive and happy school which promotes a love of learning in our pupils. Everything we do is underpinned by our Catholic faith and our belief in the uniqueness of every child. Through our inclusive approach, our children are taught to respect, value and learn from other cultures and faiths.
We encourage our children to have high expectations of themselves and aspire to be the very best that they can be.

At St Winifred’s, we are committed to ensuring an excellent quality of education through a vibrant and challenging curriculum which is greatly enhanced by a wide range of enriching experiences in all class. Sports, music and the arts are highly valued in our school and we ensure that every child is nurtured to develop their gifts in these areas. We work to provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment for all our pupils so that learning can take place in a nurturing and secure atmosphere.

We are a Rights Respecting School and therefore teach our pupils about their rights in relation to the UN convention on the rights of the child(CRC).

We recognise that ensuring a high quality of education at St Winifred’s is the responsibility of the whole school community : teachers, headteacher, governors, and support staff , parents and carers. We are therefore committed to fully involving all of these members of our community.
We have a wide range of structures in place to ensure that both teaching and learning are effective in our schools ( policies and schemes etc..). These structures are documented and issued to each member of the school community as appropriate, and are regularly reviewed.

We have agreed on the common aims and principles which form the basis of all teaching and learning in our school.

We aim to enable all children to:

• become confident, independent learners
• have full access the Early Years and National Curriculum
• have access to the whole curriculum
              aesthetic and creative
              moral and spiritual
              linguistic and literary
              mathematical
              scientific
              technological
              social
              physical

• be aware of their rights and the rights of others according to the UN Convention on the rights of the child (CRC)
• develop self awareness, self esteem and confidence
• develop their potential, their gifts and abilities, and their interests
• develop the ability to persevere
• develop curiosity and an enquiring and questioning attitude
• develop the ability to identify and solve problems
• develop the ability to work and play collaboratively
• develop relationships
• take pride in themselves and their work
• recognise and celebrate diversity
• develop understanding, empathy and tolerance
• develop understanding of how their actions and decisions affect themselves and others

We aim to achieve this:
• through our Mission as a Catholic school
• through the whole curriculum
• effective planning, record keeping and assessment
• target setting, monitoring and evaluating
• in a happy, safe, secure, stimulating environment
• with the support and involvement of the whole community
• through a ‘Rights and Respect’ school steering group

We believe that learning is of a high standard when:

• we all have realistically high expectations of all our children
• children are motivated, involved, engaged, stimulated, interested and challenged
• children are encouraged to question, reason, predict, solve problems and ‘have a go’
• learning is child-centred
• children are clear about what they are learning and why they are learning it
• tasks and activities are relevant and meaningful
• continuity, enrichment and progression are carefully planned
• the learning process is valued as much as the outcomes
• children are enabled to take responsibility for their own learning and are clear of expectations
• parents/carers are involved as much as possible
• children are given opportunities to work independently and collaboratively
• children are enabled to transfer learning from one context to another – making vital links
• children are enabled to sustain concentration
• achievement and effort are recognised, valued and celebrated
• children are enabled to reflect on their learning
• barriers to learning are identified and appropriate support is given to close gaps
• tasks are appropriately matched to ability and needs
• children are clear about the school guidelines and behaviour policy
• children are aware of routines

We believe that teaching is of a high standard when:

• we have a consistent whole school approach
• lesson content is carefully planned, has clear outcomes and is structured to ensure progression and development
• teachers have a good knowledge of subject content
• assessment and record keeping informs planning on a daily as well as long term basis
• planned lessons follow the National Curriculum
• tasks are clearly explained
• children are interested, motivated,challenged, and achieving their potential
• children are happy secure and stimulated
• work is appropriately differentiated to ensure all pupils are fully engaged
• marking includes target setting in which the children are involved
• the classroom is well resourced and organised to promote independent learning
• a variety of teaching strategies and approaches are used to match the needs of the children, environment and subject area
• learning is taking place as appropriate:
whole class
groups
collaborative
individual

• children are learning in a variety of ways as appropriate: direct teaching, individual, research, practical experience etc.
• teaching assistant time is carefully planned and expectations are agreed
• children are learning from each other
• relationships are based on mutual trust, respect and confidence
• full use is made of the school environment and of opportunities for educational visits
• teaching expertise is shared
• professional development is actively encouraged and targets set
• children’s work is regularly moderated
• whole school monitoring systems are in place
• staff work together as a team to plan and to support each other
• formal systems are in place for passing on records
• time is allocated appropriately to subjects

We believe that learning environments promote achievement of high standards when:

• children’s work is valued, celebrated and shared through the displays throughout the school
• classrooms are planned, organised, and managed in order to make resources readily available to promote independence and stimulate learning
• the working environment is clean and tidy
• care is taken of resources and of the whole environment
• the local community is used as a resource