The general aims of the curriculum of the School are to give the children a deep rooted faith in God, to extend the children’s knowledge of themselves and the world around them, to develop their skills and ideas as individuals and to help them to relate to others. The school’s curriculum includes Religious Education and all subjects in the National Curriculum. This means that the children follow programmes of study in:
- Religious Education
- Information and Communication Technology
- Design and Technology
- Art and Design
- Physical Education.
- Personal, social, health,
- Modern Foreign Languages
The National Curriculum is delivered in a way which will meet the needs of all pupils within the resources available. In order to do this effectively a variety of teaching methods are used, i.e. whole class, small groups and individual. Opportunities are provided for direct subject teaching of skills and children are also encouraged to become independent learners. Literacy is a priority area in the curriculum, and as such a literacy lesson is operational daily in each class. At the Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 additional time is allocated for guided reading and at KS2 additional time is also allocated for extended writing. Literacy is also supported by daily Phonics lessons. The delivery of Phonics is supported by Letter and Sounds, Phonics Bug, Phonics Play and the Lexia Programme. A daily numeracy lesson is timetabled for each class and there is a strong emphasis in developing pupils’ numeracy skills including mental dexterity.
Religious Education Curriculum
As a Catholic School, Religious Education is provided within the timetable according to the syllabus authorised by the Archbishop of Lancaster, “The Way, the Truth and the Life”. R.E. Education is also supported with the 'Come and See' programme. Sacred Heart is a Catholic school and as such a Catholic ethos pervades all that takes place within our school community. It is a parent’s legal right to withdraw pupils from RE lessons or collective worship but by so doing would negate the reason for choosing a Catholic school. Parents who wish to exercise this right should see the Headteacher, who will make arrangements accordingly. On certain occasions during the year Mass is celebrated in school whilst on other occasions as a school we visit Sacred Heart Church. Other religious services and special assemblies are considered an integral part of school life and important in the spiritual
development of the child.
Physical Education Curriculum
The PE curriculum is subdivided into gymnastics, games, swimming, dance, and outdoor/adventurous activities. The former two take place in the hall and games are played on the playground. Sporting Aims : The school aims to give all children the opportunity to experience a variety of sports and for as many as possible the opportunity to play as a member of a team. The school was awarded the ACTIVE MARK for exceptional delivery within the P.E. and sport strategy in 2008. In order to comply with Lancashire Authority safety guidelines, the wearing of earrings is not permitted during PE or swimming.
Swimming is a regular feature of the timetable for pupils in Key Stage 2 who attend Fulwood Leisure Centre on a weekly basis.
Outdoor and Adventure Activities
Pupils in Year 6 are offered the opportunity of a residential activity holiday, usually at an accredited Lancashire Outdoor Education Centre.(Hothersall Lodge)
If you have any queries about the New Curriculum please don't hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher who will be happy to give you more information.