At St Julian’s Church School we offer a curriculum which uses the National Curriculum in England as the framework. Our aim is that our curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The opportunities offered within our curriculum are designed to ensure each and every child can succeed and shine, where gifts and talents are celebrated, nurtured and shared. We want our children to be curious, independent learners who have strong skills for learning. We want our children to leave primary school having achieved their fullest potential and able to continue to flourish in secondary school, something that is encapsulated in our school vision: Aim High-believe-succeed.
Our overarching vision is that children in both Shoscombe and St Julian’s have ‘big aspirations’ and have had the opportunity to ‘branch out for learning’. This is underpinned by the Christian narrative – Jesus said ‘I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit’ (John 15:5). The fruits of the spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It is our intent that through our deeply Christian ethos, reflected throughout our curriculum, our children will learn to know, understand and live these ‘fruits’ and have the confidence and self-belief to flourish.
Our curriculum offers the opportunity for cultural capital, improving social mobility and developing basic life skills. Our children will also develop strong learning habits that will serve them for life.
We recognise that the personal development of children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures. SMSC development will take place across all curriculum areas, within activities that encourage children to recognise the spiritual dimension of their learning, reflect on the significance of what they are learning, and to recognise any challenges that there may be to their own attitude and lifestyle.
Our children learn the skills of reading, writing and maths daily with frequent practise of the basic skills of spelling, handwriting and times tables also planned daily. Our wider curriculum is organised into a 2-year rolling programme so as to ensure full coverage of the national curriculum within our mixed aged classes.
To find out more about the intent, implementation and impact of our curriculum please read the attached Curriculum Statement.