Curriculum Intent

All our children are entitled to a rich curriculum which provides learning experiences that support the mastering of the National Curriculum, develops a love of learning and gives opportunities to explore interests and talents building each individual child’s range of knowledge and skills. This is underpinned by our Mission Statement, where children are ‘happy in His loving care’. We strive to develop their confidence in their ability to learn independently, to persevere when learning is difficult, be resilient in the face of challenge, to work collaboratively and think critically. We believe that Education needs to be fun as well as serious study because enjoyment ensures higher levels of engagement which results in deeper learning. We seek to provide opportunities for development, not only through academic subjects and religious instruction but through all aspects of the school day, including breaks and lunchtimes, collective worship and extra-curricular activities.

At Saint Augustine Webster we recognise that our children come from hugely diverse backgrounds and we aim to give every child the opportunity to experience success. We pride ourselves in the pastoral care we are able to provide for all our children and support both groups and individuals with particular learning and assessment needs while working in partnership with parents, carers and the wider community.

The curriculum is based on a coherent Long Term school plan, linking areas of learning and builds sequentially through a child’s learning journey through Saint Augustine Webster. This is underpinned by our school aims and core values.

Our curriculum seeks to:

 

The impact of the school’s curriculum is measured through several means:

RE Statement of Intent

At St Augustine Webster we provide a Christian environment rich in experience that enables children to grow and develop intellectually, emotionally, morally, socially and physically in order to become autonomous, useful and caring members of our society. We strive to instil in children the desire to learn and to equip them with the necessary skills to do so.

St Augustine Webster’s Mission Statement explains how our academy exists to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in a Catholic atmosphere where we focus on Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life.  It is the duty of the staff to guide the personal, moral and spiritual growth of the children, assuming a responsibility towards the children’s eternal life and destiny. To this end, the Religious Education Programme of Study is presented as an integral part of daily living and opportunities will be offered daily to guide and review the events of life and the experience of learning in the context of Christian belief.

The formal Religious Education Programme of Study reflects the faith through the teachings and traditions of the Church of Christ, complementing the catechesis which takes place in the home and parish. The materials which lead this work come from Come and See, a religious education programme for Primary Schools, published with the authority of the Department for Catholic Education and Formation.

Religious Education presents pupils with the same academic demands and challenges as any other curriculum area.  The immediate aim of Religious Education is to promote knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, its relevance to the ultimate questions of life, and the skills required to engage in religious thinking.  In teaching R.E. our point of reference is the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”.  This provides us with a clear framework for the essential doctrines which should be either communicated or prepared for in the work of Religious Education.

Religious Education is presented to children of a wide range of commitment. It will be received in different ways and lead to different outcomes for different children.

Our Religious Education Programme of Study seeks to:

Through Religious Education we aim to involve pupils not only in the attainment of knowledge and understanding, but also in the acquisition and deployment of skills. The acquisition of skills is essential as a means to increasing knowledge and understanding. Through the programme of study, and the skills developed, it is our intention to help pupils to develop attitudes which may be grouped under the headings of:

WISDOM

an ability to look critically at the beliefs, values and morality of society; a thirst for meaning and willingness to learn.

UNDERSTANDING

a receptivity to the gift of being able to look beyond the immediate to seek for a meaning and purpose in one’s personal life and experience of others.

KNOWLEDGE

an openness which engenders the confidence necessary to integrate religious knowledge into a way of life.  It requires a respect for truth and an openness to search for meaning.

RIGHT JUDGEMENT

an awareness of the complexity of making choices and a willingness to discern the appropriateness of moral decisions in reference to personal experience and the experience of others.  It requires a sense of self-esteem and self-knowledge, a sense of community responsibility and a correct respect for authority.

COURAGE

a willingness to struggle with the challenges of religious thinking and of Christian living.  It requires a sense of personal dignity, a sense of personal responsibility and a clear sense of right and wrong.

REVERENCE

a respect for self;  a respect for others and awareness of obligations in justice and charity towards them.  It requires empathy, openness and sensitivity in relating to others, their views, opinions and beliefs.

AWE AND WONDER

a sense of the transcendent and the holy, springing from an awareness of the presence of God in self, others and in the world.  It requires respect for mystery and the gift of imagination.

The impact of the school’s Religious Education Programme of Study is measured through: