Curriculum Overview

Like Our Lady we live wisely, think deeply, love generously in Christ

The goal of our Catholic education at Our Lady of Good Help is to live wisely, think deeply and love generously in Christ. Through doing this we aim that each person reaches their full potential. Our Catholic values underpin every aspect of our curriculum that promotes: equality, freedom, respect, tolerance, forgiveness and democracy.

Our curriculum is designed to offer our children a broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum adds richness and enjoyment to our pupils’ learning, fostering their interest in the wider-world, its processes and history, its people and their societies; in the arts and culture; in computing and the digital world; and in sports and healthy lifestyles. In all these it promotes values necessary to live in our society today.  We deliver the National Curriculum in a way which is appropriate to our city, our area and our school. It is a curriculum that sets in place firm foundations to promote life-long learning and develops self- esteem of the children.

R.E. is taught following the Archdiocese agreed syllabus "Come and See". This reinforces the values of our school and promotes the Catholicity of our mission statement.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage covers the development of children from the age of three to the end of the reception year. It recognises that early childhood is an important stage of life and has its own particular needs.

The Foundation Stage acknowledges the many valuable skills children have developed and the importance of the role that parents play in this. Children learn best from first-hand experience and learning is inter-related to help children to achieve to their full potential.

Children will begin school having had a range of different experiences and they will have learned a great deal, particularly from their families.

Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum

We have developed a topic based curriculum. Subjects covered within these topics in Key-Stage 1 (5-7) and Keystage 2 (7-11) are: English, Maths, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and P.E. Keystage 2 children also learn Spanish.

A detailed curriculum overview has been mapped out for all foundation subjects across Keystage 1 and 2.  As with English, Maths and Science, we teach skills and knowledge leading to independent application. Year-on- year, these are built upon ensuring progression through the school. Opportunities to apply English and Maths skills are planned into foundation subjects. Half-termly curriculum maps are sent to parents to ensure that skills taught in school can be reinforced at home.  Additionally, weekly Take Home sheets are shared with families to enable discussions about learning to take place at home.

Foundation subjects are assessed at the end of every topic using working towards, expected and greater depth criteria. This information is then used to plan for the application of skills across the curriculum. Opportunities are then given to revisit skills to help children deeper their understanding and knowledge and skills. Our curriculum is filled with first hand learning experiences, including visits to other settings, making good use of experts and subject specialists. Subject specialist that come into our school to further enhance the experiences of the children. These include: Computing, Performing Arts, PE and Well Being-Yoga.

Phonics & Reading

The school teaches phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme.

More information on this scheme can be found here:
Letters and Sounds

The reading scheme followed by the school is ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ This includes: Songbirds, Glow-worms, Snapdragons, Stories, Phonics, Fireflies, Treetops, Poetry. This is supplemented by Pearson’s Phonics Bug
Reading Policy 2016