At Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School, we believe that the child is at the centre of our pedagogy.
At Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School, we aim to open the children’s eyes to the world, through a wide range of experiences and through a language-rich environment. We aim to build on the wealth of knowledge and skills children already have when they arrive at the school, and we recognise parents as the first educator in their child’s life. We also recognise that all children are unique, so celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. Therefore, our curriculum is child-centred forming the core of our pedagogy:
Faith: Prayer and worship are central to the life of this school. In EYFS we build the foundations of the children’s knowledge of their faith. Allowing them to consider the importance of belief and inspiring them to live like Jesus would like us to. We aim to promote God’s teachings and being part of a church family.
Community and Harmonious Relationships: In the EYFS, developing communication and language as well as personal, social and emotional skills are essential for children to be able to build solid and harmonious relationships with family and friends. At Blessed Dominic Catholic School, we model how to be a positive part of the community. As an EYFS team we actively encourage and work with parents to support the school with their child’s learning.
Memorable Experiences: Blessed Dominic believes that all children deserve an education rich in memorable experiences that allow for their creativity and curiosity to grow alongside their development of key skills and knowledge. We believe that offering our children a strong foundation and a love of learning gives them the best foundation to become well-rounded, happy individuals, ready to succeed in an ever-changing world.
Nurturing individuality: Here at Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School we want children to grow and prosper. We aim to inspire children at an early age to express their individuality. We value respect and responsibility, individuality and inclusivity, confidence and kindness. We aim to nurture each unique child to value themselves and develop self-worth in order to thrive in life.
Ambitious Learning: As an Early Years team we recognise that the way children learn has huge potential to empower them to be confident, creative lifelong learners. In our provisions we follow their interests, encourage them to make independent choices about their learning, and support them to develop their thinking skills through skilful adult interactions.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Problem-solving is an integral part of our everyday provision. We believe this is an expectation rather than an added extra, and rely on a 'have a go' ethos. We aim to create a safe environment to enable our children to feel confident and secure in their surroundings. We want them to feel free to make choices and be better equipped to solve problems, both on their own and collaboratively.
At Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School, we provide our children with a broad and balanced curriculum which is developed through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. There are seven key areas of learning and development that shapes our educational programme.
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We recognise the importance of giving our children the best possible start to their education by planning and implementing teaching and learning opportunities across all seven key areas in our indoor and outdoor environment. Our curriculum supports curiosity, wonder and awe through learning. We encompass and support the unique needs and interests of each child, enabling them to learn new skills and acquire new knowledge, recognising children’s prior learning and experiences which are built upon as they move through our school.