Curriculum Intent at Blessed Dominic 

 

At Blessed Dominic, senior leaders, staff and Governors place great importance on a curriculum that develops the whole child. Through our core values, with Christ at the centre, we foster an environment where the, physical, academic, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of each child is considered carefully.  We do this alongside nurturing their emotional and mental well-being through a carefully planned PSHE curriculum.

Our curriculum has been carefully mapped to include coverage of the National Curriculum whilst also providing a range of enrichment experiences for our pupils through an enhanced curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to challenge, engage and motivate, with the ultimate goal that our learners progress academically and become successful, confident individuals, who make a positive contribution to the community and society – both now and in the future.  At Blessed Dominic, we believe every single child ought to have the opportunity to succeed, so ensure our resources are targeted accurately and well planned to overcome any learning barriers.

As a school, we base our learning on a broad and balanced curriculum and strive to deliver wide and varied learning experiences, which are memorable and contextual.  We are fully committed to developing each child’s unique potential within a secure and caring environment. We use a range of sources to meet the needs of the curriculum and provide an exciting and enlightening learning experience for our children, maximising the opportunities in our local area.  We believe that our children should not only reach their best academically, but also develop a thirst for knowledge, foster a love of learning and leave our school with exceptional independent learning skills.

The children at Blessed Dominic are autonomous learners who use the Blessed Dominic Learning Behaviour Model to reach the challenges set by their teachers. Excellent teaching and learning give children opportunities to be successful in a creative, safe, calm environment where classrooms and other learning spaces promote creativity and high aspiration.

Our aim for this academic year is to successfully blend the carefully planned curriculum and provision provided in school, with an effective and robust virtual learning platform.  We aim to provide the same high quality curriculum and pupil/teacher dialogue that pupils experience in school, at home, when necessary.

Entitlement and enrichment:

We promise, that by the time you leave Blessed Dominic School you will have had the opportunity to:

 

Parents Curriculum Meetings

At the beginning of the academic year, there is a “meet the teacher” meeting for parents informing them of the subjects and topics that their child will be taught in the coming months. Curriculum letters are distributed each term, detailing focus areas in each subject.

Blessed Dominic Primary School are following the new National Curriculum.

RE

RE Intent- Implementation-Impact

At Blessed Dominic we recognise that we are building the foundations for life-long learning with Christ at the centre. We want to capture and nurture a love of learning that our children will carry with them as they grow. We strongly believe that a caring and stimulating environment is essential to the development of our children and that learning should be fun, hands on, active and challenging. Our curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that all our children are encouraged to reach their full potential. In order to achieve this the Governors, Headteacher and Staff recognise the need to constantly review our practice to ensure our goals are being achieved. Every child should be happy, secure and confident. We value every child as a unique individual and provide a supportive and secure environment in which every child can flourish and learn.

Classroom Religious Education:

Religious Education is a core subject. The primary purpose of Catholic Education is the step by step study of the mystery of Christ, the teaching of the Church and its application in daily life, therefore the principal aims of the school in terms of the Religious Education which it provides are:

  • to lead the children to a deepening knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith.
  • to provide opportunities for the children to develop a loving relationship with God and their neighbour.
  • to encourage children to respect and be fully aware of the needs of others as equal members of God’s creation.

There are many opportunities for all children to explore their faith and deepen their relationship with Christ. This includes daily acts of worship, weekly assemblies, regular classroom/parish based liturgies and celebration of mass. The parish team works in full partnership with the school in supporting and enhancing the education and formation of our children. At Blessed Dominic, we aim to guide the children to become religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills to think spiritually and theologically and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday lives.

Religious Education is taught for at least 10% of the weekly timetable. Our Religious Education curriculum is based on the delivery of the Curriculum Directory supported by the Margaret Carswell units which are used as a guide for the teaching and learning of Religious Education throughout the school. Our Religious Education curriculum enables the children to explore key questions of life from the Christian tradition and how to put what they have learnt into context. We work closely with our local Parish to prepare liturgies and we value the partnership between home, school and parish and the wider community.

Religious Education is a core subject. The primary purpose of Catholic Education is the step by step study of the mystery of Christ, the teaching of the Church and its application in daily life, therefore the principal aims of the school in terms of the Religious Education which it provides are:

  • to lead the children to a deepening knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith.
  • to provide opportunities for the children to develop a loving relationship with God and their neighbour.
  • to encourage children to respect and be fully aware of the needs of others as equal members of God’s creation.

There are many opportunities for all children to explore their faith and deepen their relationship with Christ. This includes daily acts of worship, weekly assemblies, regular classroom/parish based liturgies and celebration of Mass. The parish team works in full partnership with the school in supporting and enhancing the education and formation of our children.

To help the children develop their knowledge of their faith, we use the Dr Margaret Carswell Framework Model, which is taught in a three year cycle and links to the liturgical year. The content of this Model offers a systematic programme of study which comprehensively covers all the strands and requirements of the Curriculum Directory.  Each topic plan ensures progression and depth of provision from the following areas:

  • Revelation: Story, Scripture, Memory and Tradition of the Church
  • Church: Community, Discipleship, Witness
  • Celebration: Sacrament, Ritual, Prayer, Worship, Liturgy
  • Life in Christ: Lifestyle, Morality, Values, Attitudes

https://www.blesseddominicprimary.co.uk/catholic-life

Other FaithsAll Catholic schools are required to teach about other religions as part of the Religious Education curriculum. This is a feature of Catholic RE in all stages of a child’s development, from the beginning of primary school until the end of secondary school.

 

 

 

 

 

At Blessed Dominic Primary, we believe that the teaching about other religions is important for several reasons:

  1. Learning about the religion and cultures of those who do not share the Catholic faith is one of the ways in which Catholic schools embody the call to love one’s neighbour. As the Church says, “The love for all men and women is necessarily also a love for their culture. Catholic schools are, by their very vocation, intercultural.”
  2. It is required by the Bishops, who state that the Catholic nature of our schools entails “a willingness… to try to understand better the religion of one’s neighbours, and to experience something of their religious life and culture.”
  3. Many of the children in Catholic schools are practising members of other faiths and our schools need to be places of hospitality for these children. It is an act of respect and courtesy that our curriculum helps them to reflect on the nature of their own religious identity. As the Church says, “All children and young people [including those of other faiths in our Catholic schools] must have the same possibilities for arriving at the knowledge of their own religion as well as of elements that characterise other religions.”
  4. It prepares the pupils in our Catholic schools for life in modern Britain, giving them an understanding of the beliefs of others. This in turn will improve social cohesion and contribute to the common good by increasing mutual respect between those of different religion

 

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