Our Creative Curriculum
As a School of Creativity we are proud of our creative curriculum. It is skills based and theme led.
Whilst our mornings are more traditional and are largely made up of Maths and English to ensure the basic skills are covered and learnt.
Our afternoon lessons are based upon a theme.
The Long Term Plans have a different theme for each term.
Teachers plan in a way that ensures the following:
- All skills are covered
- All subjects are covered
- The curriculum is delivered in a cross curricular fashion, rather than in discrete subjects.
- Assessment opportunities are planned for. Children are assessed against skills.
- Opportunities are sought out wherever possible to include
- visits and residentials
- Fab Mag and blogging
- outdoor learning
- We will endeavour to offer a 21stcentury curriculum, including the latest ICT, at all times.
Phonics and Reading.
At Our Lady of Victories we teach phonics from the foundation stage onwards. We use Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds as schemes. We use a number of reading schemes in school. We use Oxford Reading Tree and other book schemes which are then colour banded so the children can progress.
At Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School, we believe that we should be equipping children to learn how to think. At Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School, we teach a creative, theme led and skills based curriculum. The Foundation Subjects have been broken down into key skills. These have been organised into themes (programmes of study) across the school.
These programmes of study are given nominal project titles which will be changed on a regular basis based on the interest of the teachers, pupils and staff in school. Examples are “Abracadabra” and “We'll Meet Again.” The project titles will act as a context and vehicle for the acquisition of skills rather than knowledge. These projects last for approximately a term, although sometimes this may be shorter. The groups of key skills are repeated twice each to give children an increased chance to develop and polish these skills.
We try to incorporate as many practical and creative experiences as possible into our projects of learning. Our visits and residentials are designed to complement the skills and to enhance the learning experiences of all of our children.