At St Nicholas we understand that children experience just one childhood and we strive to work with our families to make it memorable and life forming. We have a strong, distinctive Christian identity with shared values informed by the teachings of Jesus Christ. Our special values chosen by the children are friendship, thankfulness and trust and these are what make our school a very special place.
The National Curriculum and Statutory Framework for Early Years forms the basis for the children’s learning at
St Nicholas but we have created an exciting, stimulating and challenging curriculum which is very much values-based and unique to us!
Children’s learning centres around one big question each half-term leading towards greater expertise in a cross-curricular context. Through this approach, children develop more confidence in their use of vocabulary and writing with more purposeful learning taking place in subjects such as mathematics and science. The themes are brought to life through drama, trips, visitors and inspirational resources.
Children enjoy taking time and care to produce high quality outcomes such as performances, books, displays, artwork, films, debates and musical compositions. As well as this, our curriculum prepares the children for their future as successful and confident young people who are able to express their own opinions whilst respecting those of others. With the invaluable support we receive from our parents and families, our children leave St Nicholas able to think for themselves and well prepared to contribute positively to their community and the world in which they live.
Through our curriculum we aim to create powerful and well-structured learning opportunities that hook children into learning for the rest of their lives. Our curriculum plans are in three main sections; long, medium and short term and are flexible to reflect the changing needs of our children. Much of this information can be accessed for parents and carers on our website or via the office. Curriculum newsletters are sent home each term.
Long Term Plans
Whole school curriculum overview
‘Curriculum Learning Journeys’ – half-termly ‘Big Questions’ and presentations
Medium Term Plans
Year group termly learning objectives for each subject
Year group weekly overview of learning for the term
‘Making Learning Connections’ – a half termly cross- curricular links plan
Short Term Plans
Weekly plans for each class and subject including:-
target range of group
key learning vocabulary, objectives and questions
learning activities providing challenge for all
support for learning
Please see our Teaching and Learning Policy for details about how we implement the curriculum and our Assessment Policy to see how assessment informs future learning.