At St. Oswald’s Catholic Primary School, our fundamental aim is to enable all children to fulfill their potential, with Christ at the centre of all we do. This includes spiritual, moral, academic, emotional, social and creative development. We cater for each pupil’s needs, encouraging them to develop their talents and so achieve their personal goals. This enables our children to make a positive contribution to the wider community and following Gospel values, ensures that they are fully prepared for life in British society and for their role as citizens.
Our framework for understanding British values and what it means to live a good life, is rooted within Catholic doctrine and practice permeating every aspect of the school’s life. We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and created in the image of God. In our school, Catholic Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” (Pope St. John Paul II) and the foundation of the education we provide for pupils. We provide a wide range of extra-curriculum activities and strong pastoral support.
The 2014 National Curriculum differs from previous versions in a number of ways, mainly in that it encourages a deeper learning – mastery – of fewer objectives, and in the way that it encourages children to be taught a knowledge of key facts as well as the skills which will equip them for the future workplace.
Our job as a staff and governing body has been to tailor this curriculum to suit the needs of the learners at St Oswald’s. We work hard to continue to create and develop a curriculum which harnesses all of the statutory objectives and fit them into schemes of work and topics which are relevant and stimulating to children in our locality. We seek to provide a broad, balanced differentiated curriculum and offer a wide range of exciting, challenging activities and experiences to all pupils irrespective of ability, background, ethnic origin or gender.
We acknowledge that children learn in many different ways and we recognise the need to develop strategies that allow all children to learn in ways that suit them. Opportunities are planned to cater for a range of different learning styles to ensure that all children can access the curriculum and learn in a way that is best for them.
In this section of the website you will find a brief summary of the key elements of each subject area of the school’s curriculum. Should you require further information, please contact us or, alternatively, visit the DfE website for a full list of learning objectives and curriculum requirements.