Through our spiritual life, our high quality curriculum, our classroom pedagogy and our pastoral support all of our children leave this school with the skills and knowledge to be successful and make positive contributions to our community and the world around them.
At St Edmund Campion Catholic School our ‘Knowledge Rich Curriculum’ approach recognises that the acquisition of skills and knowledge go hand-in-hand and will ultimately prepare all students for their next steps through to Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 and beyond. Our curriculum intent ensures that our curriculum framework of cognitive education is planned to enable students to think independently and contribute positively to society and the wider world. We recognise the importance of:
- Ensuring that our curriculum is enriched by the teachings of the Catholic church and led by the gospel values
- Building and applying knowledge
- Developing cultural capital to address social disadvantage and ensure equity for all our students
- Growing our students understanding of meta-cognition and meta-memory to improve their learning
- Departmental planning from Key Stage 3 to 4 so to ensure a sequenced curriculum, that develops well-ordered schema in our students’ long-term memory.
- High levels of subject knowledge in our teachers, supported by our programme of continuing professional development.
- Homework as an integral part of children’s learning supported through retrieval practice booklets.
The National Curriculum is the basis for all taught content at KS3 (Year 7-9) ensuring students benefit from a broad and balanced approach whilst ensuring students are taught the knowledge entitlement decided upon by our subject specialists. Long-term planning has been established across KS3 and K34, focussing in KS3 on what the students have to ‘know’ and ‘show’. Subject curriculum’s all begin with their own driving intent leading to the sequencing of topics taught. Students are guided through high quality knowledge booklets and retrieval practice homework is supported by knowledge organisers that carefully link to the curriculum, booklets and sequence of learning.
All National Curriculum subjects are taught throughout Year 7, 8 and 9. All students will be taught Mathematics, English, RE, Science, Spanish, Physical Education, Geography, History, Drama, Music, Textiles, Food Science, Art, Computing and participate in our enrichment programme (TAG – Talents, Abilities and Gifts time). TAG time allows students to access a variety of sports and other activities that enhance their cultural capital. Year 7 and 8 students who require support with reading also benefit from our Jumpstart reading and phonics programme designed to close the reading age gap. ALL students study a language at KS3.
At Key Stage 4 our options process enables all students to pick three subjects of their choice, this gives flexibility for students to focus on humanities, a language, arts or practical/ vocational subjects in addition to the required academic core (this includes Religious Education as a Catholic School). There is also the opportunity for students to embark on new qualifications/ subjects that are not a feature of the Key Stage 3 national curriculum e.g. Health and Social Care, Travel and Tourism, Child Development, Business Studies and Sport and Leisure.
Our Key Stage Three ‘Knowledge Rich Curriculum’ and linear, knowledge rich specifications at Key Stage 4 and 5 are supplemented by planned enrichment activities (Super Learning Days). These days offer all our students theatre group presentations, educational trips, career opportunities such as hearing visiting speakers and university visits, days focussed on pastoral and student well being and other opportunities such as completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The curriculum from KS3 to KS5 is supported by a well sequenced and bespoke PSHE programme delivered through form time. Reading and literacy are at forefront of all we do. This is recognised in the pastoral programme and dedicated time is given through form period to a reading programme.
Planning Our Curriculum Intent:
1. Teaching the Right Knowledge: Subject leaders have been given time to plan collaboratively with their colleagues and produce long term plans for the sequence of knowledge and skills.
2. Development of schema - Ordering and sequencing content in a logical way; making explicit links between content.
3. Application of Knowledge: Subject leaders and teachers focus on what the students have to ‘know and show’. Knowledge organisers, booklets and assessments al focus on the key ideas outlined in the ‘know and show’ tables. These are available for all stakeholders to view.
4. Spaced practice: This is where knowledge is rehearsed for short periods over a longer period of time. Students experience regular quizzing in lessons often through ‘Do Now’ tasks and ‘knowledge checks’. Teachers are encouraged to sue a variety of techniques to re visit content and interleave knowledge over time. Post our ‘progress tests’ reteach activities are planned to consolidate student’s understanding before moving on to new content.
5. Retrieval Practice: Knowledge organisers and revision guides are used in KS3, 4 and 5. This form the basis of the whole school homework strategy.