St Bernadette Catholic Primary School

Curriculum Intent

The curriculum of St Bernadette School is closely tied to our school vision ‘to give children roots to grow and wings to fly’. We want to inspire, teach and nurture our children to be the role models of the future through making responsible choices about how they live their life and how they contribute to their community whether that be locally, nationally or globally. The Gospel values of Jesus Christ underlie the whole curriculum and empower our children on their journey.


We provide an ambitious, inclusive curriculum that allows children to express themselves clearly and confidently, and that equips them with the knowledge, skills, cultural capital and aspirations to succeed in life. As a result, the curriculum is rich in knowledge and designed to meet the needs of the children in our school.


Our key drivers in designing a curriculum for our children are:


Read, read and read!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Our absolute determination at St Bernadettes' is to allow all children, no matter what their need or background, to be able to read well, be led to magical places listening to stories and take huge pleasure in books. To support our children there is a rigorous and sequential reading curriculum is in place.


Oracy - speaking is key!

“The world belongs to the articulate.” ― Anon

We want to teach our children to use spoken language as well as teaching them to be fabulous writers, brilliant mathematicians and avid readers.

Excellent oral communication skills are so important throughout life and in order to embed this, lessons include well-structured and high quality “talk”. We want our children to be able to speak well, question, tell stories and debate!


Understanding our world - science and technology


"Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity and is the torch which illuminates the world." Louis Pasteur

Children who think scientifically will learn the techniques of trial and error. Our children learn to solve problems creatively, to question, to seeking the truth, and to be eager to explore more about how things work. Our children are the inventors of the future and will make a difference to their community near and far.


Knowledge rich

“Knowledge is love, light and vision" Helen Keller

Our curriculum is knowledge rich, designed to be remembered in detail. We do not simply “do the Romans” children are expected to remember key people, vocabulary and dates. It is planned so that children retain information and can return to the subject well beyond the year it was taught, knowledge that can be built on.


The Arts


"Art can transform lives. it gives us the power to question, to confront, to explore and  to challenge how we think about the world." Lucy Liu

Through rich opportunities in art, drama and music our children gain great insight about themselves and their peers. Experience of the arts fosters academic achievement and rich transferable skills as children move on in their learning journey. We are fortunate to have a Music specialist on our staff. The children participate in a wide range of performances which are of outstanding quality.


Sporting Opportunities


"Sport has the power to change the world" Nelson Mandela

Every child at St Bernadette has the opportunity to shine in sport. We know that participation in sport builds character as well as skills such as problem-solving, resilience, perseverance, confidence and teamwork.  We are fortunate to have a P.E specialist team. The quality of P.E provision is reflected in being awarded the platinum schools games award for the last four years.


A cultural appreciation of our locality and our capital city


The question of cultural capital. 

“Each child has a spark inside him or her. It is the responsibility of the people and institutions around them to find what would ignite that spark” ―     Howard Gardner  "

The experiences we will offer through an education at St Bernadette will show children not only their local heritage but will also extend their knowledge of the rich and diverse life that London has to offer.


Please take a look at our curriculum planner for further insight into how our curriculum has been designed.