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 for designing a curriculum for our children are:
Faith in Action
“We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race.” – Kofi Annan
Our community is not centred around the school building but made of the children, parents and staff within it.. We want all children to be secure in the knowledge that they have the opportunity and support to thrive. Our children are exposed to role models and resources which come from the diverse world we live in; celebrating many cultures and different religions across the world.
The strength of our community comes from who we are. #togetherwearestronger
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.
Storytelling - 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 verbal communication skills are vital in 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!
We are passionate about storytelling - giving children a love for our language and using it to express themselves. This approach brings to life and enhances many aspects of the curriculum
STEM - maths, 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.
"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.
"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.
Please take a look at our curriculum planner for further insight into how our curriculum has been designed.