Curriculum Intent at St William of York
At St William’s the key drivers in shaping our curriculum are the school’s mission statement, vision and aims. Our curriculum is underpinned by Gospel Values which permeate through everything we do.
We believe that pupils should experience excellent teaching and develop a deep love of learning. In delivering our curriculum we aim to remove any barriers to learning so that ALL pupils are able to make progress across the whole school curriculum.
The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced allowing all pupils to further deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding in all aspects of learning. We recognise that the key skills of reading, writing, oracy and numeracy are crucial in equipping our pupils with the necessary skills to live in modern Britain and given our diverse school context, we focus on providing a language rich curriculum. We aim to ensure that all pupils will be confident, articulate and effective communicators by the time they leave our school.
Our curriculum is bespoke to the needs and the lives of our pupils and uses the National Curriculum a learning platform. Our provision raises aspirations through providing our pupils with opportunities to deepen their understanding of equal opportunity and the ability to celebrate the richness and diversity of the school and society in which they live.
We take a creative approach to the curriculum; we want all our pupils to develop an ‘I can’ attitude towards their learning and a strong resilience to challenge by understanding the value of making mistakes. We aim to make them fully prepared for life as British and global citizens. We want the pupils to be equipped to make positive choices in terms of their social interactions, health and personal wellbeing and we also have a strong focus on ensuring the pupils are highly computer literate. We enhance our curriculum by providing our pupils with a wide range of new and exciting learning experiences such as; learning to play a musical instrument, participating in school performances, sports tournaments and a wealth of extra-curricular clubs as well as attending educational trips and inviting visitors into school. A key approach to achieving our curriculum intent is for our curriculum to be filled with rich-first hand experiences.