Curriculum Intent Statement
Through our curriculum, children are encouraged to “Bring Forth Christ”
and reflect our school’s values in all that they do. We want to utilise
resources the surrounding area offers whilst also learning from its rich
history. Developing greater links with our parish and local community will
help us achieve this and also strengthen our faith. We will cater for the
needs and desires of all our children by offering varied and experiential
learning opportunities whilst developing an awareness of their
responsibilities to the environment as future global citizens. Challenging
each child through our inclusive curriculum is important to us but we
also want them to learn from their mistakes through the development of
their resilience. Finally, we want the children to demonstrate pride in all
they do and develop clear aspirations for the future based on their
knowledge of the wider world.
The Curriculum at St. Charles'
Religious Education is a central element of our curriculum. We
follow the Salford Diocesan scheme – Come and See. Assemblies are
held three times a week and collective acts of worship are a daily
feature. All children are taught about the Catholic faith, however, parents
have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education
lessons, assemblies and collective worship.
Like all schools, we follow the National Curriculum for English,
Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, Geography, History,
Music, Art and Design, Physical Education and Computing, with Spanish
taught in KS2.
Two main methods of teaching are used in school. The first is the
teaching of subjects separately and the second is the teaching of
subjects using a topic or cross-curricular approach. Maths and English
are mainly taught as separate subjects but creative links are made
where possible. A high priority is attached to the development and
application of the basic skills of literacy and numeracy. Other subjects
which tend to be taught separately include Science, Computing, PSHE
Art and Design, Design and Technology, Geography, History and Music
are taught in a block formation. Each subject is allocated 7 weeks
throughout the school year and broken down into 2 x 2-week blocks and
1 x 3-week block. This approach allows for great exploration of subject
specific skills and aims to ensure appropriate coverage of each. These
blocks can be arranged to cover various topics which have a theme
that runs through them, e.g. 'Houses' or 'The Romans'.
The times allocated to teaching all the subjects of the Curriculum are:-
Key Stage 1 = 22 hours 15 minutes per week
Key Stage 2 = 23 hours 30 minutes per week
Click on the links below to find out more about the subjects we learn at St Charles'. There are also links to some helpful resources and websites.
Every half-term, class teachers create a half-term overview. This details
what will be taught in each class over the course of the half-term. Click
on the Year Group below to access their half-term overview. Please
contact your child's class teacher or the school office if you would like more information.
Current Class Overviews
Spring Term - 1st half
Autumn Term - 2nd half
Autumn Term - 1st half