At Our Lady of Walsingham, we know that for the children to succeed and derive the maximum benefit from school then our school has to offer a wide-ranging, engaging, exciting and interesting curriculum.
A significant number of children arrive at school with a poverty of ambition and aspiration and therefore we know we have to challenge and overcome this by adopting a three-pronged approach.
First, we recognise the importance of an appropriate curriculum that addresses the many gaps in children’s basic skill and knowledge.
Second, we want all of our children to have the entitlement of a full curriculum
Third, we have to ensure that children achieve well and attain good standards as a result of the curriculum.
School actively seeks external expertise with staff accessing high quality and relevant training opportunities to drive their knowledge and the curriculum forward. Consultants in Maths, English, EYFS and IT have been engaged within the school to develop this personalised curriculum, maximising opportunities for learning.
Teaching consistently deepens and improves pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding and focuses on the important key skills that children need to thrive and do well. The teaching of reading is a major focus of our teaching and all teachers have a very secure knowledge of how to develop excellent reading habits and skills. The appropriately targeted support for reading, combined with effective quality first teaching strategies that match the pupils’ individual needs means that all pupils’ needs are met and they make good and outstanding progress in reading. In the EFYS, KS1 and KS2 teachers use a very effective range of teaching styles and strategies in lessons to sustain the pupils’ enjoyment of and active participation in reading aloud.