At Holy Family, our Mission Statement underpins all aspects of school life and is an integral part of children’s daily experiences. Our aim is for all children to become knowledgeable, resilient, independent learners who are developed to fulfil their potential and well prepared to LIVE in modern Britain and are ready to make a positive contribution to society, conscious of their responsibilities to each other, their family, society and the world of work.
Our curriculum is designed to be ambitious for all children, regardless of ability or background and, as such, is tailored to meet the needs of every child. We aim to motivate and inspire children through an engaging, carefully planned learning journey that challenges all pupils and enables our children to know more, understand more and want to do more through delivering an inclusive, rich and creative curriculum which provides our pupils with engaging, meaningful learning experiences that inspire, enthuse and challenge learning.
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. At Holy Family we want our children to become enthusiastic, engaged readers and to develop a life-long love of books. We know that reading is important for both educational purposes as well as personal development, as it builds empathy, improves imagination and language development. We also recognise that reading unlocks the curriculum and by promoting a love of reading, we aim to ensure children are able to access a wealth of knowledge and vocabulary and have the tools to become lifelong learners.
At Holy Family we follow the aims of the national curriculum and meet all statutory requirements.
The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils' knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
Within each subject, children’s learning journey starts in Reception, with the curriculum designed to develop through a well organised sequence of learning. This sequence carefully builds on children’s prior knowledge and skills in order for children to make the connections required to support excellent progress. Clearly defined end points for each year group support children’s progression in every subject, with learning objectives, vocabulary and key questions designed to provide clear links between prior and future learning.
Our curriculum is enriched with a wide variety of activities and experiences to support children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Come and See lessons, Collective Worship and Gospel Values are intrinsically woven throughout all elements of school life. Strengthened by a living faith and close links with our Church community, opportunities for children’s personal development include a focus on their physical and mental wellbeing in addition to fundamental British Values, as we strive to prepare children for the diverse, ever-changing world we live in.